The Canadian Toy Association

Harvey Albert

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In 1967, Harvey Albert, encouraged by his wife Lynn, left the family retail business and ventured out on his own. Harvey ’s 37-year love for and success in the toy business began by acquiring a small toy and gift distributor called G.A.Y. Distributing.


The company imported several lines of toys from Britain in the beginning, but soon obtained the exclusive Canadian distribution rights for Disney toy products. Harvey quickly put G.A.Y. Distributing on the map within a few years of starting the business. But beyond commercial success, he built a reputation as a gentleman. This is his legacy.

In 1980, Harvey purchased the toys and game division of Copp Clark. This brought such classic games as Rummoli, Ouija and Stock Ticker. This changed the way Harvey did business – in addition to being a distributor; he became a producer of toys and games. He was a passionate creator. Harvey loved to take the seed of an idea and grow it into a well-packaged, quality plaything for children and adults alike.


In 1984, the company name was changed to Canada Games. Then Harvey proudly welcomed his sons Michael, Richard and Kenny into the business. Together they built Canada Games into a household name.


Harvey Albert was a true pioneer in the Canadian toy business. And in business he was happiest when his work allowed him to create and produce products which brought fun and enjoyment to kids and adults.

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