Donald Alexander Smith was Lord Strathcona, the 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal. He was a Scottish born Canadian businessman who was one of the British Empire's foremost builders and philanthropists. He had many roles at one time or another such as commissioner, governor and principal shareholder of the Hudson's Bay Company. President of the Bank of Montreal and with his first cousin, Lord Mount Stephen, co-founded the Canadian Pacific Railway. An elected member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, and also went on to represent Montreal in the Canadian House of Commons. Also was the Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1896 to 1914, chairman of Burmah Oil and the Anglo-Persian Oil Company, and chancellor of McGill University (1889–1914) and Aberdeen University.