Robert Cummings was a Canadian manufacturer and community leader.
He was born in Gloucester Township, Ontario to a family of Irish immigrants in 1833.
He learned the trade of carriage making and became a leading Canadian manufacturer. He opened a general store and operated a flour mill on Cummings Island in the Rideau River which became the nucleus of a new community, Janeville, which eventually became part of Vanier. He served ten years as reeve in the township, was also a Justice of the Peace and was elected warden for Carleton County in 1876.
Cummings was also a captain in the local militia.
The Cummings Bridge across the Rideau River was named after him.