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Instructors: Ken Gillies

Ken Gillies
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Ken Gillies lives in Whitby, Ontario with his wife Carla and twin daughters Abigail and Charlotte. Ken has been climbing structures with ropes since 1993 when he started working at a summer camp as high ropes instructor. He facilitated high ropes courses for four years then moved on to high angle rescue. He always loved trees and when he started climbing them for a living he was hooked.

Ken graduated from Humber College and later went on to be an instructor in the Arboriculture Program from 2006 to present. He teaches the Arboriculture Practices 1 and 2 which focuses on the climbing aspect of tree work. He is also an instructor with Ontario Parks Association and is now an assistant with Arboriculture Canada Training & Education Ltd.

Ken is the owner operator of a small tree service in the Greater Toronto Area, Gillies Tree Care, so he is putting to practice what he teaches everyday.

He is very involved in the International Society of Arboriculture competing in the Ontario Tree Climbing Competition for five years and is now head judge for the Aerial Rescue event. Ken is currently the president for the International Society of Arboriculture’s Ontario Chapter.


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