Key Volunteers

Evidence for Democracy started as a completely volunteer-based organization. Today, the effectiveness and reach of our campaigns are completely dependent on an engaged and committed community of volunteers. We are so grateful that these talented individuals choose to share their skills and time with us.

Listed below are some of volunteers who are leading key E4D projects.

Chantalle Briggs

Chantalle Briggs is a PhD candidate in Medical Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on the cellular and molecular changes underlying sleep/wake behaviour. She has worked extensively in science outreach in both official languages, particularly among Canadian youth. Chantalle has worked with Evidence for Democracy on several projects, and is currently the Project Coordinator of E4D’s Canada Science Sentinel (CSS) - a centralized source of archival data and information on Canadian science policy. In this role, she is responsible for helping develop policy positions, oversee volunteers, and bring together the range of expertise across the CSS team.

Eric Zinman

Eric is an audiophile who collects music & instruments. Having grown up in Ottawa surrounded by people educated in the sciences, he believes in the value of understanding science and how it applies to our lives, particularly our health. He is E4D's go-to for help around the office and assists with a variety of E4D tasks ranging from database management to media monitoring and everything in between. He volunteers with E4D as he sees the organization as an effective way to improve public access to science and information.

Alexander Chuchin

As a past research assistant at the Institute of Quantum Computing and a current undergrad studying public policy, Alexander Chuchin saw firsthand how publicly-available evidence is inseparable from democracy. He volunteers with E4D's white papers, social media and founded an E4D club at Carleton to make sure evidence-based decision-making isn't the exception but the norm.

Stephanne Taylor

Program Co-ordinator

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.