Henry Collingwood was born in St. John’s on May 6, 1918, and has been a business leader for most of his life.
Hank, as his friends call him, started with the family business, Baine Johnston & Company, at the age of 17. By 1959, he was named president of the firm and in 1972, was appointed chairman and chief executive officer. With the decline of the cod fishery in the early 1950’s, the company sold its Battle Harbour plant and withdrew from the fish trade. A further change occurred in 1963 during the redevelopment of St. John's harbour when Baine Johnston abandoned their original premises on the waterfront for a new location on Kenmount Road in St. John's. This building houses the head offices as well as a retail furniture trade. Throughout Newfoundland, Baine Johnston is involved in various enterprises, including the retail and wholesale trade, insurance, and the ownership of several retail properties.
Hank has served on the board of directors of many Newfoundland and Canadian companies and has assisted with many charitable foundations. He was awarded the Knight’s Cross of Royal Order of St. Olav in 1975 and was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1990.