Our Team

CSISS is represented by a board of directors and staff from a variety of non-profit organizations and government agencies all working to stop the spread of invasives in our region.

CSISS Board Members AGM 2016

CSISS 2016/ 2017 Board of Directors and Staff                            


Robyn has worked throughout BC and Sweden engaging local communities and key stakeholders in climate change adaptation issues during her Dual Masters degree (Masters of Science, SLU and Masters of Forestry, UBC) and through work with the Ministry of Environment (including BC Parks). She has also worked in alpine plant diversity studies throughout BC, and in the Canadian Arctic. Robyn enjoys playing music, exploring the mountains and enjoying the outdoors when she is not working.  Robyn joined the CSISS team as an Education and Outreach Officer in April of 2014 and has continued on in the capacity of Program Manager as of the spring of 2015 before assuming the role of Executive Director in April of 2016.

Laura has a degree in Biology from the University of Northern British Columbia, as well as a course in Environmental Monitoring. She has spent time working for Golder Associates as a Wildlife Biologist, assisting with the Woodland Caribou project in Revelstoke and working locally for the BC Wildfire Management Branch. In her spare time, Laura can be found on local mountain trails. Laura Gaster joined the CSISS Team as Program Assistant in April 2015 and currently manages the CSISS Field Operations Program.

Emily has recently graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Geography and Environmental Management. She is returning to CSISS for her third summer of work. She has previously completed placements with Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Waterloo’s Ecohydrology Research Group. In her spare time, Emily can be found exploring and learning about BC and spending time with her family in Salmon Arm. Look for Emily at our CSISS booth at events happening around our region this summer.

John Braisher is a rancher based south of Golden BC and brings extensive knowledge of agriculture and land management to the Board since joining in the fall of 2016.

Diane works with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations as a Natural Resource Technician based locally out of Revelstoke.  She recently joined the CSISS Board of Directors in September 2015.

Hamish is the Environmental Services Coordinator for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.  He currently manages the Eurasian Water Milfoil Control Program, three mosquito control programs, the CSRD Noxious Weed Control Program and eight groundwater monitoring functions.  He is also responsible for inspections and maintenance of CSRD dikes, and partners with the Ministry of Environment to conduct water quality monitoring in addition to his participation in the Shuswap Lake Integrated Planning Process (SLIPP).

Hamish has worked with the Okanagan Basin Water Board, Ministry of Environment, Taranaki Catchment Commission in a variety of positions related to water quality, protection, management and invasive species. He has extensive underwater experience logging more than 4000 hours on SCUBA as well as receiving underwater photography awards while working  in New Zealand.  The winter months often find Hamish sliding on fluffy powder snow with friends and family.  Hamish is the current Director of CSISS.

Chris Cochran is the Manager of Operations for the Town of Golden where he has been the last four years.  Prior to moving to Golden, he served in the Office of Public Works for the City of Castlegar for 7 years.   Chris has an educational background in Civil Engineering and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Parks Canada Advisory Development Board as well as the board of BC Water Supply Association.  Chris enjoys camping, exploring the back roads with his quad and building models. Chris is currently serving as Vice-Chair of CSISS.

Adam is based in Revelstoke as a Senior Environmental Coordinator with BC Hydro and has served on the CSISS Board since the fall of 2013.

Bruce is a long-time resident of the Shuswap and has been actively involved with Invasive Plant Management as a retired spray contractor for the regional district.

Darren is the Operations Managers with the city of Revelstoke and joined the Board in 2013 to represent municipal interests.

David is based out of Revelstoke and joins the Board representing the Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society and the Revelstoke Current, a local independent news source.

Bryan is a part of the Resource Conservation division of Parks Canada and is based in Revelstoke.