Our team

Vince Rutter Founder, Arborist

The founder of the company, Vince has been working as an arborist since he graduated from Forestry at LU in 2000.  His vision and leadership have brought the company to the place it is today.

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Tim Nosworthy Arborist

Tim is a graduate of Lakehead University’s forestry program and has been a practicing arborist for well over a decade.  He know the city’s trees intimately and has vast experience and insight into how we can help them grow as best as possible.

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Mike Davis Lead Arborist

Mike has been a team member of RUF since we started.  He is certainly the best and most experienced tree climber in Thunder Bay and is the source of knowledge sharing for all our foremen and apprentice arborists.

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Liam O'Connor Crew Leader

Liam is one of our crew foreman and has been practicing as an arborist for a few years now. He passion for trees is obvious when you meet with him.

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Tim Nosworthy

Lead Sales Arborist

Tim is a graduate of Lakehead University’s forestry program and has been a practicing arborist for well over a decade.  He knows the city’s trees intimately and has vast experience and insight into how we can help them grow as best as possible.

Mike Davis

Lead Climbing Arborist

Mike has been a team member of RUF since we started.  He is certainly the best and most experienced tree climber in Thunder Bay and is the source of knowledge sharing for all our foremen and apprentice arborists.

Liam O'Connor

Crew Leader

Liam’s passion for trees shines through when you meet him. He’s been a crew leader for a couple of years.

James Toppin

Crew Leader

You’ll notice James’ smile even when he’s at the top of a tree. He’s one of our awesome crew leaders.

Suzanne Gauthier

Office Manager

Suzanne keeps the show on the road as our office manager.  If you’re calling into the office, it’s likely her that will answer!

David Greenberg

Apprentice

David has been working with us for a few years now and is close to completing his apprenticeship.

Tyler Sirrs

Apprentice

Just call him Sir, Tyler’s developed his skills immensely in just his first year as an apprentice.

Carter Sarrasin

Apprentice

Born to climb! Carter is loving his new career as an arborist.

Hunter Leishman

Apprentice

Taller than some trees himself, Hunter is one of our apprentices who’s eager to grow and learn.

Meet our Local Partners.

What do we do with all the wood and chips we generate from tree pruning and removal in Thunder Bay? We’ve partnered with two companies that use wood for energy and furniture!

Port Arthur Woodcraft

At Port Arthur Woodcraft is a Thunder Bay fine furniture & custom millworks company. They specialize in home furnishings made from locally harvested materials and offer custom Design & Build services as well as custom millwork services for your residential or commercial projects. They work exclusively with lumber that has been sustainably harvested by Rutter Urban Forestry and also sell local live edge slabs and rough milled lumber.

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Biothermic Wood Energy Systems Inc.

Biothermic Wood Energy Systems is co-located with Rutter Urban Forestry and has its sights set on the renewable energy sector in Canada.  Heating with sustainably sourced wood chips, wood pellets or firewood is carbon neutral and is more cost effective than all fossil fuels.  Biothermic is expecting big growth and development as we transition away from high carbon fuels.

All the wood chips that come in from our operations in the urban forest are screened and sold as either mulch or heating fuel for Confederation College’s biomass boilers.  It’s a fantastic system that leaves nothing to go to waste.

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We’ve been caring for trees in Thunder Bay since 2005 with a great track record for safety and results. We have a staff of 10 arborists and apprentice arborists, and a culture of enjoying our profession, having fun and taking pride in our work.

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We take pride in more than our work:

  • Great service & happy clients
  • Enjoyable work environment & happy staff
  • Safe work
  • Pride in our craft
  • Always growing
  • Positive relationships
  • Environmentally sustainable
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