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Don't miss the upcoming CSBE/SCGAB AGM and Technical Conference that will be held in Halifax during July 3-6!

The conference will provide great opportunity to share professional research, experience and insights with colleagues from Canada and beyond. The Local Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that more than 90 oral presentations/posters will be in the final program, which is now available online.  Currently over 90 conference delegates have registered for the full conference.  There will also be over 30 students participating in a new “roadtrip” initiative this year which includes attending some of the social conference events.

We are excited to present our program with keynote speaker, Dr Adam Fenech, director of the Climate Research Lab at the University of Prince Edward Island.  He has worked extensively in climate change and shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Our panel discussion will be on “the impact of climate change on sustainable food production: minimizing on-farm climate related risks” with panellists from Dalhousie University, University of New Brunswick and Industry.  The technical tour will showcase Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus, including the Bio-Environmental Engineering Centre (BEEC), aquaculture center and extension/business incubator (Perennia) and dairy/biogas farm.

Our FREE workshop on “Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Commercialization promises to be very interesting.  It will be presented by Kevin Dunn, the Director of the Industry Liaison and Innovation office at Dalhousie University, and also by Paul Richards from Innovacorp, Nova Scotia's early stage venture capital organization. This workshop, to be held on Sunday afternoon, is free of charge and open to all – please indicate your interest in attending this workshop by clicking on the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/GTfOBQUvo3Pm1El03

There will be plenty of opportunity to mingle and socialize, with the events that are organized, starting with the Sunday Opening Reception in the 8th floor Summit Suite of the World Trade Convention Center (WTCC) with beautiful harbour views. The Monday Evening Social/BBQ will be held at the Austinville Owl’s Club, located right on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, where picnic games will be organized.  The Tuesday Evening Awards Banquet at the WTCC will feature entertainment by local musicians, Mike “Cam” Campbell and Gordie Roach, presenting “Fiddle n’ Drum”, a musical event featuring traditional maritime and classic popular music.

posterinmypocketAlso, we are delighted to announce that the Canadian Society for Bioengineering CSBE/SCGAB 2016 Conference will be able to offer poster presenters the option of extra exposure of their posters via the new Poster in my Pocket App! This App is available FREE from the iTunes App store and Google Play Android store. As a poster presenter you can share your research with conference attendees and the rest of the world.  Many thanks to Elsevier for sponsoring this new feature.

Please visit our website for more information.  Our early-bird deadline has now passed, but you still have up until June 24th to register for the conference and events. 


The Local Organizing Committee is excited to welcome everyone to Halifax – we hope to see you soon! 

Su-Ling Brooks
Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 12:31

Executive Council elections

Dear CSBE-SCGAB member:

This year we are very fortunate to have a full slate of candidates for the Executive Council positions that are up for renewal. Nearly all of these positions are contested, which requires that you cast your electronic ballot in this year’s election to choose that people that will represent you on the Council. For a very few there might be only a single candidate, in which case your ratifying vote is required. Active elections are exciting because they are an opportunity for us to directly influence the governance and renewal of our Society.

You will receive a voting token early next week from the Electionbuddy mailing system. Please carefully consider the candidates that are presented and vote early! The poll will close at the AGM in Halifax and the new Council will be announced at that time.

Thank you in advance for your participation in your Society’s electoral process!


Grant Clark
CSBE-SCGAB Past-President

Wednesday, 15 June 2016 11:41

Meet Ontario CSBE Members

Anna Crolla (10 year member) received her chemical engineering degree and M.A.Sc from the University of Ottawa. Currently, she works for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at Kemptville, ON as an Environmental Specialist, with a focus on sustainability. Previously, Anna was a researcher for several years with the University of Guelph working with on-farm waste management, anaerobic digestion, technology evaluation and water quality assessment. Anna’s advice to younger members: ‘Never stop asking questions or looking for answers – we all have the capacity to learn so much more throughout our careers.’

Carl Bolton (35 year member) received his Agricultural Engineering degree from the University of Guelph. He is the owner/operator of his family’s 160 year old seed production and processing farm in southwest Ontario. He continues to serve as a director on several boards, including Ontario’s third largest credit union, Libro Credit Union that serves families, farms and enterprises in southwestern Ontario. Carl’s advice to younger members: ‘Networking is priceless; not only for job seeking, but for innovation and continuous learning.’

Valerie Orsat Carrie M Derick Award
Carrie M. Derick Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching & Supervision

Each year, the Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies is pleased to invite nominations for the Carrie M. Derick Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Supervision. This award acknowledges outstanding contributions to promoting graduate student excellence through teaching and supervision by a faculty member who has been supervising for 10 years or less.

At the 2016 Convocation, Professor Valérie Orsat, was the recipient of the Carrie M. Derick Award for Graduate Teaching and Supervison recognizing her outstanding work.


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Québec, le 7 juin 2016 - L’équipe ULtrac de l’Université Laval, composée d’étudiants des programmes de baccalauréat en génie agroenvironnemental, en agronomie ainsi qu’en science et technologie des aliments de la Faculté des sciences de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation, a terminé au premier au classement des équipes canadiennes et au 5e rang du classement général à l’International Quarter Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. Vingt-cinq équipes universitaires, majoritairement américaines, ont pris part à cette compétition qui s’est déroulée du 2 au 5 juin 2016 à Peoria, en Illinois, aux États-Unis. Le Canada était représenté par 4 équipes.

Une nette amélioration

Pour se classer en 5e position, l’ULtrac a dû se soumettre à 6 épreuves, notamment les tires (5e), le rapport écrit (8e) et la durabilité (7e). Classée 14e en 2015, l’équipe est fière d’avoir amélioré sa performance au classement général, et ce, de neuf positions.

L’année 2016 se distingue par la conception d’une transmission qui s’avère très prometteuse pour les années à venir. La compétition 2016 a prouvé la détermination et la persévérance de l’équipe à concevoir un tracteur ayant un système de transmission de pouvoir fiable et efficace. C’est une équipe forte, organisée et soudée qui prendra la relève l’an prochain.

À propos de la compétition 

La compétition internationale annuelle nord-américaine de design de mini-tracteurs, l’International Quarter Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, était à sa 19e édition et est organisée par l’American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE). La compétition a pour objectif de tester les habiletés de design et de construction des futurs ingénieurs agricoles.

Quelques mots sur l’ULtrac

L’équipe ULtrac désire remercier ses généreux partenaires, qui ont permis de rendre possible la 17e participation de l’équipe à la compétition. L’équipe, composée de 13 étudiants de la Faculté des sciences de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation, était supervisée par le professeur Mohamed Khelifi.

Raphaël Soucy-Gauthier (Capitaine) et Simon Archambault (Co-Capitaine)
Équipe ULtrac 2016 

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