Meet Our Team
PhD, PChem, President, and Founder
Ken Schmidt is an Alberta based Professional Chemist and entrepreneur. He completed his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Calgary in 1990. Over the last 25 years, he has worked with universities and the mining and energy industries to solve industry specific problems in sulfur chemistry, catalysis, ceramics, chemical vapour deposition (CVD) coatings and spectroscopy. His expertise is in industrial analytical chemistry, process laboratories for industry, instrument design, manufacturing, sales and technical support.
He has been involved in several high tech start-ups, including Wilson Analytical (which he co-founded in 2003). He is also President of Canadian Tool, a Montreal firm specializing in machining and manufacturing. Ken's key role at Wilson is technical development and customer relations.
BSc, PChem, Vice-President, and Founder
Kathy Janzen is a Professional Chemist with twenty-five years of experience with the RCMP as a forensic scientist, followed by two years as one of the principles of the analytical services side of Wilson Analytical. She was also involved in several high tech start-ups, and worked with entrepreneurs at the Northern Alberta Business Incubator (NABI).
Kathy has served 10 years as the Executive Director of the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA) and is also the council chair of the Federation of Canada’s Professional Chemists. Kathy's main role with Wilson is financial and strategic planning, and human resources. Together, Ken and Kathy make all company business decisions.
Murray D. Paulson
BSc, PEng, Senior Engineer
Murray Paulson holds a degree in Physics (1975) and a second degree in Engineering Physics (1985) from the University of Alberta. Over the years Murray has developed expertise in laser technology, microfluidics, prototype machining, optical design, and optical detection systems. His name is well known in the circuit of high-tech companies in Edmonton as he has been involved with many of them. [Alberta Bio Photonics, AIMS, Big Bangwidth, Boreal Laser, DETEX, Dycor Technologies, Micralyne, Optilume, Scanimetrics, Synodon].
Murray Paulson is very good at inventing methods, technology, and instrumentation to meet a task. His diverse interests from circuit design, optical design and mechanical design give him a unique vantage point for high tech solutions.
BSc CIT, Junior Chemist
Laboratory Testing, Instrument Assembly and Testing
BSc EIT, Electrical Engineer, Journeyman Electrician
Electronic Design, Programming, Troubleshooting
PhD, Engineering Intern
Research, Equipment Design, and Product Development
BSc, Engineering Intern
Testing and Development, Instrument Assembly, Programming
Bookkeeping and Administration
Wilson is supported by a team of business advisors with over 50 years of experience.
(CTE; Montreal, QC) has an excellent, long standing relationship with Wilson Analytical, and provides design and machining support for Wilson projects. The company was founded in 1943, and has an excellent reputation for high precision work in difficult to machine materials such as corrosion resistant alloys.
Founder of Suissa Design, Howard works with Wilson Analytical to assist with industrial design for Wilson instruments. Howard has three degrees in industrial design, and over 15 years’ experience in the field.
PhD, PChem, PMP (Project Management Professional)
John is an analytical chemist by training and an entrepreneur by nature. He has over 20 years of experience in research and development, from academic research and industry R&D to product commercialization and management of product lines. His technical expertise is in microfluidics and analytical chemistry, especially separation technologies.
John is a big picture person who can connect science with business opportunities. His company – HJC Consulting – focuses on developing products in the biotechnology, environmental and industrial fields from concept to launch. John was the Director of Research and Development at Micralyne Inc., Director of Quality Assurance at Metabolistics Inc. and is currently President of HJC Consulting.
Ken Westra is an Alberta based professional with over 25 years of experience in material science and characterization, plus microfabrication and MEMS devices. Previously he was the founding Director of the University of Alberta NanoFab, a premier microfabrication facility for researchers from academia and industry. He is the founder of Helmet Creek Technologies (2012) which is involved in developing new and field oriented instrumentation for the oil and agriculture industries.
XploSafe is revolutionizing the screening (several days to weeks) for chemical vapor exposures including hazardous gases, volatile and semi-volatile organics with advanced breakthroughs in diffusive sampling technology. Their proprietary “Vapor nanoconfinement technology” enables high capacity absorption, stabilization & consistent analysis of the widest range of compounds (over hundreds of analytes) through non-invasive, wearable passive dosimeters (badges) that can be stored indefinitely until analysis is required.
It serves a wide range of personnel ranging from industrial (oil refineries, chemical plants, food plants etc.), healthcare (hospitals, dental offices, clinic etc.) and consumer (funeral homes, dry cleaners, firemen, agricultural workers etc.) markets that are mandated by occupational safety and health organizations such as OSHA, NIOSH, JCAHO to monitor and protect undesired chemical exposures during their normal course of work.