CSBE-SCGAB
Tuesday, 09 August 2016 11:33

Ronald MacDonald

2016 Fellow Award

Ron McDonald Ronald MacDonald, P. Eng., is awarded the CSBE/SCGAB Grade of Fellow for his dedicated service to the profession and his contributions to the Society. He is currently an Associate Engineer with AMEC in Cambridge, ON. Ron received his Engineering degree from the University of Guelph in 1981 and stayed in the area to practice engineering and excel in the area of energy management assisting both agricultural and industrial clients with high quality engineering solutions for their enterprises. In addition, Ron has served the engineering profession throughout his career at the local, national and international level. He has been recognized for his leadership in developing several ASABE Technical Standards which are utilized globally. Specifically regarding CSBE/SCGAB, he has served as Ontario Director (1988 - 1990), Secretary-Treasurer (1989 - 2002) the Awards Committee (2005 - 2013) and President (2011 - 2012). In 1996 Ron was named Engineer of the Year by CSBE/SCGAB and in 2004 received the John Turnbull Award, followed by the Maple Leaf Award in 2008 for his leadership and contributions to the engineering profession.

Ronald MacDonald P. Eng., est décerné le CSBE/SCGAB Grade of Fellow pour son service dédié au profession et ses contributions à la société. Il est couramment ingénieur associé avec AMEC en Cambridge, Ontario. Ron a reçu son baccalauréat en génie de l'université de Guelph en 1981 et il est resté dans la région pour pratiquer le génie dans la domaine de conservation d'énergie. Il assiste les clients industriels et en agriculture avec les solutions d'une qualité supérieur pour leur entre- prises. De plus, Ron a servi la domaine de génie pendant son carrière au niveau local, national et international. Il est reconnu pour son leadership en développant plusieurs ASABE standards technique qui sont utilisés globalement. En concernant CSBE/SCGAB, il a servi comme Directeur de l'Ontario (1988-1990), Secrétaire et Trésorier (1989-2002), la Comité des Prix (2005-2013), et Président (2011- 2012). En 1996, Ron était nommé Ingénieur de l'Année par CSBE/ SCGAB et en 2004 il a reçu le prix John Turnbull. En 2008 il a reçu le prix Maple Leaf pour son leadership et contributions à la profession de génie.

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Tuesday, 09 August 2016 11:18

Dr. Michael Ngadi

2016 Fellow Award

M NgadiDr. Michael Ngadi is awarded the CSBE/SCGAB Grade of Fellow for his dedicated and significant contributions to the fields of Food Science and Food Engineering. His work on heat and mass transfer processes in foods, deep-fat frying, hyperspectral imaging and non-thermal technologies such as pulsed electric field and ultraviolet light have been ranked high within the academic, scientific and industry communities. His activities on these areas have generated over 200 peer reviewed technical papers, book chapters and more than 300 presentations at various local and international meetings. He has secured 1 world-wide patent (a 2nd under review) and 6 reports of inventions. His research has greatly improved understanding of the mechanisms and parameters involved in ensuring high quality and safe food products. Aspects of Dr. Ngadi's basic research have been translated to industrial application contributing to advances in sectors of the food industry. He has served the scientific and professional communities well. He was Vice-President of the Canadian Society for Biological Engineering (CSBE) and Chair of the Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference (NABEC, a community of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)), among others. He is currently Chair of the Processing Systems (PRS) community of the ASABE. He is also an Associate Editor of the Transactions of the ASABE. He serves on the board of the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR), Section VI. He has contributed to international collaborative projects in France, Ireland, Romanian, Mexico, China, India and France as well several countries in Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Benin, Uganda, Zambia, etc). ). Dr. Ngadi has trained and mentored more than 25 students at the Master's and Doctoral levels as well as several Post-doctoral Fellows. He taught several courses at McGill University including Food Process Engineering and Food Safety Engineering. He is co-Director of the Integrated Food and Bioprocess program at the University. Some of the awards and recognitions he received in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions to Food Process Engineering include the William Dawson Scholar (Canada Research Chair, Tier 2) at McGill University and John Clark Award of the CSBE.

