Member Biography

Member Name

Edward Horace Phillips

(1878.12.19 - 1954.06.15)
Commission #004
(1878.12.19 - 1954.06.15)

Mr. Phillips was on the first board of examiners for land Surveyors in 1909.

In 1923 the Land Surveyors Act was amended to provide affiliation with the University of Saskatchewan with the University being responsible for setting examinations for Land Surveyors in the Province. He became the first Chairman in 1923 and also elected President of the Saskatchewan Land Surveyors association the same year. He was made a Life Member in 1953. He was a Honorary Member of the then Canadian Institute of Surveying and Mapping. Mr. Phillips was involved as a member of the Saskatoon Town Planning Committee in the early days.

I only knew Mr. Phillips for a short period of time but knew him as a fine surveyor and a gentleman of the first order. Many of his old field notes are still used to identify lost corners in the city.

Mr. Phillips was a member of Knox United Church in Saskatoon, and a life member of Civil Service Lodge #148, A.F.and A.M.,Ottawa, Ontario. He was married to Josephine Mabel Budo and they had one son, Kent.

Quoting a portion of a newspaper article at the time of his Death:

One of the first organized steps in opening up this Province, as indeed in opening up any land, was surveying. So it was that as a surveyor, Mr. E. H.Phillips who died Tuesday had an intimate hand in the growth of this Province and this City.

By J. H. Webb – March 2003