Founder & Advisor
Mike’s deep understanding of construction, combined with his entrepreneurial, inventive personality fuelled the birth of iSPAN. Based on his own personal experience of trying to work with cumbersome cold-formed steel framing products, Mike’s mission in starting iSPAN was straightforward – to simplify cold-formed steel framing components to make them better and easier to use.
Mike grew the company from a conceptual product offering to a patented commercial offering supported by a full manufacturing facility and a solid team to support projects.
Today Mike focuses his time on product development and supporting iSPAN’s network of Value-Add Resellers of Composite TotalJoist in the United States. Mike takes a very hands-on product development approach. He always stays deeply connected to the marketplace to understand today’s challenges to develop the right solutions for tomorrow.
Mike, who has nearly 40 years of manufacturing and site construction experience, also studied Civil Engineering Technology at Seneca College and New Product Development at MIT.
During college and for several years after, Mike worked as an ironworker (Local 721 Toronto), receiving his journeyman papers at the same time he completed college. He holds 52 patents in Canada and the USA, many of which have been commercialized.
Among the many highlights he could cite from his long career, Mike worked for the Design/Build contractor Ellis-Don from 1986 to 1990 as project manager for the retractable roof and moveable stands of The Skydome Stadium (now the Rogers Centre).