Crew

Mike Holmes

Mike Holmes

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.”

Read more about Mike Holmes here.

Stats

Home Town

Toronto

Trade

Contractor

Years working in the industry

31

Career Highlight

Earning his father’s respect. 

Did You Know?

Forbes named Mike the third most trustworthy celebrity in 2012.

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Damon Bennett

Damon Bennett

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.”

Stats:

Home Town

Ottawa

Trade

General Contractor

Years working in the industry

29

Years working with Mike

9

Career Highlight

Holmes in New Orleans project.

Did You Know?

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.

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Bill Bell

Bill Bell

Reinforcement

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.”

Stats:

Home Town 

Toronto

Years on the Crew

7

Career Highlight

Working with family.

Did You Know?

Uncle Billy has “Keep Smiling” tattooed on his arm in Mike’s handwriting.

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Sherry Holmes

Sherry Holmes

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.”

Stats:

Home Town

Toronto

Trade

Tiling & Framing

Years working in the industry

5

Years on the Crew

5

Career Highlight

Holmes in New Orleans project & High Park rebuild.

Did You Know?

Sherry is an avid traveller, bringing her inspiration back home and on the jobsite.

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Mike  Holmes Jr.

Mike Holmes Jr.

Protégé

Integrity isn’t just born–it’s bred. Junior’s all grown up and making his dad proud, having inherited Mike’s dependability, honesty, loyalty and determination. Anyone else would think it’s intimidating being Mike Holmes’ son. But MJ’s keeping the Holmes legend alive and thriving, putting in the man-hours and dedication to bring out the professional that’s in his blood. Over the years, Junior has developed a sincere passion for his work. He’s investing the necessary time and commitment to cultivate his skills as a carpenter and contractor, and currently earning his Red Seal in Carpentry.
 
“I want to do it the right way and work my way up to the top with respect.”

Stats:

Home Town

Toronto

Trade

Carpenter Apprentice

Years working in the industry

9

Years on the Crew

6

Career Highlight

Fence job in Season 5 of Holmes on Homes–first time working on the Crew.

Did You Know?

MJ volunteered at Toronto Fire Station #424 and played on his high school’s rugby team.

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Nichole Faucher

Nichole Faucher

The Grit That Won’t Quit

Nichole is a glutton for punishment. When it comes to construction jobs, the bigger, the hotter, the tougher, the better. She doesn’t shy-away from any challenge and even puts the guys on the Crew to the test. Much like Mike, Nichole grew up working alongside her father, learning about basic construction and how to do things for herself. Since then she’s been hooked and as a natural perfectionist, continues to hone her skills. Nichole is a powerhouse, pushing forward no matter what because the job isn’t done until it’s done right. 
 
“The longer I work here the more I’m learning. It’s made me a stronger person– on and off the job site.”

Stats:

Home Town

Toronto

Trade

General Construction

Years working in the industry

8

Years on the Crew

4

Career Highlight

Completing the Women in Skilled Trades (WIST) program and High Park rebuild.

Did You Know?

Nichole runs the Warrior Dash, Run For Your Lives and Terry Fox marathons, skydives and has a pet snake named Susan.

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Carlito Pavlovic

Carlito Pavlovic

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.”

Stats:

Home Town

Toronto

Trade

General Contractor & Finished Carpentry

Years working in the industry

24

Years on the Crew

7

Career Highlight

Holmes in New Orleans project.

Did You Know?

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. 

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Adam Belanger

Adam Belanger

Structure Stabilizer

Adam isn’t a man of many words—he let’s his work speak for itself. His undeniable workmanship and focused skill is a key component to the Crew’s success on every job they tackle. Adam is methodical, straightforward and honours his trade by putting it first. His determination to raise the bar and continually improve his skills comes from an honest belief that there’s always room to learn. Only a guy like Adam could be Mike Holmes’ son-in-law, rising to the challenge and showing what it takes to earn Mike’s respect. 
 
“Every temporary structure is permanent while it’s up. That’s why we build it just as strong.”
 
Stats:

Home Town
Bradford
 
Trade
General Contractor
 
Years working in the industry
14
 
Years on the Crew
8
 
Career Highlight
Building a third-story attic in Season 6 of Holmes on Homes®.
 
