Adam McDonald / Hands-on Owner and Operator
Adam’s family history in Foot’s Bay gives him a unique knowledge of Muskoka.
Spanning 27 years in the construction industry, Adam started his journey building crib docks at the age of 16 which led to large scale framing, crew foreman and eventually Construction Engineering. Wanting to apply his experience and knowledge, Adam continued into Project Management where for several years he enjoyed supervising numerous large scale projects on the Muskoka lakes.
Adam’s family roots in Muskoka, dating back to the early 1900’s, give him a unique knowledge of Muskoka and a profound understanding and deep appreciation for the lakes and landscape. Coming from a long line of builders, Adam comes by his core values honestly and it wasn’t long after Project Management that the prospect of owning his own business came to fruition.
Katherine McDonald / Hands-on Owner and Operator
Katherine applied her knowledge and experience to support Adam’s dream.
During her 10 years with IBM, Katherine quickly earned the respect of many high profile clients as a Delivery Project Manager. Katherine worked in Markham and, although she enjoyed her work involving critical path planning, scheduling for equipment installation and helping maintain multi layered service-level agreements for national retail and banking establishments, it wasn’t long after marrying Adam in 2002 that she was happy to move to Muskoka and apply her knowledge and experience to supporting Adam’s dream of building high-end custom cottages and boathouses.
The majority of our crew have been with us from the very beginning.
Our core group of 24 is comprised of licensed carpenters, carpenters apprentices and labourers. The majority of our crew have been with us from the very beginning. We take pride hiring local individuals whose values and job ethic match those of our own.
Brett Hickey / Project Manager
Brett has lived and worked in Muskoka his entire life and is proud to be a member of the construction industry helping build Muskoka for the past 22 years. He graduated No. 1 in the province from Fanshawe College receiving a diploma in Architectural Technology. He began his career in drafting and design with a local architecture firm but with a passion for building, soon made the transition to construction with a local contractor. Brett joined MCB as a project manager in 2015 bringing with him many years of knowledge and experience as a carpenter, foreman and supervisor. He now leads his team of skilled carpenters and sub trades, building our clients new custom homes, cottages and boathouses across Muskoka.
Marianne joined our team in 2016. Her background as a Funeral Director and an Account Executive for one of the largest funeral preneed marketing companies in North America, brings her attention to detail and superior client service skills as an added value to the MCB team. As our Project Coordinator, Marianne liaisons between members of our Management Team and our Clients. She also works closely with all subtrades and suppliers as it pertains to estimating and scheduling. Marianne is responsible for keeping our projects organized and running smoothly by tracking and dispensing all information the various team members need to do their jobs effectively. Essentially, Marianne is at the heart of keeping the entire project running smoothly.
Bruce / Greeter
Bruce is first in line to greet and make welcome both clients and trades the minute they walk through the front door.
Bruce by far holds the most important role within McDonald Custom Builders as our official ‘Greeter’. Bruce is first in line to greet and make welcome both clients and trades the minute they walk through the front door. Although Bruce doesn’t typically visit sites all that often, he is an active participant in both team and management meetings.