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Alberta Invasive Species Council

Mandate

AISC Mandate

Increasing awareness and educating Albertans about the destructive impacts invasive species have on the environment, economy, and society; 

Serving as a respected source of credible information and resources on invasive species in Alberta; 

Engaging and empowering Albertans to prevent, detect, and take action against invasive species.  

Alberta Invasive Species Council

Vision

Vision

 

"Prevention inspired; Alberta protected"

is our vision.

We endeavor to foster partnerships with jurisdictions, agencies, and groups to develop integrated collaboration, long-term management programs, and to engage and empower people to take action against invasive species in Alberta.

Alberta Invasive Species Council

History

History of the Council

The Council was established as a non-profit society in Alberta in 2006.

Initially called the Alberta Invasive Plant Council, the name was changed in 2013 to reflect a broader scope and to include all invasive species taxa.

 

Since that time, the Council has worked to protect Alberta from the impacts of invasive species.  

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Our Team

Jay Byer

Barrhead County, and Summer Villages. Jay Byer is a native Albertan, having grown up northwest of Edmonton and has a bachelor of science in agriculture degree from the University of Alberta. He has more than thirty years in the agriculture field, the most current with Barrhead County as a Assistant Agricultural Fieldmen. Jay has always had a passion for growing things and has participated in the Master Gardener program at the University of Alberta. When he is not helping with weed management at Barrhead County, he is out at his cottage with his wife, Carol, or riding motorcycles when the season permits. He has been on Council at the Summer Village of Rochon Sands, and helps them and Summer Villages in general with their invasive species management programs.

CHAD VERPY

I grew up in Southwestern Saskatchewan and moved out to Alberta shortly after graduating. I completed my Secondary Education at Olds College with a Diploma in Land and Water Resources, majoring in Land Reclamation. I worked in the environmental side of the oil and gas industry doing assessments and reclamation projects for nearly 10 years across all of Alberta and into North Eastern BC. In 2017 I changed focus and began my career with Mountain View County as the Agricultural Coordinator. I currently live in Airdrie with my Wife and 2 kids.

Doug MacAulay

Doug is a native of Barrhead where he grew up on a small farm and has always had a passion for both Agriculture and Biology. This interest brought him to the University of Alberta where he acquired a Bachelor’s of Science Degree. Doug started his career with Agriculture and Forestry in 2001 where he gained experience in weed science, entomology, plant pathology, agriculture extension, agroforestry, grant programming, agriculture research and most recently working with the Agriculture Service Board Program. Doug loves the outdoors and on his days off can be found either tenting with his wife Melanie and their four children, gardening, studying insects, pulling invasive weeds or coaching cross country skiing.

 
Matt Gibson

Matt has approximately 10 years of environmental experience, working both as a consultant and as an oil and gas professional. He holds a bachelors of science degree specializing in Physical Geography and Environment from the University of Calgary, and is a practicing Professional Agrologist (P.Ag.) registered in the provinces of Alberta and British Columbia. Matt has always had a close relationship with invasive species management throughout his career, whether it is the front line person providing invasive species management or as a manager working with a team of professionals who manage contractors providing invasive species management services. He is currently employed with Encana, managing a group of professionals who work at the field level to focus on among other things, invasive species surveillance, control, and management. Matthew is an avid boater, traveler and family man who enjoys spending time in the mountains in the winter and at the lake in the summer.

Leah Predy

Leah has a BA in English and a BSc in Agriculture from the University of Alberta. She began her career working as a Rangeland Agrologist with the Government of Alberta for five years and now works as an Agrologist with Envirowest Engineering, based out of her hometown of Ponoka. Leah moved back to her family farm in 2017, and when she is not at work, she is helping on the farm, tackling weeds in her way-too-big garden, starting (and hopefully finishing) any number of projects, hiking, and camping.

Karen Anderson

Karen has a BSc in Environmental and Conservation Sciences with a double major in Land Reclamation and Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta. She started her government career with Environment and Parks in Willmore Wilderness Park conducting breeding bird surveys, vegetation surveys and deploying wildlife cameras. A self-proclaimed plant nerd, she has worked in protected areas throughout the province focusing on species-at-risk, range and riparian health and invasive species. She recently moved to Kananaskis to continue developing her range management and grassland restoration skills with Alberta Parks.

Atty Bressler

With a degree in Agriculture, and born and raised on a dairy farm, Atty has always had a passion for plants and animals. In her early career she has been involved with various agricultural crop research trials and worked closely with the local farmers and agfieldmen in central Alberta. After a while, she became a project manager and team lead at an Edmonton engineering firm called Wood (formerly AMEC). Here she learned to explore and observe the pristine beauty of the Alberta boreal forest, learned about rare plants, completed various vegetation inventories and reclamation assessments, wrote various environmental protection plans and acted as the company’s weed specialist and clubroot pest management senior advisor. When she is not running around in the bush or local parks looking for weeds or rare plants, Atty loves playing soccer, and being involved with her teenage kids’ hockey teams.

NICOLE BUECKERT

Nicole is originally from the Cariboo in BC. She grew up hiking where she developed a huge appreciation for nature. Nicole currently lives in Southwest Alberta. She and her family have worked on ranches and pastures which have given her a deep interest in grazing management, grassland management, and invasive weed management. She currently manages invasive weeds on a grazing co-op utilizing many approaches including biologically using beetles and sheep. Nicole can be found relaxing with family, hiking and explaining why invasive weeds are bad to anyone who will listen, on horseback chasing sheep, cows, or weeds, trail running, or working as a substitute Educational Assistant.

