Planting the future, one tree at a time.

About

Shakti is an environmentally driven reforestation company specializing in tree planting, tree sourcing, seed collection and site preparation. An industry leader in Alberta, we have planted tens of millions of seedlings since our inception, working with natural resource companies, environmental consulting firms, Indigenous communities, and local and international organizations.

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, Indigenous, 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

Director of Operations

Chris has devoted his entire career to planting trees. He founded Shakti in 2006, nine years after following his childhood dream to become a tree planter. Today, he remains just as passionate about his lifelong mission to plant as many trees as possible.

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Ron Laverdiere

Operations Manager

Ron brings his vast experience in trees and horticulture to his role at Shakti. With an engineering degree, multiple certifications and years of study on permaculture in Canada and abroad, he is adept at problem-solving a range of challenges – from logistics and equipment to difficult terrain.

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David Robinson

Lead Supervisor

David is enthusiastic and passionate about taking on challenges and developing new skills. He is adept at mechanics, software, accounting and social media, among other abilities. We’re forever grateful to have him on the team.

 

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Megan Tyndall

Administration and Marketing

Megan keeps our crew on track and on target, every day. She is a pivotal part of the Shakti team, ensuring we have everything we need from the office to the field – and everywhere in between.

 

Working smart with technology

 

Shakti is powered by a suite of custom-built applications for superior project management, accuracy and efficiency. Our technologies enable us to:

Map and track each tree planter’s location
Record and collect accurate, real-time data from the field
Streamline communications throughout our organization
Use online modules to train staff
Seamlessly track and manage projects from beginning to end

So we’re always ahead of the game, from the headquarters to the mountain.

 

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
TreeCanada
North Shore Environmental Consultants
SNC-Lavalin
Tall Tree Integrated Health
Millar Western Forest Products Ltd
Trace Associates Inc
Westmoreland Coal Company
Monterra Energy
Woodlands North
TransCanada Corporation
Canfor
West Fraser Timber
Paramount Resources
bc timber sales
Canadian Natural Resources Limited CNRL
Husky Energy
Cenovus Energy
Japan Canada Oil Sands Ltd
ExxonMobil
Sinopec
Inter Pipeline Ltd.
Repsol
Morgan

Safety Focused

Shakti has always made safety a priority. We have maintained a certificate of recognition with Alberta Partners in Injury Reduction and BC ForestSafe since our inception, and have memberships in ISNetworld.com and Comply Works.

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

We are proud to have a clean record with WCB in both provinces. Our commercial liability coverage of $5 million can be updated to suit the needs of our clients.

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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Testimonials

“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.”