Contestants

Brent Balluff

Brent Balluff

Hometown: Coquitlam, B.C.

A heavy-duty mechanic by trade, Brent is no slouch when it comes to handyman jobs around the home. With his new house complete but little cash to invest in his garage, Brent designed and built his own workshop including a pneumatic lift for his motorcycle, wrap around wood cabinets and roll away tool cabinets. Born and raised in Vancouver, Brent began his career in Calgary. Travelling often for his job, Brent truly represents Western Canada in the battle to become Canada’s best handyman.
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Laurier Dubeau

Laurier Dubeau

Hometown: Black Diamond, Alta.

Laurier is a siding installer from Black Diamond, Alta. The 46-year-old has worked on everything from home restorations to building a revolving set for a theatrical production of Annie. 
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Doug Lawrence

Doug Lawrence

Hometown: Cochrane, Alta.

Whether it’s helping turn his aunt’s basement into a rental unit or adding a sleeping platform and running water to his SUV, Doug loves doing it all. A cabinet maker, Doug comes from a handyman family and admits he took his talents for granted until competing with Canada’s best. Originally from Sylvan Lake, Alta., Doug now lives in Cochrane with his wife and dog.
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Darren Thomson

Darren Thomson

Hometown: Calgary, Alta.

When Darren’s not busy with ironwork or carpentry, he can be found taking tourists on horseback trips into the Rocky Mountains. While he is most proud of a forge he made in welding school, he recently spent four months building a cabin with his family. Darren’s mom, not content to let her son’s talents go to waste, advised him to use his skills to make a woman happy.
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Nik Florito

Nik Florito

Hometown: Thunder Bay, Ont.

Between his day job as an app developer, his photography business with his wife and his four children, it’s surprising Nik had time to drive from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg to audition. While he specializes in restoring old homes and building furniture, he also enjoys plumbing, which he thinks of as Lego for adults, just a little nastier.
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Mark Emrick

Mark Emrick

Hometown: Brandon, Man.

A volunteer firefighter for 17 years in Melita, Man., Mark now trains future firefighters as an instructor in Brandon. He has gained plenty of renovation experience over the years, working on every home he’s ever owned. At 48, Mark is working on building a lakefront cabin and has come a long way from renovating his first home with no handyman experience over 20 years ago.
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Christopher Erbus

Christopher Erbus

Hometown: Winnipeg, Man.

Christopher lives in Winnipeg, Man. with his wife and 19-month-old son. A carpenter by trade, he enjoys working on outdoor projects in the summer months. His most cherished project is a toolbox made out of solid oak, but says renovating his friend’s restaurant was the most challenging project he’s ever undertaken. 
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Ron Melnychuk

Ron Melnychuk

Hometown: Gunton, Man.

With his nothing ventured nothing gained attitude, Ron took up the handyman challenge with the support of his wife and children who started the application for him. He enjoys building furniture for family and friends and is most proud of a dresser he made for his granddaughter using fallen ash trees. Ron, 47, is a construction manager for a restoration company.
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Dan Kitchen

Dan Kitchen

Hometown: Woodville, Ont.

Dan is eager to compete against the best handymen in the country and put his skills to the test. He attributes his skills to his father who always encouraged him to be curious and do things himself. Originally from Fenlon Falls, Ont., Dan works as a computer software engineer in Woodville. 
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Brian Leuthel

Brian Leuthel

Hometown: Aurora, Ont.

An artist and eighth generation blacksmith, Bryan brings an enormous amount of passion to his work. He likes to use his talents to help others, which has led him to accompany St. Andrews College students to third world countries to build homes through Habitat for Humanity.
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Nathan MacDonald-Pile

Nathan MacDonald-Pile

Hometown: Barrie, Ont.

The youngest competitor to crack the Top 16, Nathan gained experience building furniture for his home. While his wife wanted to buy new, Nathan convinced her that he was up to the challenge and completed a kitchen table, end tables and coffee table with reclaimed wood from his grandmother’s barn.
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Michael Thomson

Michael Thomson

Hometown: Burlington, Ont.

A real estate investor in Southern Ontario, Michael and his wife manage a number of commercial plazas and apartments. At their Burlington, Ont. home, Michael designed and built an Asian-inspired backyard which includes a pagoda, hot tub, stone fireplace and BBQ area. Michael is also an avid musician, providing another outlet for his creativity.
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Cameron Hartley

Cameron Hartley

Hometown: Falmouth, N.S.

A shop teacher from Falmouth, N.S., Cameron lives in an 1860 two-room schoolhouse that he’s renovated into an open concept home with original floors, wallboards and panoramic views. The house not only serves as the home for his family, but is the launching grounds for a new brewery.
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Maurice Pommerville

Maurice Pommerville

Enfield, N.S.

Maurice is a skilled handyman who has built elegant pieces like a grandfather clock and a solid walnut sofa table. A 48-year-old marine engineer, Maurice resides in Enfield, N.S. 
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Robin Rose

Robin Rose

Hometown: Port Rexton, N.L.

A retired Armed Forces electronics technician, Robin now spends his summers making repairs to vacation homes. At 59, Robin is the most experienced competitor to crack the Top 16. He enjoys designing and building kitchens and helping others, but don’t ask him to paint as he’d rather watch grass grow. From Port Rexton, N.L., Robin made one of the longest trips to make the audition in Halifax – over 200 km.
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Kirk Schmidt

Kirk Schmidt

Hometown: Thorburn, N.S.

Originally from Scarborough, Ont., Kirk has lived all around Ontario, in New Brunswick and for the last 12 years has resided in Thorburn, N.S. Growing up in a construction family, Kirk learned the trade early but has come to specialize in intricate woodwork. At 49, Kirk has a successful career as a GIS analyst and a house he built himself.
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