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Parrot's Feather

A popular aquatic garden plant that spreads with water currents, animals, boats/trailers and fishing gear. Dense stands can stagnate water, and increase breeding grounds for mosquitoes learn more »

Zebra/Quagga Mussels

These tiny freshwater mussels clog drains, damage infrastructure, and are very costly to control/eradicate learn more »

Giant Hogweed

A towering toxic invasive plant with WorkSafe BC regulations learn more »

European Fire Ant

A tiny ant with a toxic sting learn more »

Purple Loosestrife

An aggressive wetland invader that threatens plant and animal diversity learn more »

Orange Hawkweed

Also yellow, these invasive plants replace native vegetation along roadsides, and threaten areas not yet reforested learn more »

Japanese Knotweed

Grows aggressively through concrete, impacting roads and house foundations learn more »

Spotted Knapweed

A single plant spreads rapidly with up to 140,000 seeds per square metre learn more »

Scotch Broom

An evergreen shrub that invades rangelands, replaces forage plants, causes allergies in people, and is a serious competitor to conifer seedlings learn more »

Board of Directors

The Council’s Board of Directors are selected by our membership at the Annual General Meeting. Directors on the Board represent perspectives including federal government, First Nations, provincial government, local government, forest industry, mining, agriculture, utilities, transportation, regional committees, conservation and wildlife, recreation and tourism, and horticulture. 

Special thank you to recently departing Directors, recognized during INVASIVES 2016 by Barry Gibbs (past-chair and active board member). 
Photo (L-R): Carolyn Richman (vice-chair, local government), Jamie Richardson (federal government), Tom Wells (past chair, utilities), David Borth (treasurer, provincial government), and Barry Gibbs (past chair, agriculture).

Current Board of Directors (listed in alphabetical order):

Harold Aljam (First Nations)
Harold Aljam is a member and past chief of the Coldwater Indian Band, and cattle rancher in the South Central Interior. He is a First Nations Agriculture Association representative, and Director for the Aboriginal Community Futures for the South Central Interior.

Dave Bennett (Utilities)
[Bio to come]

Kari Bondaroff (Regional Committee)
[Bio to come]

Chris Bosman (Local Government)
Chris Bosman is the Recreation and Control Services Supervisor with the Regional District of East Kootenay.  Based out of the Cranbrook office and living in Kimberley, Chris has been actively involved with Invasive Plant Management in the Southeast corner of the Province for some time.  Chris served on the East Kootenay Invasive Plant Council (EKIPC) for five years and brings a balanced ‘on the ground’ and strategic perspective to the ISCBC.

Laurie Carr (Regional Committees)
Laurie is chair of the Central Kootenay Invasive Plant Committee based in Nelson, BC. While Laurie’s current work is focused on research for environmental non-profits, her background is in conservation biology and landscape ecology.

Crystal Chadburn (Transportation)
Crystal is the Environmental Roadside Manager for the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and an active member of the Provincial Government Inter-ministry Invasive Species Working Group. She has been working with invasive species for over 10 years in a variety of regions throughout BC, including the West Kootenay, Cariboo-Chilcotin and Vancouver Island.

Nadia Chan (Local Government)
[Bio to come]

Lesley Douglas (Local Government)
[Bio to come]

Fernie May Garbitt (First Nations)
Fernie May Garbitt is the O&G Referral Technician for the Saulteau First Nations' Treaty and Lands Department, with a passion in preservation and protection of untouched lands within Treaty 8 Traditional Territory in Northeast BC. Fernie is a long-time resident of Moberly Lake BC, where she lives her husband and two children. 

Barry Gibbs (Past Chair, Agriculture)
Barry Gibbs has been a Professional Agrologist since 1984. He has extensive experience in agri-business (with Dow AgroSciences) and farming. Barry is Co-chair of the Canadian Council of Invasive Species and Executive Director with the Alberta Invasive Plant Council.

Jude Grass (Secretary, Conservation and Wildlife)
Jude has had a lifelong interest in natural history. In 2004, she retired from her work as a park naturalist for both BC Parks and the Greater Vancouver Regional District Parks. She currently serves as Chair of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver, Lower Mainland Regional Coordinator for BC Nature, is a Nature Vancouver Board Member, and Chair of the Birding Section Committee. She is Past President of the BC Field Ornithologists, and serves on the boards of the Biodiversity Centre for Wildlife Studies, Langley Field Naturalists, Stanley Park Ecology Society, Semiahmoo Fish and Game Club, and Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society.

