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The Great Lakes Tree Experts Team feature highly trained and educated team members who dedicate themselves to the care and maintenance for the largest growing organisms on our planet. Our team has the knowledge and experience to take care of all your tree care and shrub requests. We focus on residential and commercial tree care, maintaining the health and structural integrity of all urban, as well as rural trees. We serve the entire Grey & Bruce Region, offering our wide array of services.
Great Lakes Tree Experts is run by owner/operator Conor Johnston, who is an ISA & Ontario certified arborist. Conor has over 12 years of experience in the arboriculture industry and has acquired a list of professional certifications and qualifications over the years including:
International Society of Aboriculture Certified Aborist
Ontario Certified Arborist
Working at Heights Certified
CPR & First Aid Certified
Ontario Chainsaw Safety Certified
Graduate with Honours from the Aborist Apprenticeship Program
Everybody meet Brayden Hurst. With aspirations of becoming a competent arborist, Brayden is looking forward to completing his arborist apprenticeship at Humber College. An incredibly driven individual who is constantly learning and improving. Brayden has 3 years of experience in the tree care industry and is becoming quite the force out there! Another one to keep an eye on as he grows as a climber.
I would like to give a warm welcome to GLTE’s newest employee Devon Neal. Devon is One of the hardest working individuals, who is yet again, a perfect fit to the team. Devs work ethic is unmatched. His positive energy is contagious. Having no experience in an industry like this, Dev shows no fear for the unknown. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Dev at Great Lakes Tree Experts.
Everyone meet Mike! Welder turned tree worker. Mike has such a wide array of knowledge with almost anything and has the most consistent work ethic and pace. From the time we step foot out of the work trucks, to the time we get back to the lot at the end of the day, Mike is nonstop. We look forward to seeing Mikes growth as a tree worker.
Everyone meet Rich! Rich has 7 years of experience in the tree industry and is our newest Estimator. He brings plenty of tree knowledge and carries the same attitude and energy as the GLTE team. Rich is our first point of contact with all customers and sets the tone for the GLTE experience. A major asset to the team!
Everyone welcome our new lead climb Brandon Olton. Brandon has 8 years experience in the tree care industry and 6 years as a crew lead. Brandon carries some complex and useful rigging techniques and has plenty of tree knowledge to help assist the team and our customers. A major asset to the team, Brandon will help in training our new climbers as they look to take on lead climb roles as the company grows. Welcome aboard Brandon!
Payton Cottenie is an Ontario Accredited Arborist who has completed his Humber College apprenticeship. Payton is going on 6 years in the tree care industry. With plenty of experience working for one of the larger companies in our region, he brings lots of knowledge and expertise. Payton will be an excellent addition to the team as he is looking to elevate his game and become the best possible arborist. With a willingness for continued education, Payton will grow into an amazing arborist.
Everyone meet Marshall. Marshall is an electrician journeyman turned arborist. Marshall is an incredibly well rounded and fast learning individual. We joke that there is absolutely nothing that Marshall can’t do. Not only can he do everything, he seems to be exceptional at everything he tackles. I have no doubt that Marshall will be an industry phenom as he continues his journey as an arborist.
Everyone meet Nick! Nick has talent like no other. With a natural climbing ability and an outstanding work ethic, Nick makes climbing look so natural. Nick has now been with us for 6 months and has progressed at a level that makes us all proud to be working beside him.
Meet Martin! AKA “Pockets”. Martin has an incredibly meticulous approach to all things arboriculture, which is excellent when it comes to learning new techniques and methods. Martin has an incredible work ethic and willingness to learn. Martin has been in the tree care industry for two years now.
Meet Alex! The newest addition to the GLTE team. Alex is finishing up his second year at Humber College, attending the Arborist Apprenticeship Program. Alex is another example of raw talent. With a willingness to climb everything and anything, I have no doubt that Alex will excel here at GLTE.