Brian Jedan was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1968. His father Karl emigrated from Germany in the ‘50s with a wooden crate that he built himself and $15 dollars. His mother arrived in Canada at the age of one with her stepfather and mother.
By the time Brian, his parents, and sister Lisa moved to Cookstown, Ontario, Brian had become a regular on his father’s job sites. Every summer, Karl would teach him how to operate a different piece of heavy equipment, and the time they spent together would create an unbreakable bond between the two. By the age of 6, Brian was a fixture at his father’s side. It was a testament to the trust his father placed in him that Brian “could get the job done.”
Growing up in Cookstown, Brian attended Bradford District High School. “I was irreverent,” he says, “If someone said it was against the rules, I’d challenge it. I felt it was my duty to question authority and rules. I wasn’t rude or mean or overly disrespectful of others, I just wanted to know ‘why?’” To read more about Brian Jedan.