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.

Kathleen Walsh

Director of Policy

Kathleen Walsh is driven by a passion for social innovation and finding ways to make policy more efficient, inclusive, and evidence-based. She serves as Evidence for Democracy's Director of Policy, and was previously the organization's Interim Executive Director. Kathleen has devoted her time and career to a number of non-profit organizations including the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Nobel Women’s Initiative, Equal Voice, and Famous 5 Ottawa. Kathleen has a Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management from Carleton University’s Arthur Kroeger College, and a Masters of Science in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she specialized in gender and international development.

Alana Westwood

Research Coordinator

Alana Westwood leads E4D's national research program, coordinating the Network of Experts, as well as designing and delivering training workshops. She completed her PhD in conservation biology at Dalhousie University in 2016, studying forest ecology and bird species at risk. She draws on her experiences in academia, science writing, and the environmental non-profit sector to design original research and disseminate it to the public in an engaging way. When not striving to advance science in public policy, she keeps busy with species at risk research as well as teaching undergraduate botany.

Suman Gupta

Engagement Organizer (currently on leave)

Suman Gupta joined Evidence for Democracy to help advance E4D's election plans. She holds an M.Sc. in biology from Acadia University and has contributed to research in the fields of plant physiology, entomology, value-added product development, and bird conservation. Suman is an aspiring science communicator and has written about ecological issues such as invasive plants, white-nose-syndrome in bats, declining bird populations, citizen-science programs, and the effectiveness of Canada's Species at Risk Act.