Course Author: Philip Evans

Dr. Phil Evans is a Professor in UBC’s Faculty of Forestry. He has taught wood science and wood utilization in universities in the UK , Australia and North America for more than twenty years, and his research has focused on wood surface properties and the development of methods to enhance the aesthetics and durability of finishes on wood for both interior and exterior applications.

Course Tutor: Jason Chiu

Jason Chiu is a quality control certification specialist and extension trainer at the Centre for Advanced Wood Processing, UBC. Jason holds a Bachelors degree in Wood Products Processing from UBC. He has worked for several secondary wood products companies including Laguna Woodcraft in Delta, BC; Schmitdke Millwork in Steinbach, Manitoba and Dynamic Windows and Doors in Abbotsford, BC, where he worked as a process engineer. Jason has conducted audits of several industrial finishing facilities and performed hands-on finishing training, as well as developing a comprehensive range of finishing testing services for industry. He regularly works with wood products manufacturing companies of various types on technical assistance and business development projects to increase their productivity and profitability.

In addition to Phil and Jason, various guest presenters regularly provide additional technical expertise and demonstrations and lead practical exercises during the 6-day practical session of the program.