• Carol Parlow, MD
    Carol Parlow, MD

    Carol is a medical doctor with a specialist practice in psychiatry. Throughout her career she has pursued her interest in the promotion of evidence-based medical practice and the identification and repudiation of pseudoscience in medicine and more broadly in the health science arena.

    Carol has joined the Board Directors of Bad Science Watch in order to be involved in taking action against unsupported health claims. She believes that people are often disadvantaged in their health decisions by a bewildering array of both good and bad information and that public policy should clearly address this confusion. She hopes Bad Science Watch will inspire members of the public to learn more about the accurate evaluation of health claims and to join in educating our policy makers.

  • Gem Newman
    Gem Newman Chair

    Gem Newman is the lead developer at Invenia Technical Computing. He graduated with distinction from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Computer Science, specialising in artificial intelligence. He is a former research associate at the University of Manitoba’s HRI lab, where he participated in research and co-authored papers in the field of human-robot interaction, and a contributor to open source software projects, including the Julia programming language.

    Gem is also the producer of the Life, the Universe & Everything Else podcast. He has been active in science advocacy since 2008 and is dedicated to ensuring that Canadian policy is informed by science.

  • Christopher Jang, Ph.D
    Christopher Jang, Ph.D

    Chris is a postdoctoral research fellow studying the biochemistry behind human circadian rhythms at the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Biology at Haverford College. Born and raised in Vancouver, Chris completed his bachelor’s in biochemistry at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He then went back to British Columbia to complete his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of British Columbia, where his doctoral work was devoted to characterizing mechanisms that viruses use to hijack and take over their hosts.

    In addition to his teaching at Haverford College, Chris has also taught undergraduate biochemistry at both the University of British Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania. He takes an active interest in scientific education and policy, and has worked with the Canadian Science Policy Centre in the past. In addition, he volunteers his time at the Franklin Institute Science Center, one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States.

  • Michael Kruse
    Michael Kruse Executive Director

    Michael is an advanced-care paramedic in York Region, just north of Toronto, Ontario. A theatrical lighting designer as well, he re-trained in 2005 as an EMT-Paramedic Specialist at the University of Iowa and as an advanced care paramedic at Durham College. Michael is currently enrolled at the University of Toronto working towards an undergraduate degree in physiology and the history and philosophy of science.

    Michael has been active in the science advocacy community for 7 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.

  • Kimberly Hébert
    Kimberly Hébert

    Kimberly Hébert is a registered Occupational Therapist with a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University. She also has a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Neuroscience from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Mount Allison University. She has been involved in science communication and consumer advocacy for many years. Her background in social sciences, scientific research, and health care have given her a passion for consumer protection particularly concerning products or services with associated lifestyle or health claims. She joined Bad Science Watch to help advocate for science-based health policies to better serve the public.

  • Anthony Gavin
    Anthony Gavin

    Anthony is a graduate student in philosophy at Concordia University, specializing in the philosophy of science, at the intersections of issues in science and social justice. He also holds a bachelor’s degree with honours (B.A. Hons) in philosophy, awarded by the University of Victoria. His current research project has to do with the understanding and treatment of schizophrenia in developed versus developing countries, where patients in more developed countries suffer comparatively worse health outcomes, and explores possible causes and ways of rectifying this.

    Anthony has been actively engaged in science advocacy and science policy for three years, since first volunteering in PR and Outreach, and then as a Grant Writer, with the Canadian Science Policy Centre (CSPC). Joining the Board of Directors of Bad Science Watch is a continuation of his volunteer work with the organization, and a concrete way of advocating for his belief that good science delivers the greatest possible social good to Canadians.