Janet Panford

Dr. Janet Panford

Industrial Technology Advisor,
National Research Council of Canada, Saskatoon, SK.
Born: Ghana.

Dr. Janet Panford spent over 20 years in food research before joining the Industrial Research Assistance Program of the National Research Council of Canada in 1998. Her work involves the provision of technical advice and research funding to small and medium-sized enterprises in the food and natural health products industries.

Background: Food Scientist Manager, Alberta Agriculture’s Crop Diversification Centre (1990-98); responsible for research on horticultural and special crops; conducted research on post-harvest handling, storage and commercial processing of vegetables and native fruits. From 1976-90, Dr. Panford worked with the Grain Research Laboratory Canadian Grain Commission, Winnipeg, in various positions: Head, Analytical Chemistry Services to Industry (1989-90); Chemist-in-Charge, Analytical Methods Development Section, (1979-90); Oilseeds Technician, Oilseeds Section (1976-79). Other areas of research: analysis and evaluation of herbs and spices for their essential oil content; bioactive (nutraceutical) component select fruits and vegetables; product development of novelty foods.

Works: Article in the Journal of  American Oil Chemists Society.

Education: PhD, Food Chemistry, University of Guelph (1989); Master of Science, Food Processing/Nutrition (1976); BSA, University of Manitoba (1974).

Hero: Marie Curie.

Favourite book? The Science of Mind by Ernest Holmes. It illustrates the influence of mind/thought on human life, and is proven true beyond all doubt.

Favourite quote? “Not now, and maybe not later either.”

Given the chance, what would you love to do that you haven’t done yet? Skydiving.

Who inspires you? People who have the fortitude, to be honest in the face of all odds.

Why do you do what you do? Work is love made visible. I love to make a real contribution to human life.