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 (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.

Tej Heer

Senior Research Associate

Tej Heer is a researcher interested in interdisciplinary work conducted at the science-policy interface. He completed his PhD in 2020 in the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough. 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 Campaigns Manager

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 Campaigns Manager.

Sri Alageswaran

Operations and Finance Manager

Sri is an experienced senior-level finance professional with over 10 years of leadership experience in corporate finance operations. Her educational background concentrated on ethical leadership, advanced financial and marketing concepts, managing information systems, and strategic business management within a global context. Sri is interested in supporting the organization’s vision and strategic business priorities using modern controllership concepts. Through these concepts, she has partnered with organizations to integrate financial and non-financial performance information for better decision making. She also supported capacity maximization by effective stewardship of resources and improvement of financial data integrity by effective risk management. Sri has a passion towards information technology and evidence-based data collection to support smarter business decisions for better results.

Farah Qaiser

Researcher

Farah Qaiser is a researcher and science communicator. In 2020, Farah completed a Master of Science degree at the University of Toronto, where she carried out DNA sequencing to better understand neurological disorders. She has written about science and scientists for various media outlets, co-founded the Toronto Science Policy Network, and serves on the Canada Chief Science Advisor's inaugural Youth Council. Farah currently wears two hats: she is a genomics researcher at the University Health Network, and joined Evidence For Democracy as a researcher to lead a project to better understand federal science communication.