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Published on May 16, 2012
Mike Holmes, the host of "Holmes Inspection" and "Holmes on Homes" on HGTV, spoke at Niagara University's graduate commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13, 2012.
On HGTV, Holmes advises homeowners around the world on how to manage renovations, home repairs and maintenance. A contractor who knows the importance of resourcefulness and craftsmanship, his experience in new home construction and sustainable building has garnered him a growing fan base. In 2006, Holmes was recognized in Canada's House of Commons for his support toward improved building standards and skilled trades. That same year, he also launched a charitable foundation in Canada to support the training of youth in the skilled trades through apprenticeships and scholarships. In addition, Holmes and his crew built a remarkable sustainable and hurricane-resistant house in New Orleans as part of Brad Pitt's "Make It Right NOLA" project. Holmes also is the author of two successful books and writes a weekly newspaper column.