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.

Vision

Healthy landscapes and communities free of invasive species.

Mission

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. 

Harold Aljam

Governments

INDIGENOUS


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, Chair

Business & Industry

TRANSPORTATION & UTILITIES


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.

Kari Bondaroff

Community


Bio to follow.

Michael Boulet

Community


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.

Crystal Chadburn

Business & Industry


Crystal Chadburn is a Professional Agrologist and has worked in the field of invasive plant management in British Columbia for over 12 years. She first began working with invasive plants as a consultant in the West Kootenays, then in 2007, she joined the BC Provincial Government as a Range Agrologist in the Chilcotin region. Crystal is currently a Senior Invasive Plant Specialist with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

Nadia Chan, Secretary

Governments

LOCAL


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.

Lesley Douglas, Vice-chair

Community

ENVIRONMENT / CONSERVATION


Lesley Douglas’ work experience includes fish and wildlife field biology and environmental consulting experience from Ontario. Upon her return to the Lower Mainland, Lesley has maintained a career track as an environmental professional at various levels in municipal and regional government. Invasive species identification, management, funding, communications, education and strategy implementation are integral aspects of her portfolio.

Doug Fossen

Douglas Fossen

Business & Industry

AGRICULTURE


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.

Bill Grutzmacher, Treasurer

Business & Industry

AGRICULTURE


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, Past Chair

Community

RESEARCH & EDUCATION


Brian Heise is a faculty member in the Department of Natural Resource Sciences at Thompson Rivers University, in Kamloops BC., where he teaches courses in fisheries, limnology and ecosystem reclamation. His research looks at the effects of various land use practices on freshwater ecosystems. He and his students are currently looking at migration cues for Arctic grayling, groundwater refugia for Chinook salmon, and the ecology and control of invasive northern pike and goldfish. Brian is also the Past Chair of the Invasive Species Council of BC.

Dave Holden

Governments

FEDERAL


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. 

Jonathan Holmnes

Governments

Indigenous


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

Business & Industry

Tourism


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

Governments

Provincial


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.

Ralph Nevill

Community


Bio to follow.

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.

Ken Schwaerzle

Business & Industry

Agriculture


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.

Heike Stippler

Business & Industry

Trade & Retail


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, as second vice chair of the BC Landscape & Nursery Association and on BCLNA’s environmental committee.

Ursula Viney

Governments

pROVINCIAL


Ursula Viney, CPA, CGA is the Director of Operations with the BC Ministry of Agriculture, Plant and Animal Health Branch which supports the sustainability of animal and plant agriculture, while serving to protect the well-being of the people of the province through surveillance, regulatory compliance, risk assessment and the development of strategies to address identified risks. Ms Viney provides leadership and oversight to the Plant Health Unit and was heavily involved on the Steering Committee for the 2018 Response to Eradicate Japanese Beetle.

ISCBC Staff

Experienced members of the ISCBC team bring their enthusiasm to our work.

Dixie Ballantyne

Manager, Finance & Administration

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Lindsay Barnett

Fund Development

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Tina Benard

Office Coordinator

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Katelyn Bissat

Kamloops Youth Facilitator

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Allyson Blake

Events & Communications Coordinator

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Serena Bonneville

Youth Program Coordinator

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Ksenia Kolodka

Outreach Coordinator

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Brittany Lowden

Communications Coordinator

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Corbin Manson

Vancouver Youth Facilitator

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Allison McCabe

PlantWise Coordinator

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Nadine McCosker

Education and eLearning Coordinator

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Lara Phillips,

JCP Salmon Arm Supervisor

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Dave Ralph

Manager, Operations

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Jodi Romyn

Director, Operations and Finance

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Sue Staniforth

Manager, Education and Outreach

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Danielle Toperczer

Director, Programs & Communications

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Yonathan Uriel

Insect Ambassador

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Gail Wallin

Executive Director

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Nick Wong

Research and Projects Coordinator

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Brandon Wright

JCP Williams Lake Supervisor

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