Solving Your Analytical Instrumentation Challenges

Wilson Analytical is run by chemists, for chemists, centered on solving the big problems surrounding analytical instrumentation for labs.

We bring design thinking to your lab, combining curiosity, awareness, collaboration of expertise and problem reframing to produce versatile, extensible, rugged and reliable analytical instruments that are easy to use. Because we know that you have work to do.

It's time to upgrade your tool kit.

Meet Our Team

Portrait of Ken Smith

Ken Schmidt

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.

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Kathy Janzen

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 served 10 years as the Executive Director of the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA) and was also the former council chair of the Federation of Canada’s Professional Chemists. Kathy's main role with Wilson is financial and strategic planning, sales, and human resources. Together, Ken and Kathy make all company business decisions.

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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.

Brian Markley

BSc EIT, Electrical Engineer, Journeyman Electrician

Electronic Design, Programming, Troubleshooting

Jonathan Backs

PhD, Engineering Scientist

Research, Equipment Design, and Product Development

Yoojin Choi

BSc, Junior Chemist

Doris Reeve

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.


Howard Suissa
OCAD University

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.


John Crabtree
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.


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.