Centre For Inquiry Canada’s Board of Directors is elected by the CFIC Council at the Annual General Meeting.

CFIC Board of Directors March 2015-March 2016


Kevin Smith – Board Chair  ksmith@cficanada.ca

Kevin has been involved with CFI Canada since 2006, the year of its inception.  He has been the active Chair of CFI-C  since 2012.  In 2012, Kevin was Chair of the Ontario GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) Coalition, where he represented CFI-C advocating for Bill 13, which provides for associations of gay and straight students together in all publicly funded schools, including Roman Catholic schools.   Until May 17, 2014, after the feature ended, Kevin spent four years representing the atheist worldview, writing weekly articles for a column in the Ottawa Citizen, defending secular values, illustrating the benefits of living a religion-free life and attacking religious homophobia and misogyny. 

Seanna Watson – Education Chair  education@centreforinquiry.ca

Seanna was one of the founders of the Ottawa branch of CFI Canada in 2009.  She grew up in Toronto, where her early religious upbringing was liberal/Reform Jewish (though her grandfather was a staunch atheist).  Despite having skeptical  and freethinking tendencies as a child and young teenager, she  encountered some very convincing evangelists and converted to fundamentalist Christianity at the age of 15. However, continuing with a skeptical and free-thinking approach, she gradually abandoned various aspects of Christianity over the subsequent years, becoming an atheist around the turn of the century.  Seanna has a special interest in education in science and skepticism as well as in building caring communities of non-believers.  In addition to her duties as Education Chair and CFIC IT Manager and Webmaster,  Seanna is a semi-retired electrical engineer  currently working as a consultant and freelance technical writer.

Blythe Nilson – Science Chair science@centreforinquiry.ca

Jason Lawrence  – Human Rights Chair humanrights@centreforinquiry.ca

Alex Kenjeev – Director At Large




CFIC Past Board Members

CFIC is proud to recognize the service of Board Members since our formal founding in 2007.

  • S. Wynton Semple (2007-2008)
  • Debora Del Monte (2007-2008)
  • Paul Zammit (2007-2008)
  • Carol Parlow (2008-2011)
  • Richard Thain (2008-2011)
  • Jack Wallas (2008-2009)
  • Zak Fiddes (2011-2014)
  • Lorne Trottier (2010-2011)
  • Ron Lindsay (2010-2011)
  • Thomas Flynn (2010-2011)
  • Derek Rodgers (2010-2011)
  • Barry Karr (2010-2011)
  • Ian McQuaig (2011)
  • Michael Gardiner (2011)
  • Kathryn Calder (2011)
  • Iain Martel (2013-2014)
  • William Cranor (2013-2014)
  • Gary Fitzgibbon (201x-2014)
  • Dorothy Hays (2014)
  • Veronica Abbass (2014-2015)
  • Mike Gray (2014-2015)
  • Joanna Nguyen-Truong (2014-2015)
  • Genessa Radke (2014-2015)
  • Pat O-Brien (2010-2016)
  • Wil McDowall
  • Danielle Russell