• Gem Newman
    Gem Newman Chair

    Gem Newman is a software developer who 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.

  • 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 pursing his MD at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. after obtaining a B.Sc. from University of Toronto in 2017.

    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.

  • 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.