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Prof Michael Eskin


Sept 24, 2021



For Dr. Michael Eskin, being a recipient of the Order of Manitoba this year was undoubtedly a tremendous honour. This year however, proved to be even more spectacular for him, as several months ago he also received notification that he had been elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC). The official announcement was made in the Globe & Mail on the first day of Rosh Hashana. Being an observant Jew, Dr. Eskin asked his postdoctoral student to purchase a copy for him.  The election to the RSC is considered the highest honour an academic can achieve in the arts, social sciences and sciences.  Their mission is to recognize scholarly, research and artistic excellence and to advise governments and organizations and to promote a culture of knowledge and innovation in Canada and with other national academies around the world. Dr. Eskin’s own research, particularly in the area of canola oil, has certainly helped to change the agricultural landscape in Western Canada, making canola oil the third largest edible oil after soybean oil and palm oil. In fact, canola generates over 22 billion dollars annually to the Canadian economy as well employs over 250,000 people worldwide. He is also one of the world’s leading food science writers with 17 books to his credit. The first book he wrote half a century ago, Biochemistry of Foods, is now in its third edition and is used in universities around the world having been translated into Japanese, German, Malay, and Portuguese. In fact, Elsevier/Academic Press is acknowledging Michael’s important contribution as editor and author by  dedicating a special issue of Advances in Food and Nutrition Research. Michael has not only edited two of their recent volumes, but is also a member of their Advisory Board. During the pandemic, Michael maintains close contacts and collaborations with colleagues around the world including publications with scientists in Germany and China. He is constantly sought as an external examiner and is presently examining several Ph.D theses from India and Pakistan.


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