Co-founder of Shawinigan Water and Power Company, J.E. Aldred, an American financier, was the main player behind the company's development strategy. He maintained his association with Shawinigan Water and Power for over 40 years.
Julian C. Smith was born in Elmira, New York, in 1878, and studied electrical engineering at Cornell University. At the age of 25, he was appointed superintendent at Shawinigan Water and Power.
He worked on all phases of development of the Rivière Saint-Maurice, and acquired a reputation for being conscientious and determined. A visionary as well as an entrepreneur, he was considered one of the most brilliant engineers of his day. The influential Engineering Journal described him as the guide and inspiration of the hundreds of engineers who worked on developing the potential of the Saint-Maurice.