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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 09:15

Call for abstract - EXTENDED DEADLINE

AGM & Technical Conference
(Joint Meeting with CIGR Section VI Bioprocesses)

Winnipeg, MB
Canad Inns Polo Park

August 6-10, 2017


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On behalf of the Local Arrangements Committee of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference, it will be our great pleasure to welcome you to Winnipeg, Manitoba next summer. Next year’s 4-day conference which will include technical presentations, poster presentations, plenary sessions, workshops and technical tours, will also host the national gathering of the CIGR Section VI Bioprocesses (Postharvest Technology and Process Engineering). The conference will provide the opportunity to share professional research, experience and insights with colleagues from Canada and beyond, and will coincide with Winnipeg’s famous Folklorama Festival, the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world.

Danny Mann, P.Eng., PhD
Chair of the Local Arrangment Committee

Dates and Deadlines

Abstracts Due:   February 1, 2017 Extended to Feb 28, 2017
Notice of Acceptance:   March 31, 2017
Paper Submission:   July 21, 2017
Online Registration Opens:   April 1, 2017
Early Bird Registration Ends:   June 15, 2017
Online Registration Closes:   July 14, 2017
Deadline for Hotel Reservations:   July 1, 2017


Abstract submission

Each abstract is limited to 250 words. An abstract is indicative of the final paper quality. Therefore, authors are urged to prepare a well written, clear and informative abstract describing the work with emphasis on objectives and factual results. An abstract should include key words related to conference topics.

In the submission form, authors are asked to indicate their preference for an oral presentation (15 minutes) or a poster. The scientific committee will try to satisfy each author’s first choice.  Authors are encouraged to comply with submission deadlines and to ensure that their paper proposal is relevant to conference topics. Authors will be notified automatically of their submission. A review and decision concerning acceptance should be received by submitters by March 31, 2017.

Abstracts may be submitted in any of the following areas:

  • Postharvest handling, packaging, and transportation
  • Drying, cooling and related preservation methods
  • Quality, safety and traceability of bioproducts
  • Bioprocessing and value-addition
  • Sustainability of food and other biomaterials
  • Non-destructive sensors, sensing technologies, automation of processes
  • Storage, and product quality loss, relationships to environmental conditions
  • Decision-aid tools, simulation and modeling of bioprocesses
  • Innovative and emerging bioprocessing technologies
  • Process management and optimization
  • Biomass to bioenergy conversion processes
  • Biological wastewater treatment and waste management
  • Agricultural machinery and innovation
  • Alternative bio-based building materials
  • Animal housing and air quality management
  • Innovations in greenhouse technologies and northern food production
  • Irrigation and drainage technologies
  • Human-machinery interface for agricultural applications
  • Fibre processing and innovation
  • Renewable biomaterials and bioplastics
  • Composite materials and applications
  • Any emerging area in biosystems and bioprocess engineering



Conference Website: www.csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017 

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 08:47

2017 Awards and Fellows Nomination Period


As you can see from the following list of awards, our Society offers awards that cover a variety of interest areas. Let’s make sure that these awards are presented next summer in Winnipeg. Please refer to our Website for more details.

Deadline to submit nominations to Ying Chen (Awards Chair) is
March 15, 2017.

Maple Leaf Award
Given to honor members who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the profession. It is the highest award made by the Society. Given for outstanding personal qualities, society activities, and professional abilities.

Young Engineer of the Year Award
Given to encourage younger members of the Society who are under 40 years of age. This award recognizes outstanding contributions through design and development, extension and management or research and teaching

John Turnbull Award
This award is given to a member who has produced outstanding work in the animal housing field in industry, teaching, research or extension.

Industrial Award 
The basis for selection of the award may include, but not be limited to, the ingenuity, significance and entrepreneurship involved and the contribution to society and to the profession. 

John Clark Award
This award, in memory of John Clark, is given to the member who has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research or extension in one or more of the fields of Energy, Electric Power, Processing, or Food Engineering".

Glenn Downing Award
This award is presented to the member who has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research or extension in the area of Power and Machinery.

Jim Beamish Award
This award, in memory of Jim Beamish, is given to the member who, has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research and extension in the area of soil and water. 

Students Awards
The CSBE/SCGAB recognizes student by granting scholarship for academic excellence and for the participation in various competitions.

More details on our website:



Let’s make sure that a number of our members are recognized for their longstanding service in Winnipeg.

Deadline to submit nominations to Ramesh Rudra (Fellows Chair) is
March 15, 2017.  

Please refer to our Website for more details about nomination and to consult the CSBE/SCGAB Fellows list.

The designation "Fellow" shall have honorary status, to which members of distinction may be elected, but for which they may not apply. A Fellow shall be a member of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural, food, and/or biological engineering, and shall have met all the requirements for the grade of member. A Fellow shall have been a member of the Society for ten years, and have twenty years of active practice in the profession. 



Thursday, 15 December 2016 10:42

Message from President Vijaya Raghavan

Vijaya Raghavan

Greetings to you all for this festive season as you are busily wrapping up your work and professional responsibilities for 2016.  It has been a hectic and enjoyable few months since the annual meeting that was held in Halifax, NS. The planning of the next annual meeting is well underway,and will be a joint meeting with the CIGR that will be held in Winnipeg, MB (August 6-10, 2017). The local arrangements committee under the leadership of Professor Danny Mann has already sent out a request for proposals and abstracts in various themes. Please refer to the recent newsletter or the CSBE website for more details (http://csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017).

Furthermore, I am pleased to report to you the following information:

  • The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) which represents the voices of the twelve discipline-based engineering societies (CSBE, CSCE, CSChE, CDA, CSEM, CGS, CMBES, CSME, CNS, CSSE, IEEE, and IISE) to the Government of Canada, has taken the key initiative to hold a conference on Sustainable Development in the North (Arctic), and members of the CSBE have volunteered to serve on the committee.
  • I met with representatives from the Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) and Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE) who have expressed their interest in joining as international members of CSBE.
  • Many CSBE members participated in the Engineering and Technology Innovation for Global Food Security Conference held in October in Stellenbosch, South Africa, which was one of the key initiatives of ASABE.  
  • I attended the ASABE Board of Trustees meeting in November.   
  • I spoke to the student group at Halifax – DalTech in July. 
  • I spoke to the student group at Winnipeg – University of Manitoba in November.
  • I spoke to the student group at Saskatoon – University of Saskatchewan in December.

I am very encouraged by the interest of youngsters to take part in the activities of our society. In addition to the visits to Halifax, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon, I am in touch with our undergrad and graduate student groups here at McGill, and with the student groups of Laval University through Professor Cristina Ratti.  Furthermore, I am making efforts to contact student groups at Guelph, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Alberta and British Columbia. I have sent out invitation letters to both undergrad and graduate students at the above mentioned institutes.

Once again, I thank you for your support in revitalizing our society.  Please circulate the newsletter to your graduate and undergrad student bodies.

Happy Holidays!!! 

Vijaya Raghavan
President, CSBE/SCGAB


Salutations à tous en cette saison festive car vous achevez activement vos travaux et responsabilités professionnelles pour 2016. Cela fait quelques mois que la réunion annuelle qui s'est tenue à Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse, a eue lieu. La planification de la prochaine réunion annuelle, qui se tiendra à Winnipeg (Manitoba) du 6 au 10 août 2017, est en cours et sera organisé conjointement avec la CIGR. Le comité d’organisation, sous la direction du professeur Danny Mann, a déjà envoyé une demande de propositions et des résumés sur différents thèmes. Veuillez consulter l’annonce reçue par courriel ou notre site web pour plus de détails (http://csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017).

