About Us

DeSmog Canada's mission is to make complex energy and environment news accessible to Canadians and to shine a light on critical, under-reported stories.

Like De Correspondent, the largest crowd-funded news outlet in the world, we reject conventional journalism’s ideal of objectivity. We serve the public interest and put the needs of our readers at the forefront of our newsgathering decisions. Our journalists are fair and independent and operate according to the highest journalistic standards, yet they’re also explicitly subjective.

DeSmog Canada’s reporting often sparks coverage by the New York Times, the Globe and Mail and CBC and is frequently cited in the House of Commons and the B.C. Legislature.

In 2015, we were named as a finalist for a Canadian Online Publishing Award for “Best News Coverage” alongside the CBC, Globe and Mail and Maclean's Magazine. And in 2016, we were named as a finalist for “Best Video” and “Best Blog/Column.”

DeSmog Canada adheres to standards of editorial independence and donor transparency, based on those adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News. That means we disclose most donors who give more than $5,000 in a fiscal year.

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DeSmog Canada Editorial Team

Emma Gilchrist is Executive Director of DeSmog Canada. She is a writer, editor and citizen engagement specialist based in Victoria, B.C.

Emma grew up in a small town in northwestern Alberta where she saw firsthand how oil and gas development plays an important role in Canadian communities. She went on to earn a journalism degree from Mount Royal University in Calgary. In 2015, Emma was the recipient of the Horizon Award from Mount Royal for her achievements in the first 10 years after graduation.

Emma has worked as a reporter and editor in Canada and the U.K., including stints at the Calgary Sun, Calgary Herald, Cambridge Evening News and BBC Essex. While at the Calgary Herald, Emma created a weekly environmental column and website called The Green Guide, which won an Alberta Emerald Award and Canadian Newspaper Association Great Ideas Award.

Between 2011 and 2014, Emma was the Communications Director for the Dogwood Initiative, a citizen’s advocacy group working to help British Columbians have more say in decisions about their air, land and water.

Emma sits on the advisory committee for the Vancouver Foundation's Fostering Change campaign, which aims to improve policy, practice and community connections for young people transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

Emma’s writing on travel, health, fitness and the environment has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Financial Post, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal, Vancouver Province, WestJet Magazine, the Huffington Post and the Vancouver Observer. She also runs a Victoria city life blog called The Vic Life.


Carol Linnitt, Managing Editor and Director of Research

Carol is a journalist and researcher focusing on energy development, environmental policy, wildlife, Canadian politics, transparency and democracy. She joined DeSmog in June 2010 as a researcher, focusing much of her time on the natural gas industry and hydraulic fracturing.

Carol is the lead author of DeSmog's original report Fracking the Future: How Unconventional Gas Threatens Our Water, Health & Climate. Her work also led to the DeSmog micro-documentary CRY WOLF: An Unethical Oil Story and the Cry Wolf investigative series.

Carol began her environmental career writing and performing interviews for The Canada Expedition, a non-governmental sustainability initiative, and while working in dispute resolution with communities affected by resource scarcity.

Carol has a Master's in English Literature from York University where she studied political theory, natural resource conflicts and aboriginal rights. She also has a Master's in Philosophy in the field of phenomenology and environmental ethics and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Victoria in the English and Cultural, Social and Political Thought programs.

Her work has appeared in a number of media outlets including the National Observer, the Huffington Post, the Tyee, VICE Canada, Think Progress, EcoWatch and Academic Matters.


 

DeSmog Canada Advisory Board


Jim Hoggan, Founder and Chair of the Board

Jim Hoggan is one of Canada’s most respected public relations professionals and the president and owner of the Vancouver PR firm Hoggan & Associates.

A law school graduate with a longstanding passion for social justice, Jim also serves as chair of the David Suzuki Foundation — the nation’s most influential environmental organization — and as a trustee of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education.

