March 1, 2024

Catherine Marshall

Meet the family behind Greenbilt Homes

Dad and Mike talk about Greenbilt Homes

Mike Manning’s father is an engineer who built things.  Mike says the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.

Mike turned his fascination with building into a profession that’s also a family business.

He completed a 3-year diploma in architectural technology at Algonquin College and began working in condo development in Calgary.  Soon he was working on the development site more than at the drafting table.

Mike eventually repositioned his career to work in commercial construction. The pinnacle was joining the team that built Toronto’s Scotia Plaza.

In the 1990s, Mike formed his Toronto residential construction company and that’s when he started a long professional association with his brother Stephen Manning, who today has his own homebuilding company in Ottawa. 

Stephen and his son Tyler pinch-hit for Mike on his biggest and most important jobs, including the FlexPlex.

We value their great contributions to the company.

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Mike’s son Riley supported his dad’s vision to focus on sustainable construction. Riley told his friends’ parents that his dad was a green builder and eventually a parent called Mike up to ask about his services.  That was the nudge behind renaming the company Greenbilt Homes in the mid-2000s,

Mike’s wife Catherine joined the company to do R&D on green buildings. They still talk business strategy over breakfast after all these years. 

Back in the day, the kids chipped in by delivering flyers. As Eric, Riley and Alana got older they also helped with digital media. They continue to be involved in important ways even as they pursue their own careers today.

Even the extended family is involved. Mike’s cousin Heather Manning of Firefly Designs is our interior designer.

As you’d expect, Mom and Dad are always a listening ear on business matters. Dad weighs in using the practical experience of an engineer.

In some ways, running the business can be tough on the family. But when it comes to building a business based on passion, nothing beats our family affair.

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