En outre, je suis heureux de vous faire parvenir les informations suivantes:

  • L'Institut des ingénieurs du Canada (EIC), qui représente les voix des douze sociétés d'ingénierie disciplinaires (CSBE, CSCE, CSChE, CDA, CSEM, CGS, CMBES, CSME, CNS, CSSE, IEEE et IISE) auprès du gouvernement du Canada, a pris l'initiative clé de tenir une conférence sur le développement durable dans le Nord (Arctique), et les membres de la CSBE se sont portés volontaires pour siéger au comité.
  • J'ai rencontré des représentants de la Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) et de la Nigerian Institution of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE) qui ont exprimé leur intérêt à adhérer en tant que membres internationaux du CSBE.
  • De nombreux membres de la CSBE ont participé à la Engineering and Technology Innovation for Global Food Security Conference, qui s'est tenue en octobre à Stellenbosch, en Afrique du Sud, et qui a été l'une des principales initiatives de l'ASABE.
  • J'ai assisté à la réunion du conseil d'administration de l’ASABE en novembre.
  • J'ai parlé au groupe étudiant à Halifax - DalTech en juillet.
  • J'ai parlé au groupe étudiant à Winnipeg - Université du Manitoba en novembre.
  • J'ai parlé au groupe étudiant à Saskatoon - University of Saskatchewan en décembre.

Je suis très encouragé par l'intérêt des jeunes à prendre part aux activités de notre société. En plus des visites à Halifax, à Winnipeg et à Saskatoon, je suis en contact avec nos groupes d'étudiants de premier et de deuxième cycle à McGill et avec les groupes d'étudiants de l'Université Laval par l'entremise de la professeure Cristina Ratti. De plus, je m'efforce de communiquer avec des groupes d'étudiants à Guelph, à Terre-Neuve, à l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard (PEI), en Alberta et en Colombie-Britannique. J'ai envoyé des lettres d'invitation à la fois aux étudiants de premier cycle et aux étudiants diplômés des instituts susmentionnés.

Encore une fois, je vous remercie de votre soutien à la revitalisation de notre société. Veuillez faire circuler le bulletin d'information à vos étudiants et étudiantes de premier cycle.

Bonnes vacances!!!

Vijaya Raghavan
Président, CSBE / SCGAB

Joint meeting of CSBE/SCGAB with CIGR Section VI Bioprocesses
(Postharvest Technology and Process Engineering)

Canad Inns Polo Park
Winnipeg, MB
August 6-10, 2017

On behalf of the Local Arrangements Committee, I would like to provide an update on preparations for the 2017 joint meeting of CSBE/SCGAB with CIGR Section VI Bioprocesses which will be held at Canad Inns Polo Park in Winnipeg, MB from August 6-10th, 2017. By partnering with CIGR, we are anticipating an international audience of up to 500 attendees.

The Call for Abstracts has been circulated with abstracts due by February 1, 2017. Each of the first three days of the conference will feature invited speakers, concurrent technical sessions and poster/networking sessions. The final day of the conference will feature either professional development workshops (topics yet to be finalized) or a tour of innovative research facilities at the University of Manitoba.  The Conference registration fee will include a social event at the award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Learn more about this exhibit at www.assiniboineparkzoo.ca. You will have opportunity to purchase additional tickets for those who may be accompanying you to the conference.

For those of you who work in industry, sponsorship opportunities have been devised to allow you to both advertise your organization and send delegates to attend the conference. Booth space will be available at the conference as a means for industry to promote products and/or services or for recruitment purposes. Contact Don Petkau (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to learn more about the sponsorship opportunities that are available.

The date of the conference has been selected to coincide with Winnipeg’s famous Folklorama festival (www.folklorama.ca), the world’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival. We will facilitate a VIP tour for conference attendees on the Monday evening of the conference (not included in conference registration fee) as an opportunity for additional networking with conference attendees. Furthermore, we hope you might consider spending a couple of extra days in Winnipeg to attend other Folklorama venues, watch talented young athletes during the Canada Summer Games (www.2017canadagames.ca), or visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (www.humanrights.ca). Winnipeg’s professional summer sports teams are the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (football) and Winnipeg Goldeyes (baseball) – schedules for the 2017 season are not yet available.

Visit the conference website (www.csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017) for further information. Online registration will be available beginning April 1st with Early Bird rates available until June 15th. Remember to book your hotel by July 1st because the block of rooms being held for the conference will disappear quickly with all of the other activities happening in Winnipeg next summer!

Danny Mann, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

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