Before his retirement in 2006, Jim Daun was Section Head, Oilseeds and Pulses, Canadian Grain Commission, Grain Research Laboratory, where he published over 200 research papers in the area of the quality of Canadian grains and oilseeds. He obtained his Ph.D. in 1975 at the University of Manitoba, Department of Plant Science, where he worked on the chemistry of rapeseed and canola. Daun is a long-time AOCS member and was AOCS president in 1997. He has been made an AOCS Fellow and has received the ADM award, the H. Dutton award, and the Bailey award. Daun was named an Eminent Scientist by the International Rapeseed Research Association (G.C.I.R.C.) in 2006. He also chaired the Canadian Advisory Committees for ISO/TC34/SC2 (oilseeds) and SC11 (fats and oils) and was active for most of his career on the Canadian committees recommending registration of new oilseed varieties. In 2002, Daun was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee medal for his work in standards development. Since retirement, Daun has continued a small consulting business, AgriAnalytical Consulting.
Michael Eskin graduated from the University of Birmingham (U.K.) with a B.Sc.(Honors) in Biochemistry and a Ph.D in Physiological Chemistry .Since 1968, he has been at the University of Manitoba, where he has is a professor in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences in the Faculty of Human Ecology Ecology. In addition to serving as Head of the Department, Dr. Eskin also served as Associate Dean of the Faculty. Recently the department was combined with the Department of Food Science in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences to form the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Eskin was involved in the early investigations on the properties and performance of canola, which continues to be one of his areas of research. In 2016 he was awarded the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honor by the Government of Canada, for his significant contributions to the success of the Canadian canola oil industry. Dr. Eskin has authored, co-authored, edited and co-edited fourteen books, sixty chapters and over 125 papers. He is the recipient of a number of prestigious awards for his lipid research including the Stephen S. Chang Award by the Institute of Food Technology (IFT), the Timothy Mounts Award and Alton E. Bailey Medal by the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) and the
William J. Eva Award by the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology (CIFST). He has been very active in a number of Scientific Societies and is a Fellow of IFT, AOCS, CIFST and the Institute of Food science & Technology (UK). He sits on the boards of a number of international journals and for the last 6 years served as co-editor of Lipid Technology.
Dave Hickling is Vice President, Canola Utilization at the Canola Council of Canada. In this role, he manages canola utilization activity related to research and market development. Prior to joining the Canola Council of Canada in 2002, Hickling worked for the Canadian International Grains Institute from 1990 to 2002, as Director of Feed Technology. From 1981 to 1989, Hickling worked for Cargill Ltd. in their Nutrena Feeds Division, in feed sales, and as Senior Nutritionist in Canada.
Dave received a B.Sc. degree in biochemistry in 1976 and a M.Sc. degree in poultry and fish nutrition in 1981 from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada). He received a Ph.D. in poultry nutrition (biological modeling) in 1990 from the University of Manitoba.