The Invasive Species Council of BC invites you to explore the risks and impacts of invasive species in the Yukon, and the key pathways through which they can enter and establish in the territory, specifically in aquatic habitats. As the climate begins to change, more invasive species are finding their way into our remote and pristine northern regions. Learn how you can play your part in preventing the spread!
Meet the Speakers
Engagement Lead, ISCBC
A champion of ocean conservation, Ruby Banwait, has explored many marine environments beneath the surface from the Salish Sea to the Arctic Ocean. A Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow, she helped launch the Petty Harbour Mini Aquarium in Newfoundland, Canada, a seasonal capture-and-release, educational facility. Ruby’s desire to restore abundance in our oceans motivates her to connect people to the sea. As Community Science Lead with the Invasive Species Council of BC, Ruby encourages biodiversity protection and fostering lasting relationships with nature while supporting accessibility in conservation.
Tourism Resource Coordinator, ISCBC
Calvin Samis has been with ISCBC as the Tourism Resource Coordinator for the past year. He is an avid fisherman with a passion for protecting the great outdoors for our enjoyment and connection with nature. He holds an HBs of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism from Lakehead University and has also spent time as a forest firefighter with the Ministry of Natural Resources in Ontario. Calvin is the direct link between ISCBC and the tourism industry in BC. He works to develop programing to foster awareness and action in the tourism industry, to protect BC’s natural resources from the impacts of invasive species. He works within ISCBC’s Invasive-Wise Tourism and Invasive-Wise Marina programs and the new Invasive-Wise Angler program.