Joyce Boye

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Joyce Boye is a federal food research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada with a specialty in value-added food processing, food safety and food quality.[1] She has expertise on plant proteins and their importance in helping to improve human health and nutrition.[2] The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) appointed Joyce Boye Special Ambassador for North America for the 2016 International Year of Pulses.[2]


Boye has a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering (University of Science and Technology, Ghana) and a Ph.D. in food science (Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, McGill University, Montreal, QC).[3] After working with AAFC as a Post-Doctoral Fellow for a year, she joined the department in 1997 as Research Scientist at the Food Research and Development Centre in St. Hyacinthe (Quebec) where she led a variety of research projects in the areas of value-added food processing, food safety and food quality.[1] In addition to her research activities within AAFC, she also served as a Senior Policy Analyst, Program Coordinator and Agri-Food Sector Strategy Coordinator, and as Acting Director of Research, Development and Technology Transfer of AAFC’s research and development centres at Fredericton, Kentville and St-John’s.[1] She was also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Bioresource Engineering, McGill University, Canada.[4] Boye is currently Director of Research, Development and Technology (RDT) for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s (AAFC) research centres in British Columbia.[2]


Boye has worked extensively on pulses (peas, lentils, chickpeas, beans), soybeans, soy-based products and canola, in collaboration with the private sector to develop new processing techniques and new food products.[5] Her projects have resulted in the development of several declarations of inventions, novel food products and license agreements between AAFC and the collaborating companies.[3] She has authored/co-authored over 275 scientific and technical papers/reports/lectures including 85 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 29 book chapters and is editor/co-editor of 4 scientific books.[1] Internationally, Boye served as an expert for global initiatives on human nutrition.[5] She served as a member of the World Bank Agricultural Pull Mechanism Initiative Working Group on Nutrition launched by G20 members and was a Visiting Expert for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome where she contributed to the International FAO Expert Consultation on Protein Quality in Human Nutrition.[1]

Honours and awards[edit]

  • Special Ambassador for the International Year of Pulses 2016 (IYP) [6]
  • André-Latour 2001 and 2005 Innovation Prizes (Governor’s Foundation/Food Research and Development Centre) [3]
  • 2001 Research Partnership Prize of Excellence (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada) [3]
  • VMAC Award of Distinction 2001.[3]

Her work on novel techniques for processing of soy won the 2005 Canadian Agri-Food Award of Excellence for Innovation in Agriculture & Agri-Food.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Joyce Boye, Linkedin accessed October 6, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada scientist named Special Ambassador by United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization accessed October 6, 2016
  3. ^ a b c d e f 2014 Protein Trends & Technology Seminar accessed October 6, 2016
  4. ^ Joyce Boye, Ph.D., Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada accessed October 6, 2016
  5. ^ a b Leading Pulse Scientist Appointed Special Ambassador for the International Year of Pulses for North America accessed October 6, 2016
  6. ^ Food and Agriculture Organization, International Year of Pulses accessed October 6, 2016