From humble beginnings in the community of Friendship, Jamaica, guy steer has not only built for himself a comfortable life in Canada, but has also earned the admiration and respect of many Canadians, from all walks of life, for his consistent lifelong application of the principles of successful living and entrepreneurship.
Having received his early education at Mount Waddy Elementary School and Ferncourt High School, Guy entered the world of work at Alcan Jamaica Company Limited, where he worked for two years before migrating to Canada and enrolling at the Radio College of Canada (RCC), graduating with top honours, he automatically earned an offer of employment at Stelco Holdings Inc., a steel company based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada but was unable to secure employment at this company due to the inability, at that time, to satisfy the Canadian citizenship requirement of the company. Undaunted, young Steer moved on and was able to find alternate employment as a consumer products salesman with Fuller Brush Company. It was during his diligent and enthusiastic performance of his job as a salesman Gut met Ted Rogers, owner and founder of the famous Rogers Communications then known as Ted Rogers Services. It was an encounter that turned out to have been a major turning point in the life of the young Steer. Ted Rogers offered him immediate employment at his company to provide services in the technical field in which he was trained in college. His outstanding competence and work ethic soon earned him the trust and confidence of Ted Rogers who increasingly provided him with opportunities to excel within the company. This resulted in apparent feelings of discontent among fellow worker, creating a tense working environment at the company that it eventually became unbearable for Steer, leading him to make decisions to leave the company. However, he continued to pursue employment in the field of electronics as a technician and radio installer, eventually securing a job in his capacity, at Leyden Car Products- an action he later described as having been “one of the best moves that I made employment – wise since moving to Canada.” While in the employment at Leyland, Steer was able to take advantage of the conditions that prevailed in the electronics industry and, in his spare time, applied the core principles of entrepreneurship in building for himself a very successful electronics small business. After a few years, by working hard and living frugally, he was able to accumulate what he calls “a substantial amount of cash” that made it possible for him to acquire, in 1968, the property in which he was living at the time and five additional properties in Mississauga and downtown Toronto, giving him what he considers to have been “a good start in life.” Faced with the challenges that accompany ownership of rental property, and recognizing the prospects of the real estate industry, Mr Steer soon decided to launch himself fully into the real estate field that he describes as having been “good to me.” Well-known in Canada as an outstanding realtor, real estate mogul, and self-less humanitarian, Guy Steer has truly distinguished himself in Canada and has achieved phenomenal success, through the efforts of hard work, steadfastness and commitment to excellence. He is a recipient of the prestigious Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) 2017 Harry Jerome Award that pay tribute to individuals recognized outstanding and inspirational African Canadians who are truly role models of excellence in the society. Mr. Guy Steer feels a deep sense of appreciation for his grandparents whom, he says, instilled in him, during his formative years, lasting values that have been the bedrock of his life and eventual prosperity. He is unreservedly grateful for the privileges that life has afforded him and welcomes opportunities to give back to humanity in general and to his community,V in particular.