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 effective, inclusive, and based on robust evidence. 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, and Equal Voice, and is currently a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. 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.

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. 

 

Jeremiah Yarmie

Communications and Outreach Intern

Jeremiah is a science communicator from Winnipeg in Treaty 1 Territory who is fascinated by all of the different ways science intersects with our everyday lives. He is passionate about storytelling in every form imaginable and would likely be caught talking about how important and special audio is because there is no discernable distance between the listener and the media.