Industry Specialist

Dr. Yousry El-Kassaby

Dr. El-Kassaby is currently Professor and Senior Industry – NSERC Research Chair, Applied Forest Genetics and Biotechnology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has enjoyed a long and successful tenure with the University for more than two decades as Professor and Senior Industry Expert.

Prior positions have included senior positions and Directorships with forestry companies such as CellFor Inc. and Pacific Forest Products in Victoria, British Columbia.

Dr. El-Kassaby is also a very active member of many National and International Committees, such as:

The Science Council of BC. Forest Genetics Research Review Committee
The Science Council of BC. Management of Ecosystem Productivity Program
The United States Department of Agriculture, National Research Initiative Grants Program, USA
The Panel of Experts of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome

Some of his Professional memberships include:

The Association of British Columbia Professional Foresters Association
The Canadian Institute of Forestry
The American Genetics Association
The International Union of Forest Research Organization
The Western Forest Genetics Association

As well, he has directly been responsible for obtaining 45 Research Grants, in excess of $5.5 million for the University of British Columbia.

Dr. El-Kassaby is widely published and has authored and co-authored more than 200 refereed publications, book chapters and invited papers.

Prof. El–Kassaby holds the following qualifications: A Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alexandria, Egypt; a Master of Science degree from the University of Tanta, Egypt and a Doctorate from the University of British Columbia, Canada.

More than twenty years of international experience in both Academia and Corporate Practice have made Dr. El-Kassaby a highly respected specialist in his field. These are the strengths together with an extensive network of international contacts that he brings to every forestry search assignment.