Jan was born in Plymouth, England.
he majored in administrative dietetics at the University of British Columbia, graduating with a B.H.E. in 1965 and completing her dietetic internship (R.P.Dt.) in the following year at Eaton's and St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.
From 1966 to 1979, Jan was Consumer Relations Manager for one of Canada's largest food companies- Nabob Foods Limited.
During those 13 years, she
acted as a resource person for the marketing managers- creating consumer premium programs; testing all the new products during the development period; creating recipes for packages and brochures; traveling across the country doing T.V., radio and newspaper interviews to promote Nabob's
handled all the consumer mail and phone enquiries from across Canada and spoke to about 3000 consumers a month through letters, phone calls and speeches.
In 1979 Jan left Nabob to start J.M.P. Marketing Services Limited - a consumer marketing assistance company.
In the years since, J.M.P.
has expanded to incorporate many of the skills Jan
learned at Nabob
... all based on a thorough understanding and knowledge of consumers and their attitudes.
second company, Creative Consumer Contact, Jan
continues to work with the media, design marketing programs for her
clients, moderate focus groups, test new products and create and photograph mouth-watering recipes.
In between work assignments, Jan has found time to co-found the B.C. Home Economics Association, co-author a cookbook ("Cooking The Metric Way") , teach numerous night school and university classes, and become an active member of the B.C. Chapter of the American Marketing Association.
Her participation in the A.M.A. was in the form of Board Membership for 5 years- and serving as President of the Chapter.
She is currently a member of P.M.R.S. in Canada and the I.A.C.P. in the U.S.