The 36 men traditionally regarded as the Fathers of Confederation were those who represented British North American colonies at one or more of the conferences that lead to Confederation on 1 July 1867, including the Charlottetown Conference (September 1864), the Québec Conference (October 1864) and the London Conference (1866–67).
Sir John Alexander Macdonald was the dominant creative mind which produced the British North America Act and the union of provinces which became Canada. As the first prime minister of Canada, he oversaw the expansion of the Dominion from sea to sea. His government dominated politics for a half century and set policy goals for future generations of political leaders.
William Richard Motherwell, activiste de la cause agraire et homme politique (Perth, Canada-Ouest, 6 janv. 1860 -- Regina, 23 mai 1943). Un des premiers homesteaders (exploitant d'un domaine agricole) en Saskatchewan, il est cofondateur de la Territorial Grain Growers' Association (1901).
John Richardson, soldat et écrivain (Queenston, Haut-Canada, 4 oct. 1796 -- New York, 12 mai 1852). L'action de son ouvrage le plus connu, WACOUSTA; OR, THE PROPHECY (1832), se déroule à l'époque de la révolte de PONTIAC et relate une histoire complexe de trahison, de camouflage et de tuerie.