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Invasive Species Research Conference

Turning Science into Action! Co-hosted by Thompson Rivers University and the Invasive Species Council of BC. learn more »

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

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 »

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 »

Orange Hawkweed

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


ISCBC STAFF, Spring 2016 at Spring Lake Ranch, Cariboo (L-R): Jodi Romyn, Dave Ralph, Sue Staniforth, Gail Wallin, Coleen Hougen, Erica Ponsford, Julianne Leekie, Dixie Ballantyne and Danielle Toperczer. Absent: Tina Benard and Jennie McCaffrey.

STAFF (listed in alphabetical order)

Dixie Ballantyne, Finance and Administration
Dixie has been a bookkeeper with ISCBC since September 2009, and joined the Williams Lake office as administrative support in September 2010. She lives in Williams Lake with her husband and teenage son and daughter. She enjoys spending time walking, reading, camping, gardening and crafting. Contact Dixie

Tina Benard, Executive Assistant
Tina joined the Council in November 2015.  She has a background in administration and gives support to the other members of the Council as needed.  She lives in Williams Lake and enjoys baking, painting and gardening. Contact Tina


Coleen Hougen, Manager
Coleen has been with the Council since 2009, leading projects such as the Hot Spots Program, the Invasive Species Strategy for BC, and Take Action (Clean, Drain, Dry). Her past work experience includes invasive plant management, habitat conservation, and fish and wildlife studies. Coleen lives in Kamloops, where she and her family enjoy spending time outdoors fly fishing, camping and ATVing. Contact Coleen

Jennie McCaffrey, Planning and Practices (currently on leave)
Jennie has been with the Council since August 2012. She has experience in education management, specifically Environmental Education, as well as professional development and training for teachers. Jennie lives in Kamloops where she enjoys volunteering at the BIG Little Science Centre, and spending her time outdoors gardening, camping and hiking. 

Erika Ponsford, Fund Development
Erika has been with the Council since 2014, she is responsible for setting up ISCBC’s central database. Her background is in prospect research and records management for non-profits. Erika lives on Salt Spring Island, where she and her family enjoy spending time outdoors, horseback riding, camping and skiing. Contact Erika


Dave Ralph, Extension
Dave joined the Council in May 2015. He has worked extensively with land managers and the agriculture industry in developing invasive plant management strategies and carrying out research for invasive plant control and management recommendations for pasture, range and intensive crop production. His current role with the Council is training and project coordination. Dave, his wife and son live in Kamloops where they enjoy the seasonal outdoor recreational activities. They also like to travel. Contact Dave

Jodi Romyn, Senior Manager
Jodi has been with the Council since 2005 and is currently managing human resources and operational projects including planning and reporting. Her background is in natural resource management with a focus on working with stewardship groups and non-profits. Jodi, her husband, and two young children operate a dairy farm in Sorrento, BC and are active in sports and outdoor activities. Contact Jodi

Sue Staniforth, Education and Outreach
Sue has been with the ISCBC since 2013, and has experience in curriculum development, teacher professional development and evaluation. Sue is developing and promoting province-wide educational programs on invasive species. She lives in North Saanich with her husband and daughter, and enjoys hiking, kayaking, gardening, and raising chickens. Contact Sue

Danielle Toperczer, Manager
Danielle has worked with the Council since 2010, and manages large ISC projects and fund development. Her past work experience includes fisheries surveys, range management and not-for-profit work. She is a Professional Agrologist and lives in Coldstream where she enjoys hiking, camping and gardening with her husband and children. Contact Danielle

Gail Wallin, Executive Director
Gail has been involved with the Council since inception and is responsible for overall management and Board communications. Gail is an experienced facilitator for industry and government on complex resource management and land use planning issues across BC. Gail calls Williams Lake home where she enjoys time outdoors and travelling. Contact Gail