Director General, Science Program Integration Branch of the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).
Rory Gilsenan is the Director General, Science Program Integration Branch of the Canadian Forest Service (CFS) at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). In his current role, he is responsible for the strategic planning and development of the Canadian Forest Service’s science and policy analysis agenda, as well as for advancing some of NRCan’s most accomplished science. He is also responsible for establishing partnerships on a national and international basis, including the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, to create opportunities for resources, knowledge, reputation, and influence for the department and its science. This includes the Bioeconomy, Climate Change, Wildland Fire Management, and Forest Pests, as well as emerging science topics such as Ecosystem Integrity – Biodiversity, Cumulative Effects and Genomics.
Rory has driven the realization of non-traditional bioeconomy opportunities in Canada, was the federal government lead on the Canadian Bio-Pathways Project, and has served on a variety of national and provincial boards and committees, particularly in relation to bioeconomy development in Canada. In his previous role as Director of Strategic Policy at the CFS, he oversaw the delivery of the Indigenous Forestry Initiative and provided strategic leadership on key policy files including foresighting, urban forestry, and integrated resource development. Prior to joining the Canadian Forest Service, Rory worked for 13 years as an economist for the World Bank and a number of international clients in both the public and private sectors in North America, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.