Pamela Vaillancourt Chosen as Institute of Food Technologists Fellow

May 4, 2009



Pamela Vaillancourt Chosen as Institute of Food Technologists Fellow

Chicago, IL - Pamela Vaillancourt, Vice President, Business Development, at RQA, Inc., was elected Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Fellow in 2009 for leadership in mentoring students as well as her expertise in quality assurance, product formulating, and business development.

Fellow is a unique professional distinction conferred on individuals with outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience for their contributions to the food science and technology field. The nominee must have been an IFT Member for 15 years and a Professional Member at the time of nomination. The 15-year member requirement may be waived by the Fellows Jury for those nominees who have spent all or a portion of their careers outside the United States.

Vaillancourt has been a dedicated member of IFT Sections, Divisions, Task Forces and Committees and was instrumental in establishing a supplier’s night event for the Puget Sound Section of IFT.

In her role as student mentor for the University of California, Davis, Vaillancourt has given future food scientists the benefit of her experience and helped secure sponsorship for their academic goals. Utilizing her expertise in product development and quality assurance, Vaillancourt has donated her time as a speaker at food science clubs at universities in California, Oregon, Washington, Utah, and Idaho. 

IFT has conferred the Fellow designation on a select number of Professional Members every year since 1970.


About IFT
Founded in 1939, the Institute of Food Technologists is a nonprofit scientific society with more than 20,000 individual members working in food science, food technology, and related professions in industry, academia, and government. IFT serves as a conduit for multidisciplinary science thought leadership, championing the use of sound science through knowledge sharing, education, and advocacy. For more information on IFT, visit