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Dwayne Neustaeter
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Dwayne Neustaeter

1 McLeod Crescent, Olds, AB T4H 1E9

403-556-1701 (office) 403-507-1481 (cell)

Dwayne Neustaeter is president, curriculum programmer and lead instructor of Arboriculture Canada Training & Education Ltd., an organization focusing on meeting the training and education needs of arborists and related industries.

Dwayne specializes in leadership/team building, program development, workbook writing and development and testing in the field. He instructs classes and seminars on safety and a wide range of skills for arborists around the world. Dwayne has over 20 years experience in the tree care and related industries, focusing on total tree care operations, instruction and competency testing. His passion is to improve safety for tree care workers and do everything he can to impart knowledge that will serve to reduce the incidents, injuries and fatalities in this industry.

Dwayne has been involved in ownership and management of businesses for over 20 years. He is passionate about helping organizations in the green industry with management issues such as: team building, standard operating procedures, occupational hazard compliance, and strengthening business practices that will serve to improve the bottom line and minimize risks. Dwayne’s dynamic presentation style will inspire and motivate business operators to go back to their businesses with renewed energy and practical action steps.

Dwayne was recently awarded the Arborist of the Year award by the ISA SCA Board. As a current member of the ISA BCMA Test Committee and a past member of the International Tree Climbing Competition and North American Tree Climbing Competition Committees, past-president of the ISA Prairie Chapter as well as the Society of Commercial Arboriculture and past member of multiple ISA Committee’s, he remains involved in associations and committees across North America to give back to the industry and continue learning.
Businesses & Previous Experience, Qualifications & Memberships

President of Arboriculture Canada Training & Education Ltd.
1999 - present
ISA TRAQ Instructor
2013 - present
Tree Climbing Competition judge & technician @ many ISA chapter TCC, ITCC, NATCC
1997 - present
Consultant and Expert Witness work
1995 - present
Member of the International Society of Arboriculture
1990 - present
Certified Arborist #PR-0143
1990 - present
Facilitating Transformational Workshops: Group Dynamics
October, 2017
Professional Operator Safety Training – Altec SENTRY™ Program
Graduate of the Peak Potentials – Train the Trainer Certification Level I
October, 2006
Graduate of the Peak Potentials – Train the Trainer Certification Level II
June, 2008
President of ArborMaster Training Canada Inc.
2000 - 2005
Faculty Member and instructor at Olds College: Horticulture, Arboriculture, Landscape Gardener Instructor
1993 - 1999
Green Drop Lawns Tree and Lawn Specialist/Crew Supervisor
1989 - 1992
Tree Climbing Competitor (2 time Prairie Chapter Tree Climbing Champion)
1993 - 2000
Instructor of the IVMAA UTW (Industrial Vegetation Management Assoc. of AB)
1994 - 1998
Landscape Gardener Journeyman Diploma
Chainsaw Safety Instructor, Environmental Training Center, Cert.# ETC339

Presentations and Articles
(including but not limited to):

Speaker / Instructor at ISA annual international conferences
1999 - present
Speaker at TCIA Expo and conference events
1999 - present
Speaker / seminar presenter at many ISA chapter conferences in NA
1999 - present
Keynote speaker at Iowa State University
March, 2005
Speaker at the Idaho Nursery Trades Association
January, 2005
Speaker at LANTA (Landscape Architect Nursery Trades Association)
Nov, 2004 2007
Speaker for the New Zealand Arboriculture Association
Nov. 2008
Speaker at the National Utility Arboriculture Conference – England
July, 2010
Speaker at the ISA Norway Chapter conference
March, 2015
Ongoing writing of articles for the following: Tree Care Industry Magazine, ISA Arborist News magazine, ArborAge magazine, Prairie Arborist newsletter, The Reporter (Industry Vegetation Management Association of Alberta newsletter), Leaders in Landscape, Tree Service Industry, Michigan Green Industry Association, Tree Service Canada, Transmission & Distribution Magazine, STIHL News.

Service and Research:

Member of the ISA Board Certified Master Arborist (BCMA)
2016 - present
President of the Society of Commercial Arboriculture (SCA)
2014 - 2016
Member of the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Panel of Experts
2010 - 2013
North American Tree Climbing Competition - Operations Committee
2013 - 2016
International Tree Climbing Competition - Operations Chair
2013 - 2016
Committee member of the ITCC Technical Advisory Committee
2011 - present
Technical Advisor for the NATCC (North American Tree Climbing Competition)
2011 - present
Committee member of the ISA International Safety Committee
2001 - 2008 and 2011
Board member on the Society of Commercial Arboriculture board (SCA)
2007 - present
Founding member of the Alberta Arborist Industry Safety Committee
2001 - present
Head judge of the Rescue Event at the ITCC
2006 - 2012
Participant in the International Arborist Trainers Forum
2007 - present
ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification Panel of Experts committee member
2008 - 2013
Volunteer Chainsaw Instructor - Outdoor Women’s Program with the Alberta Hunter Education Instructors Association.
Canadian rep on International Tree Climbing Competition rules committee
2006 - 2009
Canadian representative on the International Society of Alberta Certification Board
2005 - 2009
Past President of the ISA Prairie Chapter
2005 - 2007
President of ISA Prairie Chapter
2003 - 2005
Contributor in "The Brown Bat" research project, Univ. of Regina
Contributor in "The state of arborist rescue in America" – research project
Member of the ISA Certified Arborist Test Committee
1996 - 2001
Certification Liaison for the ISA Prairie Chapter
1995 - 2003
Member of the Alberta Arborist Safe Work Practices Committee
2001 - 2010


ISA SCA Arborist of the Year
ISA Ontario Maple Leaf Award
ISA Recognition Award for the advancement of the tree care profession
Presidents Award for outstanding performance Green Drop Lawns, Trees and Shrubs
Coaches award for volunteer service Forest Lawn High School


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