Andrew Evans is the owner and founder of The Re:Leaf Group and an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist.
Andrew unearthed his passion for trees during his high school summer vacation job at a local nursery, where he was introduced to all the different trees, shrubs, annuals and perennials. His first experience with nature was a lasting one. After two summers at the nursery he was hired as an Ontario Junior Ranger with the Ministry of Natural Resources and was stationed in Northern Ontario, tasked with maintaining canoe portage trails and tree planting.
After graduating from high school, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in the green industry. He spent the next three years studying at Humber College graduating with honours in Arboriculture as well as an honours diploma in Landscape Horticulture. During his final year at Humber College he was awarded the Board of Governors’ Award, which honours the most accomplished student.
From Humber College, Andrew was immediately hired by the City of Toronto and over the next thirteen years he was involved in pruning, removal, planting, fertilizing and inspection of trees in city parks and streets. As part of a select group, he spent six of those years working under contract to the Canadian Food and Inspection Agency where he was trained to inspect trees for the infestation of the Asian Long Horned Beetle and the Emerald Ash Borer.
The Re:Leaf Group was founded as a part-time business to provide tree care service to private homeowners but his exceptional reputation soon grew his business into a full time venture.