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. 


​Interested in joining our team? Check for job opportunities on our careers page.

Katie Reid

Katie Reid

Field Operations Manger 

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.



Gabriela Halas

Program Assistant

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.


Jessie Paloposki

Danny Smart

Field Operations Coordinator

Originally from England, Danny found a love for the outdoors when visiting Canada for the first time in 2006. Since then she has worked in a variety of fields such as outdoor education, adventure tourism and hospitality. After studying Natural Resource Management with a minor in First Nations Studies in Prince George, she started working with Invasive Species and found a passion in learning, treating and educating invasives to the public. Danny is often found exploring the province either hiking, biking or kayaking, and is very excited to now be based in the East Kootenay's!


Current contractors:

Mountain View Resources Ltd.
Blacktail Resources Ltd.
BDK Resource Services Ltd.
West Fork Resource Management Ltd.

RMC Enterprises Ltd.


Interested in becoming a contractor? Contact Katie Reid: katie@ekisc.com