Who We Are

The Invasive Species Council of BC is a registered charity and non-profit society that is making a difference in the lives of all British Columbians.

ISCBC is a dynamic action-oriented organization, helping concerned stakeholders work together to stop the spread of invasive species in BC. We spearhead behaviour change in communities, organizations, governments and industry to help protect our province from invasive species.


Healthy landscapes and communities free of invasive species.


To take action to build healthy landscapes, including habitats and communities, through education and responsible practices to prevent the spread of invasive species. 

Board of Directors

Our hard-working directors and committee members bring perspectives from all walks of life to help us achieve our vision.

The Invasive Species Council of BC’s Board of Directors is selected by our membership at the Annual General Meeting. Directors on the Board represent one of three Chambers; government, community or business and industry. Within each Chamber, the Board strives to have the representation of a diverse range of background interest areas. 

Dave Bennett, Chair

Business & Industry


David A. Bennett is Director, Communications and External Relations for FortisBC. He is responsible for corporate and customer communications and public affairs including municipal, provincial and federal government and indigenous relations. and manages consultation on major infrastructure projects.  David has been involved in the energy industry for over 30 years. He is a Director on the Surrey Board of Trade, the Private Sector Co-Chair of the Pacific Northwest Economic Region, a member of the Executive Committee and Policy Chair of the National Electricity Roundtable and Chair of ISCBC.

Michael Boulet



Michael is a lawyer and mediator with Buckley Hogan in Surrey BC.  Michael has a life-long connection to land stewardship having grown up in forestry communities on north Vancouver Island.  To date, his career has involved regular interfacing with government and stakeholder groups including First Nations, forestry and aquaculture industry members to find shared solutions.  He is an active outdoors person and enjoys sharing his interest in marine and land explorations, including invasive species, with his children. Michael is also a communications coach and a recognized leader in the Aikido community.

Nadia Chan, Secretary



Nadia Chan has a B.S.F., Forest Operations from the University of British Columbia, is a Forester-in – training with the Association of BC Forest Professionals, an ISA Certified Arborist and an ISA Qualified Tree Risk Assessor. With over 15 years of experience working in urban forestry, Nadia is currently the Manager, Trees and Landscapes with the City of Surrey’s Planning and Development Department. She is the Director of Public Outreach for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture and sits on BCIT’s Forest and Natural Areas Management Program Advisory Committee.

Doug Fossen

Douglas Fossen

Business & Industry


Together with his family, Doug Fossen ranches in Rock Creek, BC. Doug has also carried out regional district weed control contracts in the area as a side business. Doug’s understanding of weeds and weed control comes from a love of land and lots of on the ground experience. Doug has a diploma in Agriculture Business and has been actively involved in the BC Cattlemen’s Association.

Dave Holden



Dave Holden is a survey biologist with the Plant Health Surveillance unit of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. For regulated plant pests like Spongy 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. 

Jonathan Holmes



JJ is the Operations supervisor and safety officer with Lower Nicola Indian Band Development Corporation based in Merritt, BC. When it comes to invasive species, JJ fulfills many roles, including educating and coordinating training for employees to become Certified Pesticide Applicators, but also working with a wide variety of organizations and First Nations communities to increase the awareness of understanding the impacts of invasive and noxious weeds. With lots of boots on the ground, work he is keen to promote is stewardship of the land and to try and protect food sources and medicinal plants. Away from stewardship, JJ is actively involved in the local Minor Hockey league. 

Alison McKay



Alison is Director, Destination & Industry Development with Destination BC with the focus on building a strong and sustainable tourism sector in the province. Alison is a leader in helping the tourism demonstrate leadership in responsible practices, including working as an advisor to ISCBC ‘invasive wise tourism project’.  Her background combines academic degrees in both Tourism and Applied Environmental Studies.  Alison lives in Coquitlam on the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish Peoples and the Kwikwetlem First Nation, where she enjoys being outdoors with her young family. 

