Past Members

Deborah Henderson Founder

Deborah received her PhD from UBC in 1982, and established E.S. Cropconsult Ltd. in 1988 to offer IPM and research services to both conventional and organic agriculture in the Fraser Valley. Since leaving E.S., she has been the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Horticulture since 2005, and LEEF Regional Innovation Chair at Kwantlen Polytechnic University since 2009.

Shannon Buckshaw Former E.S. Cranberry IPM Specialist

Shannon was the cranberry specialist for E.S. Cropconsult from 2004 to 2008. Shannon has a B.Sc in Global Resource Systems from UBC, and is currently working as an agricultural biologist in California.

Marybel Soto Former E.S. Cranberry IPM Specialist

Marybel was the cranberry specialist for E.S. Cropconsult from 2008 to 2010 and a field scout for E.S. since 2006. Marybel carried out research on organic controls for cranberry production, sparganothis fruitworm, and a honeybee brood pheromone. Marybel has a B.Sc in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia, and has since pursued further graduate studies at UBC.

Lena Syrovy Former E.S. Potato and Vegetable IPM Specialist

Lena was the organic vegetable and seed potato specialist for E.S. Cropconsult from 2004 to 2010. Lena has a B.Sc in Global Resource Systems from the University of British Columbia, and has since also attained a Masters in Plant Pathology from the University of Saskatchewan. She is now working as a Research Assistant at USask.

Kristine Ferris, P.Ag Former E.S. Berry IPM Coordinator

Kristine was a member of the ES Cropconsult team from 2009 to 2014. As a Berry IPM Consultant, she supervised a crew of field technicians to monitor blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries and currants. She was involved in surveillance trapping and research on Spotted Wing Drosophila for several seasons.Kristine has a B.Sc in Global Resources from UBC and is a professional agrologist with the BCIA. Kristine is now working in Whitehorse, Yukon as an independent agricultural contractor consultant.

Sarah Busch Former E.S. Berry IPM Consultant

Sarah specialized in IPM for berry crops, primarily blueberries, strawberries and raspberries. She conducted research on spotted wing drosophila and cherry fruitworm. Sarah has a B.Sc. in Environmental Science with a specialization in Biology from Simon Fraser University. Sarah is now working in the medical field.

Dr. Renee Prasad Former E.S. Research Coordinator

Dr. Renee Prasad is the former Research Manager for E.S. Cropconsult, and is still involved at different levels in much of the research we do today. This can be anything from writing proposals and reports, developing ideas, collecting and analyzing data or spreading manure. She has a broad range of interests in all of the tools in the IPM toolbox, but is partial to carabid and staphylinid beetles and their roles in conservation biological control and as indicators of agroecosystem health. Another one of her passions is analyzing and interpreting all that beautiful pest monitoring data collected over the years. Her PhD is in Entomology from Washington State University, MPM from Simon Fraser University. Renee still does IPM scouting and her own research, and is an Assistant Professor in the Agriculture department of University of the Fraser Valley (Chilliwack).

Carolyn Teasdale, P.Ag Former E.S. Berry IPM Coordinator

Carolyn has a Master of Pest Management (MPM) from Simon Fraser University and a Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems (GRS) from the University of British Columbia. Carolyn worked for E.S. from 2002 to 2015. She specializes in pest management for blueberry, cranberry, raspberry, strawberry and blackberry crops. Her past research has focused on pheromone trapping of the raspberry crown borer, biological control of the European chafer and area-wide monitoring of new berry pests. Carolyn is now working as the Berry Specialist at the BC Ministry of Agriculture.

Brock Glover Former E.S. Vegetable IPM Coordinator

Brock worked with E.S. from 2007 to 2015. He was the vegetable IPM coordinator and also works in conventional potato IPM. Brock has participated in field research focused on evaluating potential organic controls for potato late blight and pesticide screening trials for control of silverscurf in potatoes. Brock has a B.Sc. in Integrated Sciences from UBC.

Emily Carmichael Former E.S. Blueberry IPM Consultant

Emily worked with E.S. from 2008 to 2015. She specializes in IPM of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and other berry crops. Emily has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Northern British Columbia, and has completed the UBC Farm Practicum in Sustainable Agriculture and the Blessed Bee Apiary Program. Her past work experience includes management of the organic perennial crops at the Centre For Sustainable Food Systems at the UBC Farm and research for the B.C. Agricultural Research and Development Corporation. She has assisted E.S. with various research projects and preforms area wide monitoring of spotted wing drosophila, cherry fruitworm and other berry pests. Emily has since worked at the PMRA, BC Ministry of Environment, and is now working at the BC Ministry of Agriculture.

Jason Lussier, P.Ag Former E.S. Cranberry IPM Consultant

Jason was a member of the ESC team from 2012 to 2016. During his time with the company, he supervised a cranberry IPM field crew for three seasons and worked on various research projects. His areas of research included: area-wide pest surveillance, organic cranberry IPM development/implementation, organic pesticide/ biological control evaluation, organic weed management, nutrient management planning and soil amendment evaluation. Jason has since attained a M.Sc in Soil Sciences at the University of British Columbia, was the Network Coordinator BC Agricultural Climate Adaptation Research Network (ACARN), and is now the Coastal Team Lead for the Regional Agrologist Network with the BC Ministry of Agriculture.

Kiara Jack, P.Ag Former E.S. Potato/Organic Vegetable IPM Coordinator

Kiara has worked with E.S. Cropconsult from 2009 to 2017. She has a Diploma in Environmental Studies from Langara College and B.Sc in Global Resource Systems from UBC. She is a P.Ag. with BCIA and has completed the Seed Potato Certification Inspector’s Training Course through CFIA. Kiara specialized in IPM for conventional and organic potatoes and vegetables. She was also the Co-op Coordinator for our summer students. Kiara is now pursuing opportunities on Vancouver Island.

Tannis Bence Former E.S. Cranberry IPM Supervisor

Tannis first joined E.S. as a practicum student, later becoming a cranberry supervisor and was with E.S. from 2015 to 2018. She has worked on cranberry-related research projects, and has helped with various ongoing research projects in all crops. Tannis has her Bachelor’s of Agriculture Science from the University of the Fraser Valley. Tannis is now working at BioBest in Ontario.

Lauren McGreer Former E.S. Potato and Seed Potato IPM Supervisor

Lauren has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria. She worked for E.S. Cropconsult from 2010 to 2018, starting out as a potato scout. Her specialty areas include IPM for seed and conventional potatoes as well as vegetable and blueberry crops. Since joining the E.S. team, she has assisted with various research projects pertaining to IPM for organic potatoes and vegetables. Lauren is now working at the CFIA.

Samm Marsh Former E.S. Cranberry IPM Supervisor

Samm worked at E.S. Cropconsult from 2016 to 2019, starting as a cranberry scout before becoming a cranberry supervisor. She has a Bachelors of Horticulture Science with a Plant Health Major from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, and her main focus at E.S. was in cranberries and organic peas. She has also led or assisted in research projects relating to post-harvest table beets and organic peas. Samm is now pursuing other avenues of horticulture.