Staff

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

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

Research and Policy Director

Kimberly Girling started her career as a scientist, completing a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia where she developed novel therapeutics for Huntington's Disease, a neurodegenerative illness. During her work in science, she learned that good science must move beyond the bench, linking evidence to effective policies and accessible products. To this end, Kimberly developed a passion for science policy, leading her to work on a number of initiatives relating to health and drug policy, including work with the UBC Neglected Global Diseases Initiative, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. In 2016,  Kimberly was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Mitacs Canadian Science Policy Fellowship, a new program that connects PhD scientists with federal government science 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 through education about career opportunities and connection with industry leaders.

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.

Tristan MacLean

Operations and Finance Manager

Tristan MacLean has a PhD in neuropathology and his interest in government decision-making, science communication and public engagement arose from his work diagnosing cases of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease during the UK outbreak. Tristan is a trained science educator, who has carried out science education and communication projects for leading research and government organizations in the UK and USA. In 2017 Tristan was one of the lead organizers of the Ithaca March for Science. He moved with his family to Ottawa in the fall of that year. Tristan is also the Outreach Manager for Science Borealis, a Canadian blogging network.