The Council’s Board of Directors is comprised of 18 members, which are selected by the Council’s 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.
Current Board of Directors (listed in alphabetical order):
Harold Aljam (First Nations perspective)
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.
David Borth (Treasurer, Provincial Government perspective)
David Borth is currently Executive Director, South Area, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, with a focus on rural development. He is one of two provincial government representatives on the ISCBC Board. David was General Manager of the BC Cattlemen’s Association in Kamloops from 1999 to 2005, and prior to this, he held multiple roles in range and planning for the Vanderhoof Forest District – starting way back in 1985.
Chris Bosman (Local Government perspective)
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 committee perspective)
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.
Alternate: Ralph Neville
Fernie May Garbitt (First Nations perspective)
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 (Chair, Agriculture perspective)
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.
Alternate: Ken Schwaerzle
Jude Grass (Secretary, Conservation and Wildlife perspective)
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 (Forestry perspective)
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.
Alternate: Eric Nijboer
Brian Heise (Recreation and Tourism perspective)
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.
Alternate: Eda Koot
Matthias Herborg (Provincial government perspective)
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. Alternate: Dominique Sigg
Steve O’Hara (Mining perspective)
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.
Jamie Richardson (Federal Government perspective)
Jamie has worked for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency since 1992 as an Inspector and Program Officer in Vancouver. He is currently the Program Network Specialist for Invasive Alien Species in Western Canada, and deals with invasive plant pests as well as invasive plants. He is also involved in several national projects.
Carolyn Richman (Vice-Chair, Local Government perspective)
Carolyn is the Environmental Education Officer for the District of Saanich and lead for invasive species management for Saanich Environmental Services. She currently chairs the Coastal Invasive Plant Committee’s regional subcommittee “CRISP” (Capital Region Invasive Species Partnership), which pulls together local government representatives and others for more effective regional management. Carolyn also worked in ecological restoration and is finishing a diploma in Restoration of Natural Systems at the University of Victoria.
Alternate: Lesley Douglas
Emily Sonntag (Regional Committee perspective)
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.
Alternate: Kari Bondaroff
Heike Stippler (Horticulture perspective)
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 perspective)
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.
Alternate: Dave Bennett
Crystal Chadburn (Transportation perspective)
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.
Tom Wells (Past chair)
Tom Wells is the Manager of Vegetation Program Strategy and Standards at BC Hydro, and he oversees the planning of vegetation maintenance programs on the provincial transmission and distribution system owned by BC Hydro.
Megan Willems (Federal government perspective)
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.