A World of Rentals Inc. was opened in June, 1998 by the Wilson Brothers, Chris and Colin.
We had both previously worked at a decorating store owned by our parents, and headed out on
our own to try a new and interesting (challenging) business. Our parents, Lloyd and Mary
Wilson have supported us since the beginning — Lloyd, helping out around the shop when
we needed and Mary, showing us the ins and outs of bookkeeping. Our goal from the beginning
was, and still is, to specialize in quality equipment for the small contractor, and do–it–yourselfer.
In the fall of 1998, we formed A World of Paint. Relying on our knowledge of the paint
industry, we were able to bring in a line of top quality Canadian made paints, stains and
urethanes. Solignum has been making paint for Canadians since 1907. Paint was a natural fit
with rentals, as it makes us a "one stop shop". It is very helpful to have all the products
that our customers need to complete their projects. Since that time, we have added CIL to our
line of paint, and we continue to supply top quality products at competitive prices.
Also in the fall of 1998, we formed Shelving and Racking World, a business specializing
in used warehouse shelving and pallet racking. Our father, Lloyd Wilson, began this business,
accidentally, by selling off used racking and shelving that he had kept from his previous
business. After seeing the demand in our area, we began buying the shelving again as it
became available. Lloyd continues to help us in this business.
I was born in Ottawa, Ontario, and came to Kingston at the age of 18 months, so
I have always considered myself a Kingstonian. I went to Portsmouth Public School,
then Winston Churchill, followed by High School at KCVI. I completed the automotive
program at St. Lawrence College, however soon realized that it was not the career
path for me. I worked for mom and dad for a number of years before they retired,
and then Colin and I opened our own store in 1998.
I have played the old time fiddle since the age of 5, and have been successful
in many competitions throughout Ontario, the Maritimes, Quebec, and the United States.
I competed from the age of 7 until I was in my early 20's. I then played with a
couple of country bands, Including Country Road, Shotgun, and Showdown. From 2002
through the end of 2010 I played with one of Ontario’s premier bluegrass bands,
The Northern Sons. The Northern Sons decided to retired (after 25 years) in December,
2010. Since that time I have been assisting the Chem Chiks & Chiklets filling in where
necessary (bass and occasionally fiddle), and helping with sound. In 2012 the Chem Chiks
and The Chiklets released their first CD entitled “Ring the Bell”. We
had 2 sold out CD release concerts, and Cogeco did a 90 minute program on the girls.
I have two beautiful daughters who were born in 1994. Christin Wilson (the oldest
twin) and Haley Wilson (my youngest) are now attending St. Lawrence College, and are both active on the
girls Rugby team. Christin is enrolled in Health and Fitness Promotion. She plays the fiddle, step-dances, and plays guitar.
Haley plays the fiddle, step-dances, and picks Mandolin. She is enrolled in Pre Health Sciences and is working on
becoming a Search and Rescue Technician. Both girls are coached by Grandpa Lloyd. Grandma
Mary teaches them baking, and keeps them organized for all their musical functions.
The girls are both founding members of the CHEM Chiks, and
they continue to play various “gigs” around the Kingston Area.
I met my sweetheart, Jennifer Stainrod, in the spring of 2007. Jennifer works
for Loyola Kingston, where she is the Administrative Assistant
Continuing Education. We were married in October, 2009.
From a young age, Colin worked in his family retail decorating store. He began in the warehouse, receiving shipments, stocking shelves, cleaning, setting up decorating displays.
Colinís first taste of the rental business began in high school. He ran a business that supplied and serviced carpet cleaners to convenience, grocery, general, and decorating stores. He worked in all areas of the business. From cold calls, setting up dealers, to repairs of equipment, and accounting. Colin ran this business successfully for several years, and through his first year of university (until time constraints forced the sale of the business).
Colin studied business at the University of Ottawa, before returning to Kingston to once again work in the family business.
His responsibilities at the business included acting as Assistant Manager, sales of paint, wallpaper, rental equipment, as well as sales and installation of window blinds, and overseeing the flooring department.
Since opening A World Of Rentals Inc with Chris, Colin is once again involved in all aspects of the business. Responsible for all of the day to day bookkeeping, serving customers; with Equipment Rentals, Paint and Shelving & Racking. He is also involved in deliveries, repairs and maintenance of the equipment.
Colin is an elected member of the board of directors, for the Ontario Division of the Rental Association of Canada. The Rental Association of Canada is a not-for-profit, industry trade association operating nation wide which is committed to advancing the growth of the rental industry www.craontario.org