MEET THE TEAM.
The staff at EKISC are an enthusiastic team who strive to address the threats of invasive species with diligence, passion, and creativity. We are located through-out the East Kootenays in home-based offices; when necessary, joining forces at our office location in Cranbrook, BC. Together, we bring diverse expertise and experience in natural science, policy, economics, administration, communications, and education.
EKISC also benefits from the talents of summer students who join the team during our busy summer months, and from contractors who join the EKISC operations team in managing established infestations.
Katie brings to EKISC a love of the outdoors, extensive knowledge of Invasive Species, and a degree in Natural Resource Management. She joined EKISC in 2013 as the Field Operations Coordinator. Originally from Kamloops, the East Kootenays is a perfect fit for Katie's career and home life.
Education + Communications Manager
Megan is a passionate environmentalist, with extensive knowledge of our natural world, and great admiration for our recreational one. She is creatively inspired by our landscapes and aims to bring data to life, changing the way we consume environmental data. This passion comes from a decade of working in the field, including work with parks, fisheries, birds of prey, invasive plants, forestry, geology and recreational tourism - paired with her Recreation Fish and Wildlife Technical Diploma and Bachelors of GIS educational background. She plans to safeguard our wild spaces with community outreach, engagement and education.
EMMA STRIVIG DE GROOT
Field Operations Coordinator
Emma has channeled her love of nature into a career in conservation. She has worked on numerous projects across the world, from the pacific islands of Hawaii to the grasslands of southern Saskatchewan. She moved back to the mountains in 2020 and has focused her energy on learning about, and exploring, the ecosystems of the East Kootenays.
Gabriela grew up in northern Alberta and completed her BA in Human Geography at Simon Fraser University in 2006. She worked for many years in nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation centers, eventually moving to Alaska to work on wildlife research projects for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. She completed her MSc in Natural Resource Management at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in 2015. She then worked as a Subsistence Resource Specialist at the Division of Subsistence for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, before returning to Canada in late 2019. She is thrilled to be in the East Kootenay's expanding her knowledge of plants; as well as learning about the region's economic, environmental, and social issues.