Dana McCauley

Dana McCauley, the director of New Venture Creation at U of G’s Research Innovation Office, spoke to The Globe and Mail about the evolution of the microwave’s place in Canadian kitchens.

The article noted that while more than 95 percent of Canadian households own a microwave, most don’t use it for much. Now, newer, more expensive speed ovens that use electromagnetic technology are hoping to supplant the microwaves of old.

But McCauley, a food trend analyst, said she’s not ready to write the appliance’s obituary just yet. She noted microwaves are familiar, inexpensive, compact, and easy enough for kids to use.

In her role in the in New Venture Creation office, McCauley studies food industry trends and innovation and helps Canada’s agri-food researchers transform their ideas and discoveries into commercial and profitable products.