The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) presented Mike Holmes, “Canada’s most trusted contractor”, with the honorary degree of Doctor of Technology at their Winter Convocation ceremony earlier this month.
Honorary degrees are the highest accolade that BCIT bestows, and are awarded to individuals who are widely recognized for their outstanding and sustained achievements in their area of expertise.
“Mr. Holmes is an extraordinary craftsperson, he is also passionate about his many philanthropic ventures,” says Dr. Verna Magee-Shepherd, BCIT’s acting president. “We are pleased to award him with this degree, as he sets a positive example not only for our trades students, but for all members of the BCIT community.”
Mr. Holmes was initially trained in all aspects of construction and renovation by his father, a master plumber, and subsequently developed his expertise on the job. From plumbing, to electrical to carpentry, he was trained to tackle any home improvement task the right way, with skill and integrity. With more than two decades of construction experience, he has earned an outstanding reputation for his honesty and professionalism.
In addition to his work as host of Holmes on Homes, he has established a charitable foundation, The Holmes Foundation, that focuses on improving skilled trades people and has a mission to ensure that all residential renovation and construction in Canada is done right. In 2007, The Holmes Foundation announced the establishment of the Make It Right Scholarships and Bursaries, designed to encourage students in Canadian colleges who have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in residential renovation or construction to complete their academic training.
Mr. Holmes is also the national spokesperson for SOS Childrens’ Villages, an international charity that helps feed and house neglected and abandoned children, and has supported a number of charities across Canada.
In 2006, Mr. Holmes was recognized by Canada’s House of Commons as “an accomplished master builder with a social conscience.”