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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

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.

 
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.

Sebastien

Sebastien is from rural Ontario and his interest in Agriculture began as soon as he could walk. This passion directed him to expand his knowledge at the Alfred College of Agriculture and Agri-Food Technology. In 1994, Sebastien left for northern Alberta, to start his career in the agriculture and forestry industry until 2010 where he focused his career path to become an Agricultural Fieldman in Northern Sunrise County, near Peace River. This opportunity leveraged his knowledge of weeds, entomology, agriculture production, agroforestry, and business management, he quickly found a deeper appreciation and keen interest in legislation and board governance. While away from work, Sebastien appreciates spending time with his spouse Michelle on their farm in Willingdon, where he can be found working on machinery, upkeeping and renovating building, cropping and haying as well as reading more about legislation and parliamentary procedures. He also enjoys helping the local Agricultural Society as a board member. Proud father of two daughters and soon-to-be delighted grandfather.

Connor F-6

Connor is a native of Rocky Mountain House and graduated from Lethbridge College with a BASc in Ecosystem Management in 2020. He currently works for an environmental consulting firm, where he works on a variety of projects for upstream oil and gas clients. When he is not working, Connor can often be found in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains camping, fishing, and enjoying the outdoors.

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.

Hanington, Patrick

Patrick is an associate professor in the School of Public Health at the University of Alberta. He is a parasitologist and immunologist by training and his research focuses on studying the interface between animals, parasites/pathogens and freshwater environments. This broad research focus often focuses on understanding three aspects of biology: the specific interactions that underpin host and parasite/pathogen compatibility, how populations of host and parasite influence each other within a freshwater ecosystem, and how species invasions can disrupt the balance between hosts and parasites. Patrick and his research group often approach these topics using multiple approaches that combine large-scale field surveys with large-scale spatial and temporal studies, molecular biology and specific host-parasite association investigations. In order to undertake these ambitious studies, Patrick and his team have relied on forming partnerships with Government of Alberta, non-government organizations, industry, education and community partnerships. These partnerships have coalesced into an incredible collaboration that advances research objectives, our understanding of important issues related to freshwater ecosystems in Alberta and promotes healthy aquatic ecosystems for all.  

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.

NatalieLaForest

Natalie is from Drayton Valley and holds a diploma in Conservation and Restoration Ecology from Lakeland College, a B.Sc in Agriculture from the University of Saskatchewan, and is currently attending the University of Alberta. She has spent her summers working to control invasive plants in forestry, oil & gas, and agriculture. Her interest in invasive species started with plants and has expanded into invertebrates and plant diseases. She is also passionate about protecting native species, especially species at risk, and integrated pest management, most notably biological pest control. 

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.

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.

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ME

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.

PK

Born and raised in Edmonton, Paige has become a 'Jill of all trades' with invasive species. She graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences from MacEwan University where she was first introduced to invasive species through efforts with multiple research projects with garlic mustard and forest tent caterpillars. Soon after, Paige started a position with Alberta Agriculture where she focused on a flowering rush control project and creating the coveted 'Aquatic Invasive Species Pocket Guide'. Basically went from a few invasives to the entire Alberta Weed Control Act and Fisheries Act! Since then, contracts as a Whirling Disease Technician and an Aquatic Invasive Species Technician have brought her all over the province for fieldwork as well as allowed her knack for creating punny education and outreach methods to grow. After four years working with the provincial government, she joins the AISC as a Social Media and Invasive Species Technician in 2021. 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.