Paul Illsley   
Paul Illsley

Paul possesses over 40 years of photographic experience with a specialty in research imaging, photomicrography, and airborne imaging. Paulís images have been published by National Geographic, used by The Royal Canadian Mint in the form of a coin and by Canada Post in the form of a stamp. His images have been featured in international publications and used by Parks Canada as well as other national and international government organizations.

Paul has served as imaging specialist on a NASA and National Geographic sponsored airborne laser mapping (LiDAR) project in the Peruvian Andes and as an instructor of Cartography, Remote Sensing, and Research Imaging on the NASA sponsored Juneau Icefield Research Program (JIRP) in Alaska. Paul is an award winning graduate and former Instructor of Remote Sensing and Airborne Imaging as well as Digital Mapping in the Cartography department at the Centre of Geographic Sciences (COGS). He has also been a cartographic consultant for the Discovery Channel and underwater imaging consultant for the History Channel.

Paul was an airborne imaging specialist in the Applied Research department at COGS where he was responsible for maintaining and piloting advanced drones containing Viable Spectrum, Multispectral, Hyperspectral and Thermal imaging sensors as well as active LiDAR laser mapping systems. He holds an Advanced Operations drone pilotís certification from Transport Canada.

In addition to his cartographic and research imaging experience Paul has served as a reconnaissance specialist with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves and holds certifications in both parachuting as well as SCUBA diving. Paul possesses conflict resolution training as well as experience in group counseling programs in federal penitentiaries and enjoys free time activities such as kayaking, hiking and nature photography.

As a former member and formation counselor in an ecumenical Franciscan monastic community, Paul continues to benefit from his studies and experiences in monasteries throughout North America including a time of residency in Thomas Merton's hermitage at The Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, Monastery of Christ in the Desert in New Mexico, Little Portions and St. Elizabethís Friary in New York, Mount St. Frances Monastery in Alberta, Zen Mountain Monastery in New York, The Cistercian-Trappist Monastery of Our Lady of Calvary in New Brunswick, St. Augustine's Monastery and Gampo Abbey in Nova Scotia.