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.

Kendal Benesh

Program Director

After completing her BSc in Biology and Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, Kendal wandered away from coastal ecosystems and towards the boreal forests of Western Canada. Kendal spent four years coordinating and conducting biological monitoring in aquatic and riparian areas, before moving on to coordinate research efforts that support the recovery of woodland caribou. She has also worked in environmental education, public outreach and communications, regional land-use planning, administration, and is a keen facilitator of multi-stakeholder collaborations. With strong interests in conservation and community engagement, Kendal is excited to be working on invasive species initiatives in the region.


Katie Reid, A.Ag

Field Operations Manger (currently on leave)

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

Interim Field Operations Manager ​

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.


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!


Bailey Repp

Education and Communications Coordinator

Born in Kimberley and raised in the Kootenay region, Bailey is an educator of many mediums, a filmmaker, photographer, and conservation communications creator who’s work is driven by her passion for wildlife and wild places. After completing Digital Arts and New Media at Selkirk College of the Arts, Bailey has spent her career committing the work she does in the digital landscape towards protecting the natural one. Joining the team in 2020, she is excited to spread the word and share important knowledge about invasive species to audiences of all backgrounds across the region. In her spare time she can be found in the mountains on a human-powered adventure, teaching yoga at the local climbing gym, or creating documentaries on her road bike.  


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

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