Sir Sandford Fleming

1827 – 1915   Surveyor, Engineer, Father of Standard Time Zones

Fleming was born in Scotland and moved to Canada as a young man. He led the initial survey for the Canadian Pacific Railway, Canada’s first transcontinental route, and later served on its board of directors. Fleming designed Canada’s first postage stamp and was instrumental in linking the world by undersea telegraph cable. His efforts led to the creation of international standard time zones; before that, there was endless confusion as every town and village around the world set its own time. He was knighted in 1897. Sir Sandford Fleming College in Ontario bears his name.

St. Andrew’s Lodge No. 1