Mike began escaping from Cambridge, ON to the northern backcountry as soon as he was old enough to go to summer camp.
His natural enthusiasm for the outdoors led him to work as a camp counsellor when he was in his teens. He graduated from the Seneca College Outdoor Recreation Technician program when he turned 20 and has been working in the ￼paddling industry ever since, racking up over 25 years of experience in the business of the outdoors. As he also had an interest in working with wood, he always remained available to help his father-in-law at Badger & Son where he also spent some time learning the trade while living in Toronto.
After working for various ￼canoe manufacturers over the years, Mike became founder and partner in Badger Paddles (along with his wife, Fiona) and is our paddle builder, production manager, sales manager, account manager, CEO, sales representative, and so much more.
Also as the main innovator of the Paddle Sock, Mike’s idea became a full part of the Badger Paddles line-up in 2010 when it was decided to include a one-size-fits-most Paddle Sock with every (adult length) Badger canoe paddle sold.
Never one to sit idle, and not completely satisfied with the construction and swing weight of the original set of Badger canoe paddles, Mike continued to develop the Badger Paddles series. Utilizing the years he spent at Badger & Son along with the decades of knowledge and skill he accumulated from his own personal experiences in the backcountry, as well as his professional background in the paddle sports and outdoor recreation industries, Mike updated the original Badger Paddle shapes and grips in 2014. Mike spent a lot of Badger Paddles’s early years slowly developing and tweaking each of his paddle designs to create today’s traditional line up of one piece canoe paddles that would be at home in any canoeist’s treasured collection.
You may recognize Mike from various Youtube videos or from some of the trade shows or the many paddling events across the province of Ontario and even the U.S. This guy really knows how to slog canoes!
If you are looking for Mike, you might catch him at one of the outdoor trade shows in the off season or around one of the Swift Canoe & Kayak locations thru out the summer. When he is not building paddles, Mike is talking about paddles (and canoes and other boats) to area visitors, or sometimes even guiding canoe trips into the world renowned Algonquin Park Provincial Park.