Jim Smith studied Food Science in Glasgow, Winnipeg and Nottingham and has worked in the food ingredients industry as technical manager as well as in a scotch whisky distillery in both production and quality control. He taught, researched and consulted at Strathclyde and Caledonian Universities in Glasgow for six years before moving to the Prince Edward Island Food Technology Centre, Canada as Senior Food Scientist in 1988. He has been Executive Director of the Centre since 2003. Jim is a member of the United Nations/World Health Organisation Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives and has edited three books on food additives. He is President of the Canadian Institute of Food Science & Technology and vice-chair of FoodTech Canada, a newly-formed network of Canada's food tech centres whose aim is to commercialise new food products.
Lily Hong-Shum is a professional food and sensory scientist for the Food Technology Center in Prince Edward, Atlantic Canada. She has worked extensively with government and industry supported research and global strategic alliance projects that have focused on value-added product and process development, additive and preservative application for post-harvest stabilization of food commodities, frozen/chilled shelf-life extension, sensory evaluation, and commercial scale production.