Meanwhile . . . Entrepreneurs Find New Markets

October 1 st 1988

While Messrs. Broadbent and Turner preach about the dire effects of the pending Canada-U.S. free trade agreement, entrepreneurs continue to demonstrate that inventiveness and risk-taking are concrete ways to expand Canadian markets outside of our borders.

The inventor-entrepreneur team of Cecil Wood and Ian Donnelly have developed and are now producing flexible tubing, the kind used for the exhaust of clothes dryers and similar air-moving equipment. Under Wood's leadership (and Wood admits he dislikes selling), the Richmond Hill (Ontario)-based company (Flexmaster Canada) did less than $500,000 worth of business in 1977. Soon after, entrepreneur Donnelly joined Wood at the helm, and they expect sales to top $10-million this year. Flexmaster has opened six plants in Canada, two in the U.S., several in Europe, and has just secured a contract to set up six factories in mainland China.

Mr. Wood, a life-long inventor-builder, is optimistic about the prospects of his company, as long as it is able to recognize needs and produce products to fill them. Donnelly believes that the main challenge is to cope with growth demands by finding the kind of people who are willing and able to tackle the work to be done. (Toronto Star (North), September 20, 1988, p.6)


Harry Antonides came to Canada in 1948, initially working as a farm hand and railway labourer. After over a decade working in a chemical plant in Sarnia, Ontario, Harry joined the newly forming Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) in 1962 as a field representative. By 1970 Harry became director of research and education. In 1974, he was a founding member of the Work Research Foundation (now Cardus) and publisher of their sole publication, Comment magazine. A prolific writer and dynamic speaker, Harry delivered lectures all over North America and published numerous articles, reviews, and essays. He is author of several books on Christianity, labour, and economics, including Multinationals and the Peacable Kingdom (1978) and Stones for Bread: The Social Gospel and its Contemporary Legacy (1985). Harry is retired and lives with his wife Janet in Willowdale, Ontario.