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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Aaron Batke, RPFT
“The season when great on my end and as always Shakti delivered an awesome performance.”
Ben Harper-Heir, B.Sc, RPF
“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.”
Curtis Stratmoen, RPF
Reclamation supervisor, North Shore Environmental Consultants
“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,
“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
“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.”
Dan McCurdy, MA, RPF
“Shakti Reforestation is well respected by industry and government agencies. Chris has grown his business rapidly without compromising the quality of service.”