Victor G. Zsilinszky
A graduate of the University of Sopron, Hungary, in forest engineering, Victor Zsilinszky came to Canada in 1957, where he joined the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests (later the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources).
Victor developed and taught forest photo interpretation for the newly formed Ontario Forest Resources Inventory (FRI) program. In 1963, he wrote and published the first edition of the widely used manual, Photographic Interpretation of Tree Species in Ontario. In 1967, he developed the concept and methodology of supplementary aerial photography (SAP) with 35mm cameras, which became a successful operational program in the Ontario Government and elsewhere.
In the early 1970s, Victor conceived of and promoted the development of a multidisciplinary Ontario public remote sensing centre. He contributed to the establishment of OARS and the Ontario Remote Sensing Industrial Advisory Committee. He directed the Ontario Centre for Remote Sensing from its inception in 1973 to his departure from the Ministry in 1989, during which time the Centre's achievements in research, applications, and training brought the Ontario remote sensing community international acclaim.
Over his career, Victor has published numerous studies in remote sensing application to forestry.
Since 1989, Victor has continued to consult and teach in forestry photo interpretation as V.Z. & Associates, located in Vineland, Ontario.
In 1973, Victor Zsilinszky received the Forestry Achievement Award gold medal, the highest honour bestowed by the Canadian Institute of Forestry.