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    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

    UVMA-UAA Leveraging a Partnership


    This presentation will discuss the objectives of the newly formed Utility Vegetation Management Association (UVMA) in Western Canada. It will describe the reasons why a group of Utility Vegetation Managers needed to unite to develop practices and policies relevant to their business needs. Numerous Western Canadian Utilities spread over thousands of miles, now have an opportunity to engage senior management and field operations for the betterment of the industry. The UVMA is closely aligned with the UAA and have recently signed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with each other. UVMA membership now includes a full UAA membership with all of the privileges.

    This partnership provide opportunities that include: a utility approved credentialing program; development of regional best management practices; a unified utility sponsored safety website; regional workshops and other initiatives. The UAA provides significant professional and networking opportunities that the UVMA-UAA joint membership can now offer.

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    Neil Thiessen is a semi-retired entrepreneur and the senior business partner for Able Business Consulting and GT Associates.  He has over 30 years of experience working for large and small (start-up) businesses. Neil has been owner of small and fast growing businesses that exposed many of the opportunities he sees for today’s new entrepreneurs.

    Neil’s proven leadership skills are well known amongst his peers. He has served as president of several international and industry associations. Neil is an active participant in ISA and UAA committees. Neil is Past President and founding member of the UAA, IVMAA and UVMA.

    Over the years, Neil has authored and delivered numerous articles and presentations on matters pertaining to the Utility Right-of-Way Management industry.

    Neil’s passion is to help people within the industry realize how they can impact sustainability and growth. He is sought out by businesses to coach change and growth. His new book, Gophers and Cheetahs, was written to help small business entrepreneurs take their business to the next level. Neil’s innovative, yet powerful “Diamond Solution” is creating a culture of accountability in organizations he coaches.

    Climbers' CornerTree Academy

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