Todd Green

Graduated with a BSc in Environmental Sciences from the University of Alberta, Qiting has worked in various roles with the City of Edmonton. She is now the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program Coordinator and oversees the public education and social marketing campaign to raise awareness about invasive plants in Edmonton, and to enable residents to “Spot it, Report it, Remove it”. Qiting also hosts volunteer weed pull events in Edmonton’s beautiful River Valley and runs a monthly IPM newsletter. She loves cats, plants, the outdoor, and video games.

Todd Green

Todd is an import to Alberta from small town Manitoba, making his way westward after gaining a diploma in AgriBusiness in Brandon, Manitoba.

Selling fertilizer and chemical led him to a job with the County of Newell as the Assistant Agricultural Fieldman and later moving into the Director of Agricultural Services role, a role Todd has filled for 12 years.

Maintaining and containing weed and pest infestations continue to be the foundation of the Agricultural Services Department in Newell. The goal is to work with ratepayers to maintain a vibrant agricultural industry in the County of Newell.

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Nicole Kimmel

Nicole Kimmel Received a B.Sc. of Environmental Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta in 2000 with a Specialization in Wildlife and Rangeland Sciences. She began working with Alberta Agriculture upon graduation, as a research assistant. Her work involved addressing weed management issues in forages and non-traditional crops. After 10 years in agricultural research, her role evolved to Weed Specialist, for an additional 7 years of employment. In 2018, she moved to Environment & Parks as the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Specialist. There she coordinates the five elements of the AIS program, Policy & Legislation, Education & Outreach, Monitoring, Watercraft Inspections/Decontamination and Response. Nicole is approaching 20 years of service with the Government of Alberta.

Lori Morgan

Lori believes in a proactive approach to invasive species, where education and awareness are necessary building blocks for success. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business Management. In addition to education, a farm background and curious nature has allowed her numerous opportunities in different agriculture production industries, public relations, communications, and most recently weed and pest management. Lori enjoys spending time outdoors, teaching her cats new tricks, traveling, and adventures with her husband.

Lisa Schaubel

Lisa is the Decontamination Specialist with the provincial Whirling Disease Program with Alberta Environment and Parks. Lisa came to Edmonton last year from Grande Prairie where she was a Regional Fisheries Biologist and previous from Thunder Bay, Ontario, where she was an Aquatic Research Analyst with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry. Lisa has a M.Sc. in Aquatic Ecology from Lakehead University, Thunder Bay and Biological Science Undergraduate degree from Carleton University, Ottawa. Lisa has a passion for understanding and preserving aquatic resources and has spent summers surveying the Great Lakes and their tributaries for invasive sea lamprey, working with industrial partners to reduce the impact of landscape development on the aquatic system as well as researching aquatic invertebrate community dynamics. In her spare time, she is hiking and camping with her husband and her giant poodle in the summer and skiing in the winter.

Jeannie Suffern

Jeannie is the co-owner of Aqualine Aquatic Plants & Waterfeatures, located in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Her mission is simple: promoting the growing of aquatic plants in Alberta, where the winter season is long and cold and the summer season is short but the daylight hours are long. She shares her passion for water lilies with her customers and delights in introducing them to the world of tropical water lilies. Jeannie is also a director for the International Water Garden and Water Lily Society (IWGS) and the Colchester Agriculture Society.

Ashley Tkachyk

Ashley has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science and is working as an Ecologist for Alberta Parks in the Northeast Region of Alberta, based in Lac La Biche. She has always had an interest in invasive species; however, being in this role has ignited the flame further. She currently represents Parks on the Provincial Aquatic Invasive Species Committee and has recently obtained her pesticide certification for Land use and Industrial applications, with a very strong interest in the Integrated Pest Management Approach.

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Megan Evans

Hailing from Newfoundland with her teen years spent in a small New Brunswick town, Megan moved to Calgary in 2001. She soon decided that pursuing further education was the right path for her. Megan obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and a Masters degree in Ecology both from the University of Calgary. Her first full time role working with invasive species was as an Invasive Plants Technician with Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development. In this role Megan oversaw the invasive plant management program, developed a regional strategic plan, implemented education and outreach initiatives and worked closely with local stakeholders. She went on to oversee the regional Forest Health program, which involved survey and control of forest insects and disease and participating on the provincial whitebark and limber pine recovery team. During this time she was also a board member for the Alberta Invasive Species Council and the Entomological Society of Alberta.

Megan spent the last three years working as an Ecologist with Alberta Parks in southwestern Alberta where she established an invasive plant management strategy and a holistic in-house invasive plant management program, which included native seed harvesting, restoration work and an integrated approach to invasive plant management. Megan’s interest in invasive species is rivaled only by her love of native bees, which is evident in her work with the Alberta Native Bee Council.

Natalie Horne

Natalie has always had a strong passion for environmental sciences which began in her home country of Australia where she has an Anthropology and Archaeology background (B.A). She moved into the Information Technology sphere before the travel bug took ahold and she began traveling the world. Her adventures took her to a number of countries where she worked in a variety of industries before making Canada her home in 2012. Her love for the natural resource field again came to the forefront after a move to rural Northern Alberta where she fell in love with the Boreal Forest. She has worked in the Safety, Oil & Gas and Construction Industry before moving into the Natural Resource areas of Weed Inspecting, Forest Health and joining the AISC as a Social Media and Invasive Species Specialist in 2018. She continues to foster her love of the outdoors and hopes to assist in educating and servicing Albertans through education on Invasive Species and their Management.

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Tim Skuse is the coordinator for Alberta Invasive Species Councils’ biocontrol release program. He holds a Master's Degree from the University of Toronto in researching release strategies for biocontrol agents. He also works in collaboration with researchers at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada helping to test biocontrol agents in the field. When he is not in the field, he continues to research best practices for current biocontrol agents.