Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS)

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Invasive species councils, committees, and coalitions representing the majority of provinces and territories in Canada have established as a federal society to work together to reduce the impact of invasive species across the country.

The Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) works collaboratively across jurisdictional boundaries to support actions and information that can help reduce the threat and impacts of invasive species.

Invasive plant and animal species groups are working in partnership to build upon the lessons learned in each province or territory to improve public awareness of invasive alien species. Detecting emerging invasives early is integral to prevention, as once established, they spread rapidly, causing damage to the environment, economy, and/or human health.

The Invasive Species Council of BC provides support for the Canadian Council on Invasive Species meetings and events, with the aim of raising the profile in Canada and to safeguard fragile ecosystems from the immediate threat of invasive alien species.

View the interactive map that provides contact information for each province and territory working on invasive species management.


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Abstract submission deadline: Monday, March 31st, 2014

Notification date: April 30th, 2014 

The Weeds Across Borders 2014 Coordinating Committee is now accepting abstracts for forum presentations on Oct. 15th and 16th. There is a pre-forum workshop on the 14thand a field tour on the 17th

Weeds Across Borders (WAB) is an international conference covering the interests of professionals and organizations from various jurisdictions across North America with a common interest in sharing information and improving invasive species management, including weeds, throughout North America. The goal of the conference is to provide a forum for educating, sharing and disseminating knowledge about invasive species management (including weed management), regulatory issues and concerns about invasive species spread across and between all jurisdictional boundaries across Mexico, Canada and the United States. 

The topic is invasives species with an emphasis on common problems and cooperation among countries and institutions taking into account that cooperation across jurisdictional borders is essential for the prevention and control of invasive species, including non-native plants or weeds. 

The overall theme of the conference is Building Bridges Across Borders. Please develop abstracts based on the session themes: 

North American: Building Collaboration Across International Borders 
    - Inter-national and/or national initiatives 
    - Highlights of collaboration 

Rural Communities: Challenges, Opportunities and Successes 
    - Land-user’s projects/programs for addressing invasive

Indigenous Peoples: Challenges, Opportunities and Successes 
    - Building linkages between indigenous peoples and invasive

    - Impact of invasive species on to native and Indigenous

Invasive Species Communication and Awareness: Bringing about Public Change 
    - Effective campaigns at state/provincial/ country level 
    - Effective cross-jurisdiction programs; use of innovative tools
       and technology 

Policies, Regulations, and Strategies: Emerging Issues 
    - Cross border initiatives; movement across borders 
    - Invasive species and wildfire 
    - Invasive species and wildlife, migratory species, 

Prevention: Preventing the Spread 
    - Cross-jurisdictional initiatives 
    - Early Detection and Rapid Response(EDRR) 
    - Economic impact of prevention initiatives 

Building Capacity: Roles of Partnerships 
    - New approaches in a global economy 
    - Sharing information resources and information to achieve on-
       the-ground objectives 

    - Addressing information systems and inventory 
    - Building strong volunteer involvement 

Climate, Energy and Emerging Issues: Looking to the Future 
    - Biomass/biofuels and invasives 
    - Climate change predictions and impacts 

    - Your recommendation for an innovative session 

The 2014 WAB conference will follow a plenary meeting format with a selected number of oral presentations. Abstracts will be judged and accepted based on their relevance to trans-border issues, not necessarily exclusive to North America and available time. Oral presentations are generally limited to 20 minutes. 

Please submit abstracts for oral presentations in English no later than Monday, March 31st, 2014 to wab2014@abinvasives.ca. Acceptance notices for oral presentations, as well as further details, will be sent no later than Thursday, April 30th, 2014.

Required format: (Times New Roman, 12 point font)

  • Title 
  • Name(s) of author/principal investigator 
  • Contact information: mailing address and email address 
  • Phone number 
  • Please indicate language preference for presentation: English, French or Spanish. 
  • Session Title 
  • Abstract: 250 – 300 word maximum 
  • Presentation abstracts should be submitted in a Microsoft Word document (.doc or docx format). 

