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Sam Bradshaw (15 year member) is a graduate of the University of Guelph. Sam is a Certified Technician under the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) and worked alongside agricultural engineers much of his career. He has a farm background and currently works as an Environmental Specialist with Ontario Pork www.ontariopork.on.ca and Farm & Food Care Ontario www.farmfoodcare.org . He deals with all environmental aspects of farming including; manure application and handling, building environments, soils, and environmental regulations. His advice to younger members; ‘Always be ready to accept new challenges’.

Terrence Sauvé. MSc. P.Eng. (9 year member) received his bioresource engineering degree at Macdonald (McGill) and masters in environmental engineering at the U of Ottawa. Terrence works for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at the Alfred Resource Centre www.omafra.gov.on.ca. After graduation, potential employers wondered what a bioresource engineer did. Now his job fits perfectly with his degree; biomass combustion, biogas optimization, safety of farm machinery and promoting and updating guidelines for using wood pellets for heating in Ontario. His advice to younger members; ‘Don’t be afraid to travel to network and find work, and be kind since you never know what contacts you can build and what “older folks” can teach you. This adds to invaluable “life” experience.’

Chris Kinsley, M.Eng., P.Eng. (15 year member) received his environmental engineering and masters of engineering degrees at McGill University and works for the U of Guelph. He recently transferred from Alfred College campus to Ridgetown College Campus. www.orwc.uoguelph.ca. Chris is a Researcher and Professor and his work focusses on the development of technologies to treat and valorize both rural and agri-food wastewater sources as well as manures and organic residuals. His advice to younger members; ‘Be open to new opportunities and challenges, both within the engineering discipline and within the larger socio-economic context of the work we do.  The soft skills (communications, negotiation, management) are often as important as the core technical competencies we learned at University.’

Thomas MacPherson, P.Eng. (38 year member) received his agricultural engineering degree at MacDonald (McGill) and works at Agrodrain Systems Limited www.aslcontractors.com ASL owns and operates a 2,300 acre cash crop farm and installs subsurface drainage on farms mainly throughout Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Tom has done a little international drainage work on salinity control and a land reclamation project in Scarp Mardan, Pakistan. His advice to younger members, ‘Enjoy and use this opportunity of learning new things to the fullest extent possible’

Professor Suresh Neethirajan, Biological Engineering of the University of Guelph received the 2015 Young Engineer Achievement Award from Engineers Canada, presented to a professional engineer under 35 for outstanding contributions in engineering. Established in 1972, Engineers Canada awards are national awards which honour the contributions of Canadian engineers to their profession, their community and well-being of Canadians.

Suresh Neethirajan is the first ever faculty from the University of Guelph and from the Canadian Society of Bioengineering to win this national award. Professor Neethirajan is considered as the Canadian leader in the area of microfluidics and bionanotechnology for agricultural, food safety and veterinary health applications.

The Bionanolab headed by Professor Suresh focuses on developing tools food safety and biological engineering applications through the fundamental and applied understanding of physico-chemical properties of bacterial biofilms and development of biosensing techniques. Microfluidic wound models mimicking skin for exploring polymicrobial interactions, rapid high-throughput drug screening platforms, smart surfaces for prevention of biofouling for food industries, biosensors for rapid detection of avian influenza virus, and Lab-on-a-chip diagnostics for bovine ketosis are some examples of the UofG’s bionanolab research inventions.

Professor Suresh received the prestigious 2014 Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation in recognition of his research excellence. He currently serves as the Vice-President (Technical) for the Canadian Society for Bioengineering, as a member of Academic Requirements Committee of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, and as the chair of the emerging technologies development committee of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Professor Suresh was presented with the Engineering Medal for Young Engineer at the Engineers Canada Awards Gala in Calgary on May 21, 2015.


Philippe Savoie, Pierre Luc Hébert and François-Simon Robert are being recognized by a 2015 ASABE Superior Paper Award.  Published in Applied Engineering in Agriculture (Vol. 30(5): 741-750), the paper is entitled "Novel Willow Header Adapted to a Pull-Type Harvester: Development And Field Experiments”. It describes the development of a header to harvest short-rotation willow and hybrid poplar for biomass. The award will be presented at the ASABE Annual International Meeting in New Orléans on July 27, 2015.  P. Savoie retired from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) in March 2014. P. L. Hébert has been working part-time for Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) on machine development and also manages field equipment for a horticultural farm in Southwestern Québec. F.-S. Robert has been managing on a part-time basis the harvest equipment for NRCan and is also involved in field crop projects at AAFC.

Philippe Savoie, Pierre Luc Hébert et François-Simon Robert ont mérité la mention d'un article scientifique de qualité supérieure pour une récente publication dans Applied Engineering in Agriculture (volume 35, numéro 5, pages 741 à 750) intitulée "Novel willow header adapted to a pull-type forage harvester: development and field experiments". L'article décrit une nouvelle tête de coupe adaptée à la récolte du saule et du peuplier à croissance rapide pour la biomasse avec une fourragère traînée. La mention ("2015 ASABE Superior Paper Award") sera annoncée au congrès de l'ASABE à la Nouvelle-Orléans le 27 juillet 2015. P. Savoie a pris sa retraite comme chercheur d'Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada (AAC) en mars 2014.  P. L. Hébert poursuit à temps partiel le développement de machines pour Ressources Naturelles Canada (RNC) et gère les équipements pour un producteur horticole en Montérégie.  F.-S. Robert continue à temps partiel la gestion d'équipements de récolte de biomasse pour RNC et participe à certains projets de recherche en grandes cultures à AAC.


