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Wednesday, 14 September 2016 14:10

2016 CSBE/SCGAB Awards and Fellows

Congratulations to all the 2016 Awards recipients for their outstanding contributions through work and achievements!


The CSBE/SCGAB 2016 Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference was a very successful event!  It was held from July 3 to 6, 2016 in the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, NS.  The conference theme was “Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable World”.

We began with a workshop on “Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Commercialization” on the Sunday.  It was presented by Kevin Dunn, the Director of the Industry Liaison and Innovation office at Dalhousie University, and also by Paul Richards from Innovacorp, Nova Scotia's early stage venture capital organization.  This was followed by a Welcome Reception.  Technical sessions on were held on Monday and Wednesday, and a technical tour to Truro to see the Agricultural campus of Dalhousie University on Tuesday. 

In keeping with the theme of the conference, we were honored to have Dr Adam Fenech from University of Prince Edward Island give a keynote address on climate change modelling.  We also had a panel session on the “Impact of climate change on sustainable food production and minimizing on-farm climate related risks” with speakers from different backgrounds contributing to a lively discussion: were Drs. Charles Bourque (University New Brunswick - forestry), Kate Sherren (Dalhousie – social and spatial science), and Dave Burton (Dalhousie – soil scientist), and Mr Peter Swinkels (Doug-Bragg Enterprises – agricultural machinery industry).  

The meeting was an excellent opportunity for delegates to socialize informally, as well as a chance to formally recognize the achievements of our members.  Delegates mingled at the BBQ beside beautiful Lake Banook, Dartmouth on Monday evening, an Awards Banquet was held to honor awards recipients on Tuesday evening, and in addition many students were recognised for their achievements at the Awards Luncheon on the Wednesday.  In addition, there was a new initiative this year, an “undergraduate roadtrip”, from Winnipeg to Halifax, which involved undergraduate participation in some conference activities and added an extra dimension of “liveliness” to the meeting.  We hope to that we will continue to have support from our student members in future meetings!

On behalf of the Local Arrangements Committee, a big thank-you to all who made the 2016 CSBE AGM and Technical Conference a great success!!

Su-Ling Brooks, PhD PEng
Co-chair Local Arrangements Committee


Some pictures from the conference:
Socializing at Sunday Welcome Reception


Keynote speaker: Dr Adam Fenech


incoming pres
Incoming CSBE president, Dr Vijaya Raghavan, giving an address -  Drs. Grant Clarke and John Feddes are seated; attentive audience.


Poster sessions were well-attended


Monday Evening BBQ – Lake Banook


suresh mary leigh
VP Technical, Suresh Neethirajan and Mary-Leigh Wolfe ASABE President, BBQ, Lake Banook


 Technical tour


Tuesday Evening Awards Banquet


More pictures can be found on the website:


Group Photo Inception workshop

Inception workshop for the project Impacting nutritional security in India by scaling up utilization of postharvest and food technologies of small millets took place in Madurai, India at the beginning of April.  Participants in the workshop included team members from McGill University (Vijaya Raghavan and Valérie Orsat), the DHAN Foundation, the Government of Tamil Nadu, Tamil State University and IDRC. The 28 month project is being funded by GAC (Global Affairs Canada) through the CIFSRF (Canadian International Food Security Research Fund) program of IDRC (International Development Research Centre).


Monday, 14 September 2015 14:05

2015 CSBE/SCGAB Awards and Fellows

Congratulations to all the 2015 Awards recipients for their outstanding contributions through work and achievements!

Congratulations to 2015 competition champions, University of Kentucky! We are also proud of our canadian teams that have successfully remained competitive in obtaining good overall ranking:

  • Université Laval - 13th
  • University of Manitoba - 15th
  • McGill University - 17th 
  • University of Saskatchewan - 19th

Special mentions for top 5:

  • Université Laval: 4th Written design report, 5th Team presentation
  • McGill University: 5th Design Judging

All results are available on ASABE website.

University of Kentucky, 2015 champions
Photo credit: Katie McDonald Photography
Source: www.asabe.org 

The Engineering Institute of Canada wishes to honour Governor General David Johnston for his many services to engineers and the engineering profession in Canada.

David Johnston completed his university studies with distinction with AB from Harvard, 1963; LLB from Cambridge, 1965 and LLB from Queen’s, 1966. His academic specializations are securities regulation, corporation law and communications law.

From 1979 to 1994, he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University. During his tenure, his influence and contribution towards engineering resulted in:

  • Creation of new academic units, centers, or institutes such as the Polymer McGill, Pulp and Paper Research Centre.
  • New programs and changes to various disciplines of engineering to adapt with changes in technology and societal needs.
  • Changes to McGill’s infrastructure and widening of the scope of the Engineering Library by merging the Engineering and Physical Sciences Libraries.

In 1999, he took office as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. During his tenure he was responsible for:

  • Recruiting leadership that moved Waterloo’s already-strong Faculty of Engineering to the next level as a world-class school for engineering.
  • The Faculty of Engineering went through a period of significant research intensification and major growth in student enrolment, faculty complement, space and infrastructure.
  • Personally securing major private donations to advance the Faculty of Engineering’s priorities.
  • Actively supporting and facilitating the establishment of the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre at Waterloo, now uniquely positioned within the Faculty of Engineering.

David Johnston is the author/co-author of 20 books. He was the founding Chair of the National Roundtable on Environment and the Economy. He has chaired a number of Advisory Councils, Blue Ribbon Panels and Canadian institutes for advanced research on behalf of the Federal government.

Considering his significant contributions in support of Canadian engineers and the profession of engineering in Canada, the Engineering Institute of Canada and its Member Societies consider it an honour to name David Johnston an Honorary Member of the Institute.


For outstanding and distinctive service to engineering and the profession of engineering in Canada, the Engineering Institute of Canada recognizes David Johnston as Honorary Member.



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