Ambition, education, innovation. Why Shakti tree planters stay ahead...

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Why Shakti?

Shakti was started by tree planters, for tree planters. It was a simple idea that brought out the best in hard working people. Taking responsibility for the equipment and assets was so empowering that Shakti quickly grew from a few friends to as many as 50 people. Now, in our latest transformation, we take charge of information.

Work your mind as hard as you work planting trees. When we put that force behind: books, science, ideas, math, and technology; we became mechanics, lawyers, accountants, artists and much more. Our ability to “highball” trees, is a fraction of what we achieved pounding books and spreadsheets. Shakti is graced with the hardest working people we know. A lot of good comes when tree planters realize that potential.

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"humble" Beginings

I started it, Jim and Jordan just helped. We didn't have any, contracts, or money, or assets. We were tree planters. It was kind of a joke. A few years later it was a large industrial operation running year-round. Every step of it can be credited to the work of tree planters and their friends of friends. It is a very progressive, fun, and bright community of people to live in. The goal is still to be the best tree planting company, for the planters, run by planters.

 


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Elizabeth Holloway - Shakti Administrator & Supervisor

Liz brings a great deal of enthusiasm, wisdom, and dedication to everything she does. She has managed a myriad projects in reforestation and other public, private and non-profit organizations. Liz is also hilarious, which is worth a lot in this industry. We are suuuuuuuper grateful to have Liz running Shakti teams, time and again. 

Liz has a degree in environmental studies from U of Ottawa. She has worked over 10 years in tree planting and other silviculture activities. When Liz is not in planting mode, she enjoys anything else including art, theatre, and being an charismatic gym member. She has traveled around the world a few times. She speaks french fluently. She is an inspiration to many people, in many communities.


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George Momchilov - Shakti Project Supervisor

George has managed numerous large scale silviculture and forestry operations across Canada.  He put away his degree in Criminology in embracing these challenging projects in the great outdoors. He is a multitool manager with a bright mind for numbers, mechanics, construction, computers, and enacting logistical projects.  

In his spare time he rocks all of mountaineering, rock climbing, travelling, art, and furthering education. George is a relentless hard worker and it is incredibly exciting to work with a field supervisor of this caliber. 

 

 


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Chris Valaire  C.E.T, RPF, EP.  -  SHAKTI ENVIRONMENT & POLICY ADVISOR

True to the highballer tradition through 8 summers of tree planting and owning a planting company, Chris realized the potential of hard work in many capacities, namely management of large scale environmental and civil projects. Chris has held senior management positions in myriad civil and forestry projects across western Canada, winning several prestigious awards in engineering, public service, and leadership. Chris was the Senior Provincial Operations Forester in Alberta for several years has been a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) Saskatchewan and the coast of BC as well.

Chris’ qualifications are also not limited to; being past President of the Alberta College of Professional Foresters (CAPF); sitting on the national board of the Canadian Environmental Certification Approvals Board (CECAB). He is also Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.);  Lead Auditor in ISO 14001 and ISO 9001. True to Shakti's long standing positive relationship with First Nations, Chris is a licensed BEAHR trainer in the development of environmental programs with First peoples across Canada.

Chris is passionate about playing recreational hockey and basketball, chauffeuring around his kids, and he still loves to bag up when he has the chance.


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Chris Harris - Shakti Owner and General Manager

As the founder of Shakti I am dedicated to the tree planters, the clients, and the environment. It is an immense honour to engage with all of you and create such meaningful work together. I have 20 years experience in reforestation, most of which I spent living out of a backpack. I am a keen learner, a compulsive reader, constant building and fixer of things, and a nature enthusiast. I study political science, history, economics and am currently in a Masters of Business Administration program at Royal Roads University. I’ve also planted over 2 million trees by hand.

When I was child my favourite book at the library was a picture book of a fallen tree becoming reclaimed by the forest. At the age of 13 I met a tree planter for the first time. I knew that moment it was what I would do. Its a great blessing to know what I'm supposed to do. People have always been extremely supportive. I do my best.


 
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Shakti Means "Strength to Produce"

Shakti is from the Indian language of sanskrit. It means power or potential to produce. There is female and male Shakti power, represented in Hindu Goddesses and a action hero, Shakti Man. 

 
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Environment

Shakti Reforestation is committed to the responsible stewardship of the environment.

In our commitment to doing the right thing for our workers, clients and the public: the fate of the environment encompasses all three. Our commitment to trees and nature is real. We don't have the answers, but our roll is clear: we plant trees. The services we perform, and the regulations and science by which we conform, culminate in that one simple goal, to be the best tree planting company, run by tree planters. 


Quality

Shakti is entirely committed to providing quality service and we’ve been very fortunate to work with clients who feel the same. We encourage honest and reasoned discussion between each other and our clients because this is the only way to build a credible, worthwhile organization. 

Shakti’s senior managers have been in reforestation for decades and have experience with many different quality assurance methods. We use professional systems such as BC FS 704, and Environmental Management Systems (EMS) employed by several private mills, public institutions and ISO 14001 and 9001 programs. We're proud of our systems of monitoring and auditing our work, incorporating it into our SMS platforms including Comply Works, ISN, BC Forest Safe, & PIR.

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