Tell us about yourself & your company?
Todd: I am passionate about teaching and problem-solving and I believe these values are reflected in my custom home building process as a result. As a Red Seal Carpenter myself, I love having the opportunity to train the next generation of quality craftsmen. Whether new construction, restoration, or renovation, our team’s solution-driven attitude has been a key factor in helping to create something unique for each of our clients.
How did you get into the residential construction industry?
Todd: Growing up, I was surrounded by the building models of my father, Garry Best, who was an architect and contractor. As I began working with him, I became fascinated with restorations, initially, and the process of bringing new life to an aged building. This passion for thoughtfully crafted re-design inspired the founding of Best Builders.
What keeps you in the industry?
Todd: My genuine love for the home building process keeps me in this industry. I find great joy in being able to encourage education and exercise creativity throughout our industry’s never-ending challenges.
While navigating covid-19, what new opportunities have you discovered?
Todd: Although it has been tough for all, it has been rewarding to meet with homeowners, and families, and hear a common attitude of intentionality when discussing each project. With much more time being spent at home over the last year, it has understandably encouraged a more thoughtful approach to both designing and building.
It’s 11AM Saturday morning, what are you up to?
Todd: If I am not out for a walk with my lovely wife and our many dogs, you’ll find me in my workshop chipping away at a side project.
What are your hobbies?
Todd: In addition to woodworking, I have always loved classic cars and trucks and I am currently in the midst of rebuilding the box of my ’65 Dodge Power Wagon.
Todd: Becoming a father may be my proudest moment, but it is also wrapped up in the ongoing process of watching my four amazing kids tackle life with integrity- both in and out of the family business.
What have you done in your community in the last year?
Todd: My family and I have a big heart for our local food bank. In addition to donations and blanket-drives, our company is also committed to sponsoring community sports teams/athletes. We also loved being a part of this past year’s HAVAN Heroes’ Drop Zone event!
Favourite HAVAN moment and why?
Todd: We recently celebrated 20 years of membership and it has been so great to look back and see how far we have come, both as a business and an association. What a ride!
Best work perk at your job?
Todd: Having been able to sponsor over 30 apprentices now and see them excel in their craft.
Last HAVAN member you spoke to?
Todd: Michael Freedman of Audio Insider
What inspires you?
Todd: The impossible! Tell me a build is too complicated and I’ll find a way!
What are you excited for / looking forward to right now?
Todd: It has been very exciting to watch my oldest kids, and my son-in-law, begin to play a much more major role in the family business. I am looking forward to being able to continue sharing my love for what I do with them as they continue to take on more responsibility and shape the future of our company.
Share an interesting fact about your life?
Todd: I did not have an easy time making my way through high school, with many teachers doubting I would ever make it much further. Throughout my relationship with my wife, she has been a source of reassurance and encouragement which has driven me to instill that same hope in each one of Best Builders’ young carpenters today.
Last piece of advice you have received?
Todd: Enjoy every moment.
Todd: Cappuccino or London Fog
Song on repeat right now?
Todd: “My Old Man” – Zac Brown
Where were you born?
Todd: Vancouver, BC
Todd: 4 dogs, 3 horses, 2 cats- and 25 chickens.
Favourite holiday / destination?
Todd: The Caribbean
Does pineapple belong on pizza?
Todd: KISS – Destroyer
Last book read / show watched?
Todd: Book or show- I like a good murder mystery, recently watched Death in Paradise.
Fun fact about you?
Todd: I’m a hugger (But that will have to wait until after this pandemic)
What do you collect?
Todd: I used to be an avid comic collector, but have recently taken to collecting old woodworking hand tools.
Netflix guilty pleasure?
Anything else you’d like to add?
Todd: I love my builder’s association; “HAVAN Forever!”