Mike Holmes jr portraitMike Holmes Jr.

Mike Holmes Jr. (MJ) is a professional contractor, television host, public speaker, educator, guest expert and online personality. He started working with his father—celebrity contractor Mike Holmes—when he was just 14 years old on the set of Holmes on Homes®. For 11+ years viewers watched Mike Jr. grow up as he helped his father on some of his most ambitious builds and projects, including Holmes in New Orleans, Mike’s Ultimate Garage and HOME FREE on FOX. Today MJ focuses on a holistic approach to proper homebuilding that supports healthy living and stars in the newest edition of the Holmes series franchise, Holmes + Holmes, where he and his dad transform his modest bachelor bungalow into a two-storey masterpiece.

Don’t miss Mike Holmes Jr. on our Main Stage on Saturday, January 21 from 4:30pm-5:30pm and Sunday, January 22 from 1:00pm-2:00pm and 3:30pm-4:30pm to learn about ‘renovating right’!

Nick Karrandjas

Nick Karrandjas

Nicholas Karrandjas is a dedicated Project Consultant for the Design and Build firm Ottawa General Contractors. At age 30, he has over 9 years of experience in the residential construction industry including landscape design/build, multi-family new home sales/management, and high risk renovations. The challenge of creating unique, efficient, and ergonomic designs that result in a long lasting, positive difference in the lives of his clients is what attracted him to residential construction. 

Nick will be on our Main Stage on Thursday, January 19 from 3:00pm-4:00pm and Sunday, January 22 from 11:30am-12:30pm to give you the scoop on the coach house revolution. 

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Étienne Dupuy, CertaPro Painters Ottawa

Étienne opened his CertaPro franchise in Ottawa’s East end in late 2011, but he is in no way new to the world of painting or entrepreneurship. From 2006 to 2011, Étienne operated one of the most successful College Pro Painters franchises in North America, painting over 1000 homes and businesses while maintaining outstanding customer satisfaction ratings. Étienne now brings his passion for customer service, outstanding leadership abilities and keen business acumen to his CertaPro Painters franchise.

Join Étienne as he takes our Main Stage on Friday, January 20 from 3:00pm-4:00pm and Saturday, January 21 from 11:30am-12:30pm to discuss painting techniques and stipple ceiling removal.

John Gordon

John Gordon

Growing up on a farm, John Gordon knew he had a future working with his hands. Today, with about 21 years of experience in home renovations, he is the proud Owner of Your Reno Guys, which was most recently named Sales and Service Business of the Year by the Orleans Chamber of Commerce.

John loves to share his knowledge of saving money, setting goals and gaining confidence in the renovations process. John’s expertise is featured in a bi-monthly column in Ottawa Life Magazine, titled “John’s Reno Tips”. Home renovations can feel overwhelming, but John wants to supply all the knowledge he can to make trades work less intimidating and help people create the homes of their dreams.

John will hit our Main Stage on Thursday, January 19 from 6:30pm-7:30pm and Saturday, January 21 from 1:30pm-2:30pm to share home renovation secrets the experts don’t tell you.

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Katrina Barclay

Katrina Barclay is the owner of upcycled-furniture boutique and workshop, Malenka Originals. Over the last 5 years, Katrina has shown thousands how to refresh and revitalise their old, tired furniture. She is Ottawa’s exclusive stockist for Chalk Paint™ decorative paint by Annie Sloan, and was one of Ontario’s first retailers of the popular product. She has travelled widely to learn techniques for using Chalk Paint, including being taught directly by Annie Sloan at her Oxford, England studio.  Katrina’s work and business have been featured across multiple media outlets in Ottawa, as well as publications in Canada and the USA. Katrina was also chosen as a 2016 Forty Under 40 for Ottawa.

Katrina will explore the endless possibilities of Chalk Paint™ on our Main Stage Friday, January 20 from 6:30pm-7:30pm and Saturday, January 21 from 3:00pm-4:00pm.