About Us

Wilson Analytical is proud to bring you a new family of lab quality analytical instrumentation. Featuring rugged, high quality construction and optically stabilized LED light sources, our versatile line of spectrometers are portable and flexible enough to meet a wide spectrum of scientific and industrial needs. Fluorescence, absorption, reflectance and transmission measurements are possible on both liquid and solid samples, ranging from deep UV to near IR. Systems are ideal for industry or academic research. Our Open Platform system is also particularly suitable for teaching students the applications of spectrophotometry.

Meet our Team

Ken Schmidt, PhD, PChem, President and Founder

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Ken Schmidt is an Alberta based Professional Chemist and entrepreneur. He completed his PhD in Inorganic Chemistry at the U. of Calgary in 1990. Over the last 25 years, he has worked with universities and the mining and energy industries to solve industry specific problems in sulfur chemistry, catalysis, ceramics, chemical vapour deposition (CVD) coatings and spectroscopy. His expertise is in industrial analytical chemistry, process laboratories for industry, instrument design, manufacturing, sales and technical support. He has been involved in several high tech start-ups, including Wilson Analytical (which he co-founded in 2003). He is also President of Canadian Tool, a Montreal firm specializing in machining and manufacturing. Ken's key role at Wilson is technical development and customer relations.


Kathy Janzen, BSc, PChem, Vice-President and Founder

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Kathy Janzen is a Professional Chemist with twenty-five years of experience with the RCMP as a forensic scientist, followed by two years as one of the principles of the analytical services side of Wilson Analytical. She was also involved in several high tech start-ups, and worked with entrepreneurs at the Northern Alberta Business Incubator (NABI). Kathy has served 6 years as the Executive Director of the Association of the Chemical Profession of Alberta (ACPA) and is also the council chair of the Federation of Canada’s Professional Chemists. Kathy's main role with Wilson is financial and strategic planning, and human resources. Together, Ken and Kathy make all company business decisions.

Wilson is supported by a team of business advisors with over 50 years of experience.

The rest of the Wilson team consists of:

Brian Markley, B.Sc. EIT, Electrical Engineer and Journeyman electrician- electronic design, programming and troubleshooting.

Jaclyn Repchuk, B.Sc. CIT - junior chemist - laboratory testing, instrument assembly and testing.

Doris Reeve - bookkeeping and administration



Canadian Tool Engineering

(CTE; Montreal, QC) has an excellent, long standing relationship with Wilson Analytical, and provides design and machining support for Wilson projects. The company was founded in 1943, and has an excellent reputation for high precision work in difficult to machine materials such as corrosion resistant alloys.

HJC Consulting

John Crabtree, PhD, PChem, PMP (Project Management Professional)

John is an analytical chemist by training and an entrepreneur by nature. He has over 20 years of experience in research and development, from academic research and industry R&D to product commercialization and management of product lines. His technical expertise is in microfluidics and analytical chemistry, especially separation technologies. John is a big picture person who can connect science with business opportunities. His company – HJC Consulting – focuses on developing products in the biotechnology, environmental and industrial fields from concept to launch. John was the Director of Research and Development at Micralyne Inc.,  Director of Quality Assurance at Metabolistics Inc. and is currently President of HJC Consulting.

Suissa Design

Howard Suissa,  OCAD University

Founder of Suissa Design, Howard works with Wilson Analytical to assist with industrial design for Wilson instruments. Howard has three degrees in industrial design, and over 15 years’ experience in the field.


Helmet Creek Technologies

Ken Westra, PhD, PEng

Ken Westra is an Alberta based professional with over 25 years of experience in material science and characterization, plus microfabrication and MEMS devices. Previously he was the founding Director of the University of Alberta NanoFab, a premier microfabrication facility for researchers from academia and industry. He is the founder of Helmet Creek Technologies (2012) which is involved in developing new and field oriented instrumentation for the oil and agriculture industries.