Val Miller



Val Miller is the Provincial Invasive Plant Officer for the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development and the chair of the BC Inter-Ministry Invasive Species Working Group. Based in Nelson, she works with a team of Invasive Plant Specialists and technicians to address invasive plant challenges on Crown land. A registered professional agrologist with a B.Sc. in Range Management from the University of Idaho, Val has been actively working in invasive plant management and biological control projects in British Columbia for over 30 years.

Sarah Nathan



Sarah is a Registered Professional Biologist and the Provincial Manager of Conservation Programs in BC for Ducks Unlimited Canada. Her work includes seeking new ways to protect wetlands in BC by controlling invasive plants such as Yellow flag iris, Reed canary grass, Russian olive and Himalayan blackberry, and preventing the establishment of invasive animals such as the American bullfrog. Sarah is passionate about developing solutions to conservation problems that incorporate the concerns of a wide range of people, while ensuring a high degree of acceptance and success.

Eric Nijboer

Business & Industry

Natural Resources

Eric is an Operations Manager with Spectrum Resource Group Inc. based in Prince George where he primarily focuses on invasive plant management and operational fuel management/wildfire hazard reduction projects. Eric is a Registered Professional Biologist in both Alberta and BC (RPBio, P.Biol.), and carries a B.Sc. in Biology and Chemistry from Brock University with a focus on Plant Biotechnology. Eric has been engaged in invasive plant management since 2007.

Eamon O’Donoghue



Eamon O’Donoghue grew up in Toronto where he attended the University of Western Ontario graduating with his undergrad in political science. In 1991 Eamon moved to Valemount, BC, where he attended the University of Northern British Columbia, studying Natural Resource Management. Eamon started his career with the BC Public Service in 1991 as a Park Ranger in Mount Robson Park. He moved on to join the Land Use Coordination Office, then onto Regional Executive Director where he served the Skeena Region for 10 years. In October 2018 Eamon was appointed into his current role as Assistant Deputy Minister of the North Area in the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

Scott Pearce

Business & Industry


Scott has been involved in the nursery industry for 40 years, with a diploma in Landscape Horticulture from BCIT and experience working in both the wholesale and retail nursery trades. Scott has been a partner in GardenWorks, with eight garden centre locations, since 2007. His responsibilities include plant purchasing, merchandising and marketing. GardenWorks has been working with ISCBC for the past 12 years, involved in the PlantWise and Grow Me Instead programs.

Ken Schwaerzle



Ken Schwaerzle graduated with a degree in Finance and proceeded to work with 4-H for 57 years. Ken has been a dairy farmer for 46 years. Ken loves animals and people.

Dan Tisseur

Business & Industry


Dan is a Senior Environmental Advisor for Enbridge. He spent a decade as a freshwater biologist working for an environmental consulting firm with assignments throughout BC. Dan has a BSc in Natural Resource Management, a MSc in Environmental Practice, and is a Registered Professional Biologist. His work gives him great insight into industrial perspectives related to invasive species management and he has a great appreciation for the diversity and sensitivity of the various habitats across BC which could be threatened by the impacts of invasive organisms.

Steve Thomson

Business & Industry


Steve has a long record of service to the community and of working on behalf of BC ranchers and farmers. He represented Kelowna Mission as the MLA from 2009 to 2020 and served as Minister of Agriculture and Lands, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources and Rural Development. Steve is the former executive director of the BC Agriculture Council. He has served with the BC Fruit Growers Association, the BC Milk Producers Association, as the President of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and as a director of the Kelowna Museum. Steve loves sports and is dedicated to his family.


Everyone working with the ISCBC team, from our Executive Director to our volunteers, brings their enthusiasm to our work.

Dixie Ballantyne

Manager, Finance & Administration

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Tina Benard

Office Coordinator

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Lesley Douglas

Engagement Leader

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Jennie McCaffrey


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Dave Ralph

Manager, Operations

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Ursula Viney


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Sue Staniforth

Manager, Education and Outreach

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Gail Wallin

Executive Director

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