Call Number: Mss 267, Pc 225, Mc 23 (A.08-27)
Title: Leonard A. Bateman fonds.
Extent: 4.13m of textual records -- 2 maps --
Biographical sketch: Leonard A. Bateman, born
in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1919, has served all his professional life
in the energy industry. Bateman received his B.Sc. in Electrical
Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1942, joined Winnipeg
Hydro after graduation as a design engineer, earned his M.Sc. in
1948, and would remain employed with the company for the next 14
years. During his time at Winnipeg Hydro Bateman rose steadily through
the ranks of the organization, being first promoted to System Operating
Engineer in 1948, with a promotion to General Superintendent of
Production coming later in 1952.
Len Bateman began his career with Manitoba Hydro in 1956, first
working as a Systems Planning Engineer. During his early years with
the utility Bateman was involved with the planning and development
of the Grand Rapids Generating Station, the Kelsey Generating Station
and the first 120,000 volt loop around Winnipeg. Beginning in 1967
Bateman took over responsibility for planning functions in Manitoba
Hydro and acted as a design liaison for the design of the Nelson
River D.C. Transmission System. Bateman was also responsible for
the first interconnection negotiations with American utilities beginning
In late 1972 Bateman was asked to accept the position of Chairman
and Chief Executive Officer of Manitoba Hydro. It was during his
six-year tenure as C.E.O. of Manitoba Hydro that the utility would
experience a period of unprecedented growth and expansion. The 1224
mw Kettle Generating Station was completed in 1974 at a cost of
$240 million, with the Long Spruce Generating Station being completed
later in 1979 at a cost of $508 million. Other major undertakings
initiated or completed during Bateman’s time as Chairman and
C.E.O. included the Lake Winnipeg Regulation project, the Churchill
River Diversion project and the second phase of the Nelson River
D.C. Transmission project (Bi-Pole II).
A change in the political climate in the late 1970s would spell
the end of Len Bateman’s career with Manitoba Hydro, though
he would continue to operate a success private consulting firm for
the next 25 years. Leonard Bateman was President and/or Vice-President
of several professional organizations, including The Canadian Nuclear
Association, The Canadian Electricity Association, and The Association
of Professional Engineers of Manitoba. He is the past and founding
President of The Canadian Society of Senior Engineers and in 2003
was invested into the Order of Manitoba.
Custodial history: The fonds was donated to the
University of Manitoba Archives by Leonard A.Bateman in 2008.
Scope and content: The fonds is divided into thirteen
series: L.A. Bateman’s correspondence, notes & meetings
attended; reports & presentations by L.A. Bateman & related
research materials; material related to L.A. Bateman's involvement
in the International Council on Large Electrical Systems (C.I.G.R.E.);
L.A. Bateman's biography & material related to charges laid
by the Association of Professional Engineers of Manitoba; Debates
& Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba Standing
Committee on Public Utilities & Act to Amend the Manitoba Hydro
Act; material related to L.A. Bateman's appearance before the Tritschler
Commission of Inquiry; Manitoba Hydro publications, reports &
other material; Churchill River Diversion project; Lake Winnipeg
Regulation; Nelson River D.C. Transmission Project & Northern
Flood Agreement; other Manitoba Hydro material; material transferred
from L.A. Bateman's binders, consulting work, overseas work, notes
& other material; photos & maps.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on the
use of this material.
Accruals: Further accruals are not expected.
Finding aid: An online finding aid is available at the link
Mss 267, Pc 225,
Mc 23, (A.08-27).