Restoring and innovating
since day one.

Founded in 1979 by Craig Hogarth, On Side Restoration continues to be one of Canada’s leading collaborative restoration service providers. Under Mr. Hogarth’s leadership, On Side has grown in every way, with a focus on geographic expansion and innovative restoration solutions from residential and commercial to large scale business and industrial environments. Consistently forging our way over the past 40 years, On Side continues to make significant advancements to improving the collaboration between restoration and insurance sectors.

Craig Hogarth

Founder & President

Craig Hogarth founded On Side Restoration Services in 1978 when he’d learned of others completing specialized cleaning for the insurance industry. Craig started as a project manager, working directly with customers, and quickly grew On Side from a team of three to currently over 1,200 employees proud. On Side has since become one of the most successful restoration businesses in Canada largely due to Craig’s strong vision for innovation, dedication to efficiency and his natural collaborative working style. He’s a hands-on leader who enjoys working with diverse groups of people. Craig also serves as a Director on the RCOC Board (Restoration Contractors’ Organization of Canada).

Amandio Contreiras

Chief Operating Officer

A senior executive with over 30 years of experience delivering exceptional results for customers, Amandio joined On Side in 2013, from Reliance Comfort LP where he held senior management roles across all aspects of the business. Previously, he held executive positions with a number of organizations. Amandio works closely with the Executive Management Team, and is responsible for overseeing Regional Directors, Human Resources, Marketing and Operations. Amandio holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Ji Yoon

Chief Financial Officer

Ji Yoon is responsible for overseeing all aspects of our paperless accounting system. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta., an MBA from Queen’s University and C.Dir designation from McMaster University, as well as his CPA, CMA, and FCMA designations. Ji joined On Side in 2015 from Seastar Solutions, a leader in marine hydraulic systems and commercial heating systems, where he served as Director of Finance & Accounting for six years.

Darren Layton

Chief Information Officer

Over the past 20 years Darren has been providing information technology services to the insurance industry. Darren has led the implementation and evolution of On Side’s proprietary project management system called eClaim. This web-based platform is On Side’s main business platform that interfaces with accounting, operations and client systems like Xactimate. Since 1997 Darren has helped the company lead the industry by continually adopting and implementing trend setting technologies to improve customer service KPIs, job efficiencies and cycle times. Darren holds a Bachelor of Computer Science (BCS).

Ed Gooyers

Vice President Operations

Ed Gooyers has had an impressive and progressive career in management for over 35 years, from his first entry level position to his more recent senior leadership roles. He has achieved a Juran Greenbelt certification in Continuous Improvement, a Lean Manager Certification and an Operations Management certification from the Ivey School of Business. Since 2008, Ed has greatly contributed to On Side’s internal processes and efficiencies. He supports our Operations Managers nation-wide and is an integral part the Executive Management team.

Doug Irwin

Vice President, Western Region

A senior business leader with extensive P&L experience in commercial and residential construction, remediation, energy management, equipment sales, distribution, security and controls, Doug has a long history of assembling high performance teams. He is also a former CEO chair with TEC Canada and has held executive roles with a number of organizations. Doug has a Master’s in Engineering and is a Professional Engineer of Alberta.

Jay Kielt

Regional Director, Ontario & Atlantic

Jay Kielt began his career as Labourer in 1990 and quickly advanced into other positions from there due to his strong skillset and sheer drive. Roles included a Tradesman’s Helper, Field Crew Supervisor, Project Manager and eventually Manager/Owner of Higgins ProTeam in London, Ontario. Jay operated HPT until 2012 when On Side Restoration acquired the business. His 30+ year background and expertise has provided Jay with valuable insights on how every aspect of our business works.

Neil Blinco

Vice President, Business Development

Over the past 37 years in the emergency and restoration industry, Neil Blinco has managed over $180 million in claims and regularly specialized in large losses. Neil joined On Side Restoration in 2018 with the purchase of Strone Restoration, which he co-owned for 33 years and held operational and business development roles. Since joining On Side, Neil’s personable approach and connections within the industry have helped On Side forage new relationships, with both insurance and commercial partners in Ontario as well as Nationally. Now spearheading On Side’s newly revamped Commercial Priority Program, Neil is eager to support the business development team and operations crew to grow and service this business. His technical training includes IICRC certifications WRT, AMRT and FSRT. 

Emmanuel Robitaille

Regional Director, Québec

Emmanuel Robitaille provides senior leadership to achieve the strategic goals On Side has set for the Québec marketplace as it pertains to growth and operational excellence. Emmanuel’s expertise in sales, strategic planning, talent development and best in class customer service are invaluable to On Side as our organization continues to grow within Montreal and beyond. Prior to joining our team, Emmanuel held several senior positions in the restoration industry including VP Business Development, National Business Development Director and other roles, including ownership of a building maintenance, renovation and mitigation business. Emmanuel holds a BBA from HEC Montréal.