Bill 37, the Invasive Species Act, Receives Royal Assent
The Invasive Species Centre endorses the leadership of the Province of
Ontario in passing Bill 37, the Invasive Species Act. After passing the Third Reading on October 21, 2015, the Bill has promptly received the Royal Assent necessary for its approval. The first of
its kind, Ontario’s Invasive Species Act fills a large legislative gap that
addresses the need for provincial authority to deal holistically with
invasive species. There is no similar comprehensive instrument anywhere in
Canada at the federal or provincial levels that condenses the authority to
deal with invasive species. By implementing this Act, Ontario will take a
large step forward to proactively prevent invasions and expedite the
response when invasions occur. The Invasive Species Centre’s own work to
prevent harmful invasive species impacts on Canada’s environment, economy
and society will be bolstered by this appropriate systemic change in the
province of Ontario.
Because of its geography and trade centres, Ontario is especially at risk
for the significant, far-reaching environmental and socio-economic impacts
that invasive species cause. This Act gives Ontario the tools and
authorities needed to intercept and quickly respond to invasive species by:
having the ability to classify the threat level of a species, prohibiting
the import and possession of significant-threat species, and by providing
the Minister with the power to implement a temporary-threat designation to a
newly discovered invader. By passing the Invasive Species Act, Ontario is
taking necessary action to limit the costs and impacts of invasive species,
and protect Ontario’s environment, economy and society for its citizens and
future generations. The Act will come into effect in one year.
approved Bill and
Invasive Species Centre presentation to the Standing Committee on Social
Policy can be accessed online for further reading.
Invasive Species Centre Names Tracey Cooke New Executive Director
The Invasive Species Centre announced that Tracey Cooke has been named the
Invasive Species Centre’s new Executive Director, effective November 2,
Through her work with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and
Forestry, Ducks Unlimited Canada and consulting in the private and
not-for-profit sectors, Tracey Cooke brings expertise in partnership
development and stakeholder relations. Tracey is skilled at forging and
nurturing partnerships through collaboration, and is an enthusiastic
communicator, facilitator and fundraiser. Her strong track record of
managing complex programs with diverse partners makes Tracey uniquely
qualified to lead the Invasive Species Centre as it grows existing
relationships and seeks out new partners to work together on priority
“The Board of Directors is very pleased that Tracey Cooke is stepping into
this critical role for the Invasive Species Centre,” said Board Chair, Dr.
Brendon Larson. “Tracey brings a fresh perspective to the issue of invasive
species and the Invasive Species Centre and this innovation will serve to
strengthen the abilities and resources that the organization will need to
continue to thrive and address the enormous challenges that invasive species
“The Invasive Species Centre has been a leader in the efforts to coordinate
a response to invasive species and I feel privileged to take on the
challenging role of Executive Director,” Tracey Cooke said. “From a young
age, I have had a passion for stewardship, natural resources management and
the outdoors and I hope to harness that enthusiasm to build on the many
successes that the Invasive Species Centre has had since its inception in
2011. Together with the Board and Team, I will work hard to address the
challenges that we will be faced with in order to address the impacts of
invasive species across Canada, and beyond.”
Tracey Cooke holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies in Environment and
Resources Studies from the University of Waterloo. A native of Thessalon,
Ontario, Tracey lives on the North Channel of Lake Huron with her husband
and three children. Please join the Board and staff in welcoming Tracey
Cooke to the Invasive Species Centre.
Asian Carp Innovative Solutions Competition
Asian Carp Canada is hosting an Innovative Solutions Competition for
post-secondary students, on March 5th 2016, to develop a device, technology,
equipment, chemical, or other method that could be utilized to either
prevent or manage Asian carp.
For more information and to register visit the
Innovative Solutions Competition page.
Spot the Difference in Owl Magazine
Check out this month's edition of Owl Magazine and see if you can spot the
differences that Asian carp cause if they established in the Great Lakes.
Check in on
Asian Carp Canada's Spot the Difference page to see answers and an
explanation of why Asian carp could negatively impact Canada's waterways.