Harry Stinson was born in Toronto, Ontario and received his formal education at the University of Toronto. Harry now resides in Hamilton, Ontario where he is president of Stinson Developments Inc.
Harry Stinson is a well-known entrepreneur and innovator. Stinson first business was launched in 1967 as a catering company that handled private dinners and banquets in Toronto, as well as a seasonal (summertime) café in Muskoka.
In 1971, he created The Groaning Board Restaurant; Toronto’s first ‘healthy-food’ and non-smoking restaurant, which was successfully operated by the Stinson family for over 25 years, an unusual lifespan in the restaurant business.
The company expanded from a small restaurant into several major supper clubs, offering an eclectic program of live entertainment, including major artists in folk, rock, blues, jazz and comedy. Stinson also developed a unique and very long-running feature at the restaurants known as “The World’s Best Commercials” where diners could view reels of prize-winning international ads. The Canadian rights to these films were owned by Adfilms Ltd., another Stinson family company, which has since relocated to Hamilton. Stinson also owned and operated a 500-seat, art-deco revue cinema, at which Stinson periodically produced live concerts.
Stinson founded and operated Harry Stinson Real Estate, which he built throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s to become Toronto’s leading condominium resale brokerage. Although independent, Stinson’s brokerage eventually held the largest residential market share in the central downtown core of any individual or franchise brokerage office.
Over the years, Stinson became increasingly involved in condominium development, acting as a principal, joint venture partner and/or consultant in a wide range of projects, the common thread being that each project was comparatively unique and/or posed unusual challenges of design, marketing or construction.