Born in Nanaimo, British Columbia, the youngest of five children, Tony is a sixth generation Harris to call the city home. He started his first business at seven selling peanuts from a $0.25 vending machine in his dad’s car dealership. Start-up capital came from Tony’s winter weekend routine of collecting dropped change from under the lift ticket booth grates at Mt. Washington.
He graduated with an English Literature Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario. That year he founded CanRepel Products Inc. to manufacture deer repellent recipes invented by his grandfather; a licensing agreement with TerraCycle created a sales channel for one SKU through 1800 Home Depot locations; Tony is now a shareholder in TerraCycle.
The Tony Harris Hockey Classic charity street hockey tournament raised more than $75,000 over five consecutive years.
Tony graduated class president from the NADA Dealer Academy followed by Executive Education at Babson.
He was an early stage investor in DrivingSales LLC. and is an active advisor to the founder and CEO.
Tony has worked with the Harris Auto Group of dealerships since 2006. Formerly the Managing Partner of Harris Mitsubishi Tony structured the sale of that business in 2015; this concluded his tenure on Mitsubishi’s National Advisory Board.
Tony is the Managing Partner at Harris Mazda which won the 2017 Canadian DealerRater Dealer of The Year Award and 2018 Vancouver Island Automotive Business of the Year. In 2017, Together with a partnership group, Tony acquired Nanaimo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Ltd.
His company Tony Harris Developments Inc. is a licensed real estate developer and holds a 2-5-10 National Home Warranty. Tony enjoys real estate and early stage investing; Tony Harris Keeps It Real Estate Inc. and Tony Harris Enterprises Inc. support these interests.
Tony is on the Board of Directors for The Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation. Tony is a member of The Mid Island Business Initiative (MIBI). Tony is the Founder and Honorary Chairman of the Tom Harris Charity Classic in honour his late father Tom Harris. In 2018 Tony was recognized with the Vancouver Island Top 20 Under 40 Business & Community Achievement Award.
Tony is a proud husband to Leslie, father to Beckett and Emmeline, and best pal to dog Piper.