• Ryan Armstrong
    Ryan Armstrong Executive Director

    Ryan obtained his PhD in biomedical engineering from Western University in 2016 following his undergraduate degree in medical biophysics (BMSc) at the same institution. Ryan’s research spanned across multiple domains, including biomechanics, medical imaging, image processing, human-computer interaction, and surgical simulation.

    Ryan became interested in science-based activism after encountering false cancer treatment claims in his community. Learning that these practitioners were regulated health professionals, he found that the regulatory system was not adequately protecting the public.

  • Michael Kruse
    Michael Kruse Chair

    Michael is currently pursing his MD at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. after obtaining a B.Sc. from University of Toronto in 2017, majoring in physiology and the history and philosophy of science. He has also worked as an advanced-care paramedic in the greater Toronto area for 11 years.

    Michael has been active in the science advocacy community for 10 years and is committed to a compassionate defense of science for the betterment of all Canadians.

  • Jonathan Paynter
    Jonathan Paynter Secretary

    With a background in social work and counselling psychology, Jonathan has worked as a Registered Social Worker for a number of years in a variety of positions.  Currently he does assessments for Criminal and Family Courts in Eastern Ontario, as well as counselling and family mediation.  Jonathan has a strong interest in science and community involvement, which led him to volunteer for Bad Science Watch.

  • Anthony Gavin
    Anthony Gavin

    Anthony is an interdisciplinary PhD student in the Cultural, Social and Political Thought (CSPT) program at the University of Victoria (UVic). His current research looks at the social, ethical and political issues surrounding sophisticated emerging gene-editing technologies such as CRISPR/Cas9, specifically drawing upon his academic background in philosophy and critical theory. Anthony’s other research interests include biotechnology and bioethics, political economy and feminist theory, and twentieth-century French philosophy. He also holds an M.A. in Philosophy from Concordia University, and a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy from UVic.

    Anthony has been active in the science advocacy community since 2013, when he began volunteering for the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC). Since 2014 he has carried on his advocacy efforts with Bad Science Watch, joining the board of directors in 2016 after initially serving the organization as a volunteer.

  • Janice Stevenson
    Janice Stevenson

    Janice graduated with honours from the University of Waterloo with a B.Sc. in Kinesiology and has always had a keen interest in fostering scientific curiosity and critical thinking.

    Concerned with the deterioration of science-based policy in health care and education she advocated for changes within her local community. It was a natural progression from here, and a privilege, to become a volunteer for Bad Science Watch where the priority is to ensure policies affecting Canadians are grounded in science.