John Harris

Chairman, Right To Play Canadian Advisory Board

John Harris received his BA from Trent University in 1974 and a MBA from the University of Toronto in 1977.

John joined Harris Steel Group in 1974. He became president of Harris Rebar, the groups largest division in 1985 and the president and COO of the group in the early 90’s. In 2005 he assumed the CEO and chairmans role. John sold the company, including his family’s controlling position, to Nucor Corp in 2007. He retired as chairman and CEO in 2014.

John is married to Deb and has 3 adult daughters.

John is an avid skier and cyclist and equally avid but crummy golfer. In retirement he spends a good deal of time indulging his passion for travel and the wines of Burgundy

John has several philanthropic interests including the Creative Destruction Lab at the University of Toronto where he is a founding partner. John has been a long term supporter of Right To Play having been originally inspired by Clara Hughes' $10,000 donation to Right to Play when she won speed skating gold at Turin in 2006. Johns commitment to Right to Play is anchored in the fact that every dollar spent by RTP can go a very long way to having life changing impacts for children in Canada and around the globe.