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Evidence for Democracy Welcomes Dr. Wendy Palen as New Board of Directors Chair

Ottawa (November 3, 2015) - Evidence for Democracy is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Wendy Palen, Associate Professor in Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University, as Chair of its Board of Directors.

“Dr. Palen has shown leadership and vision over the past year serving on our Board of Directors,”  said Dr. Katie Gibbs, Executive Director of Evidence for Democracy. “I am very pleased with her appointment and I look forward to her continued contributions in this new role.”

Dr. Palen completed her PhD in zoology at the University of Washington. She is a co-founder of the Earth to Ocean Research Group at Simon Fraser University and is Assistant Director of the Liber Ero Postdoctoral Fellows program in applied conservation. Her current research focuses on freshwater conservation.

Evidence for Democracy would like to recognize and thank its inaugural Board Chair and co-founder, Dr. Scott Findlay.

“Dr. Findlay’s experience and dedication has been instrumental in growing Evidence for Democracy into Canada’s leading non-partisan organization promoting the transparent use of evidence in government decision-making,” said Dr. Palen. “I am grateful for his contribution and aim to meet the very high standard of excellence and leadership that he set over the past 3 years.”

Biographies for all board members can be found on the Evidence for Democracy’s Board of Directors page:


Media contact:

Marija Curran, Communications Coordinator, Evidence for Democracy

Marija Curran

Coordonnatrice des levées de fonds et des communications

Marija Curran s'est jointe à Savoir et Démocratie en tant que coordonnatrice des levées de fonds et des communications en 2014. Auparavant coordonnatrice des communications au Conseil des académies canadiennes, elle a travaillé à promouvoir l'utilisation de la recherche indépendante et des données probantes dans le développement des politiques publiques. Passionnée par le rôle des médias dans la culture d’une démocratie saine à travers les débats publics éclairés, sa maîtrise en communication portait sur la représentation médiatique des enfants afghans lors de combats canadiens en Afghanistan. Elle est également titulaire d’un baccalauréat ès arts en communications et en science politique.