About Ray Byfield

Ray Byfield migrated to Canada from Jamaica in December 1999. Like countless others, he sought refuge from the effects of a global economic imbalance and a lack of opportunities for meaningful work in Jamaica.

Armed with a passion to seek better for his family and himself, he sought to make meaningful and earnest contributions toward community development and the economic wheel in Canada.

It became clear at an early stage that he would have had to adapt not only to extreme weather conditions, but to an economic climate, both locally and on a global scale, that was also frigid.

Weathering these economic challenges meant working several jobs at a time in order to survive. A recent tally revealed that Ray worked at 22 different companies on a full-time basis in Canada. In addition, he registered and operated 7 different businesses.
In Ray’s words, “The act of survival itself is hard work. In my own businesses, whenever I could I hired neighbors and friends from my community, to ‘help at home’ and I also shared food and services with them to give them hope while we all worked together to create a stable community environment. This became our survival mechanism during the gloomy financial conditions that existed in North America at the time.”

Now, having come through that time of his life, Ray’s first book, This Business of Life and Business, reflects upon his life challenges and personal growth.