Did You Know?
Adam is a hunter, but became the hunted when he met Mike’s daughter, Amanda 10 years ago. They are now married and have two children.
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Derek Ullman

Derek Ullman

Practiced Carpenter

After travelling the world, the construction industry wouldn’t loosen its grip on Derek, bringing him home to help Mike make it right. But you don’t just need the right skill to make it on his Crew—you need the right attitude, and Derek’s got it by the pound. He’s an adrenaline junkie, jumping off bridges and out of planes on the weekend, while pushing himself and his abilities to new heights on the job. He’s not only devoted to his trade, but his energy and humour helps keep everyone around him pumped up, ready to give everything they've got to get the job done right.
 
“Being on the Crew is unbelievable. My heart’s still racing to this day.”

Stats:

Home Town

Brantford

Trade

Carpentry

Years working in the industry

9

Years on the Crew

1.5

Career Highlight

High Park rebuild project—“Building Castles” Season 1 of Holmes Makes It Right.

Did You Know?

Derek lived in New Zealand and worked as a bungee jump operator.

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Blake Steed

Blake Steed

Framing Expert

Blake impressed the right people at the right time while volunteering on a Holmes Makes It Right rebuild project. His unquestionable craftsmanship and dedication to his work went beyond the call of duty and Mike knew exactly where he belonged: on his Crew. Blake’s incredible focus and framing proficiency makes him a crucial addition to the Crew, helping them bypass major hurdles and overcome severe time-crunches that would have stopped jobs in their tracks. The high road might be tough, but Blake makes it look easy.  
 
"The work has its challenges. But the end result is always worth it.”

Stats:

Home Town

Toronto

Trade

Framing

Years working in the industry

9

Years on the Crew

1.5

Career Highlight

Becoming a member of the Crew and High Park rebuild.

Did You Know?

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.

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Andrew Evans

Andrew Evans

Renaissance Man

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.”

Stats:

Home Town

Hamilton

Trade

Tiling, Mudding & Trim

Years working in the industry

10

Years on the Crew

0.75

Career Highlight

“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.

Did You Know?

Andrew practices traditional Japanese Karate and his favourite drink is Sapporo.

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Glen Coyle

Glen Coyle

Sharpshooter

Every defense needs a good offence and Mike hired one of our country’s finest. After serving in the Canadian Military for 8 years, Glen was recruited by Craig Lowe—one of Mike’s Official Contractors and go-to for all paint jobs—to work on a Holmes Makes It Right project, “Caught in a Trap” Pt. 1 & 2. Once Damon met Glen, there was no going back. His skills, determination and attitude were the perfect fit for the Crew. Mike made it official and asked Glen to join his team of soldiers on the mission to change the industry from the ground up.
 
“It’s addictive to work here. You don’t want to leave. Every day I wake up and I love coming to work. It’s very fulfilling to take something from the ground and build it up.”

Stats:

Home Town

Brampton

Trade

General Construction & Restoration

Years working in the industry

8

Years on the Crew

0.5

Career Highlight

Log house—“Log Jam” Season 2 Holmes Makes It Right. During the episode, Mike makes Glen an official member of the Crew.

Did You Know?

Glen is into comic books and Indian food. 

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John Kendall

John Kendall

Frontline Defence

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.”

Stats:

Home Town

Toronto

Trade

Carpentry & Tiling

Years working in the industry

6

Years on the Crew

0.5

Career Highlight

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.

Did You Know?

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.

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Tyler Stenson

Tyler Stenson

Building Code Pro

They say knowledge is power. Tyler graduated top in his class from the Mike Holmes endorsed Home Inspection Technician program at Sault College. His outstanding achievements in the program earned him a co-op spot with the Mike Holmes Inspections division during the summer of 2012. While working at head office, Damon enrolled him in the Crew where Tyler was able to demonstrate that he could put theory into practice. The unique skills he acquired through the program keeps him on the leading edge of Building Code and home inspection practices, proving that a passion for knowledge pays off on the jobsite.
 
“I love working on people’s homes, especially to the level that we’re bringing them up to. To actually be a part of the change that’s going to make things better, make them safer…I’m honoured.”

Stats:

Home Town

Kingston

Trade

General Construction & Home Inspection

Years working in the industry

0.5

Years on the Crew

0.5

Career Highlight

High Park rebuild project—“Building Castles” Season 1,Holmes Makes It Right.

Did You Know?

Tyler is a speed-reader. He can read 900 words per minute.

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Mike Pidgeon

Mike Pidgeon

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.”

Stats:

Home Town

Mississauga

Trade

Building Renovation

Years working in the industry

5

Years on the Crew

0.5

Career Highlight

Barn job, Season 2 of Holmes Makes It Right.

Did You Know?

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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