Meet The Team

What makes a dream team? We believe it is a group of professionals who have a common goal and strive everyday to achieve it.

We have a dream team.

“Scott and his professional crew are outstanding. We have used them twice for our home property and they do not disappoint!”

Brian Joiner★★★★★ Google Review
Manager of Tree Services

Scott Taylor

Scott has spent the entirety of his career honing the skills it takes to be a master arborist. Highly proficient in all levels of pruning and removals from climbing to emergency crane lifts.

The team has flourished and gained invaluable training under his leadership.

ISA Certified Arborist

Joel Sabourin

As an ISA Certified Arborist, Joel brings a calm confidence and professionalism.

He specializes in the latest methods of tree care and is truly an expert when it comes to all aspects of the tree service industry.

Certified Arborist

Jake Lessard

Earning his certification in 2020 from Algonquin College, Jake has turned his passion for the tree industry into a full time career. He lives for the thrill and challenge of taking on the biggest and baddest trees out there with the skill and calmness to do it safely.

In this high risk and at times stressful industry, his upbeat personality and positive attitude are a huge benefit to the team.

Junior Climber

Nic

Nic aka ‘Lil Nicky’, is an ambitious junior climber with his sights set on acquiring his certification. Never one to back down from a challenge, he pushes himself daily to learn new climbing, cutting and rigging techniques.

Loyal and trustworthy, Nic has earned the respect of his team members and solidified himself in line as the next generation of arborists.

Groundswoman

Chelsie Woods

There is one perfect word for describing Chelsie; badass. A mother of two and as fearless as they come. With 5 years of ground experience she knows her way around rigging and keeps things organized and moving for the arborists.

Since joining the VS team she has pushed herself to learn new techniques and further her knowledge of the industry. She had this to say about the team. “I’ve found a place I belong. A place where I am treated with equality and respect.”

Stumping Team Leader

Reuben van der Ploeg

Reuben has been around trees for over a decade and it truly shows. Growing up on a rural Ontario farm taught him the importance of grit, determination and reliability.

He takes pride in the quality of his work and every job is completed with a high level of workmanship. Trustworthy and steady, he instills confidence with clients and always exceeds their expectations.

Director of Business Development

Mike Shelley

Mike brings both corporate and chainsaw in hand experience to the team. He understands the importance of building a strong brand through creative marketing, tried and true sales strategies and an unrivaled customer experience.

His passion and drive propel him to meet challenges head-on and deliver solutions.

COO

Tim Oommen, P. Eng.

An engineer by profession, Tim brings a distinctly valuable perspective to the team.

His years spent in engineering roles have led to very structured, critical thinking. This combined with his strong business acumen has enabled him to bring a vast amount of value across all aspects of the business.

Director of Operations

Brent Shelley

With 20 years in the landscaping industry, Brent brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all aspects of the business. Having an exceptional eye for detail and workplace efficiencies, he keeps crews and company operations on track stretching across Eastern Ontario.

His customer-focused approach has proven itself time and again, leaving clients feeling listened to and well taken care of.

Executive Assistant

Celine van Stralen

With 20 years in the landscaping industry, Brent brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to all aspects of the business. Having an exceptional eye for detail and workplace efficiencies, he keeps crews and company operations on track stretching across Eastern Ontario.

His customer-focused approach has proven itself time and again, leaving clients feeling listened to and well taken care of.

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