Tony was born and raised in Nanaimo British Columbia and is of the sixth generation Harrises to call the city home. He started his first business at seven selling peanuts and candy from a 25¢ vending machine in his father’s car dealership.
After graduating from Brentwood College School he completed a BA in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario. Post-graduate work included graduating class president from the National Automobile Dealer’s Association Dealer Academy followed by graduating from Babson College Entrepreneurship and Leadership Executive Education.
One of Tony’s early ventures was CanRepel Products Inc., which sold products throughout North America in partnership with TerraCycle.
Tony’s career with the Harris Auto Group spanned fifteen years; formerly the Managing Partner of Harris Mitsubishi and Harris Mazda Tony remains a proud partner in award winning dealerships Harris Kia, Harris Mazda and Nanaimo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.
Tony is the Chair and CEO of Billy Goat Brands Ltd. a venture capital and incubation firm focused on plant based protein, functional foods, and food technology.
He is a real estate developer and investor. Tony Harris Developments has a number of mixed-use and multi-family projects at various stages in the development cycle. LEGASEA in Nanaimo won the 2019 Vancouver Island Real Estate Board Commercial Building Awards Mixed Use Building of the Year as well as the overall Judge’s Choice Building of the Year.
Tony is a philanthropist and community builder. He is the Vice Chair of the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation. He is a passionate and vocal advocate for a new tertiary hospital in Nanaimo. Tony founded the Tom Harris Charity Classic which has raised over $500,000 for the Tom Harris Community Foundation in honour of his late father. His charity street hockey tournaments, beginning in 2005, were a jumping off point for his community work.
Tony ran for Member of Legislature – Nanaimo for the BC Liberal party in the 2018 Nanaimo by-election.
He is a husband a father of three.