As the Society’s Past President, I was involved in a number of things, including serving as Chair of the By-Laws and Nominating Committees, as well as of the Advisory Council of Past Presidents. As such, I convened the Council of Past Presidents last 23 October 2014, which was attended by 5 Past-Presidents, the current President and President-Elect, and our Society Manager. We discussed critical items for the Society from the point of view of each participant, including those initiatives from past terms that may have been lost in transition but still have significant potential value to the Society. As Chair of the By-Laws Committee, I have been compiling throughout the year any needed amendments to the By-Laws that has come up, in particular those pertaining to eligibility to Member Emeritus status as well as those needed to be in compliance with new requirements of the Canada Corporations Act. These proposed By-Laws amendments will be put forward for approval by the general membership at the upcoming AGM. At the same time, I have compiled the changes needed for the Procedures & Operations Manual to keep it up-to-date, particularly those dealing with procedures related to Member Emeritus and the guidelines for Fellows nomination. As part of the tasks of the Nominating Committee, I have worked with the Council to identify positions with term ending this year, and to search for suitable nominees for the impending vacancies. The slate of candidates will be standing for elections which will be held in time for the AGM. Finally, as an ex-officio member of the Awards Committee, I have worked with the committee Chair in evaluating the nominees and selecting the awardees for the various Society Awards to be given out at the upcoming AGM.
As Past-President it was an interesting year. The main task was to review current positions on council where member’s terms were expiring and develop a slate of candidates for election. This included review of committees such as Awards and Fellows. For the most part positions have been filled, by acclamation. At the current time, BC is still open for a regional councilor.
The incoming council has a very good look to it and I look forward to the accomplishments in the coming year.
There were several other tasks that I participated in and continue to work on:
Many thanks to President Qiang and the rest of the council for feedback on the work to date.
The Joint ASABE and CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference in Montreal in 2014 is on-track. The dates for the Joint Conference, however, have not been finalized yet. We are going to meet with Mark Zielke of ASABE in Montreal in June 2012. Historically, the Conference is held in July or August.
There is a link on the CSBE/SCGAB homepage to the conference site for the 3rd Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC 2013). The theme of this conference is “Engineering for Global Sustainability”. The conference is a Canadian and international forum for the exchange of ideas for dealing with climate change. It is also an opportunity to keep abreast of emerging techniques and technologies for the mitigation of and adaptation to the impacts of climate change. The Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and ten of its member societies, including the CSBE/SCGAB, are organizing CCTC 2013, which will be held on the campus of Concordia University in Montreal on May 27-29, 2013. (http://www.cctc2013.ca). Grant Clark is representing CSBE in the planning process for the conference.
The 2013 CSBE Meeting will be held in Saskatoon. However, the date of the meeting is yet to be determined.
I will be taking a closer look at the Society by-laws and may have specific recommendations to make at the Annual General Meeting.
I want to thank all CSBE members for their confidence in my abilities and their unwavering support over the last two years. I will continue to do my best for the good of our Society.
The CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was a very successful meeting. Please join me in congratulating the Local Organization Committee for doing such a splendid job. I would like to thank once again Doug Small, Chair of the Local Organization Committee, and Past-President, Dennis Hodgkinson, of DGH Engineering for their great help and support in taking care of the local arrangements. The field trips were very well organized and very interesting.
The time really flies. I had planned to do so many things for the Society. This is a friendly counsel to the incoming President, Ron MacDonald, to get going from day one. It may be worthwhile to examine the idea of having a two-year term for the Society President so that there is enough time to deliver on the promises and new initiatives.
The Joint ASABE and CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference in Montreal in 2014 is on-track. The dates for the joint meeting, however, have not been finalized yet. We will be meeting with NABEC in 2012 in the County of Simcoe, Ontario, about one-hour north of Toronto. CSBE/SCGAB is also joining hands with the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) by co-sponsoring the Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC) in Montreal in 2013, from May 27-May 29. Grant Clark is representing CSBE in the planning process for the conference. We have not finalized the venue for the 2013 CSBE Meeting. Did I here Saskatoon?
We accomplished a lot in the last year but significantly more work needs to be done. I want to thank all CSBE members for their confidence in my abilities and their unwavering support over the last year. Under President MacDonald’s leadership, I will continue to do my best for the good of our Society.
I participated to the 2009 annual general meeting (AGM) of the CSBE/SCGAB in Prince Edward Island and this year AGM will be held during the 17th World Congress conference of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) in Québec City from June 13th to 17th. The CSBE/SCGAB will be officially hosting this CIGR World conference.