Board of Directors


Amita Kuttner — co-founder, ex-officio director, director of policy

Amita Kuttner holds a PhD in astronomy and astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC). Their research focused on black holes, wormholes, quantum effects, and the early universe. Amita co-founded the UCSC chapter of 314 Action, an organization dedicated to electing scientists and STEM professionals to public office, and ran the Canadian organization effort for Scientists for Future. Amita served as Critic for Science and Innovation for the Green Party of Canada from September 2018 to February 2020, bringing forward policy on artificial intelligence and emerging technologies, and ran for leadership of the party in 2020.

Anthony Hughes — co-founder, chairperson, director of technology

Anthony Hughes recently left a decade long career as a Quality Assurance engineer at Mozilla, the non-profit foundation behind the Firefox web browser. Anthony has held several governance positions since 2015 including CEO for the Green Party of Canada’s Vancouver Granville electoral district association (EDA) and prior to that, the CEO for the party’s New Westminster EDA. He currently serves as the Chairperson for the Green Party of Vancouver where he has helped guide the party’s strategic vision and governance since 2017. In his spare time Anthony enjoys hiking in the temperate rainforest in and around Vancouver, Canada.

James Hankle — treasurer

James Hankle, B.S. is a software researcher / designer currently working for Digital Keystone, a company specializing in Digital Television. The recent focus of the company is applying AI to compressed video for search, summarization and robot teleops purposes. James has designed video scheduling software for television operators, a video on demand system for a large U.S. cable company, and served as VP of Engineering. He also spends time doing community activism, volunteers for the Green Party as a financial agent and sits on the board of the East Vancouver Electoral District Association. James is an avid bicyclist, gardener and loves his willful dog.

Kito Romero — director at large, policy researcher

Kito Romero is a graduate of the Department of Political Science at the University of British Columbia.  His honours thesis and surrounding research focused on human rights, the Canadian mining industry, and legal and political avenues through which to seek justice and strengthen our regulatory structures. Since graduation, he has worked as a policy advisor and researcher, and remains dedicated to creating innovative, sustainable, and evidence-driven policies.

Lilian Barraclough — secretary

Lily Barraclough resides on the unceded land of the Mi’kmaq in Halifax, Nova Scotia with her partner Caden, dog Anna, and horse Alamar. She is a Master of Environmental Studies student at Dalhousie University; her research has focused on creating tools to help communities adapt to and mitigate climate change and increase community health and well-being. She currently studies how politically active youth in Mi’kma’ki experience and express climate grief. Lily also serves on the board of the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group, various advisory committees to the Halifax Regional Municipality, and founded iMatter Youth Canada. In her free time Lily loves to read, play piano and viola, and hike.

Nicholas Harrison — at large director

Nicholas Harrison is an operator and strategist focused on exploring the relationships between entrepreneurship and the social contract – how can we use our work to help society? As an HBA graduate of the Ivey Business School, he has steadily taken on new challenges in a variety of industries, from technology to theatre and everywhere in between. Currently, he serves as the Director of Partnerships for Synapcity, a civic engagement non-profit based in Ottawa – as well as the sole associate for BreakawayGrowth Fund, a venture capital firm.

Stephnie Watson — vice-chairperson

Stephnie Watson is an Environmental Science Professional with a MSc from the University of Lethbridge. They advocate & educate for science & evidence based policy & legislation that is inclusive and accessible for all peoples. They use their drag (Killa Watt), political, and social platforms to achieve the goals of creating a more inclusive and accessible future for all. They reside as a Settler on traditional Indigenous lands in Canada and are actively committed to the Truth and Reconciliation calls to action.

Volunteers


Anthony Aguirre — project advisor

Anthony Aguirre is the Faggin Presidential Professor for the Physics of Information at UC Santa Cruz, and has done research in an array of topics in theoretical cosmology, gravitation, statistical mechanics, and other fields of physics. He also has strong interest in science outreach, and has appeared in numerous science documentaries. He is a founder and core team member of the Future of Life Institute, is a creator of the science and technology prediction platform Metaculus, and is a founder and co-director of the Foundational Questions Institute. He is the author of the recent book Cosmological Koans.

Caden Hebb — communications coordinator

Caden Hebb is a recent graduate from the Bachelor of Environmental Studies program at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He advocates locally as a member of the queer and disabled communities for climate and social justice, and brings this passion to the Moonlight Institute as a volunteer. Caden is currently serving as a Board Member of the Nova Scotia Public Interest Research Group, and as a volunteer with Our Time Halifax and ElderDog Canada. He held various board positions with the Nova Scotia Youth Project from 2016-19.

Ian Rusconi — media and website developer

Ian Rusconi is an audio engineer and multimedia consultant with a keen interest in scientific literacy and communication, affecting evidence-based public policy, and promoting the importance of the arts in society. Ian has produced podcasts and short videos, built websites, and designed printed media for the Future of Life Institute, the Cabrillo Choruses, the Sri Rama Foundation, various Green Party of Canada candidates, and many more. He lives and works off-grid, powered by renewables, with two siberian huskies and a flock of chickens.

Joseph Fall — technology advisor

Joseph Fall is an instructor of Computing Science at Capilano University and an independent, open-source software developer.  His academic interests include systems dynamics, ecological modeling, and cyber-privacy and security.  He lives with his family on an off-grid island in the Salish Sea where they meet their basic needs by collecting rain water, growing their own food, and generating power and heat from renewable sources.  He also serves on the Board of the local non-profit Internet Access Society, which provides broadband Internet to island residents; and he maintains the community’s web site and other digital communications infrastructure.