Howard Derksen was in Agricultural design most of his life as a Mechanical Engineering Technologist. He was exposed to many mobility lift devices in the industry, all of which were attached to any one given piece of machinery. He thought, “…there must be a better way; one lift to perform a multitude of tasks and with a variety of machines would be more efficient & cost effective.” With the help of the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Saskatchewan Abilities Council & the Saskatchewan Handicapped Farmers Association, coupled with 3 years in design a working prototype was ready for market. The former “Freedom Lift” was born. Within a short period of time, many units were sold throughout North America. However, due to personal reasons 3 years later, Howard decided to cease operation of the company. Fast-forward to 2009 and Atom-Jet Industries purchases the mobility aid, re-branding it as – AJILity Lift. Howard is still employed as an engineer, and also acts as consultant and promoter of the lift to this day.