Executive Director at BioFoodTech
Jim Smith is the Executive Director of BioFoodTech and a professional innovation leader with experience and passion for helping companies commercialize new product ideas to improve their business and develop the economy. Jim provides innovation leadership for the food and bioscience industry including new product and process development, quality systems, food safety support and troubleshooting. Since becoming Executive Director in 2003, BioFoodTech has increased project activity, revenue, productivity, client satisfaction, and partnerships with other organizations.
During his career, he has had strong involvement with industry and professional organizations. In addition to being a member of Innoventures Canada since 2006, Jim is Chair of FOODTECH Canada (Network of Canadas 12 Food Technology Centres) since 2009 and a member of the Food & Agricultural Organization of the UN/World Health Organization Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) since 2002.
Jim has also been a Commissioner of the International Food Science Certification Commission of IFT (2013-2015); President of the Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology (2007-2009) and a Board member of BioTalent Canada (2008-2014). Jim holds a PhD in Food Science from the University of Nottingham, England and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde in his native country of Scotland. Jim is a Fellow of both the UK and Canadian Institutes of Food Science and Technology, a Chartered Scientist and a Certified Food Scientist.