Notice of Meeting

The Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) continues with plans for the upcoming joint conference in Winnipeg (August 6-10th). In excess of 160 abstracts have been submitted so we are looking forward to excellent technical content. There will be a good mix of oral presentations and posters covering a wide diversity of topics that should be of interest to members of both CSBE/SCGAB and CIGR.  Special sessions have been organized by CIGR members on the topics of “functional foods, nutrition and the consumer” and “safety of traditional and non-traditional sources of protein”. In addition to these technical presentations, the LAC has arranged approximately a dozen keynote and invited speakers to provide general-interest morning sessions for conference delegates. Speakers include a combination of industry leaders, government officials, and university researchers. Keynote/invited speakers will speak on the topic of “biomaterials (or fibre)” on Monday morning, “food” on Tuesday morning, and “innovation” on Wednesday morning.

Confirmed presentation topics include:

  • Innovation in bio-fibre and bio-products
  • Initiatives of the Composites Innovation Centre in the area of bio-fibre and bio-composites
  • Food to health continuum and changing trends in how the public views food and food processing
  • Future opportunities and risk in food processing: focus on pork
  • Emerging opportunities in the Canadian food industry
  • Biomass to bioenergy processes: a utilities perspective
  • Ecological engineering at world’s only whole-ecosystem freshwater research facility
  • Innovation in sensing and control in post-harvest storage systems
  • Trends in agriculture – an equipment manufacturer’s point of view

A workshop entitled “Teaching and Learning with Technology” is planned for Sunday afternoon, with tours of several University of Manitoba facilities planned for Thursday morning (Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, Canadian Wheat Board Centre for Grain Storage Research, Alternative Village, Manitoba Institute for Materials). A Reverse Career Fair will be planned to enable excellent networking opportunities for student members. Watch the conference website for details of the technical program as they become available (www.csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017).

Online registration opens on April 1st with early bird registration rates in effect until June 15th

Tuesday, 31 January 2017 09:15

Call for abstract - EXTENDED DEADLINE

AGM & Technical Conference
(Joint Meeting with CIGR Section VI Bioprocesses)

Winnipeg, MB
Canad Inns Polo Park

August 6-10, 2017


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On behalf of the Local Arrangements Committee of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference, it will be our great pleasure to welcome you to Winnipeg, Manitoba next summer. Next year’s 4-day conference which will include technical presentations, poster presentations, plenary sessions, workshops and technical tours, will also host the national gathering of the CIGR Section VI Bioprocesses (Postharvest Technology and Process Engineering). The conference will provide the opportunity to share professional research, experience and insights with colleagues from Canada and beyond, and will coincide with Winnipeg’s famous Folklorama Festival, the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world.

Danny Mann, P.Eng., PhD
Chair of the Local Arrangment Committee

Dates and Deadlines

Abstracts Due:   February 1, 2017 Extended to Feb 28, 2017
Notice of Acceptance:   March 31, 2017
Paper Submission:   July 21, 2017
Online Registration Opens:   April 1, 2017
Early Bird Registration Ends:   June 15, 2017
Online Registration Closes:   July 14, 2017
Deadline for Hotel Reservations:   July 1, 2017


Abstract submission

Each abstract is limited to 250 words. An abstract is indicative of the final paper quality. Therefore, authors are urged to prepare a well written, clear and informative abstract describing the work with emphasis on objectives and factual results. An abstract should include key words related to conference topics.

In the submission form, authors are asked to indicate their preference for an oral presentation (15 minutes) or a poster. The scientific committee will try to satisfy each author’s first choice.  Authors are encouraged to comply with submission deadlines and to ensure that their paper proposal is relevant to conference topics. Authors will be notified automatically of their submission. A review and decision concerning acceptance should be received by submitters by March 31, 2017.

Abstracts may be submitted in any of the following areas:

  • Postharvest handling, packaging, and transportation
  • Drying, cooling and related preservation methods
  • Quality, safety and traceability of bioproducts
  • Bioprocessing and value-addition
  • Sustainability of food and other biomaterials
  • Non-destructive sensors, sensing technologies, automation of processes
  • Storage, and product quality loss, relationships to environmental conditions
  • Decision-aid tools, simulation and modeling of bioprocesses
  • Innovative and emerging bioprocessing technologies
  • Process management and optimization
  • Biomass to bioenergy conversion processes
  • Biological wastewater treatment and waste management
  • Agricultural machinery and innovation
  • Alternative bio-based building materials
  • Animal housing and air quality management
  • Innovations in greenhouse technologies and northern food production
  • Irrigation and drainage technologies
  • Human-machinery interface for agricultural applications
  • Fibre processing and innovation
  • Renewable biomaterials and bioplastics
  • Composite materials and applications
  • Any emerging area in biosystems and bioprocess engineering



Conference Website: www.csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017 

Joint meeting of CSBE/SCGAB with CIGR Section VI Bioprocesses
(Postharvest Technology and Process Engineering)

Canad Inns Polo Park
Winnipeg, MB
August 6-10, 2017

On behalf of the Local Arrangements Committee, I would like to provide an update on preparations for the 2017 joint meeting of CSBE/SCGAB with CIGR Section VI Bioprocesses which will be held at Canad Inns Polo Park in Winnipeg, MB from August 6-10th, 2017. By partnering with CIGR, we are anticipating an international audience of up to 500 attendees.

