Media Release

Invasive Species Centre board welcomes new expertise


July 14, 2020

Sault Ste. Marie, ON The Invasive Species Centre (ISC) is pleased to announce the appointments of Nicola Crawhill (Westbrook Public Affairs) and Jane Gilbert (Nature Conservancy of Canada) to its Board of Directors. With backgrounds in public affairs and communications respectively, Nicola and Jane bring years of leadership and knowledge mobilization experience that will benefit ongoing invasive species initiatives.

“It takes a diversity of experience to creatively combat invasive species issues,” said ISC Board President Robert Lambe. “We are thrilled to welcome Nicola and Jane to the Board of Directors and look forward to their combined expertise in consulting, municipal affairs, science storytelling, and communications.”

Nicola Crawhill is the Principal of Westbrook Public Affairs, a consulting firm providing services to support the work of public sector decision makers, where she has extensive experience with consulting, project management, and relationship building. Nicola was previously a Director of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative and Senior Policy Advisor for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. Nicola holds a Master of Philosophy in International Development from the University of Sussex (UK) and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto. She is also a board member-at-large for the Credit Valley, Toronto and Region and Central Lake Ontario (CTC) Source Protection Committee and a member of The Atmospheric Fund’s Grants and Programs Committee.

Jane Gilbert is the Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications for the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), where she has led successful initiatives to redefine communications strategies and advance social media presence, brand awareness, and government relations. Over her career, Jane has worked as a journalist, anchor, and producer with Canada’s top conventional and specialty television networks including CBC, Global, CTV, and Discovery Channel. Over 10 years with Discovery Channel as co-host and senior producer, Jane developed expertise in science journalism with a focus on research and innovation. Jane holds a Master’s Degree in the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology from the University of Toronto and an Undergraduate Degree in Journalism and Law from Carleton University, where she is also an ongoing volunteer and career mentor.

“We look forward to the continued support and innovative guidance that will stem from the growth and evolution of the Invasive Species Centre’s Board of Directors,” said ISC Executive Director Sarah Rang. Nicola and Jane join the current seven-member Board with representation from environmental non-profits, the academic sector, the municipal sector, and Indigenous communities. Learn more at

About the Invasive Species Centre  

The Invasive Species Centre is a not-for-profit organization that prevents the spread of invasive species in Canada and beyond by connecting with stakeholders to catalyze invasive species management and communicate policy and science knowledge. Visit our website at  

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