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 is passionate about social and environmental justice and has worked on climate change issues for a variety of non-profit organizations. She has worked to learn leadership and organizing skills through volunteer work, as well as through social justice leadership training programs including IMPACT! Sustainability Training, Generating Momentum Activist Leadership Training, and Next Up Leadership Training. Emma recently moved to Ottawa from Saskatoon where she graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of International Studies. 

 

Tristan MacLean

Researcher - Climate Science Funding

Tristan MacLean began his scientific career carrying out molecular diagnostics on human cases of prion disease during the variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob outbreak in the UK at the beginning of the millenium. The crisis highlighted to Tristan the importance of scientific evidence for critical government decision-making alongside effective science communication and a commitment to public engagement. After completing his PhD at the University of Edinburgh, Tristan undertook a postdoctoral position at the University of Leeds before training as a science educator, teaching and lecturing public health, chemistry and life sciences. In 2009, he joined the Norwich BioScience Institutes where he ran public engagement and education programs for a number of leading research centres, including the John Innes Centre, where he coordinated a play on the history of women in genetics, Blooming Snapdragons, that was performed at the Royal Institution in London. In 2010, Tristan took over responsibility for the education and outreach programs of the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), developing a wide range of initiatives, including their bioenergy public engagement resources and the education activities of Global Food Security (GFS), a collaborative program involving eighteen organizations including six UK government departments, the Scottish and Welsh governments and six research councils. In 2014, Tristan moved to the USA, where he established the non-profit program Keep on Questioning and launched I’m a Scientist USA, connecting scientists across the country with schools and the public. In 2017, he moved with his family to Ottawa. Tristan is also the Outreach Manager for Science Borealis, a Canadian blogging network.