The Call for Abstracts has been circulated with abstracts due by February 1, 2017. Each of the first three days of the conference will feature invited speakers, concurrent technical sessions and poster/networking sessions. The final day of the conference will feature either professional development workshops (topics yet to be finalized) or a tour of innovative research facilities at the University of Manitoba.  The Conference registration fee will include a social event at the award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Learn more about this exhibit at www.assiniboineparkzoo.ca. You will have opportunity to purchase additional tickets for those who may be accompanying you to the conference.

For those of you who work in industry, sponsorship opportunities have been devised to allow you to both advertise your organization and send delegates to attend the conference. Booth space will be available at the conference as a means for industry to promote products and/or services or for recruitment purposes. Contact Don Petkau (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to learn more about the sponsorship opportunities that are available.

The date of the conference has been selected to coincide with Winnipeg’s famous Folklorama festival (www.folklorama.ca), the world’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival. We will facilitate a VIP tour for conference attendees on the Monday evening of the conference (not included in conference registration fee) as an opportunity for additional networking with conference attendees. Furthermore, we hope you might consider spending a couple of extra days in Winnipeg to attend other Folklorama venues, watch talented young athletes during the Canada Summer Games (www.2017canadagames.ca), or visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (www.humanrights.ca). Winnipeg’s professional summer sports teams are the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (football) and Winnipeg Goldeyes (baseball) – schedules for the 2017 season are not yet available.

Visit the conference website (www.csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017) for further information. Online registration will be available beginning April 1st with Early Bird rates available until June 15th. Remember to book your hotel by July 1st because the block of rooms being held for the conference will disappear quickly with all of the other activities happening in Winnipeg next summer!

Danny Mann, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

Joint meeting with CIGR Section VI: Bioprocesses

August 6-10 Canad Inns Polo Park

Winnipeg night 

On behalf of the Local Arrangements Committee of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference, it will be our great pleasure to welcome you to Winnipeg, Manitoba next summer. Next year’s 3-day conference which will include technical presentations, poster presentations, plenary sessions, workshops and technical tours, will also host the national gathering of the CIGR Section VI Bioprocesses (Postharvest Technology and Process Engineering). The conference will provide the opportunity to share professional research, experience and insights with colleagues from Canada and beyond, and will coincide with Winnipeg’s famous Folklorama Festival, the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world.

Stay tuned for more details!

Danny Mann, P.Eng., PhD

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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

You are invited to submit an abstract to the Conference for

Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable World

which will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on July 3-6, 2016. The conference will provide the opportunity to share professional research, experience and insights with colleagues from Canada and beyond. The conference is presented by the CSBE/SCGAB and will be held in conjunction with the 2016 Annual General Meeting of the CSBE/SCGAB.

Paper and poster presentations in the following general subject areas are welcome. Any topic related to bioresource and biosystems engineering solutions will be considered for presentation.

  • Water Management
  • Energy Generation and Conservation 
  • Biosolids and Nutrient Management
  • Bio-processing & Food Engineering
  • Information Technologies and Bio-instrumentation
  • Structures & Indoor Environments
  • Forest Resource Management
  • Power & Machinery
  • Precision Agriculture
  • Standards and Safety
  • Soil Interactions and Management
  • Aquaculture and Aquaponic Systems
  • Ambient Air Quality Management 

Presentations about successful or innovative teaching, policy and extension programs and initiatives are also welcome. If you have a new area you would like considered please contact our Program Chair to discuss.

Format:  Poster or oral (15 min) presentation.

Abstract Submission: Abstracts must be 250 words or less, and are due on or before March 11 March 24, 2016. Submissions must be made using the Abstract submission system on the conference website.

Student Competition: Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to enter the Student Competition. If you wish to participate in the Poster or Oral competitions, please indicate this at the beginning of abstract submission process. Note that it will be possible to change the track (edit submission) online before the abstract submission deadline. The competition will be for 1) Best Student Oral Presentation and 2) Best Student Poster Presentation, as judged by a panel. Evaluation will be based on established criteria that include both content and presentation. Awards will be given to the top two winners in each category, including a certificate and a cash award. Note that students need to be CSBE/SCGAB member to compete.

Articles (full paper): All presenters at the conference are encouraged to prepare a written article to accompany their poster or oral presentation. Full articles must be formatted using the article template available on our website (http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/halifax2016-papers/author-guidelines) and submitted through the paper submission system.