Bill Grutzmacher (Treasurer, Forestry)
Bill Grutzmacher is a Registered Professional Forester and has worked for nearly 35 years in the Coastal forest industry. He currently works for TimberWest Forest Corp. as the Operations Forester based out of Campbell River, BC. Operating on both Crown tenured and private timberlands, his work responsibilities include all aspects of silviculture in addition to managing for invasive species.

Brian Heise (Chair, Recreation and Tourism)
Brian Heise is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops BC. Brian teaches courses in aquatic ecology and fisheries, and conducts research on the effects of various land use practices on freshwater ecosystems. He and his grad students are conducting research that involves an examination of the feeding ecology of invasive yellow perch in Okanagan lakes, and the effects of rock snot on aquatic invertebrates in streams.

Matthias Herborg (Provincial government)
Matthias Herborg is the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for BC's Ministry of Environmnent, where he is working to expand the aquatic invasive species program. Currently a major focus is the prevention of the introduction of zebra and quagga mussels, but he is also dealing with the introduction of non-native fish. He is also involved in a couple of applied research projects looking at prediction, control and detection of aquatic invasive species in BC. Matthias completed his PhD on the ecology of the invasive Chinese mitten Crab in Europe, and then moved to Canada to work on Aquatic Invasive Species in the freshwater (Great Lakes) and marine (Nanaimo, BC). During his time with DFO at the Pacific Biiological Station, he worked on risk assessments on a number of aquatic invasive species, including perch, northern pike, walleye, large and smallmouth bass for BC. 

Dave Holden (Federal Government)
Dave Holden is a survey biologist with the Plant Health Surveillance unit of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. For regulated plant pests like Gypsy moth, he is responsible for survey design, coordination with outside partners, training and outreach for plant health surveys conducted from BC to Manitoba. Dave has been passionately trying to keep out unwanted invaders in Canada for the last 17 years. 

Eda Koot (Recreation and Tourism)
[Bio to come]

Val Miller (Provincial Government)
[Bio to come]

Ralph Nevill (Regional Committee)
[Bio to come]

Eric Nijboer (Forestry)
[Bio to come]

Steve O’Hara (Mining)
Steve worked in the forest industry, carrying out silviculture surveys for many years before venturing into the mining industry. He has worked in the Environmental Department at the Gibraltar Mine site since 2004 and is actively involved in reclamation work, which includes the invasive weed program at the mine site.

Ken Schwaerzle (Agriculture)
[Bio to come]

Dominique Sigg (Provincial Government)
[Bio to come]

Emily Sonntag (Vice-Chair, Regional Committee)
Emily Sonntag is the Invasive Plant Management Coordinator for the Cariboo Regional District’s Invasive Plant Management Program based out of Williams Lake, and Chair of the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Invasive Plant Committee. While she has been managing invasive plants in some capacity for the last nine years, her background is in horticulture.

Heike Stippler (Horticulture)
Heike Stippler is a Landscape Designer, active Landscaper and president of Heike Designs Inc., established in Whistler since 2005. Offering Landscape Design, Installation and Maintenance, Heike Designs is passionate about the environment, use green practices, and create awareness by educating clients and contractors to do the same. Heike Designs is ‘invasive-free’ certified since the 2011 pilot program. Heike has built strong relationships with contractors and suppliers, and is actively involved in the community and various associations, including as horticulture advisor with the Sea to Sky Invasive Species Council, and BCLNA environmental committee.

Dan Tisseur (Utilities)
Dan Tisseur is a registered Professional Biologist supporting the Spectra Energy Natural Gas Transmission line running from Ft. Nelson to Abbotsford BC.  Dan is the lead specialist for the vegetation management program in Spectra Energy, and coordinates with a number of regional committees throughout the province.  Dan has been involved with invasive species efforts in BC for the past 5 years.

Megan Willems (Federal government)
Megan Willems is a Regional Pesticide Officer with Health Canada, based out of Burnaby, BC. Her background is in integrated pest management and sustainable agriculture.