Jim Caruk, Founder of Renos for Heroes
Jim Caruk, Founder of Renos for Heroes
Jim Caruk, Partner of Caruk-Hall Construction, Master Contractor and Custom Home Builder, has over 40 years in the building industry and is known to many as the host of HGTV’s Real Renos, Handyman Superstar Challenge and Builder Boss. With close family ties to the Military (his Dad, Edward Caruk, served as Engineer, PFC Sapper and his uncle Paul Caruk, PFC Marksman, Infantry), Jim wanted to find a way to give back to the Canadian heroes that serve our country. After a friend’s son came home injured from serving overseas, Jim was surprised to learn that not all home modifications are covered by the government so he started Renos for Heroes in 2010 in order to help improve the lives of these injured Canadian soldiers.
Jim resides in Toronto and is a proud dad to two daughters and “Papa Jim-Jim” to his 3 grandchildren with one more on the way!
Deryl has been the Executive Director for Reno for Heroes since 2011.
He has worked in the Electrical Industry for over 35 years. He was a Lighting Specialist for General Electric for fifteen years; a Sr. Sales Rep for Cooper Industries and Tyco International in the electrical manufacturing field. He attended York University, Ryerson and Schulich School of Business. During High School, Deryl was a member of the Army Cadets. He served two years with the Toronto Scottish (75th) Reserves. He has been involved in many charities over the years including, Lieutenant Governor for three years for the Optimist Club, Zone Five, Vice President and President for the Waterdown Optimist Club, Mutiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, Camp Rainbow and Variety Village.
Paul R. Lobb
Paul has been a Board Member for RFH since 2011. He is currently the President of Vicwest Building Products, a long established Canadian based supplier of quality exterior building products for all segments of the construction industry. Vicwest has nine locations in Canada and is headquartered in Oakville, ON.
His professional development is supplemented with extensive experience in senior and executive leadership roles with well-respected multi-national manufacturing and distribution companies in the industrial and CPG segments.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree with majors in marketing and accounting, the CPA, CMA designation, and an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management / Schulich School of Business.
Michael was in the Air Cadets 778 Sqn. Richmond Hill , ON for 5yrs and then joined the Canadian Armed Forces. In 1992, he served with the 3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment, Winnipeg, Baden Germany UN tour to The Former Republic of Yugoslavia. He was posted to Petawawa, ON. Upon leaving the Military, Michael joined the Carpenters Union Local 27 Toronto and completed his apprenticeship. He has worked on-site as a Health and Safety Committee and was hired as a Business Representative in 2007. He has been helping Veterans obtain apprenticeships through Helmets2Hardhats and became involved with Renos for Heroes in 2010.
Steve is is the President and Managing Partner of Business Insurance Services and Alumni Insurance Services, which provides employers and Associations of all sizes and industries with Group Benefit and Retirement Program solutions. Steve spent time in both the RHLI and the 23 Service Battalion during his formative years. A proud graduate of Mohawk College and an Alumni of Distinction, Steve has participated in the De Groote Schools of Business Board Governance programs through the United Way, which makes him well versed in areas around the board table. No stranger to the Military, even today, Steve has been involved with an organization called Camp Maple Leaf, for almost 2 decades. Its an island on Pigeon Lake, Incorporated by the Canadian Council of War Vets designed to be a living memorial for the sons and daughters of those who served, while allowing children of today to enjoy the camp experience while family members are deployed. He lives in Burlington with his wife Rose, daughter Jaclyn, son Jarred and their favourite Havanese, Beau.
Dean Turner is the President & CEO of F.A.S.T. Rescue Inc., an Occupational
Health & Safety company of consultants and workplace safety training. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces as an Infantryman where he spent 22 years with the Royal Canadian Regiment and Special Forces Canadian Airborne Regiment. His Decorations Awarded are the: Special Service Medal, Canadian Peacekeeping Service Medal, NATO Medal for Bosnia, Canadian Forces Decoration (CD) and Canadian Airborne Regiment Jump Wings.
Dean is a member of Canadian Society of Safety Engineers, an Instructor trainer with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, The Canadian Red Cross and the National Safety Council. He is also a volunteer with Canadian Red Cross Disaster Services, a member of the Treble Victor Group (3V) and an Emergency Medical Responder Instructor Trainer.
Scott is currently Head of Client Services for the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and has 2 decades of experience leading marketing, brand, innovation and business development strategies focused on construction and building materials sectors.
Over his career, he has held executive positions with national and global consumer goods and building product manufacturers, has guided strategic initiatives for several large multi-nationals and was Managing Director and partner of a Toronto-based marketing agency. Scott was also a practicing lawyer with a downtown Toronto law firm.
Scott has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Ottawa as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario.