Alana draws on extensive involvement with non-profits, and for the last two years, worked Evidence for Democracy as their national research coordinator. E4D advocates for the transparent use of evidence in public policy and government decision making, and aims to end the muzzling of public scientists in Canada. She continues presently in a volunteer role.

Previously, she was the Research Director & Volunteer Coordinator for The Food Label Movement, and part of the 2012 Canadian Youth Delegation to COP18 in Doha, Qatar, among other affiliations. She’s also the consulting biologist for Juniper Law & Associates.

She has facilitated dozens of training workshops at the interface of science, policy, and communication.  Host a workshop at your institution: get in touch here.


Science Advocacy 101: Now more than ever, it is critical that science be used to inform real-world policy decisions. This workshop teaches all career levels, from graduate students to senior researchers, the basics of advocacy and how scientists can ensure their research is applied [Presented in conjunction with Evidence for Democracy].

Communications for Scientists 101: Most scientific papers are read by fewer than ten people. Learn how to get your work seen! This workshop gives an understanding of the news cycle, media releases, and gives basic training on how to become an effective public communicator [Presented in conjunction with Evidence for Democracy, recorded version available here]

Op-eds for Scientists: Don’t just learn how to communicate–make it a reality! In this workshop and with follow-up support, I will work with you to write and publish a blog or opinion article in a newspaper or online venue [Presented in conjunction with Evidence for Democracy, recorded version available here].

Introduction to Native Plants: Classroom or field lectures on native flora, how to identify them, and the features that make them so fascinating. Explore the edible, the medicinal, and the poisonous!

Want a workshop or lecture on a different topic in the realm of science and policy? Just ask!