Honours and awards for TSL’s principal
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.
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