Mike & Crew
Who is Mike Holmes?
Mike Holmes is known as Canada's Most Trusted Contractor, and the man whose mission is to Make it Right®.
He is the host and creator of Holmes on Homes®, which has been the #1 show on HGTV Canada since the summer of 2004, also airing in the United States, United Kingdom, Nordic Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Germany. Thanks to strong supporters in both broadcasting and building industries, the award-winning Holmes on Homes® ran seven successful seasons. Mike Holmes' knowledge, professionalism and honesty struck a chord with viewers and brought a high level of credibility to his show.
Holmes on Homes® is an honest and revealing show about contractor rip-offs and how to avoid them. Homeowners around the world learn from Mike's tips on how to manage a renovation and what to look out for in home repair and maintenance.
Mike's initiatives in new home construction and 'eco-friendly' building were demonstrated in his series Holmes in New Orleans--a ratings success when it aired in April of 2009. Holmes in New Orleans won a Gemini award for Best Lifestyle/Practical Information Series.
Mike and his crew built a remarkable sustainable and hurricane resistant house in New Orleans as part of the Make it Right NOLA project. The project was initiated after a series of community meetings with residents of the Lower 9th Ward – an area of New Orleans completely devastated after Hurricane Katrina.
After Holmes on Homes® wrapped up in 2007, Mike moved onto Holmes Inspection. The purpose of this series was to shine the flashlight on homeowners who face unexpected, expensive repair bills and even potentially dangerous living conditions because they received incomplete, vague or simply incorrect information from a home inspector. After a Holmes Inspection, where Mike identifies problems with the house, he and his crew Make it Right®.
Mike is a contractor with honour and integrity, who knows the importance of resourcefulness, craftsmanship and reliability. In 2006 Mike Holmes was recognized by Canada's House of Commons for his promotion of skilled trades and for his advocacy of improved building standards. He was acknowledged as an "extraordinary craftsperson" and "an accomplished master builder with a social conscience".
Mike is now taking home renovation and construction to a new level. He is developing Wind Walk – the first Holmes Community – in Southwest Alberta. This unique community of eco-friendly and sustainable homes will set a new standard in residential construction and design.
He is also the author of six successful books. Among them, the national bestseller Make it Right--Inside Home Renovation with Canada's Most Trusted Contractor, The Holmes Inspection-Everything you Need to Know Before You Buy or Sell Your Home, as well as a weekly syndicated newspaper column. His Holmes Workwear clothing and safety gear is available across North America, and he sells out home shows and seminars whenever he speaks in public.
Mike is also well known for his contribution to the international community through his work with SOS Children's Villages. On April 26, 2006, Mike launched The Holmes Foundation, a charitable Canadian foundation to support the training of youth in the skilled trades through apprenticeships, scholarships and bursaries.
On February 21, 2008, Mike was presented with an Honorary Doctorate of Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) for his outstanding and sustained achievements in his field.
Mike is the national spokesperson for Skills Canada, as well as for World Skills 2009 and 2011. He is often invited by professional organizations to speak in support of various initiatives. These organizations include the Canadian Safety Association of Ontario, the Ontario Building Inspectors Association and the Canadian Association of Home Inspectors.
In November 2009 he spoke at GreenBuild, the US Green Building Council conference on sustainable housing. In December 2009 he had the great honour to attend COP15 in Copenhagen as Eminent Advisor to the Canadian government.
On October 26, 2010 the International Code Council Foundation (ICCF) named Mike Honorary Code Leader for his efforts in promoting safe building code through his various initiatives, including his extensive work on Holmes on Homes® and Holmes Inspection. Mike has been able to successfully use his television series as a means to educate viewers on the importance of upholding building code – all in the name of preserving the safety and well being of communities and households, both at home and abroad.
In 2011, Mike was presented with an award from the Ontario Electrical Safety Authority, which recognized his work in advancing public electrical safety awareness. And for the second consecutive year, Mike was named The Second Most Trusted Canadian by Reader’s Digest magazine in 2011, following a national readers’ poll.
Despite the successful conclusion of two seasons of Holmes Inspection, Mike couldn’t pack up his tool belt just yet. After putting in over 30 years of hard work on job site after job site, speaking to countless homeowners in countless different situations, Mike has become an advocate for the unheard homeowner.
He continues to help desperate homeowners in hopeless situations through his new series, Holmes Makes It Right, which is currently in production and scheduled to air on HGTV Canada in October 2012.