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.


Hilary Baker

Program Director

Hilary completed her BSc in Agriculture at the University of Alberta and worked for the Government of
Alberta in Rangeland Stewardship for 6 years, both in the Peace Region and Pincher Creek Area. Hilary
moved to the East Kootenays in January 2020 and worked as an environmental consultant in the areas
of ecology and agrology, working on a multitude of projects spanning diverse topics. Hilary’s expertise
lies in multidisciplinary practices based in ecological, rangeland, agronomic, and socio-economic
principles. Hilary is looking forward to contributing to invasive species initiatives in the region,
connecting with stakeholders and community, and promoting good stewardship of local ecosystems.


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!



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