Prof. Michael Ngadi reçoit le titre de membre Fellow de la CSBE/ SCGAB pour ses importantes contributions et son dévouement au domaine des sciences et du génie alimentaires. Ses travaux sur les transferts de chaleur et de masse dans les aliments, de grande friture, d'imagerie hyperspectrale et sur les technologies non-thermiques telles que les champs électriques pulsés et les rayons ultraviolets, sont reconnus de haut calibre par les milieux scientifique, industriel et académique. Sa recherche a produit plus de 200 articles et chapitres évalués par les pairs, et plus de 300 présentations à des conférences locales et internationales. Il a produit un brevet international (et un deuxième est à l'étude) et 6 rapports d'invention. Ses résultats de recherche ont contribué à améliorer notre compréhension des mé- canismes et des paramètres qui sont essentiels pour assurer la qualité et l'innocuité des aliments. De nombreuses contributions de re- cherche du prof. Ngadi ont été utiles au développement d'applica- tions industrielles et à l'avancement de l'industrie alimentaire. Il est également au service de sa communauté professionnelle et scientifique ayant été, entre autres, vice-président de la société canadienne de génie agro-alimentaire (CSBE/SCGAB) et président de la conférence NABEC (Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference). Il est présentement président du comité des systèmes de transformation de l'ASABE. Il est également éditeur adjoint du journal Transactions of the ASABE. Il siège à la section VI du conseil de la commission international de génie rural (CIGR). Il a contribué et contribue toujours à de nombreux projets collaboratifs en France, Irlande, Roumanie, Mexique, Chine, Inde de même qu'en de nombreux pays d'Afrique (Nigéria, Ghana, Bénin, Ouganda, Zam- bie, etc.). Prof. Ngadi a formé et été le mentor de plus de 25 étudiants aux études supérieures (maîtrise et doctorat) et de nombreux boursiers postdoctoraux. Il enseigne de nombreux cours à l'université McGill dont génie des procédés alimentaires et génie de l'innocuité alimentaire. Il est co-directeur du programme de maîtrise en Procédés alimentaires et bio-procédés. Il fut récipiendaire d'un bon nombre de prix et reconnaissances pour ses contributions dont la chaire William Dawson à l'université McGill et le prix John Clark de la CSBE/SCGAB.

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Monday, 14 September 2015 13:14

Qiang Zhang

2015 Fellow Award

qiang-zhangQiang Zhang PhD is awarded the CSBE/SCGAB Grade of Fellow for his leadership, management and contributions to the bioengineering profession through a career in teaching and research in direct support of sustainable and competitive agriculture. Dr. Zhang has maintained an active research program over the past 26 years in the area of agricultural structures and environment. He has published over 220 papers in referred journals and conference proceedings, and prepared 34 technical reports. In the past five years (2009- 2014), he has received $726,758 in research funding as PI, and $1,189,560 as Co-PI. He is currently supervising or co-supervising 4 PhD and 1 MSc students, and has trained 24 HQPs in the past five years.

Dr. Zhang`s expertise in greenhouses and energy conservation links him uniquely to researchers in a variety of disciplines who can work together on bioenergy-greenhouse systems. Qiang is recognized in North America for his research into solar energy greenhouses, in particular for cold climates. He served as a member of the Manitoba Greenhouse Think Tank. He was invited to speak on solar energy greenhouses in many occasions, including Growing Local, Getting Vocal, Cultivating a Food Secure Future for Manitobans conference (2008, Winnipeg), and the 16th Annual Agricultural Seminar of the Territorial Farmers Association (2007, Hay River). He has worked very closely with several local greenhouse producers (Oriental Vegetables in Elie, MB and Blue Lagoon Organics in St. Francois Xavier, MB) in testing and improving the design and operation of solar energy greenhouses.

Qiang has collaborated with researchers from several Chinese universities, including China Agricultural University and Shengyang Agricultural University. He has been working with engineers from Manitoba Hydro for the past 10 years on several projects. This collaboration has resulted in several publications (MB Hydro Profiles in R&D) that are used by many individuals and organizations as the primary reference for solar energy greenhouse design. Dr. Qiang served as President of CSBE/SCGAB in 2012-2013.

