Tim Durance

Tim Durance

Professor Emeritus, Food Science


After taking a leave of absence in September 2010 to concentrate full-time on EnWave , a local research and development company that he co-founded, Tim Durance officially stepped down from his role as Professor, Food, Nutrition and Health in 2012.

Professor Emeritus Durance joined the Faculty as an Assistant Professor in 1987. In 2002, he was promoted to Professor and Program Director, FNH, a position he held for four years.

It was in his lab at UBC that the technology for EnWave’s radiant energy vacuum (REV) was developed. NutraREV uses vacuum pressure and microwave energy to deliver rapid, low-temperature dehydration of fruits, vegetables and other food materials, while preserving vitamins and nutrients.

Tim is the author of more than 75 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 16 patents, and numerous book chapters, scientific presentations, and invited lectures on technology and food processing. He received his Ph.D and M.Sc. in Food Science from UBC, as well as a B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Guelph and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Waterloo.

In 2012, Tim received the Investment Agriculture Foundation of B.C.’s Award of Excellence for Innovation in Agriculture and AgriFood, an award that celebrates innovative thinkers who help drive B.C.’s agriculture and agri-food industry forward. He also received the Life Sciences British Columbia Innovation and Achievement award in the same year.

J. Honeybourn, 2013