The Commander


One of the great entrepreneurial success stories of Newfoundland and Canada.

Harry Steele was born in Musgrave Harbour, an isolated outport on the eastern coast of Newfoundland. Harry went to university, joined the naval reserve, and became a lieutenant commander in the Royal Canadian Navy. He quit in 1974 — he didn’t like the new green uniforms — and went into business.

Using money he made in the stock market and his wife Catherine’s real estate investments, he bought control of struggling Eastern Provincial Airways. He made it a success and sold it to Canadian Pacific Airlines several years later. He was highly successful with his other investments, including the trucking and ferry service company Clarke Transport and the radio broadcasting company Newfoundland Capital Corporation.

Harry Steele is a Newfoundland success story. He stays true to his roots, living in Gander, Newfoundland.

About the Author

Fred Langan

Posted by Kendra on December 6, 2014
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Fred Langan

Fred Langan is a writer and journalist, and was host of the CBC nightly business news. He splits his time between Toronto and Knowlton, Quebec.