Le rang de Fellow CSBE/SCGAB est décerné à Qiang Zhang, Ph.D. pour son leadership, sa gestion et ses contributions à la bioingénierie tout au cours de sa carrière en enseignement et en recherche, résultant en un effet direct sur l'agriculture durable et compétitive. Dr. Zhang a su maintenir un programme de recherche actif au cours des 26 dernières années dans le domaine des structures agricoles et de l'environnement. Il a publié plus de 220 articles dans des revues reconnues et dans des résumés de conférences et il a préparé 34 rapports techniques. Au cours des cinq dernières années (2009- 2014), il a reçu 726 758$ en fonds de recherche comme PI, et 1 189 560$ en tant que co-PI. Il supervise ou co-supervise actuellement 4 étudiants au doctorat et 1 à la maîtrise. Il a formé 24 professionnels hautement qualifiés au cours des cinq dernières années.

L’expertise de pointe du Dr. Zhang dans les domaines des serres et de la conservation de l'énergie lui permet de travailler avec des chercheurs dans une variété de disciplines sur les systèmes de bioénergie en serriculture. Qiang est reconnue en Amérique du Nord pour ses recherches sur l'utilisation de l’énergie solaire dans les serres, en particulier dans les climats froids. Il a été membre du Manitoba Greenhouse Think Tank. Il a été invité à discuter des serres à l’énergie solaires à plusieurs reprises, dont lors de la conférence Growing Local, Getting Vocal, Cultivating a Food Secure Future for Manitobans (2008, Winnipeg) et lors du 16th Annual Agricultural Seminar of the Territorial Farmers Association (2007, Hay River). Il a travaillé en étroite collaboration avec plusieurs producteurs en serre locaux (Oriental Vegetables à Elie, MB et Blue Lagoon Organics à St. Francois Xavier, MB) pour tester et améliorer la conception et l'exploitation des serres solaires.

Qiang a collaboré avec des chercheurs de plusieurs universités chinoises, dont la China Agricultural University et la Shengyang Agricultural University. Au cours des 10 dernières années, il a aussi travaillé avec des ingénieurs de Manitoba Hydro sur plusieurs projets. Cette collaboration a donné lieu à plusieurs publications (MB Hydro Profiles in R&D) qui sont utilisées par de nombreuses personnes et organisations en tant que principales références pour la conception de serres solaires. Dr. Qiang a été président de la CSBE/ SCGAB en 2012-2013.

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Monday, 14 September 2015 11:59

Yves Choinière

2015 Fellow Award

yves-fellowYves Choinière, Eng., Agr., P. Eng., is awarded the CSBE/SCGAB Grade of Fellow for his outstanding contribution to teaching, research and professional service in agricultural structures systems engineering. Yves entered the profession of agricultural engineering as a county engineer with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in 1984. Based at the Alfred College of Agriculture and Food Technology, he assumed the tasks of teaching, extension and research work. He soon became the provincial specialist in farmstead planning and farm health and safety.

While gaining experience, he obtained in 1991 an M. Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering. Yves was an active member in several consultation committees and he participated in construction and research projects with the Ontario Colleges of Agricultural Technology, University of Guelph and with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. His work on natural ventilation for livestock housing is recognized worldwide.

In 1995, he founded his own engineering consulting firm near his home town and family farms in Saint-Césaire, Québec. Consultants Lemay & Choinière Inc. has grown from one to 25 full time employees. The firm handles over 300 client-files per year, in Québec, Ontario and other countries. Over the years, the team presented a total of 1000 requests for a Certificate of authorization and managed the construction of agricultural buildings.

Yves has also been active as a liaison person and in organizing events for the CSBE/SCGAB. He was awarded the CSAE/SCGB Young Engineer of the Year in 1991, and the John Turnbull award (2003), he has received other awards including two publication awards from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Consultants Lemay & Choinière Inc. received the Industry award in 2010 as well. Yves served as President of CSBE 2004- 2005. Yves is leading a great and full life with his spouse and their four children.

