The Invasive Species Centre staff is a dedicated team who strive to address the threats of invasive species with diligence, passion, and creativity.

We bring diverse expertise and experience in natural science, policy, economics, administration, communications, graphic design, and education.

The ISC also benefits from the talents of interns, students, and recent graduates who join the team for placements of up to one year, as well as technical experts who join on a project-by-project basis. As a result, this allows the ISC to continue to be innovative in our sector.

The Invasive Species Centre offices and labs are co-located in Sault Ste. Marie with the Great Lakes Forestry Centre, a world-class science facility run by Natural Resources Canada.

To get in touch with any of our staff members,
call (705) 541-5790 or


Sarah Rang

Executive Director
Deborah Sparks

Deborah Sparks

Business Development and Communications Manager

David Nisbet

Partnership and Science Manager

Paula Beemer

Executive Assistant

David Dutkiewicz

Entomology Technician
Lauren Bell

Lauren Bell

Education and Community Outreach Coordinator

Rebecca Schroeder

Aquatic Invasive Species Liaison
Colin Cassin

Colin Cassin

Policy and Program
Development Analyst

Meaghan Luis

Business Development and Communications Coordinator
Mandy Ehnes

Mandy Ehnes

Program Development Coordinator

Drew Hodgson

Digital Communications Coordinator
Leah Hodgson

Leah Hodgson

Communications Coordinator
Mackenzie Digasparro

Mackenzie DiGasparro

Program Development Coordinator
Liam Brechin

Liam Brechin

Business Development and Communications Intern
Kristin Palilionis

Kristin Palilionis

Policy and Program
Development Intern

Board of Directors

The Invasive Species Centre is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors who represent key groups who have an interest in preventing invasive species. The Board Members are drawn from academia, municipalities, First Nations, at-risk industries and recreational pursuits, and environmental not-for-profit organizations. The Board benefits from advice provided by Ex-officio Board Members who represent the four government departments and agencies that founded the Invasive Species Centre: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The Invasive Species Centre is grateful to the Board of Directors who volunteer their time and bring their expertise and passion to their work with the Invasive Species Centre.

Robert Lambe

ISC Board President

Executive Secretary, Great Lakes Fishery Commission
Invasive Species Centre Board of Director – Micheal Pratt

Micheal Pratt

ISC Board Director

Managing Director,
Invasive Species Centre Board of Director - Cameron Mack

Cameron Mack

ISC Board Director

Executive Director, Wildlife Habitat Canada
Invasive Species Centre Board of Director - Karen Dannenmann

Karen Dannenmann

ISC Board Director

Trapper and Teacher, Grand Council Treaty #3
Invasive Species Centre Board of Director - Dr. Stephen Murphy

Dr. Stephen Murphy

ISC Board Director

Professor and Director,
University of Waterloo
Invasive Species Centre Board of Director - Dave Burden

Dave Burden

ISC Board Director

Director, Great Lakes
Regional Office - International Joint Commission
Invasive Species Centre Board of Director - Jason Pollard

Jason Pollard

ISC Board Director

Forestry Manager, Parks, Forestry and Surface Water Services - City of Ottawa
Jane Gilbert

Jane Gilbert

ISC Board Director

Vice President Public Affairs and Communications for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC)

Nicola Crawhall

ISC Board Director

Westbrook Public Affairs

Ex-officio Members

Dr. David Nanang

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Regional Director General, Central and Arctic Region

Danny Galarneau

Natural Resources Canada

Director General (Acting), Great Lakes Forestry Centre

James Crawford

Executive Director

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Christie Curley

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Director (Acting), Species Conservation Policy Branch

Board of Director Organizations