The staff of the Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS) are dedicated to working collaboratively across Canada and beyond to take action against invasive species. Our team has a unique variety of work experiences and educational and cultural backgrounds that suit them to their roles with CCIS. They work to support our provincial and territorial chapters from a National level while also participating in other countrywide campaigns with an array of other government and non-government organizations.

Rebecca Lord (She/Her)
Executive Director

Rebecca Lord, Executive Director of the Canadian Council on Invasive Species (CCIS), started working in the non-profit sector in 1994. Holding a Bachelor of Arts, Honours degree focused in Geography from Queen's University, she merges academic background with practical expertise. With a multifaceted skill set encompassing nonprofit management, negotiation, event planning, education, customer service, sustainability, and strategic planning, Rebecca provides astute leadership. Her oversight extends across projects, staff, and partnerships, ensuring effective project management, communications, branding, resource development, and strategic planning. Under her guidance, CCIS thrives through strategic direction, governance, and impactful program implementation. Committed to operational excellence, financial performance, and timely execution, Rebecca drives CCIS forward towards its mission.

Sharon Savoie (She/Her)
Financial Operations Manager

Sharon joined CCIS in 2022. After 20 plus years in the private sector working in a variety of financial leadership roles, including as head of finance for a very successful mutual fund dealer for 12 years, she made the leap to the non-profit sector in 2016, most notably with the Fruit and Vegetable Growers of Canada. Sharon is a CPA, CMA and also has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Ottawa. Sharon is responsible for the financial stewardship of CCIS and its operating chapters. She is an active supporter of her local Friends of Stittsville Wetlands Group, and also lends her support to her local animal rescue organizations. Sharon is Ontario-born and raised and now lives in Ottawa with her husband Paul and her feline fur babies Bernie and Yoshi. She also loves to travel and see the world by cruise ship.

Bryan Dilts (He/Him)
Marketing & Communications Manager

Bryan Dilts is a creative Marketing & Communications Manager at the CCIS. He is an expert in designing innovative content marketing strategies. He is a dedicated environmental advocate, instrumental in shaping CCIS's outreach, brand presence, and efforts to raise awareness and mobilize action against invasive species in Canada. Bryan's broad expertise includes graphic design, web design, video production, and brand development. This makes him a valuable asset to the CCIS team. He translates complex environmental concepts into engaging, accessible content that aligns with CCIS's mission of combatting invasive species and preserving Canada's natural landscapes. Beyond his professional role, Bryan is an avid outdoor enthusiast with a deep passion for environmental stewardship.

Gabby Nichols (She/Her)
Project Coordinator

Gabby's work as CCIS' Project Coordinator involves building partnerships and working collaboratively with organizations across Canada to develop messaging and resources to support the implementation of six national behaviour change campaigns. Gabby joined the CCIS in the spring of 2020, bringing her experience of invasive species education and management from her previous roles within provincial government, municipal government, and non-profit sectors. Gabby holds a Masters of Environment and Sustainability from the University of Western Ontario, and a Bachelor's of Bio-Resource Management from the University of Guelph, located in the city of Guelph, Ontario, where Gabby calls home today.

Marta McDougall (She/Her)
Administrative Coordinator

Marta joined the CCIS team in the winter of 2023. She has worked in government administration for the majority of her career but found her passion supporting non-profit organizations that build positive change. She has developed a love for creating processes and intuitive workflows that aim to build capacity while leaving room for individual work styles to thrive. Marta supports the CCIS team in the areas of administration, human resources, project support, supporting the Board of Directors, and as the point of contact for the various Chapters and general public. Personally, Marta involves herself in various creative pursuits ranging from digital arts, painting, and collaborative story telling. Marta is based out of Guelph, Ontario.

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