Business of odours: that makes scents

A new seminar series will show participants how to deal with troublesome odours.

This month, Quebec City is hosting ODEUR2014 QUEBEC, the first seminar in North America entirely devoted to odours. It will cover everything from measuring odours to dealing with them, both technically and legally.

Bad odours are an increasing problem for business. Many sites that were previously isolated in the countryside are now surrounded by residential areas, causing odour levels to increase exponentially. But odour overload can also be caused by other, more unexpected, sources. "A growing number of complaints concern irregularities in the olfactory quality of consumer products, as recently shown by a large manufacturer of laptop computers," says Yann Contratto, president of OlfactoExpert Inc.