La réunion de la section Québec de la CSBE a eu lieu dimanche le 5 Mars 2017 au Domaine Maizerets (ville de Québec) de 10:00 à 13:30.
La première partie de cette réunion était dediée à célebrer le parcous scientifique et academique du Dr Khaled Belkacemi, professeur au Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire de l’Université Laval, qui est decédé tragiquement le 29 Janvier 2017. Le Dr Khaled Belkacemi était un chercheur actif dans la transformation agroalimentaire, et un professeur respecté au Québec. L’Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Ministre de la Famille, des enfants et du Développement Social au Gouvernement Canadien, ainsi que le Dr Vijaya Raghavan, président de la CSBE, étaient parmi les 45 participants. Les présentateurs suivants ont rendu hommage au Dr Belkacemi par des témoignages sur des collaborations scientifiques et académiques:
La réunion régionale propement dite a suivi cet hommage, laquelle a pu compter avec la présence de quatres étudiants de premier cycle (ULaval) parmi les 11 participants. Dans cette réunion, il a été décidé de continuer avec l’organisation des évenements régionaux une fois par année, la prochaine réunion sera probablement réalisé dans une localité plus proche de Montréal. Aussi, un comité régional de la CSBE (section Québec) a été formé pour aider le Directeur régional avec le Bulletin de nouvelles ainsi qu’avec l’organisation de la prochaine rencontre régionale, avec la composition suivante:
The CSBE regional meeting (Quebec section) was held on Sunday march 5th 2017 in Domaine Maizerets (Quebec City) from 10:00 to 13:30.
This meeting started with a Tribute Ceremony in Memoriam of Dr Khaled Belkacemi, professor of Food Engineering at the Soil Science and Agri-Food Department of Université Laval, who died tragically on January 29th 2017. Dr Khaled Belkacemi was an active researcher in agri-food processing and a respected professor of Quebec. The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development of the Canadian Government as well as Dr Vijaya Raghavan, president of CSBE, were among the 45 participants. The following speakers presented testimonies on past scientific and academic collaborations with Dr Belkacemi:
Following this Tribute, the regional meeting was done, counting with 4 undergraduate students (ULaval) among 11 participants. In this meeting it was decided to keep organizing the regional meetings once a year, next year probably closer to Montreal. Also, a CSBE Regional Committee (Quebec section) was formed to help the regional Director with the Newsletter and the organization of the regional meeting, with the following composition:
The second CSBE Information Night was held in the Hardy Lab of the Engineering Building at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) on March 10, 2017.
The main goal of having the event was to introduce CSBE to new and existing graduate students in Chemical, Biological, and Environmental Engineering as well as to have pleasant networking with delicious foods. Graduate students, faculty and staff in Chemical, Biological and Environmental Engineering at U of S were invited and more than 50 people showed up in the event.
The Vice-President (technical) of CSBE, Dr. Venkatesh Meda gave a presentation about CSBE for half an hour. The presentation included the multi-disciplinary scope of CSBE and career opportunities in the field of agriculture, food, Bio-systems, chemical, and environmental engineering including benefits as a CSBE member. After the CSBE introductory presentation, Alison Graham from Seed Hawk Inc. made a short presentation on Young Professionals Community (YPC) of ASABE. She emphasized the opportunities and benefits from participating in YPC.
Most importantly, people enjoyed pizza, chicken wings, snacks, cake and drinks very much in the nice Friday evening. The program started at 4:30 pm and ran for around two hours.
The CSBE-SK Students’ Chapter launched officially on March 10, 2017. This is a brand new chapter for Saskatchewan region consisting of graduate students in Biological Engineering (BLE) for now but hopefully extended to other Engineering disciplines as well.
The executive team of the students’ chapter include Roland Macana (President), Robbarts Nongmaithem (Vice-President), Tolen Moirangthem (Secretary), and Charley Sprenger (Event organizer). All the executive members were introduced during the Information night as well. The students’ chapter will interact with CSBE SK professional members and will organize academic and social events for student members.
CSBE-SK Students’ Chapter executive team in front of their chapter logo. (From Left to Right, Robbarts Nongmaithem, Tolen Moirangthem, Roland Macana, and Charley Sprenger)
Dr. Oon-Doo Baik, Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at U of S agreed to serve as a SK regional director from 2017. The former reginal director, Dr. V. Meda introduced Dr. Baik during the CSBE Information night event. Dr. Baik briefly expressed his perception of the role of a regional director of CSBE. He valued networking as the word “society” in CSBE meant to be.
BLE Ph.D. student Robbarts Nongmaithem was awarded travel bursary from International Student and Study Abroad Centre, U of S to visit NIFTEM (National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management), Government of India during October-November 2016 where he presented a seminar to the UG students in Food Science and Technology program and interacted with the faculty and graduate students.
This ongoing collaborative effort is part of an International MoU between NIFTEM and U of S led Dr. V. Meda, Chemical and Biological Engineering.