Our Team

The OIPC is staffed by individuals who are dedicated to working with Ontarian’s to protect Ontario’s biodiversity, economy and society from the harm of invasive plants.

Emily Mitchell
Science Communications & Event Coordinator


Emily joins the OIPC with an extensive background in environmental sciences and a passion for plant biology. Her academic background includes a 3-year technical degree in environmental and wildlife management (Vanier College), a Bachelor of Science (Trent University) and a Master of Science in Environmental and Life Sciences (Trent University). Emily loves to share her extensive knowledge on plant identification and conservation. She is passionate about creating awareness of the impacts of invasive plant species. 

Vicki Simkovic

Vicki joins the OIPC with a strong background in ecology, invasive species, and restoration. Prior to OIPC she gained fieldwork experience in invasive species management through her role as a Field Assistant with the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority and a Conservation Technician with the Nature Conservancy of Canada. She also obtained her Master of Science in Ecology and Evolution at the University of Western, where she studied the behaviour and genetics of an invasive termite species. She is passionate about increasing public awareness of invasive species and their harmful impact

Sarina Mohammadi
Student Researcher and Social Media Designer

Sarina joins the OIPC with a strong enthusiasm for native plants, promoting awareness, and scientific research. She is a 15-year-old high school student in York Region who is passionate about STEM. Before OIPC, she gained research experience through Youth Nature Keepers to protect Canada from the impacts of invasive plants nationally. She is passionate about protecting the environment and preventing the impacts of climate change by increasing awareness.

Last Updated June 2024