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Most Trusted Contractor
They say it takes 10,000 hours to become a master at any skill. Mike’s put in over 80,000 hours. His uncompromising attitude towards any job has earned him the trust of homeowners and the respect of an industry. Driven by a simple code passed down by his father, Mike has brought a whole new meaning to “make it right”, consistently using his knowledge and skills as a contractor to help families and communities that have run out of options. Known to go the extra mile, Mike proves that you can either let the industry change you, or you can push to change the industry.
“I’m a man of my word – and I’m going to make it right.”
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Years working in the industry
Earning his father’s respect.
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Forbes named Mike the third most trustworthy celebrity in 2012.
Mike's Right-Hand Man
Damon is Mike's Crew Supervisor and General in the trenches, responsible for coordinating the troops and making sure they get the job done right.
Damon started working in the construction industry when he was 12-years old—first as a bricklayer’s helper, then as a roofer, framer and renovator. While working on a client’s home, Damon was approached by Holmes on Homes® producers (who were filming in the area) to work permanently on Mike’s crew. Nearly ten years later, he’s now essential to the success of every job. Damon specializes in carpentry, structure reinforcement and construction coordination, and as leader of the pack, he’s a mentor to everyone on the Crew. His uncompromising work ethic and unyielding dedication to every job proves that there’s honour in a good day’s work. He’s the voice of reason and a guy whose professionalism on the field is surpassed only by his expertise.
“I don’t really look at my role as ‘supervisor’. I see it more like I’m taking care of my family.”
Years working with Mike
Holmes in New Orleans project.
Damon is of Métis descent, a World War II history buff and a huge animal lover. He’s rescued a number of animals over the years, including ferrets.
If Mike is the heart of this operation, Billy’s its soul. As Mike’s uncle, Billy has been there every step of the way, teaching Mike good guys don’t finish last–they finish best. On any job site on any day Uncle Billy is the first one there, with his signature Winnebago to support Mike and the Crew and help keep them going through the mayhem. Uncle Billy welcomes everyone like family and makes the Crew feel like they’re home no matter where they are. He also helps keep them in line, because he’s not just an uncle to Mike. He’s an uncle to everyone on the Crew.
“The best part of my job is everything. The Crew is my family and the homeowners we help our neighbours.”
Years on the Crew
Working with family.
Uncle Billy has “Keep Smiling” tattooed on his arm in Mike’s handwriting.
Sweetheart with a Nail Gun
Sherry proves looks are deceiving. She’s helping change the face of Canada’s skilled trades workforce, proving women can do just as good or better than any man working in the industry. Her attention to detail shows that there’s beauty in making it right, and her creative nature has helped her evolve into a tiling pro—surpassing other professionals working in the trade for years. Sherry pushes everyone to step up their game and when they do she plays nice. But if you cross her don’t expect a “girl” fight.
“There’s plenty I want to try. You never really stop learning. I want to try everything at some point.”
Tiling & Framing
Holmes in New Orleans project & High Park rebuild.
Sherry is an avid traveller, bringing her inspiration back home and on the jobsite.
Fence job in Season 5 of Holmes on Homes–first time working on the Crew.
MJ volunteered at Toronto Fire Station #424 and played on his high school’s rugby team.
The Grit That Won’t Quit
Completing the Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) program and High Park rebuild.
Nichole runs the Warrior Dash, Run For Your Lives and Terry Fox marathons, skydives and has a pet snake named Susan.
Go-to Pro & Trickster of the Trade
Carl (aka Carlito) is the brawn that takes the brunt, earning every notch on his tool belt. He’s known Mike for over 20 years and is no stranger to the business–even running his own contracting company before closing shop to join Mike’s team. Today he holds rank among Mike’s elite task force and has the war wounds to prove it. Although naughty by nature, no one takes their job more seriously than Carlito, who’s never too busy to teach others how to do it right. He fills in the cracks where others leave gaps and takes the lead whenever necessary.
“I don’t want to be anywhere else. This is where I want to be.”
General Contractor & Finished Carpentry
Carlito has a farm he works on. But he’s not just good with his hands. He also knows how to Latin dance and waltz.
High Park rebuild project—“Building Castles” Season 1 of Holmes Makes It Right.
Derek lived in New Zealand and worked as a bungee jump operator.
Becoming a member of the Crew and High Park rebuild.
Blake snowboards and motorcycles on the regular, and thanks to a recent expedition with the Crew on his birthday, he’s now hooked on skydiving too.
Andrew treads the fine line between art and design, creativity and creating, artistic vision and construction. He’s done everything from landscaping, framing and tiling to auto body and airbrushing, blending his classic skills for the modern jobsite. Before joining the Crew, Andrew was a full-time tattoo artist, racking up 11 years and 1500 tattoos to date. His career balances between the world of construction and renovation with the world of tattooing because both sides are based on the same principle: Bringing out the beauty that’s behind the surface. Andrew was recruited from the inside and rose to the challenge when the Crew needed an extra hand with an esthetic grip.
“I really like to be meticulous at what I do, whether it’s tattooing or tiling. If I’m going to take the time to do something, I’m going to do it to the best of my ability.”
Tiling, Mudding & Trim
“Breaking Through” Season 1 of Holmes Makes It Right—it was the first time he collaborated with his girlfriend, Nichole on a project for the show.
Andrew practices traditional Japanese Karate and his favourite drink is Sapporo.
General Construction & Restoration
Log house—“Log Jam” Season 2 Holmes Makes It Right. During the episode, Mike makes Glen an official member of the Crew.
Glen is into comic books and Indian food.
John (aka Johnny) met the Crew thanks to Glen, whom he served alongside in the Canadian infantry. After retiring, Johnny was looking to get back to doing some good, so Damon re-enlisted him and put him on Mike’s team where he could serve his country from the homefront. A true force to be reckoned with, Johnny shares the same attitude that makes Mike and the Crew successful at what they do: You overcome challenges by focusing on the positive and strategizing a solution—not by staring at the problem. The military was about respect, discipline and integrity; the work he’s doing on the Crew focuses on the heart that’s behind everything.
“Right away when I first started volunteering, I knew I wanted to be here. The guys were the same as in the infantry. They loved hearing our war stories and we loved hearing theirs.”
Carpentry & Tiling
Log cabin—“Log Jam” Season 2, Holmes Makes It Right. During the episode, Mike not only makes him an official member of the Crew, but Johnny also receives his retirement papers from the Canadian Military.
While serving in Afghanistan, Johnny built the only bunker that didn’t have a dirt floor. His had a plywood floor, and he even added some bookshelves.
Building Code Pro
General Construction & Home Inspection
High Park rebuild project—“Building Castles” Season 1,Holmes Makes It Right.
Tyler is a speed-reader. He can read 900 words per minute.
Natural Born Builder
Mike (aka Pidgeon) comes from a lineage of general contractors. His great grandfather built Basilica Chapel in St. John’s Newfoundland—the “Pidgeon” family name appears on the keystone. But Mike’s father decided to branch out into television, and Mike followed in his footsteps working as a PA in commercials and music videos. After years of running mics and lights, he decided to get back to his roots and studied building renovation, followed by a stint in commercial HVAC and roofing. The combination in his professional background makes him an asset on Mike’s Crew, where he’s able to integrate his skills in both construction and television into one solid vocation.
“I’ve always been good with my hands. I like doing the work. It’s fun, it’s challenging—it’s something different every day. It makes me happy.”
Barn job, Season 2 of Holmes Makes It Right.
Mike was the bass player for The Sound Smiths and The Martian Academy, and worked with reptiles before joining the Crew.
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