1887: Campbell Sweeny

In 1887, less than three months after Vancouver welcomed its first transcontinental passenger train, Campbell Sweeny arrived at the Canadian Pacific’s new western terminal from Halifax. His assignment was to open a branch of the Bank of Montreal in Vancouver – the first permanent bank in B.C. He soon set out to establish branches in the more remote parts of the province. His adventures bringing a banking service to miners in the booming Kootenay district are legendary. He became a director of a number of companies and a founding member of the Vancouver Board of Trade. In 1890 he spearheaded a committee that established the Vancouver Club and served on the board of governors for the University of British Columbia.


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