For more information about the conference, visit our website: http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/halifax2016

Monday, 16 March 2015 13:05

2015 CSBE-SCGAB Conference and AGM


Innovation in Water, Energy and Biosystems (iWEB) - Positioning the Globe for 2050

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is proud to be hosting CSBE’s traditional, annual conference at the Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre from July 5 to 8, 2015.

The conference local arrangements committee (LAC) led by the Honourable Chair, Rick Atkins, has been super busy planning and preparing to host CSBE members and non-members from across Canada, the USA and abroad. With the abstract submission deadline over on March 13, 2015, we have received a total of 109 abstracts on various fascinating and intriguing topics relevant to food, agriculture, water, energy and machinery. The conference program is designed to offer delegates a variety of stimulating, as well as relaxing activities and events, including:

  • Exhibits
  • Technical Poster Presentations
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Opening Reception
  • Plenary Session
  • Technical Oral Presentations
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Monday Evening Social
  • Technical Tours
  • CSBE Awards Banquet
  • Panel Discussion
  • Student Awards Luncheon

 Early bird registration is now open, until June 5, 2015. Please check the website https://www.csbe-scgab.ca/edmonton2015-program for details regarding the technical program. 

Four professional development workshops will be offered, with two workshops scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, July 5, and two workshops scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, July 8. The workshops are spread out over two different days to allow delegates flexibility in making travel and other arrangements without missing out on valuable professional development opportunities.

The technical tours are slated for Tuesday, July 7, and are aimed at exposing delegates to innovations in water, energy and biosystems in Alberta. Three tours are being planned to sites within an hour’s drive from Edmonton. Visit the conference website link for more information.  


Conference registration fees will be broken down into an early bird rate for CSBE members, non-members, retired CSBE members and students, and a regular rate that will take effect after the early bird registration period expires on June 4, 2015. Visit the conference website link for more information.

Rates for daily conference registration, professional development workshops, Monday evening social, technical tours and CSBE awards banquet have also been posted on the website.


For delegates flying into Edmonton, an airport shuttle is available to transport you to the Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre at a reduced rate. Details can be found on the conference website link.


A block of rooms has been reserved at Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre at a discounted rate for CSBE conference delegates. The deadline to take advantage of the discounted room rate is June 3, 2015.

Alternative options for lodging are also available well within walking distance of Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre. Details can be found on the conference website link.


Delegates registered for the conference will have the benefit of enjoying an opening reception, at least one complimentary breakfast and two complimentary lunches. Dining arrangements can also be sought within Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre or at several other outlets in close proximity to the conference centre.


The timing of the 2015 CSBE conference coincides with several other events and festivities occurring in Edmonton, surrounding communities and Calgary, which is only about a 3-hour drive south of Edmonton, and of course our scenic Rocky Mountains to the west. Delegates may choose to make a holiday of their trip to Edmonton for the 2015 CSBE conference. Checkout the conference website for additional information.

Ike Edeogu
Regional Director, CSBE Alberta

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The 2015 CSBE/SCGAB Conference and AGM will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from July 5 - 8. In addition to the technically enriched program your Alberta hosts plan to bring to you, this CSBE/SCGAB event will coincide with other major events happening in Edmonton and Calgary - the 31st Edmonton International Street Performers Festival; and the 2015 Calgary Stampede Cultural and Heritage Show. So, a trip to Edmonton next summer promises to be a sure treat for you and your family! In the meantime, plans are underway to make the 2015 CSBE/SCGAB Conference and AGM a memorable event. Stay tuned for more information. 

Yours truly,

Rick Atkins, P.Eng, Fellow CSBE
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is proud to be hosting the 2015 Canadian Society for BioEngineering Conference and Annual General Meeting from July 5th to 8th, 2015.  You are cordially invited to attend this event which promises to comprise of enlightening workshops, plenary sessions, lectures, technical presentations, poster presentations, and capped by technical tours that showcase advancements Alberta is making in the field of bioengineering in Canada. More details related to the 2015 event will be coming your way in the months ahead.

Yours truly,

Rick Atkins, P.Eng
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

The Canadian Society for Bioengineering

La Société Canadienne de Génie Agroalimentaire et de Bioingénierie

Date:  July 14, 2014  12-1:30 pm with lunch

Place: Palais des Congrès, Montréal (room to be determined)

Tentative Agenda:
Greetings and attendance sign up
Call to order (President Predicala, CSBE)
Presentation of Student Awards
Appointment of Chair and Secretary for meeting
Additions to the Agenda
Approval of the Agenda
Approval of minutes of previous meeting 
Summary of Annual Reports
Old Business
New Business

  • Approve the transition application to comply with the new Corporations Act
  • Approve Bylaw Changes – Q. Zhang
  • Appointment of Auditor for 2014
  • Approve 2015 Budget


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