JRD Consulting Company
Analytical Chemistry, Consulting, Education, Environmental Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, Organic Chemistry
About / Bio
James Downie has over 30 years of experience in the field of environmental analytical chemistry; laboratory operations, management & design; and laboratory quality management. James graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in 1982, with a Diploma in the Chemical Science Technology and from 1986 to 1987 he attended the University of British Columbia (UBC) in the faculty of Applied Science. Mr. Downie has worked as a field technologist, lab technician and quality assurance manager for several large analytical laboratories. In 2003, Mr. Downie founded the JRD Consulting Company, Quadra Island, BC. The firm is currently involved in consulting services to various: foreign development projects; local laboratories & environmental consultants; provincial governments; and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Downie is a registered Professional Chemist. He is a past Chairman of the British Columbia Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks, Laboratory Quality Assurance Advisory Committee, where his technical expertise was used to recommend changes to British Columbia's environmental policy. He is certified by RABQSA as a Quality System Lead Assessor (Ref #104516). He also works as a Lead Assessor for the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation (CALA), is a Director, and a Past-President (2002-2003). Moreover, Mr. Downie has also been called upon by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) to review and recommend modifications to documentation and procedures supporting international standards.