Jim is the co-founder of Stonehouse Standing Circle, an innovative public engagement and communications think tank, and the former chair of The Climate Project Canada — Al Gore’s global education and advocacy organization. He also led the province of British Columbia’s Green Energy Advisory Task Force on Community Relations and First Nations Partnerships.

Jim is the co-founder of the influential website DeSmogBlog and the author of three books: Do the Right Thing: PR Tips for Skeptical PublicClimate Cover-Up: The Crusade to Deny Global Warming and most recently I'm Right and You're an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up. He speaks, writes and presents widely on public attitudes toward sustainability, climate change and the environment.


Alex Himelfarb

In September 2009, Dr. Alex Himelfarb was appointed as Director of the Glendon School of Public and International Affairs, at York University. He guides the expansion of the School’s research capacity and its professional development programming and seeks to strengthen the relationship between the School and the public sector.

Dr. Himelfarb also leads the Centre for Global Challenges which, stressing the interplay of domestic and global issues, brings together decision makers, researchers, practitioners, and students to explore challenges confronting Canada in a changing world.

He was a Professor of Sociology at the University of New Brunswick from 1972 to 1981. During this period, he undertook an Executive Interchange with the Department of Justice as Head of the Unified Family Court Project from 1979 to 1981.

He also served as Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet from May 2002 until March 2006 when he was nominated as Ambassador of Canada to the Italian Republic with concurrent accreditation to the Republic of Albania and the Republic of San Marino, and as High Commissioner for Canada to the Republic of Malta.

 


Allan Gregg

Allan Gregg is one of Canada’s most recognized and respected senior research professionals and social commentators.

From 1979 through 1993 Gregg was known as the official pollster of the Progressive Conservative Party and participated in over 50 central election campaigns on three continents. In 1995, he co-founded The Strategic Counsel, a research partnership he left in 2007. That year, he set out on his own to form Allan Gregg Strategies, offering high-end, value added, research-based consulting and communications advice to private and public sector clients and assumed the position of Chairman of Harris/Decima, a company he founded almost 30 years earlier that has recently merged with the fastest growing research firm in the world.

Gregg is a pioneer in the integration of consulting, public-opinion research, public affairs and communications. He not only has an intimate knowledge of the dynamics of policy-making but also a deep understanding of cultural change and the communications processes necessary to forge a public consensus around government and business initiatives.

In 2012 he was named as an Adjunct Professor in the Arthur Kroeger College at Carleton University and was inducted in the Canadian Marketing Hall of Legends.


Miles Richardson

Miles G. Richardson is a citizen of the Haida Nation and Canada. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Victoria in 1979. From 1984 to 1996, he served as President of the Haida Nation.

Richardson was a member of the British Columbia Claims Task Force, which, in June of 1991, made recommendations to the Governments of Canada, British Columbia, and First Nations in BC on a mutually agreed process to conduct Treaty negotiations to build a New Relationship and define what the New Relationship should include. 

From 1991 to 1993, Richardson was a member of the First Nations Summit Task Group, which is an executive body representing First Nations in BC. In October 1995, Mr. Richardson was nominated by the Summit and appointed as a Commissioner to the BC Treaty Commission. He was elected to a second term in April 1997. In November 1998, he was chosen as Chief Commissioner by agreement of Canada, BC and the First Nations Summit for a three-year term and was reappointed in November 2001.

Richardson is one of the original members of the David Suzuki Foundation and has been a board member since 1992. In 2007, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Currently, Richardson owns and operates his own business providing strategic advice on relationship building and business development between First Nations and the private sector; First Nations governance development in partnership with the Institute on Governance; and Sustainability policy and business development. 
 


Evangeline Lilly

Evangeline Lilly is a Canadian actress most celebrated for her role as Kate Austen in Lost and Tauriel in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. She is a contributor to and supporter of DeSmog Canada and an advocate for independent journalism, freedom of information and environmental and human rights issues globally.