Hon­ours and awards for TSL’s prin­ci­pal

Jamaica Gleaner - - TECH SOLUTIONS LIMITED -

A CANA­DIAN Com­mon­wealth scholar, An­drè Gor­don is the re­cip­i­ent of sev­eral awards and hon­ours, in­clud­ing the Shell/Sci­en­tific Re­search Coun­cil Young Sci­en­tist Award, the Pres­i­dent’s Schol­ar­ship from Scan­ning Mi­croscopy In­ter­na­tional, and the So­den Fel­low­ship from the Univer­sity of Guelph, Canada.

In 2000, he was recog­nised by the United States De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and the US Em­bassy in Ja­maica for his lead­er­ship of the suc­cess­ful Ja­maican ef­fort to re­gain ac­cess for Ja­maican canned ac­k­ees to the US mar­ket af­ter a 27year ban. In 2006, Dr Gor­don again led a re­open­ing of the US mar­ket for Ja­maican ac­k­ees af­ter a tem­po­rary clo­sure in De­cem­ber 2005. Ear­lier (in 1995), he had pre­vented the ban­ning of Ja­maican ac­k­ees from the United King­dom through his tech­ni­cal in­ter­ven­tion with the Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture, Fish­eries and Food.

Be­sides his work with ac­k­ees, Dr Gor­don re­opened the US mar­ket for canned cheese in 2003 and was also in­stru­men­tal in the work that led to the re­open­ing of the Euro­pean mar­ket for conch in 2000.

In 2007, he re­ceived the Pel­i­can Award from the Univer­sity of the West Indies for his con­tri­bu­tion to sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy and was in­ducted into the Ar­denne High School Alumni Hall of Fame. In 2005, he was in­ducted into the Titch­field Hall of Fame.

In 2013, Dr Gor­don was granted the des­ig­na­tion of Cer­ti­fied Food Sci­en­tist by Diane Gor­don (right) ac­cepts on be­half of her hus­band, Dr An­drè Gor­don, the JEA Pi­o­neer Ex­porter Award from for­mer JEA pres­i­dent Mar­jorie Kennedy in July 2015. the In­sti­tute of Food pub­li­ca­tions and two books: Tech­nol­ogy as part of the Hand­book for the his­toric in­au­gu­ral class of Ex­port of Fruit and 2013, one of just un­der V e g e t a b l e s (2010), and 300 such des­ig­nates in the most re­cently Food world at the time. Safety and Qual­ity Sys­tems in De­vel­op­ing Coun­tries, Vol­ume 1: Ex­port Chal­lenges and Im­ple­men­ta­tion Strategies (2015). In May 2015, Dr Gor­don was ap­pointed as the first chair of the Cannabis Li­cens­ing Au­thor­ity, where he played a ma­jor and pi­o­neer­ing role in the devel­op­ment of a le­gal mar­i­juana in­dus­try in Ja­maica.

An­other book, Food Safety and Qual­ity Sys­tem in De­vel­op­ing Coun­ties: Vol­ume II Case Stud­ies for Ef­fec­tive Im­ple­men­ta­tion, is in press and will be out De­cem­ber 1, 2016.

STEL­LAR PER­FOR­MANCE

More re­cently, in 2015, he was recog­nised by the Ja­maica Ex­porters As­so­ci­a­tion and given its Life­time Achieve­ment Award as a Pi­o­neer Ex­porter. He has been the key­note speaker on mat­ters of mar­ket ac­cess, ex­ports, food safety, qual­ity and com­pet­i­tive­ness at many in­ter­na­tional fora, and con­tin­ues to be in de­mand in this ca­pac­ity. Also in 2015, he was pre­sented with The Gleaner’s Hon­our Award for ‘Stel­lar Per­for­mance in Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy’.

Widely pub­lished, he is the au­thor of 45 sci­en­tific

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