Company owner Ryan (right) and his older brother Jeff (left), planting one of the many trees that line their streets today

Company owner Ryan (right) and his older brother Jeff (left), planting one of the many trees that line their streets today

From THE OWNER...

Ryan Downey, ISA Certified Arborist

“Growing up on a farm in Minesing, Ontario (10 minutes north of Barrie), I've naturally acquired a passion for many things outdoors. I've always known I'd want to continue with our 3rd generation family farm, and I needed a career to accompany that.

After completing my education in Electrical Engineering at Georgian College, arboriculture literally came knocking on my door. While between graduating and finding a full-time job, my dad hired a local tree service to come by the farm to remove two large spruce trees that were in decline near the front of the house. I was mesmerized as two arborists spurred up the large trees, and long story short, I spoke with the owner after they finished the job, found out they needed help for the season, and was their newest employee.

Working with a large company exposed me to every aspect of the business, and I eventually gained enough experience to begin managing.  Gaining experience in the back-end of the business was pivotal and taught me many things, and a few different factors led to the birth of Downey Tree Service.

Downey Tree Service is now in year 5 of business, and hasn't looked back!”