Bernardo Predicala As Research Scientist in charge of the Engineering research program at Prairie Swine Centre, a non-profit research corporation affiliated with University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Dr. Predicala is engaged in research activities to improve air quality inside hog barns to reduce odor and gaseous emissions to the environment, and to develop housing and management systems that optimize pig welfare and productivity. Bernardo joined the Prairie Swine Centre in 2004 after obtaining his Ph.D. from Kansas State University. Since then, Bernardo has secured more than $3.4 million in extramural funding for his research studies including investigation of applications of nanoparticles in swine operations, use of CFD simulation to optimize ventilation systems for sow housing, investigation of in-barn manure management practices to mitigate emissions, and developing practical methods to deal with biosecurity and diseases in pig farms. Concurrently, Bernardo is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Saskatchewan; in the past year, he supervised (or co-supervised with his collaborators) 2 Postdoctoral Fellows, 4 graduate students, 2 Research Assistants, and 1 Research Technician. As part of the senior management team at the Prairie Swine Centre, he is involved in strategic planning, finance and human resources management at the Centre. Bernardo is a 12-year member of CSBE/SCGAB, and has been a member of ASABE for 16 years. In 2013-2014, Bernardo served as President of CSBE/SCGAB and as a member of the ASABE Board of Trustees. Currently, he serves as Associate Editor with ASABE Journals Publications.
Dr. Predicala est un chercheur scientifique en charge du programme de recherche en génie au Prairie Swine Centre, une société de recherche sans but lucratif affilié à l'Université de la Saskatchewan à Saskatoon (SK). Ses activités portent sur l'améliorer de la qualité de l'air dans les porcheries, sur la réduction des odeurs et des émissions de gaz, sur le développement de systèmes de gestion et de logement des bêtes, et sur l'optimisation du bien-être des bêtes et de la productivité porcine. Bernardo s'est joint au centre de recherche le Prairie Swine Centre en 2004 après avoir obtenu son doctorat de l'université de l'État du Kansa (USA). Depuis, Bernardo a obtenu plus de 3,4 millions $ en financement extra-muros pour ses travaux sur l'utilisation des nanoparticules dans les exploitations d'élevage porcin, sur l'utilisation de la simulation CFD pour optimiser les systèmes de ventilation dans les logements des truies, sur l'amélioration des pratiques de gestion des fumiers dans les porcheries, sur le développement de nouvelles méthodes portant sur la biosécurité et les maladies dans les élevages de porcs. Bernardo est aussi professeur adjoint au Département de génie chimique et biologique de l'Université de la Saskatchewan où il enseigne et supervise (ou cosupervise) les travaux de recherche de 2 postdoctoraux, 4 étudiants de deuxième/ troisième cycle, 2 assistants de recherche et 1 technicien de recherche. A titre de membre de l'équipe de haute direction, il est impliqué dans la planification stratégique, les finances et la gestion des ressources humaines du Prairie Swine Centre. Bernardo est membre de la CSBE / CSBE depuid 12 ans et de l'ASABE depuis 16 ans. En 2013-2014, Bernardo a été président de la CSBE / CSBE et il était membre du conseil d'administration de l'ASABE. À l'heure actuelle, il le rédacteur adjoint de l'ASABE Journals Publications.
2014 John Turnbull Award
HAROLD K. HOUSE, P. Eng is the recipient of the 2014 John Turnbull Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership in industry, teaching, applied research and extension in the area of dairy farm building systems. Harold has worked tirelessly on various aspects of dairy farm building systems over the past 30 years. He has developed the OMAF Free Stall Housing Seminar along with the Free Stall Housing Manual. He has also developed a Tie Stall Housing Seminar, and a Calf Housing seminar, along with a Tie Stall Housing Manual and calf housing resources. He was a recipient of the T.R. Hilliard Distinguished Agricultural Extension Award for his work with Ontario dairy producers.
Harold House has spent his entire career in building systems and waste management; started his career in the agricultural private industry designing innovative livestock barn ventilation systems; has done hundreds, if not thousands of hours teaching students, farmers and industry personnel; has performed both peer-reviewed University research and applied research on farms; has worked for more than a generation as an extension agricultural engineer; and been a member of the Society for about 35 years.
Harold is respected provincially, nationally and internationally for his innovative thinking and detail-oriented work with the ever changing dairy industry. During Harold’s career, the dairy industry has consolidated tremendously and Harold has been there assisting it to keep the industry economically viable, while recognizing the social implications of changes to these traditional ‘family farm’ operations. Comfortable cow stalls, natural and fan-ventilation, very wide free-stall barns, robotic-milking, waste handling, heat stress reduction, sand bedding, fire-resistant barns, quota challenges, organic milk operations, new manure handling and storage systems, tingle voltage, anaerobic digestors, calf hutches, labour challenges, the Nutrient Management Act, the Dead Animal Disposal Act, siting of dairy barns by the Minimum Distance Separation formula, the Progressive Dairy Operators organization…Harold has been involved ‘knee-deep’ in every single issue affecting the dairy industry over the past 30 years.
Harold, the person, is extremely modest, preferring to let others take the credit, while quietly leading by example in the background. He is the most honest, fair, respectful, and unselfish man I’ve ever met. Harold is recognized among his peers as being thorough in everything he does. OMAF Agricultural Engineers know that Harold’s motto must be ‘if it is worth doing, it is worth doing well’, something good mentors can pass along to mentees. Harold truly does think outside the box, and he has a wry sense of humour honed through his work with hundreds…no thousands….of farmers across North America.’