Built by tree planters, for tree planting.

The Team

Starting from a few tree planting friends over a decade ago Shakti Reforestation has grown to be an institution in Alberta. Working with natural resource companies, environmental consultants firms, First Nations, local & international organizations. We have planted 10’s of millions of seedlings our trained team are leaders in complex logistical and administrative challenges.

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Chris Harris

Owner and General Manager

Planting trees has spanned Chris’ entire career. Determined to do this work since childhood, he became a tree planter after high-school. Nine years later Shakti began, as Chris’ brainchild. He is more determined than ever in this lifelong ambition to plant trees. 

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Ron Laverdiere

Lead Supervisor

Ron has a vast experience with trees and horticulture.  Equipped with an Engineering Degree, Ron enjoys to problem solve logistics, equipment and challenging terrain. He has an impressive list of certifications. As well as many year experience studying permaculture both in Canada and abroad. 

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David Robinson

Lead Supervisor

David’s enthusiasm for the game of tree planting is apparent to everyone. He’s always up for a challenge and learning new skills from mechanics, software, accounting, and, increasingly, the social rep for Shakti. We’re forever grateful to have him on the team. 


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Cassie De Colling

Administration and Marketing

Everyday Cassie keeps our crew on track and focused on the job at hand. She is pivotal part of the Shakti team, making sure that from the office to in the field we have everything we need.


Working smart with technology


At Shakti we have custom built a range of applications to help our team manage projects from start to finish.
This helps us:

  • Have streamlined communication with all our staff.
  • Map and track tree planter’s location
  • Keep records and collect accurate data from the field
  • Train staff through online modules.
  • manage projects seamlessly from beginning to end.

So we can stay ahead of the game, planting trees with efficiency, transparency and accuracy.


Check out our interactive map of Alberta’s seed zones! Search by Township Range (eg. 7-36-78-11 W5)

Keep Good Company

Alberta - Agriculture and Forestry
North Shore Environmental Consultants
Tall Tree Integrated Health
Millar Western Forest Products Ltd
Trace Associates Inc
Westmoreland Coal Company
Monterra Energy
Woodlands North
TransCanada Corporation
West Fraser Timber
Paramount Resources
bc timber sales
Canadian Natural Resources Limited CNRL
Husky Energy
Cenovus Energy
Japan Canada Oil Sands Ltd
Inter Pipeline Ltd.


Since the beginning, Shakti has maintained a certificate of recognition with Alberta Partners in Injury Reduction and BC ForestSafe. We are also a members of ISNetworld.com and Comply Works.

Everyone of our energy-specific crews are trained in Petroleum Safety Training (PST), Standard First Aid &CPR, H2S Alive, WHMIS, Transportation of Dangerous Goods & Bear Safety Training and is COR certified in both Partners in Injury Reduction (PIR) and BC Forest Safe.

Our commercial liability coverage is for $5,000,000 and can be updated to suit the needs of our clients. We have a clean rapport with WCB in both provinces.

BC Forest Safety Member logo
Partners in Injury Reduction -  PIR Certificate of Recognition Logo from Alberta WCB
ISNetworld ISN Safety member logo
Comply Works, safety certification
Avetta member logo

Photos from the field

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“The season when great on my end and as always Shakti delivered an awesome performance.”

Ben Harper-Heir, B.Sc, RPF

Trace Associates Inc.

“Your crew did a great job out there. I really appreciate their hard work. Ron, Daniel, and Martin were especially great.  Looking forward to working with you guys again, as always.”

“I really appreciate the hard work of your crew in difficult conditions. Thanks again for helping us out”

Daniel Machar, tree planter

“Shakti will always be home. Much love to all of you guys.”

Bruce Nielsen, RPF

Owner, Senior Forester,

Woodlands North

“Everything went really well – Thank you to Martin and the crew, great folks to meet. Will flog this on social media and recognize Shakti for the work”

Keegan StOnge, Highballer

“As a planter who spent 3 years working with Chris, he did everything he could for his planters. Anything and everything.  The numbers and opinions of people who work for him speak for themselves.”

Julia Herzog, Highballer

“Working for Chris was fantastic; Shakti was by far the best money I’ve made in 5 years of planting. I’d be crazy to go anywhere else this summer!”

Chris Kallal, RPF, B.Sc

Wild+Pine Environmental Consulting

“Ron and Andrew were great to work with and really hustled while maintaining good quality and precision… I really apprecieate their hard work. Thank you and please send the crew my gratitude again.”

“Shakti Reforestation is well respected by industry and government agencies. Chris has grown his business rapidly without compromising the quality of service.”