Jennifer Grenz has a B.Sc in Agroecology from the University of British Columbia where she is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Integrated Studies in Land and Food Systems. Jennifer has been working in the field of invasive plant management for 17 years for various non-profit agencies with her most recent post as Executive Director of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver. She currently works as a consultant/contractor on invasive species management issues for all levels of government. Jennifer served on the board of the North American Invasive Species Management Association and was President in 2013. Jennifer has traveled extensively across North America presenting key note lectures on invasive species management issues and effective communication strategies to different government agencies including US Senators and House Representatives. Jennifer is Interior Salish and her family comes from the Lytton First Nation. Her current work is the culmination of her experience in invasive species management and her Indigeneity. Supported by a Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellowship, Jen is examining the application of an Indigenous world view to Invasion Biology and Ecological Restoration. A farm kid most of her life, Jen is happy to carry on this tradition with her husband and three children on their small farm in Parksville, BC where they raise chickens and do custom growing for local chefs.
Topic: Indigenous perspective on invasive species