Conference: Meeting invites, agenda, participant package, meeting sessions, presentations and workshops will be held in English, unless funds for translation are secured. 

Conference Proceedings: Meeting summary (not proceedings) will be prepared and if permission granted, all presentations and abstracts will be posted to the website. Proceedings could be prepared if funding is secured. 

Please note: Presenters of accepted abstracts will have their registration fees waived for the day of presentation. At this time it is not known if travel subsidies will be available. 

The 2014 WAB Conference is hosted by the Canadian Council on Invasive Species. 

Download: Call for Abstracts (PDF)


Originally named the 'National Invasive Species Working Group,' this working group formed as a result of a joint meeting early in 2009 where 10 provinces and two territories voiced the desire to share knowledge across Canadian borders, as invasive species ‘know no boundaries.’  Together, members agreed that a national working group would help build bridges across Canada to work together in the battle against invasive species.


Canadian Council on Invasive Species - Members

Invasive Species Council of British Columbia

ISC-logo-final-2011The Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) is a registered charity that aims to improve the coordinated management of invasive species across the province and beyond borders. The Council works with agencies and residents collaboratively to minimize the environmental, economic, and social impacts of invasive species. The Council works through building collaboration on mutual priorities determined by its diverse membership. The Council’s representative Board of Directors implements members’ key priorities in collaboration with Regional Committees and other partners. For more information about the ISCBC, please see About Us.

Alberta Invasive Species Council

AISC logo 2014Established in 2004, the Alberta Invasive Species Council (AISC) is a registered non-profit society that provides leadership and expertise to engage, enable, and empower Albertans to take action on invasive species. Council members share an interest in understanding invasive species issues and fostering viable prevention and management strategies. The AIPC works to increase awareness of the impacts of invasive species in collaboration with stakeholders. 

Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council

SASKinvasivesThe Saskatchewan Invasive Species Council (SISC) is a not-for-profit association of professionals from federal, provincial, municipal governments, industry and non-government organizations. Council members are knowledgeable on invasive species or their management. The SISC was formed in 2008 to address the lack of coordination and understanding associated with invasive species within the province of Saskatchewan and across Canada. Their vision is to work together to ensure Saskatchewan’s environment, economy and social interests are protected through permanent control and eradication of invasive alien species.

Invasive Species Council of Manitoba

ISCManitoba_logo_smThe Invasive Species Council of Manitoba (ISCM) is a nonprofit organization providing a centralized and coordinated province-wide leadership body adopting a collaborative approach to the prevention, early detection, management and potential eradication of invasive species in Manitoba. The ISCM was formed out the demand for collaboration among stakeholders in December of 2006, and continues to grow and gain momentum. Their vision is to maintain a healthy, bio-diverse landscape through the prevention, early detection, and education and awareness of invasive alien species management practices in order to eradicate or limit further spread.

Ontario Invasive Plant Council

OIPC_logo_smThe Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) is a non-profit, multi-agency organization founded in April 2007 by a group of individuals and organizational representatives who saw the need for a coordinated provincial response to the growing threat of invasive plants. The OIPC is currently housed within the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, a non-profit, charitable organization providing the OIPC with administrative support and office space in its initial stages. Their purpose is to facilitate a coordinated and effective response to the threat of invasive plants by providing leadership, expertise, and a forum to educate, motivate and empower organizations and citizens.   

Québec Interdepartmental Committee on Invasive Species

mddep_quebecThe Québec Interdepartmental Committee on Invasive Species is an inter-ministry committee that facilitates networking between government ministries and agencies to develop a priority invasive species list, outreach materials, promote research, and a rapid response plan to fight against invasive species. Its purpose is to share information, network, and develop a common vision on invasive species.

Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden

MUN-Botanical-Gardens_NFLDThe Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden Inc., as part of the University's inclusive community, is a non-profit corporation that creates and inspires understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants in gardens and natural areas to further the Memorial's mission of research, education, and outreach. They also provide information and resources on invasive alien species impacting Newfoundland. 

New Brunswick Invasive Species Council

NBISCThe New Brunswick Invasive Species Council (NBISC) is a collaborative initiative involving a number of agencies formed to address the lack of coordination and understanding associated with invasive species within the province of New Brunswick and across Canada. Their vision is to work together to ensure New Brunswick's environment, economy, and social interests are protected through the prevention, early detection, and education and awareness of invasive alien species. They fulfill this vision through best management practices in order to control and eradicate invasive alien species.

Prince Edward Island Invasive Species Council

PEIISCThe Prince Edward Island Invasive Species Council is a non-profit organization focused on raising awareness and understanding about invasive species and the negative impact they have on PEI’s environmental, economic and social health. The Council, comprised of representatives from various organizations and levels of government, and with the help of the Island Nature Trust, are working towards creating a framework for the management of invasive species on PEI. The Council promotes public awareness through the use of educational tools such as IS publications, workshop presentations and their website, www.peiinvasives.ca.

Invasive Species Alliance of Nova Scotia

Nova-Scotia-logoEstablished in 2007, the Invasive Species Alliance of Nova Scotia (ISANS) is a non-profit group of individuals and organizations focused on improved communication and information sharing to better address the threat of invasive alien species at the provincial level. ISANS is hosted by the Acadia Centre for Estuarine Research (ACER) atAcadiaUniversity, centrally located within the province. 

Yukon Invasive Species Council

YISC_LogoThe Yukon Invasive Species Council (YISC) is a registered non-profit society formed to prevent the introduction and manage the spread of invasive species in the Yukon. This is accomplished by educating and advising the public and professional about invasive species and their risk to ecosystems and economies; actively collaborating with other jurisdictions; and encouraging, promoting, and supporting research on invasive species.

Government of the Northwest Territories

nwt_govtlogoThe Department of Environment and Natural Resources promotes and supports the management and sustainable use of renewable resources, the protection and conservation of the environment and wildlife in the Northwest Territories, including the management of invasive alien species.

Note: Currently there is no organization formed in the fight of invasive alien species in Nunavut.

In Your Words...

  • “Our crew has finished their work at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site and Gulf Islands National Park Reserve. I want to thank you, on behalf of Parks Canada, for providing the crew to us. They were well-trained and got a lot of important restoration work done in our nationally-important heritage areas.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

  • “Thank you for orchestrating access to the Hot Spots crew for GINPR.  This crew allowed us to move the restoration project on Princess Margaret ahead by months if not by years.”

    Wayne Bourque, Superintendent of Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, Parks Canada

  • “Parks Canada and Canadians have benefited from the partnership to have on-the-ground Hot Spots crews, and we would be happy to work with a crew in the future at one of our many national parks and national historic sites that are in need of invasive plant management.”

    Brian Reader, Species at Risk Manager, Parks Canada

  • “Working with the Hot Spots crew in Saanich in 2010, we practiced different methods to treat knotweed with glyphosate using the injection gun on several sites. With these skills I was able to implement Saanich's first knotweed eradication pesticide treatment program for private properties.”

    Donna Wong, Environmental Stewardship Officer, District of Saanich

  • "We had a great hike at Kenna Cartwright Park. The kids built a snowman and we all enjoyed the views. The outreach worker showed us some plants that don't belong in the park, gave us info about them and what to do about them, and gave us all some cool gifts from the Invasive Plant Council. Thank you!"

    Susan Hammond, Kamloops Young Naturalist Club

  • “I am impressed with the coverage of the GIS mapping data now available. I will be developing an Invasive Species Management Plan for Pacific Spirit over the next several years and these maps will help as a coarse indication of current conditions, and in guiding initial inventory and monitoring efforts.”

    Markus Merkens, Pacific Spirit Park area manager, Metro Vancouver

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