Robert was selected the first Canadian Honorary Member in September
1974. Mr. Burton attended the University of Toronto and attained a
Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1921. After that until 1931 he worked with the Canadian Inspection
Company Limited, the Canada Creosoting Company Limited and a consulting
the next 30 years until 1961 Mr. Burton was employed by the City of
Toronto his career being interrupted during the second World War when he
served as Chief Administrative Officer at the Engineering Training
Center in Petawawa where he attained the rank of Major.
The City of Toronto made Mr. Burton their City Traffic Engineer
in 1951. Under his guidance and leadership the Toronto Traffic
Engineering Department grew from a staff of four to about 130.
1961 Mr. Burton retired from the City of Toronto and became a
transportation consultant. After
1969 he has been actively engaged in private transportation consulting
the years Mr. Burton has been a pioneer in organizing and operating with
many associations within the traffic field including the Ontario Traffic
Conference where he was the President for two years, the Ontario Motor
League, the (Canadian) Council on Uniform Traffic Control and the
Institute of Traffic Engineers where he was one of the first Canadians
to join and was a District Director for two years, 1962 to 1963.