Lord Strathcona - Founding President

Sir Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, GCMG, GCVO, PC, DL (6 August 1820 - 21 January 1914) was the founding president of the St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg 1871-1872. He began as a humble Hudson’s Bay Company fur trader and rose through the ranks of the Company.   He was member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1870 to 1874, and also a member of the House of Commons representing Selkirk from 1870 to 1880.  He played a leading role in the development of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and was selected to drive the last spike to complete Canada's first intercontinental railway at Craigellachie, British Columbia at on November 7, 1885.

The Last Spike