Updated: 05/02/2017 12:33 PM | First Published: 02/19/2017 06:15 PM

Contractor Mike Holmes followed his father's footsteps at an early age

Contractor Mike Holmes on construction work

Mike Holmes was born as Michael James Holmes on 3rd August 1963 in Halton Hills, Ontario, Canada. He was brought up in a modest 3-bedroom home with his mom Shirley and dad, Jim, who was also a contractor. Speaking about his father whom he considers as his ideal man, he said, “In my eyes, he was a Superman. I talk about my dad all the time, sometimes I get the feeling I talk about him too much, but he is the inspiration behind what I do”. 

Middle of three siblings, he learned his craft from his dad at an early age. While he had to share a room with his younger brother, he took upon himself to renovate his closet into a bedroom, that was one of his early building projects.  

Grown up in a blue collar working class family that he claims as “poor but content”, he and his siblings never felt like lacking anything but learned the value of doing things right the first time, a principle which his parents always exhibited. 

Learning the trade skills from his dad was one of the greatest factors in his life as his passion as a little boy led him to be one of the most renowned names by now. By the time he reached 19, he started his own contract company with the crew of 13 workers. Two years later he excelled in his career fronts and established his own renovation company. He was storming in his career and helping many suffering from bad renovations and in doing so he was honored with a Gemini Awards in 2004. 

In 2006, Mike went on to establish The Holmes Foundation, after seeing a renovation that wasn’t properly done and made him feel that tearing the house down and starting again is better than repairing the damages again. The purpose of the foundation is to encourage young people to enter building trades and also assist those who have been impoverished by the bad renovations. Similarly, that same year he was recognized in Canada’s House of Common for promoting skilled trades and advocating improved building standards. 

He earned the titles like “extraordinary craftsman” & “an accomplished master builder with a social conscience”. Well known for his work with the SOS Children’s Villages, he was voted as the second most trusted man in Canada behind environmental activist David Suzuki

Holmes is a national spokesperson for WorldSkills Calgary 2009 and Skills/Competences Canada. Even he is often invited to speak by several professional organizations such as the Ontario Building Inspectors Association, Canadian Safety Association & the Canadian Association of Home & Property Inspectors.