The Engineering Institute of Canada wishes to honour Governor General David Johnston for his many services to engineers and the engineering profession in Canada.

David Johnston completed his university studies with distinction with AB from Harvard, 1963; LLB from Cambridge, 1965 and LLB from Queen’s, 1966. His academic specializations are securities regulation, corporation law and communications law.

From 1979 to 1994, he was Principal and Vice-Chancellor of McGill University. During his tenure, his influence and contribution towards engineering resulted in:

  • Creation of new academic units, centers, or institutes such as the Polymer McGill, Pulp and Paper Research Centre.
  • New programs and changes to various disciplines of engineering to adapt with changes in technology and societal needs.
  • Changes to McGill’s infrastructure and widening of the scope of the Engineering Library by merging the Engineering and Physical Sciences Libraries.

In 1999, he took office as President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Waterloo. During his tenure he was responsible for:

  • Recruiting leadership that moved Waterloo’s already-strong Faculty of Engineering to the next level as a world-class school for engineering.
  • The Faculty of Engineering went through a period of significant research intensification and major growth in student enrolment, faculty complement, space and infrastructure.
  • Personally securing major private donations to advance the Faculty of Engineering’s priorities.
  • Actively supporting and facilitating the establishment of the Conrad Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology Centre at Waterloo, now uniquely positioned within the Faculty of Engineering.

David Johnston is the author/co-author of 20 books. He was the founding Chair of the National Roundtable on Environment and the Economy. He has chaired a number of Advisory Councils, Blue Ribbon Panels and Canadian institutes for advanced research on behalf of the Federal government.

Considering his significant contributions in support of Canadian engineers and the profession of engineering in Canada, the Engineering Institute of Canada and its Member Societies consider it an honour to name David Johnston an Honorary Member of the Institute.


For outstanding and distinctive service to engineering and the profession of engineering in Canada, the Engineering Institute of Canada recognizes David Johnston as Honorary Member.



Friday, 12 June 2015 13:47

Annual Report from President 2014-2015

The role of President is sometimes likened to that of ship’s captain. The captain is in charge of day to day operations on the vessel. S(he) interprets the directives from the ship’s owners, makes decisions about how to implement those directives, and conveys orders to the crew. On the surface, a president’s role may seem similar, but in a democratic organization there is a curious difference: the ship’s owners are all the members of the organization, including the crew themselves! The president’s role in such a society is to try to understand the will of the entire membership and translate those ideas into action. But even the task of understanding and implementing the will of the membership can’t be done well by a single person. Just as a captain can’t hope to run a ship without a good crew, one person does not comprise an executive committee. Fortunately, the CSBE-SCGAB has an excellent crew on deck and the results are apparent. What follows is evidence of some of the good work of your executive committee. It is an incomplete list in no particular order and I must emphasize that every member of the committee, whether they are mentioned here by name or not, is valued and appreciated.

Our Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference in Edmonton is on the launch pad and ready to rocket skyward! Rick Atkins and his energetic team have toiled diligently to build a great program of technical and social activities. The turbulent and uncertain economy has restricted travel budgets for many of us but, nevertheless, the meeting is shaping up to be a dynamic one. Make sure that you are registered for this flagship event!

The efforts of Editor Sri Ranjan, Associate Editors, Reviewers and Technical Committee in modernizing the operations of the Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal are paying off. This success is shown by dramatically shorter review and publication times (printed on the articles themselves) and rebounding submission numbers. The online, open-source CBEJ  is now well positioned to thrive, especially considering statements by NSERC and other government funding agencies that they will require all publications from research that they support to be freely available to the public.

Vice-Presidents Regional, Fahimeh Yazdanpanah (outgoing) and Chella Vellaichamy (incoming) are working together with the Regional Directors to revitalize the grassroots activities of the society across the country. My vision is to have a small, informal committee in each region that supports local CSBE-SCGAB activities and catalyzes new ones. The committees provide continuity, “corporate memory”, and a sustained level of activity and enthusiasm. This revitalization can be a challenging task that requires the engagement of many people at the regional level, and it is progressing more rapidly in some regions than in other. This is a good entrance to the society’s activities for members looking to become more involved.

The membership of the CSBE-SCGAB is stable in a time when small, volunteer-run societies everywhere struggle to remain viable. This is due in large part to efforts spearheaded by our conscientious V.P. Membership, Harry Huffman. Membership numbers in the CSBE-SCGAB, as I’ve written elsewhere, are not for me an end in themselves. They are, however, one piece of evidence of to show that the members value the organization and that they feel engaged in and informed about the society. Harry is instrumental in making sure that this is the case.

Our linkages with sister organizations, particularly the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) are strong and mutually valuable. We should work to cultivate those friendships and we will both strengthen those organizations and enjoy the rewards. Please see my recent report to Council for details about how you can become engaged with those organizations.

I will close this report by appealing once again to you, personally, to invest in your society. You can do this in small ways, as your time allows, by becoming involved with your local committee and Regional Director. You could alternatively choose a bigger role by volunteering on any of a number of committees at the national level, or even standing for election to an executive position. It is up to us to come together to strengthen and reinvent the way that we live and work together. No one else can do this for us as well as we can do it for ourselves, if we only make the effort.

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