Alison Palmer

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CAREX CANADA, FACULTY OF HEALTH SCIENCES, SFU VANCOUVER

Alison's professional goal is to translate scientific research and to make sure it informs policy and practice. A trained chemist with a decade of experience in science communication and stakeholder engagement, Alison acts as a unique bridge between academia and the various organizations looking to make evidence-informed decisions. In her role as Executive Director of CAREX Canada, a research group based at Simon Fraser University, Alison strategically mobilizes information about Canadians' exposures to cancer-causing substances at home and at work. The ultimate goal of CAREX is to help reduce exposures – and ultimately to help prevent cancer. Alison has worked as a science journalist and lead science writer, covering everything from nanotechnology and quantum computing to personalized genomics and climate science. She holds a Masters' degree in Chemical Biology from McGill University, and has professional training in science communication, group facilitation, principles-based evaluation, and dialogue between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples.