As advocates for the Nanaimo & District Hospital Foundation, the Board engages the community in meaningful philanthropy that will support priority needs of the hospital, new research and advancements in care, and improve the lives of our patients and their families.
Meet Our Board
He graduated with a BA in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario. Thereafter he founded CanRepel Products Inc., which manufactured deer repellents invented by his grandfather. The products were TerraCycle and he created a sales channel for one SKU through 1,800 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. Together with a team of dedicated volunteers Tony founded the Tom Harris Charity Classic which has raised over $500,000 for the Tom Harris Community Foundation since 2018.
Tony graduated class president from the NADA Dealer Academy followed by the NADA Executive Education Program at Babson. He was an early stage investor in DrivingSales and is an advisor to the founder and CEO. Tony has worked in the Harris Auto Group of dealerships since 2006. Formerly the Managing Partner of Harris Mitsubishi, Tony structured the sale of that business in 2015 which concluded his tenure on Mitsubishi’s National Advisory Board.
Tony is a partner in Harris Kia and Harris Mazda which are both award winning car dealerships in Nanaimo. Together with a partnership group, Tony purchased Nanaimo Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Ltd. in 2017.
Tony is an educator with GLG Research. He is a real estate developer and investor. Tony Harris Developments' multi-family mixed-use development LEGASEA 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 enjoys early stage investing.
He is the Vice Chairman of the Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation Board of Directors. 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, and a dog owner.
He has recently joined the Foundation Board because as a senior and a grandfather, he is keenly aware of the need for quality healthcare in the region and the continual need for the community to help fund this care, and he wants to assist in such efforts.
Mike has always been an active contributor to his community and has considerable board experience in non-profit organizations. He has also served on corporate boards in his retirement. He will bring extensive financial knowledge and board governance experience to the Foundation Board. He also sees himself as a representative for his age group in healthcare matters.
He enjoys retirement and the flexibility it gives to enjoy a variety of other pursuits including hiking, golf, any kind of card game, and interacting with his grandchildren.