Our dedicated team plans and executes our education, research and issue campaigns to strengthen science and informed decision-making in Canada.
Interim Executive Director
Kathleen Walsh brings a strong background in policy advocacy and campaigning to E4D as the organization’s Interim Executive Director. She has devoted her time to a number of non-profit organizations including the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, the Rideau Institute, 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 MSc in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she specialized in gender and international development.
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.
Laurent is an organizer with the heart of a policy wonk, and has worked on election campaigns in New Brunswick, Saskatchewan, and the United Kingdom. He is an historian by training, with a Master of Letters degree from the University of St Andrews in the UK, and a Bachelor's of Arts from Mount Allison University. Currently, Laurent is pursuing a Masters of Political Management degree at Carleton University. In his (admittedly scarce) free time, he enjoys going to committee meetings on Parliament Hill or writing about history.
Stephanne is organizing science policy, research, and communication initiatives for E4D. She completed her PhD in physical oceanography at McGill University in 2016, where her research focused on ocean circulation and energetics. She has also published research in gravitational physics, applied physics, and Martian geochemistry, giving her a strong and varied background in physical sciences. Aside from her academic research, she strives to make science accessible and exciting to non-scientists, with a particular focus on the intersection of science and politics. She is a co-founder of Science Borealis, and has written about physics, environmental science, and Canadian politics for a range of organizations and publications.
Executive Director (currently on 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.
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.