Brian Porter, Brockville Infantry Company (1862)

EVENT DATE: March 12, 2009
TOPIC: Sir John A, the Man Who Made Us

Brian Porter, Brockville Infantry Company (1862), aka Sir John A. MacDonald, was the Canadian Club of Kingston’s speaker at its luncheon meeting on Thursday, March 12.  His topic was “Sir John A, the Man Who Made Us.”  He was accompanied by his wife aka Renee Porter, aka Lady Agnes Macdonald.

Brian Porter is a great fan of Canadian history.  He enjoys telling the life stories of Sir John A. Macdonald and Major James Walsh NWMP.  Brian Porter has been playing Sir John for the past ten years and has spoken to over two hundred groups, visiting historical societies, schools, conferences and more.

Brian is an elementary school teacher and taught for 32 years in Brockville until retiring in 1998.  He is Chairman of the Brockville Museum Board, a member of the Brockville History Book Committee, and a founding member of Brockville Infantry Company (1862) – which gives historical re-enactments of the 1860s volunteer militia.  He was born and raised in Peterborough, and was educated at Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School, Carleton University (B.A. History) and Ottawa Teachers’ College.