Our dedicated team plans and executes our education, research and issue campaigns to strengthen science and informed decision-making in Canada.

Katie Gibbs

Executive Director (on parental leave)

Katie Gibbs is a scientist, organizer and advocate for science and evidence-based policies. While completing her PhD at the University of Ottawa researching threats to endangered species, she was one of the lead organizers of the ‘Death of Evidence’ rally - one of the largest science rallies in Canadian history. Katie cofounded Evidence for Democracy and now serves as its Executive Director. She has a diverse background organizing and managing various social and political campaigns at the local and national level. Katie is frequently asked to comment on science policy issues and has been quoted and published in numerous media outlets, including the CBC, The Hill Times, the Globe and Mail and the National Post.

Kimberly Girling

Interim Executive Director

Kimberly Girling completed a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia. During her work as a scientist, she developed a passion for science policy, and has participated in a number of initiatives relating to global and public health, drug policy and harm reduction. In 2016, Kimberly was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship, a program linking scientists with government policy. During her time in government, she worked as a Science Policy Analyst with Defence Research and Development Canada, and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada on a wide range of topics including ethics of emerging disruptive technologies and fundamental research funding. For several years, Kimberly also served as the President of the Student Biotechnology Network, a BC-wide organization that helps students develop career paths in life science and biotechnology. Kimberly was Research and Policy Director for E4D before taking on the role of interim Executive Director. 

Tej Heer

Senior Research Associate

Tej Heer is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He predominately conducts interdisciplinary research at the science-policy interface. His PhD focused on the prevention of spawning of four invasive fish species, known as Asian carps. He also holds a Master of Science in Climate Change from the University of College London and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from McGill University. He joined Evidence for Democracy as a Senior Research Associate in 2020. 

Emma Bugg

Communications and Engagement Coordinator

Emma Bugg graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of International Studies. The same year, she completed social and environmental justice leadership training through the Next Up leadership program. Emma has served as a Board Member for SaskOutdoors, an organization promoting outdoor education, and has worked as an Associate Editor for the University of Saskatchewan Undergraduate Research Journal. She has worked on various energy conservation and waste management public-education campaigns throughout Saskatchewan. In 2017, she moved to Ottawa and joined Evidence for Democracy as a Research Assistant, she is now their Communications and Engagement Coordinator.

Aden Gebremeskel

Operations and Finance Manager

Aden attended Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario where she completed a major in Economics and a minor in Accounting. She is a Certified Payroll Practitioner (CPP) and enrolled in Chartered Professional Accounting (CPA) program. Aden has been involved with student and youth-led organizations to promote youth involvement in developmental work. She has worked in womens' rights organizations and been on the board of various small and start up social justice organizations icluding sex workers rights organization and sexual and reproductive rights organizatios. She is interested in learning and getting involved in environmental justice. She hopes to combine her passion for social justice and her finance acumen to help small/medium non-profits achieve financial sustainability that enables them to carry out the important work they do. In her spare time, Aden loves to bake and have dance parties with her child. 

Charlee Heath

Research Assistant

Charlee Heath is a recent graduate of a Joint Honours in Communications and Political Science at the University of Ottawa. With the public service, she worked on environmental and science policy specific to the Canadian Arctic, with Polar Knowledge Canada and with the Canadian International Arctic Centre at the Canadian Embassy to Norway. While at Polar, she organized the Women in Northern Science panel discussion on increasing diversity and accessibility in northern science. During her undergraduate degree, she conducted research on political misinformation for the Digital Ecosystem Research Challenge looking at the media environment during the Canadian 2019 Federal Election. She is excited to apply this experience to her new role as a Research Assistant with Evidence for Democracy.