Jim Smith

Jim Smith


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. Under his leadership since 2003, BioFoodTech has increased project activity, revenue, productivity, client satisfaction, and partnerships with other organizations.

Jim provides leadership on strategic projects for the food and bioscience industry including new product and process development, quality systems, food safety support and troubleshooting. Jim is also responsible for the delivery of the $7.9 M Natural Products Extraction project and its transition in 2011 to the new BioFoodTech Division of Bioscience Technology which is growing and delivering projects to Canadian and International clients.

During his career, he has had strong involvement with industry and professional organizations. In addition to being Secretary of Innoventures Canada since 2010, Jim has been Chair of FOODTECH Canada (Network of Canada’s 12 Food Technology Centres) since 2009;  UN FAO Expert for food additives on the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) since 2002; Board member, BioTalent Canada (2008-2014); Commissioner of the International Food Science Certification Commission of IFT (2013-2015); President of the Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology (2007-2009). 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