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.


Belinda Junkin
Executive Director

Emily Mitchell
Science Writer & Communications 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 impacts.

Brie Bingham
Administrative Coordinator

Brie joins OIPC with a strong background in social media marketing and a passion for the environment! Graduating from Conestoga College with a Diploma of Business, she has a variety of experience in administration, marketing, and project coordination. Brie is eager to expand her knowledge of invasive plants and help raise awareness of their impact on the environment and society. 

Last Updated October 2022