Le rang de Fellow CSBE/SCGAB est décerné à Yves Choinière, ing., Agr., P. Eng., pour sa contribution exceptionnelle à l'enseignement, à la recherche et au service professionnel dans l'ingénierie des structures et des systèmes agricoles. Yves a débuté sa carrière d'ingénieur agricole comme ingénieur régional au sein du ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Alimentation et des Affaires rurales de l'Ontario en 1984. Basé au Collège Alfred de technologie agricole et alimentaire, il a assumé des tâches d'enseignement, de vulgarisation et de recherche. Il est vite devenu le spécialiste provincial en matière de planification à la ferme et en santé-sécurité agricole.

Tout en acquérant de l'expérience de travail, il a obtenu en 1991 un diplôme de maîtrise en génie civil. Yves a été un membre actif dans plusieurs comités de consultation et il a participé au développement et aux projets de recherche avec les Collèges de technologie agricole ontarien, l’Université de Guelph et Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada. Ses travaux sur la ventilation naturelle des bâtiments d'élevage sont reconnus internationalement.

En 1995, il fonde sa propre entreprise de génie-conseil près de sa ville natale et des exploitations familiales à Saint-Césaire, Québec. Consultants Lemay & Choinière Inc. est passé de 1 à 25 employés à temps plein. La société gère plus de 300 clients-dossiers par année, au Québec, en Ontario et dans d'autres pays. Au fil des ans, l'équipe a soumis un total de 1000 demandes de certificat d'autorisation et a supervisé la construction de plusieurs bâtiments agricoles.

Yves a également été actif en tant que personne-ressource et lors d’organisation d'événements pour la CSBE/SCGAB. Il a reçu le Prix CSAE/SCGB Jeune ingénieur de l'année en 1991 et le prix John Turnbull en 2003. Il a reçu plusieurs autres distinctions, dont deux prix de publication de l’ASABE. Consultants Lemay & Choinière Inc. a aussi reçu le Prix de l'industrie CSBE/SCGAB en 2010. Yves fut président de la CSBE/SCGAB en 2004-2005. Yves profite pleinement de la vie avec son épouse et ses quatre enfants.

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Wednesday, 06 August 2014 15:19

Richard P. Atkins

2014 Fellow Award

atkinsCSBE/SCGAB FELLOW RICHARD (RICK) P. ATKINS, M.Sc. P Eng, Branch Head, Technology and Innovation Branch, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, is being honored for his leadership, management and contributions to the bioengineering profession through a career in extension, programming, research and development in direct support of sustainable and competitive agriculture.
 
Being born and raised on a mixed farm in Alberta, Rick has a strong, practical connection to the agricultural industry. As a leader, manager, professional engineer, mentor and educator he has dedicated his career to making significant difference in the industry. His technical expertise has evolved from power and machinery to livestock engineering, farm water, irrigation, on-farm processing, renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental engineering.

Rick’s ability to adapt to emerging agricultural issues and focus efforts on industry needs has been a key area of success. The on-going development and empowerment of his staff has served his work units well in their ability to adapt and survive the cyclical nature of government programming and budgeting.

A key principle of his leadership has been the importance of extension and follow-through to the end user. This has ensured the relevance of accomplished work and the adoption of new technologies and practices in keeping the industry competitive. Building strong relationships is a key success factor towards achieving outcomes and leveraging resources (expertise, funding and infrastructure). His systems approach to solving problems has led to partnerships with universities, colleges, applied research organizations, industry associations, producer groups, municipalities, federal agencies, and other ministries. As a result of these experiences and his approach, Rick has had successful impact on policy development, development of government strategies and program implementation.

Rick has been a member of CSBE/SCGAB and ASABE for 37 years and has been a participant in many of the CSBE/SCGAB and ASABE meetings and conferences, and ASABE regional meetings. Rick has also served two terms as Alberta Regional Director for CSBE/SCGAB.  Previous awards include PNW Region ASABE Engineer of the Year, the CSBE/SCGAB Glen Downing Award and internal ministry recognition awards for his management and leadership abilities. In addition he has been a member of APEGA for 35 years and continues to employ and mentor young engineers in the area of bioengineering.

The CSBE/SCGAB Grade of Fellow is awarded to Rick for his leadership, management and contributions to the bioengineering profession through a career in extension, programming, research and development in direct support of a sustainable and competitive agricultural industry. 

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