“Dr. Katie Gibbs is a scientist, community organizer and strong advocate for science and evidence-based policies. Her research at the University of Ottawa was about threats to endangered species. She was the lead organizer of the 2012 ‘Death of Evidence’ rally on Parliament Hill – one of the largest science rallies in Canadian history. The rally ignited a national grassroots movement of academics and scientists advocating for science integrity and evidence-based policies. Dr. Gibbs’ leadership and vision is inspirational, which, combined with her media savvy, has brought sustained national and international media attention to Canadian science policy issues.”How would Dr. Gibbs contribute to a collaborative vision of Canada?
“As a young female scientist with demonstrated leadership and passion for social change, Dr. Gibbs should be included in this collaborative vision of Canada! She’s lived from coast-to-coast in Canada (Vancouver, Calgary, Sault Ste. Marie, Guelph, Ottawa, and Halifax) and brings a diverse and inclusive perspective. She has nearly a decade of experience organizing and engaging communities around a wide range of issues and causes.Dr. Gibbs has an amazing ability to engage new people and to help them take ownership of issues and causes they believe in. One of the things I most admire about Dr. Gibbs is her desire – and ability – to take science out of the laboratory and engage with Canadians, using uncomplicated language to explain complex concepts and connect them to our everyday lives. In this way, she’s incredibly effective at showing how science and evidence are intrinsically linked to functioning democracy and the well-being of Canadians.
She has a strong vision for Canada that includes strong public policies built on the best available evidence for the health and prosperity of all Canadians, a thriving democracy where citizens are informed and engaged, and all levels of government are both transparent and accountable and a national culture that values science and evidence and the important role they play in our society. We all benefit when our government policies are solidly and transparently informed by evidence. This is one of the most important aspects of moving forward and developing a vision for Canada’s next 150 years – Dr. Gibbs is the passionate and articulate young woman with the experience to help make this happen.”