Staff

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.

 

Barry Gibbs
Executive Director

Barry is the Executive Director of the CCIS. He has worked with invasive species organizations in a variety of roles, most notably the Invasive Species Council of British Columbia and the Alberta Invasive Species Council. He resides in Claresholm, Alberta.

Kellie Sherman
Operations Supervisor

Kellie joined the CCIS as the Coordinator in 2017. Her previous employment included Coordinator of the Ontario Invasive Plant Council and Stewardship Technician with Kawartha Conservation. Kellie's main role with the CCIS is project management, all things communication, fundraising, partnership building and event planning. Kellie lives in Peterborough, Ontario.

Gabby Nichols
Program Coordinator

Gabby joined the CCIS in the spring of 2020. Her previous roles have included Park Naturalist with Ontario Parks, Ecological Technician with the City of London creating an Invasive Phragmites Management Strategy, and most recently Project Liaison with the Ontario Invasive Plant Council where she lead a citizen science program which sought to prevent the next big invasive species in Ontario. Gabby’s main work with the CCIS involves coordinating the “taking action” campaigns and social media communications. Gabby calls Puslinch, Ontario home.

Michaela Marchuk
Outreach Liaison

Michaela joined CCIS in August 2020. Her previous roles have included communications intern for the Nature Conservancy of Canada and animal care intern at WildNorth Wildlife Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Michaela has always been a passionate outdoorswomen, and is dedicated to protecting the natural areas that she loves. She hopes that through her work at CCIS that she can help educate people on how to prevent the spread of invasive species that threaten Canada's biodiversity. Michaela hails from Edmonton, Alberta, though on weekends you're more likely to find her in the Rocky Mountains.

Robert (Bob) McClean
Partnership Specialist

In July 2018, Bob retired from the Canadian federal public service following more than 40 years in Environment and Climate Change Canada, almost entirely with the Canadian Wildlife Service. During his career, Bob worked in all of the Canadian Wildlife Service programs, including internationally under the Convention on Biological Diversity, CWS’s protected areas – known as National Wildlife Areas and Migratory Bird Sanctuaries, various habitat conservation funding programs, and the species at risk and wildlife trade (CITES) programs. During his career, Bob had the opportunity to lead various national and federal initiatives including several related to invasive species. He led the team that developed An Invasive Alien Species Strategy for Canada and presented the Strategy to federal, provincial and territorial ministers for adoption in 2004 and remained active federally, nationally and internationally on invasive species until his retirement.

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