2014 Maple Leaf Award
BERNARD PANNETON, ing. PhD, CSBE/SCGAB FELLOW is the recipient of the CSBE-SCGAB Maple Leaf Award for 2014 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to engineering for agricultural, food and biological systems through service to CSAE/SCGR and ASBAE through Research, Extension and Teaching activities.
Bernard obtained a BSc in agricultural engineering from Laval University in 1980, an MSc in agricultural engineering from Laval University in 1982, an MSc.A. from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies in 1984 and a PhD from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies in 1988. Since 1988, he has worked as a research scientist for the Horticultural Research and Development Centre (Agriculture and Agri-food Canada) at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. His main areas of research are engineering for plant protection, applied spectroscopy, precision agriculture and data analysis. He was involved in research activities at the regional, national and international levels.
Dr Panneton was granted two patents on sprayer technology that reduced the environmentl impact. He published over 54 scientific papers including over 40 as first or second author. He also published 8 book chapters, was editor on 2 books on physical control methods for plant protection and has authored many research and technical reports. He presented papers at several scientific and technical meeting at the regional, national and international levels. He has been adjunct professor at Laval University in the departments of Agricultural Engineering, Plant Science and Mechanical Engineering and at Université de Sherbrooke in the MSc program in Environmental Studies. He served on several scientific and technical committees for CSABE/SCGAB, ASABE, CIGR and for specialized scientific conferences worldwide. He was Associate Editor for the Canadian Biosystem Engineering Journal from 2002 to 2006. He chaired the NSERC Mechanical Engineering Committee - Fluid for 2 years. On a continuous basis since 1990, Dr Panneton supervised undergraduate as well as graduate students (MSc and PhD) who came to his laboratory to perform experimental work. Dr Panneton received a Superior ASAE Paper in 2001, the CSBE Glenn Downing Award in 2005 and became Fellow of the CSBE in 2010.
Dr. Panneton is well known for his integrity and scientific ability. His publications and reviews of scientific manuscripts are noted for their depth, thoroughness, and scientific rigor. He often says to students that engineering is putting science to work and that good engineering should be based on a good understanding of the best science available. This is the challenge he offered to the students who came to his laboratory for training and clearly, he always did his best and succeeded in standing up to this challenge.
As a researcher, he always took pride in performing technology transfer to the farming community. His numerous talks on spray application technology contributed to the adoption of better practices that resulted in reduced pesticide use that contributed to better environmental and human health.