Lord Donald Alexander Smith

Donald Alexander Smith




Class of 1979

Donald Alexander Smith was often thought of as a politician, but it was as a businessman that he achieved his most noteworthy successes. Starting as a lowly clerk with the Hudson’s Bay Company, he went on to become its governor, guiding the corporation’s destiny over many years.

Donald Smith was deeply involved and highly influential in the building of Canada’s first transcontinental railway. He lived to see the Canadian Pacific railway succeed beyond his most hopeful dreams. 

In 1897, he was created First Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal. Throughout his career, he knew the most effective time to speak up; and, even more important, he knew when to be silent.


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