Professor John F. Kadla is the Canada research Chair in Advanced Biomaterials at the University of British Columbia, and the Scientific Director of a NSERC Strategic Research Network in “Biomaterials and Chemicals”. He is an expert in lignocellulose chemistry and materials science. He has published over 200 scientific papers, numerous book chapters and presented more than 50 invited lectures. He obtained his B.Sc. In Biochemistry/Chemistry from the University of British Columbia, and his Ph.D. from North Carolina state University (1997).