Canada’s Handyman Challenge names competitors

From a media release:


  • HGTV Canada’s All-Stars Reveal Top Picks from Auditions in Halifax, Vancouver and Toronto
  • Celebrity Contractor Mike Holmes Joins Judges in Final Episode to Award $25,000 Prize

The nationwide search for Canada’s Best Handyman has honed in on 15 exceptional competitors who will move on to vie for the coveted title and $25,000. After auditions across Canada, HGTV Canada’s all-star judges Scott McGillivray (Income Property), Bryan Baeumler (Leave It To Bryan) and Paul Lafrance (Decked Out) have selected the country’s top handyman talent, and they’ll be joined by Mike Holmes (Holmes Makes It Right) in the finale episode to choose the winner. The Top 15 will begin their battle in next week’s episode of Canada’s Handyman Challenge, airing on Tuesday February 12 at 10pm ET/PT on HGTV Canada.

The Top 15 were chosen after presenting the judges with their most creative plywood projects, from wooden salmon to full working bicycles, and competing in skill-testing timed challenges that stretched their minds and hands to the limit.   Guy Belair, 52, Coquitlam BC·        

  • David Fitzgerald, 28, Lawrencetown NS    
  • Kris Granneman, 31, Burnaby BC   
  • Wayne Huston, 44, Westmontrose ON
  • Kyle Jackson, 52, Halifax NS
  • Michael Kmeth, 42, Hamilton ON
  • Brian Lee, 66, Rockwood ON
  • David MacCallum, 43, Halifax NS
  • Marc Martin, 40, Moncton NB
  • Maria Nestoras, 29, Hamilton ON
  • Chris Palmer, 30, Oshawa ON
  • Shannon Parker, 38, Berwick NS
  • Ken Ross, 39, Burnaby BC
  • John Rousseau, 29, Summerland BC
  • Mark Ulinder, 40, Kamloops BC

Canada’s Handyman Challenge will follow these 15 contestants as they move on to bigger, more complicated projects. They will compete in challenges such as hanging wallpaper, building a swinging seat, and correctly wiring a three-way switch. In the final episode airing Tuesday, March 19 at 10pm ET/PT, Canada’s most trusted contractor Mike Holmes (Holmes Makes It Right) joins the judges panel to weigh in on the finalists’ ultimate challenge – creating an extravagant and detailed outdoor living space. Through wins and losses, personal triumphs and upsetting mistakes, the competitors are prepared to put it all on the line to impress the judges, win the title of Canada’s Best Handyman and bring home the $25,000 prize. For more information on the top 15 competitors, full episodes after they air, and exclusive on-set interviews with Canada’s Handyman Challenge all-stars, visit