Dr. Tim McRoberts, Director of Canada’s Smartest Kitchen, has been named the silver recipient of the CICan Leadership Excellence Award for Managerial Staff. Canada’s Smartest Kitchen is the research arm of Holland College’s Culinary Institute of Canada, which provides a suite of research and development services to the food and beverage industry. CICan is the national, voluntary membership organization representing publicly supported colleges, institutes, cegeps and polytechnics in Canada and internationally.
Dr. Tim McRoberts joined the Culinary Institute of Canada in 1996 and quickly became a well-respected instructor. In 2005, he accepted a curriculum consultant position and took on a leadership role until 2008, when he began his tenure as program manager in the Business, Tourism and Sport & Leisure department. During this time, he oversaw substantial growth, which further highlighted his exceptional leadership abilities. He was appointed director of Canada’s Smartest Kitchen in 2019 to lead a multi-disciplined team of product developers, chefs, and food scientists to deliver innovative and validated solutions across the entire food and beverage sector. Since then, he has exponentially increased professional connections within the campus and industry network. He has established strong connections with leadership teams in PEI’s food cluster network, other industry associations and the government sector.
Dr. McRoberts has developed new revenue streams for Canada’s Smartest Kitchen and overseen two successful funding applications to purchase significant pieces of equipment for the research centre.