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About US

Who we are

ISI is an entirely independent, privately-owned scientific consulting laboratory that provides regulatory testing and solutions to both unusual and common problems. Both our office and laboratory are located in the same building in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. The business was founded in 1991 by Peter Child and James Ford and, since 2001, owned and managed by James Ford. In 2021 ISI was acquired by Sira Shahrzad - A senior Chemist at ISI for ten years, and Farzad Mirzaei, who worked for ISI as a senior chemist for many years in the past.

Sira Shahrzad is a highly educated and experienced chemist with a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Giessen in Germany. She has also completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Tsukuba in Japan and the University of Southern California, further enhancing her expertise in the field. With a background in analytical chemistry and experience in toxicology from her time at the University of Guelph in Canada as a research faculty member, Sira is a well-rounded and valuable asset to any research project.

Farzad Mirzaei is also a highly educated and experienced chemist, holding a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Giessen in Germany. He has also held postdoctoral positions at AIST (The National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology) in Japan and the University of Waterloo in Canada, further strengthening his expertise in the field. With a strong background in chemistry and a passion for discovery, Farzad is a valuable asset to any research project and problem-solving.

Sira Shahrzad and Farzad Mirzaei, together with James Ford, continue ISI’s tradition of scientific problem-solving and greatly enhance their chemistry consulting capability. James Ford remains with ISI as Senior Consulting Scientist and can be contacted at his usual e-mail.


ISI employs highly-skilled scientists and expert chemists who bring a wide range of tools, and we have the rare feature of a laboratory on site. We pride ourselves on fully servicing our clients, from performing routine tests to finding answers to questions you may not even know you need to ask. 


We have a multinational clientele base that comes to us from the fields of pharmaceutics, petrochemical, pesticide, agrochemical, chemical manufacturing, government and forensics, law firms, regulatory consultants, and industry groups. Our work has been accepted by regulatory agencies in Canada, the U.S.A., the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, China and Japan.


ISI runs a chemical laboratory equipped with Gas Chromatograph Mass Spectrometry and High-Performance Liquid Chromatography systems. We routinely use a range of detectors, including scanning UV, diode array, refractive index, fluorescence and conductivity detectors. We have a full suite of extraction, wet chemistry, lab simulation and purification capability.

We are also available to work in the field, providing sampling at contaminated sites as well as in industrial, manufacturing, domestic, commercial and forensic settings.



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ISI has been continuously registered to ISO 9001 since 1996. We were the first company of our kind in North America to carry this certification, and we are proud to maintain the standards it demands of us consistently. Our current certificate is available for viewing on our Registrations & Certificates page.


ISI also maintains an Establishment Licence (101391-A) from Health Canada, required for chemical testing and analysing pharmaceuticals that come both from within Canada and from our international clients. Our current certificate is available for viewing on our Registrations & Certificates page.


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