CFI Advisory Fellows

James E. Alcock has been a Professor of Psychology at York University since 1973. Alcock is a noted critic of parapsychology, he is a member of the Editorial Board of The Skeptical Inquirer and a frequent contributor to the magazine. In 1999, a panel of skeptics named him among the two dozen most outstanding skeptics of the 20th Century. In May, 2004 CSICOP awarded Alcock CSI’s highest honor, the In Praise of Reason Award. Alcock is also an amateur magician and is a member of the International Brotherhood of Magicians.

Brian J. Alters is an Associate Professor of Education and Sir William Dawson Scholar at McGill University, where he holds the Tomlinson Chair in Science Education and is both founder and Director of the Evolution Education Research Centre. He has taught science education at both Harvard and McGill Universities, and is regarded as a specialist in evolution education.

Gary Bauslaugh has a PhD in chemistry from McGill University, and has held many teaching and administrative positions in postsecondary institutions in Canada. He was VP of Instruction and Planning at what is now Vancouver Island University, and served for four years as CEO of a Provincial post-secondary educational planning and development agency in British Columbia. He has written and given presentations on many topics, and has had his work appear in many different publications, including scientific journals, The Skeptical Inquirer, The Humanist, and The Vancouver Sun (many op ed articles). He co-authored a chapter on evolution and intelligent design in a recent book called Universities at Risk (2008,  James Lorimer and Co.). He was Editor of the magazine Humanist Perspectives (formerly Humanist in Canada) from 2003 to 2008. He also served for one year as President of the Humanist Association of Canada.

Clifford W. Beninger completed an H.B.Sc. and M.Sc. in biology at Carleton University. He has a Ph.D. in biology with a specialization in Chemical Ecology. Cliff has done research at the Canadian Forestry Service natural products lab in Sault Ste Marie Ontario, and has worked for the USDA and University of Guelph on a variety of research projects.

James Robert Brown is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. In the philosophy of mathematics, he has advocated mathematical Platonism, and in the philosophy of science he has defended scientific realism mostly against anti-realist views associated with social constructivism. He is largely known for his pioneering writing about thought experiments in science and in general. In 2007, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

Mario Bunge is an Argentine philosopher and physicist mainly active in Canada. Bunge has a Ph.D. in physico-mathematical science, he was professor of theoretical physics and philosophy and is currently the Frothingham Professor of Logics and Metaphysics at McGill University in Montreal.

Ethan Clow is a recent graduate of the University of British Columbia with a degree in History. He is the host of Radio Freethinker, Vancouver’s number-one skeptical podcast and radio show. He’s also a contributor to Skeptic North, the pan-Canadian skeptical blog whose posts on skepticism have been picked up by such media outlets as the National Post and the Young Australian Skeptics. He also posts to the Centre for Inquiry Canada’s blog, Voices of Reason.

Richard Dawkins is an ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author. He is an emeritus fellow of New College, Oxford, and was the Oxford University’s Professor for Public Understanding of Science from 1995 until 2008.

Ronald de Sousa is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Toronto. He is best known for his work in philosophy of emotions, and has also made contributions to philosophy of mind and philosophy of biology. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2005.

Christopher diCarlo is a philosopher, educator and author. He is a professor of bioethics and critical thinking and an outspoken activist for freethought, humanism, and secularism.

David A. Eberth is a Senior Research Scientist (Paleontology and Geology) at the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Alberta. Eberth studies ancient environments of fossil-bearing rocks, and participates in projects that take him throughout the USA, Mexico, Argentina, Germany, China, Mongolia, and Canada. His specialties include stratigraphy and sedimentology, chronostratigraphy (the age of the rocks), and taphonomy (influences on preservation and fossilization). Dave also has a deep interest in bonebeds and what they reveal about palaeobiology, ancient environments and ecosystems. His research not only sheds light on what the Earth’s ancient environments were like, but more importantly, how they changed through time and, thus, what the future may hold for us.

Dan Falk is a Canadian science journalist, broadcaster, and author. He has written for the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, The Walrus, Cottage Life, SkyNews, Astronomy and New Scientist, and has contributed to the CBC radio programs Ideas, Quirks and Quarks, Tapestry and Spark.

Ariel Fenster is science promoter and lecturer in chemistry at McGill University and a founding member of the Office for Science and Society. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Paris and a Ph.D from McGill University. Fenster lectures extensively (more than 800 presentations over the last three decades) in both French and English on topics of health, the environment and technology. He is a frequent presenter on television and radio on science-related subjects.

Simon Kiss is an Assistant Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University. Kiss became interested in the role of the news media in the political process after working for a political party at the Legislative Assembly.  His dissertation argued that changes in the provincial economy, the political party system, individual leadership style and the political economy of the media drove important changes in the government’s communication and marketing bureaucracy.  This has had deleterious effects in the capacity for citizens to hold their elected officials to account via their representatives.  Parallel changes are evident in other jurisdictions in Canada and at the federal level.  Today, he continues to write on the role of the media in the political and policy process in Canada.

D. J. Grothe is a  writer and public speaker who talks about issues at the nexus of science, critical thinking, secularism, religion and the paranormal. He is president of the James Randi Educational Foundation. Until the end of 2009, he was Vice President and Director of Outreach Programs at the Center for Inquiry. He is contributing editor of Skeptical Inquirer magazine, and lectures throughout North America at colleges and universities.

