J&D History: A History of Excellence in Toronto
Johnston & Daniel was established in 1950, and became a division of Royal LePage Real Estate Services Ltd. in 1994.
Over the years, Johnston & Daniel has served generations of Toronto’s most respected families well. By offering caring, intuitive service and building long-term relationships with our clients, we’ve become the most trusted name in Toronto real estate.
A forward-thinking approach
In the early 1950s, founders Robert Johnston and Eggerton Daniel had an interesting idea: hire women to sell homes. It was a revolutionary approach in the post-war era, when real estate was a predominantly male bastion and women stayed at home.
But Johnston and Daniel weren’t looking to work with just any women; their unique approach was to hire the elegant ladies who lived in the very areas in which they were most interested in selling homes. And why not? These were the smart, often well-educated women who moved in Toronto’s “society” circles, were looking for a meaningful way to occupy their time, and had the right connections to make the Johnston & Daniel Real Estate company a success.
This initiative was immediately accepted by a number of female sales agents who lived in Rosedale, Moore Park, Forest Hill and Lawrence Park. As a result, the Johnston & Daniel name quickly became the most sought-after real estate brand for the best homes in Toronto’s premiere neighbourhoods – and has remained so to this day. Our name, our distinctive shield-shaped sign, and ourGlobe & Mail classified advertisements continue to confer elegance and prestige.
Jamie Gairdner took over the helm of Johnston & Daniel from his uncle in the 1970s. Jaime successfully ran and expanded the firm until its merger with Royal LePage in 1994. With the merger, two very strong brands were combined to form the powerhouse Royal LePage Real Estate Services/Johnston & Daniel Division. Currently, The Management Team of Dianne Usher, Gary Zalepa Jr., Janice Clarke and Lynn Hoffmann leads the dynamic, high-profile division as it continues to be a destination company for proven and successful real estate professionals dedicated to a culture of excellence.
A family tradition
The Johnston & Daniel Division has continued to serve generations of Toronto families with professionalism, integrity and a dedication to excellent service that is unrivalled in the real estate industry. This standard reflects the ethics that govern the Johnston & Daniel Division and builds lasting loyalty with clients.
Jethro Seymour, one of the Leading Toronto Real Estate Brokers at Royal LePage RES Ltd., Johnston & Daniel Division . Jethro Seymour is a midtown Toronto residential specialist with over 20 years of sales experience in real estate, marketing, construction and publishing. He has helped many families find homes in Toronto’s great neighbourhoods, and has extensive knowledge of local markets, new home construction, resale home sales, and the condo market. Living in midtown Toronto, Jethro previews many of the homes that come to market for his clients and inventory knowledge. Jethro specializes in Midtown, Davisville Village and Leaside neighbourhoods.