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Monday, 14 March 2016 14:07

Message from President Sylvio Tessier

sylvioIt’s March already, for all practical purpose winter storms are behind us in Manitoba, and probably anywhere else in Canada. This is the time of year where it is good to undertake new projects or put the shoulder to the wheel to achieve our goals.

For our dedicated professors, scientists and professionals of all specialties, it is time to ensure that search reports are completed and do some prayers to obtain coveted research grants. It is also time to think about your society annual conference.  The Local Arrangement Committee members have worked hard to put in place all the logistics and venue, as well as an original technical program.


Dear Members,

The Canadian Society for Bioengineering will be having its technical conference and AGM 2016 in Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable World”.  

We have received more than 80 abstracts at this time, so thanks for your contributions! For those who haven’t yet submitted an abstract, you have until the extended deadline of March 24 to be part of this exciting conference!  We would welcome abstracts from a wide range of areas that apply to the theme “Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable World”.  Examples are: energy generation and conservation, water management, food and biosystems, nutrient management, precision engineering, environmental measurements etc. 

Important up-coming dates: Notification of abstract acceptance is April 18.  Online registration opens March 16 and will close on June 24 – this is the last date for signing up for any conference events (e.g. BBQ, Banquet), as there will be no door sales.  Author registration and early-bird deadlines are June 3.  Student poster and oral presentation submission deadline is June 17, and the deadline for submitting full papers is also June 17.

In addition to the technical sessions, the conference program includes a keynote presentation from Dr Adam Fenech (director of the Climate Lab at the University of Prince Edward Island), panel discussion on “The impact of climate change on sustainable food production: minimizing on-farm climate related risks”, and workshop on “Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Commercialization” with presenters from the Industry Liaison and Innovation office at Dalhousie and Innovacorp.  The technical tour will include a guided tour of the Bio-Environmental Engineering Center (BEEC), Aquaculture Center, and Department of Environmental Sciences at Dalhousie’s Agricultural Campus in Truro as well as visiting Perennia Bioventures and Innovation Center – a business incubator for food processing, agriculture, biotechnology and aquaculture, serving as the commercialization wing for the Dalhousie Faculty of Agriculture.

For more information about the conference, please see this weblink:  https://csbe-scgab.ca/halifax2016

To submit an abstract online, please follow the instructions available on this weblink:  https://www.conftool.com/csbe-scgab2016/

To register for the conference, select on Register as participant after login:  https://www.conftool.com/csbe-scgab2016/

To make this conference a success, we need to ensure a high level of attendance.  So please spread the word amongst your colleagues and students. You can download two posters publicizing the CSBE conference that you can print and display, or send on to your contacts. Download Poster 1, Poster 2.

Also, we would welcome any sponsorship for this event.  Currently we have commitments from the Wild Blueberry Producers Association of Nova Scotia and Doug Bragg Enterprises Ltd.  Please let us know if your organization could offer sponsorship.  A sponsorship form is available on our website outlining the levels of sponsorship and how to make a donation.

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Thank you and looking forward to seeing you in Halifax!

Su-Ling Brooks, PhD PEng
Associate Professor
Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science
Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia

Co-chair of Local Arrangements Committee

As of the end of February, 2016 there are more than 200 people that have not renewed their membership. This is very concerning as it represents about a third of our membership.

Hopefully this has been an oversight and you really did not intend to leave our engineering society CSBE-SCGAB and ASABE. Our member benefits and services are important for our personal professional growth and the health of our Societies. I hope you will renew your membership soon. Why not take a few minutes and do it now, while on the web?


If you are no longer interested in the benefits of membership in our organization, I would appreciate an email back at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your reason(s) for this decision. It could help give direction to the Council regarding future programs and benefits to ensure the organization continues to meet the needs of its membership.

Hoping to welcome you back into the organization or hearing why it is not a good fit for some of your professional development.  Thank you.

Harry Huffman, P. Eng.
Vice President (Membership) for CSBE/SCGAB
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Engineering Research Day 2016 was hosted by the Chemical and Biological Engineering (CHBE) Graduate Students Club with support from the CHBE department and Faculty of Applied Science (APSC) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). It was held on February 11, 2016. The event was a graduate student-driven initiative with the goal of enhancing relations between academia and industry and to connect the two communities. The theme of the event was “Energy Solutions for Sustainable Future”.


Research Day Organizing Team

The full day event included undergrad and grad students, researchers, alumni and faculty members from all engineering disciplines across the Faculty of Applied Science as well as industry representatives.

The agenda of the Research Day featured two keynotes, a centennial lecture alongside with a poster session, undergraduate student design teams and Three Minute Thesis competitions.

Poster Session, Three minute Thesis and Student Design Teams competitions showcased and exposed research projects across UBC APSC to the industrial partners. These sessions engaged the industry in the interesting projects conducted in UBC APSC with the hope of future collaborations.  


CHBE-UBC Research Day- Poster Session

Key talks from the distinguished professors provided a broad picture on “Engineering solutions for sustainable future” and gave students, faculty members and industry professionals a perspective where the technology is heading. One of a particular interest to CSBE was the centennial lecture on “The Future of Fossil Carbons with Implications for Engineering” by a world-renowned specialist Prof. Axel Meisen - President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. He talked about different technology pathways to produce energy including conventional and renewable energy sources. He also talked about the emerging technologies that can use fossil fuels for other applications such as the replacement of structural steel by carbon fibres, conventional glass by polycarbonates, and copper by nano-carbons. Two other presentations concerned “Plasma Processes for Resource Recovery and Energy Applications” and “Engineering porous materials for fun and profit”.

In the afternoon session, a panel discussion on “Life after Grad School” was held. Academia, industry and entrepreneurs discussed job search strategy and entrepreneurship for graduate students.

CSBE is pleased to sponsor this event and to become part of this successful event. Mahmood Ebadian, the BC regional director of CSBE, participated in this event. He was a judge for undergraduate student design competition. He also delivered a short speech on behalf of all the event sponsors at the end of the event. He thanked the event organizers for putting such a great event together. He found the event very informative and essential for students to present their research, talk to their peers and develop their professional network by meeting and talking to the industrial representatives.

ron macdonald2015Ron MacDonald has been working with Novus Corp (a Guelph Engineering consulting company) to model the on-board environment for shipping hens and broilers from the farm to the processing plant. He has also been collaborating with Prof Trever Crowe, CSBE member and Professor at University of Saskatchewan.

We have extra copies!

We have extra hard copies of CBE Journal

Volume 56 (2014)
Volume 57 (2015)
Volume 58 (2016)

Available at only 60 CAD each (including shipping).

Please contact John Feddes at manager@csbe-scgab.ca  to place your order.

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