Dorothy Hays is a retired social worker and teacher, and a former township councillor.

Sarah Kavassalisis a University of Toronto Physics Grad Student, blogger and a permanent student of mathematics, physics, and sometimes, the philosophy of their intersection.

M.A. Lachance has been awarded with the University of Western Ontario Excellence in Teaching (Pleva) Award in 1988, the Florence Bucke Research Prize, Faculty of Science, UWO in 1995 and the Distinguished Research Professorship, Faculty of Science, UWO in 2006. He currently studies the nature of the interaction between yeasts, nematodes, and insects.

Grant LaFleche is an award winning journalist and boxer working in St. Catharines Ontario. For the last 10 years he has been a full time daily newspaper reporter for working on true crime, politics and health care issues. He’s been nominated for 13 Ontario newspaper awards and one National Newspaper Award. He is also a regular columnist for the paper. Grant’s column, the Grant Rant, advocates respect for evidence, skepticism and secular values in the face of irrationality. Grant is an active blogger as the author of the Atheist Handbook and a graphic novelist. His first story, The Confessional, was published 803 Studios in the United States. His upcoming graphic novel, By the Blade, will be published by Markosia comics in the UK later this year.

Marc MacKenzie is a Senior Medical Physicist and Assistant Professor of the Deptartment of Oncology at the University of Alberta.

Louise Mailloux is a Professor of Philosophy at the College du Vieux Montreal.  Mailloux is an intellectual atheist and feminist secularist Mailloux cofounded in 2009 the Collectif Citoyen pour l’Égalité et la Laïcité (CCIEL: Citizens’ Coalition for Equality and Secularism). She is also editor of the Cciel website. A dedicated polemicist, Louise Mailloux has since 2008 written regularly for l’Aut’Journal and occasionally for the Quebec feminist website Sisyphe. The focus of her interest is the philosophy of secularism, or the political dimension of religions: more precisely, criticism of religious fundamentalism in connection with the rights of women. Besides her participation as speaker at several debates and colloquia, she is the author of numerous articles defending a universal and republican secularism. Her opposition to so-called “open secularism” (i.e., open to religions) remains a constant in her interventions and make her one of the most incisive Quebec intellectuals on this issue.

Laurence Moran is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto.

Kai Nielsen is a professor of philosophy at the University of Calgary. He specializes in metaphilosophy, ethics, and social and political philosophy. Nielsen has also written about philosophy of religion, and is an advocate of contemporary atheism.

Blythe Nilson is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of British Columbia in Okanagan. She has been teaching human anatomy and physiology as well as pathophysiology since she left UVic in 1985. With over 25 years of teaching post-secondary biology she has taught labs and lectures in many different courses and is currently interested in how critical thinking skills affects students’ ability to learn difficult scientific concepts and their success in university in general.  Nilson writes a monthly column on skepticism in the Kelowna Courier and participates in many national and international groups promoting skepticism and critical thinking.

Jeff Orchard is an Associate Professor at David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. His research aim is to uncover mechanisms that underlie the computational and organizational aspects of the brain.  Most of his previous research was in image processing and medical imaging. He teaches courses in number crunching, including a 4th-year course on medical image processing.

Amanda Peet is an Associate Professor of Physics at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of Trinity College. She holds a B.Sc.(Hons) from the University of Canterbury and a Ph.D. from Stanford University. Her awards include a Radcliffe Fellowship from Harvard University and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship. She was one of the string theorists interviewed in the three-part NOVA PBS documentary “Elegant Universe”.

Schreiber Pereira is an M.Sc. Candidate at Department of Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto.

Jeffrey S. Rosenthal is an award-winning Canadian statistician and author. He is a professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Statistics, cross-appointed with the Department of Mathematics. He won an Outstanding Teaching Award in 1998 and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics in 2005.

Gad Saad is a Professor of Marketing and Concordia University Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and Darwinian Consumption. Saad is an evolutionary behavioral scientist and Professor of Marketing at the John Molson School of Business. For much of the past 15 years, Saad’s research program has operated at the intersection of evolutionary psychology and consumer behavior. He has also guest edited a special issue of the journal Futures (Elsevier, 2011) on possible futures of evolutionary psychology across a wide range of disciplines

Joe Schwarcz is known to his students, and many via his science popularization efforts as Dr. Joe. He has a PhD in chemistry and is a professor at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec. He is the director of McGill’s Office for Science & Society, which is dedicated to demystifying science for the public. He is known through his many books, weekly column in the Montreal Gazette, weekly radio show on CJAD 800 in Montreal and CFRB 1010 in Toronto, and frequent segments on the Discovery Channel Canada. He has also had a show on Discovery Canada in the past (Science to Go).

Rodrigue Tremblay is an economist, humanist and political figure. He taught economics at the Université de Montréal. He specializes in macroeconomics, international trade and finance, and public finance.

Claire Trottier is a postdoctoral fellow at the Henry C. Witelson Ocular Pathology Laboratory and the Centre for Medical Education. She is the coordinator of the Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (RI MUHC). Her current research interests include Biomedical science education and graduate student education.

Patrick Walden is a Research Scientist at TRIUMF Cyclotron Laboratory.