CSBE-SCGAB

Notices to Members

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:47

2017 Awards and Fellows Nomination Period

IT’S TIME TO NOMINATE YOUR COLLEAGUE FOR A 2017 CSBE/SCGAB AWARD

As you can see from the following list of awards, our Society offers awards that cover a variety of interest areas. Let’s make sure that these awards are presented next summer in Winnipeg. Please refer to our Website for more details.

 

Deadline to submit nominations to Ying Chen (Awards Chair) is
March 15, 2017.


Maple Leaf Award
Given to honor members who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the profession. It is the highest award made by the Society. Given for outstanding personal qualities, society activities, and professional abilities.

Young Engineer of the Year Award
Given to encourage younger members of the Society who are under 40 years of age. This award recognizes outstanding contributions through design and development, extension and management or research and teaching

John Turnbull Award
This award is given to a member who has produced outstanding work in the animal housing field in industry, teaching, research or extension.

Industrial Award 
The basis for selection of the award may include, but not be limited to, the ingenuity, significance and entrepreneurship involved and the contribution to society and to the profession. 

John Clark Award
This award, in memory of John Clark, is given to the member who has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research or extension in one or more of the fields of Energy, Electric Power, Processing, or Food Engineering".

Glenn Downing Award
This award is presented to the member who has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research or extension in the area of Power and Machinery.

Jim Beamish Award
This award, in memory of Jim Beamish, is given to the member who, has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research and extension in the area of soil and water. 

Students Awards
The CSBE/SCGAB recognizes student by granting scholarship for academic excellence and for the participation in various competitions.

More details on our website:

 

IT’S TIME TO NOMINATE YOUR COLLEAGUE TO BE DESIGNATED AS A 2017 CSBE/SCGAB FELLOW

Let’s make sure that a number of our members are recognized for their longstanding service in Winnipeg.

Deadline to submit nominations to Ramesh Rudra (Fellows Chair) is
March 15, 2017.  

Please refer to our Website for more details about nomination and to consult the CSBE/SCGAB Fellows list.

The designation "Fellow" shall have honorary status, to which members of distinction may be elected, but for which they may not apply. A Fellow shall be a member of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural, food, and/or biological engineering, and shall have met all the requirements for the grade of member. A Fellow shall have been a member of the Society for ten years, and have twenty years of active practice in the profession. 

 

 

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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. 

REGISTER NOW!

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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 THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

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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!

Sincerely

Grant Clark
CSBE-SCGAB Past-President

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?

http://www.asabe.org/membership/joinrenew.aspx

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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As you can see from the following list of awards, our Society offers awards that cover a variety of interest areas. This year our Regional Directors will be nudging some of you to nominate a fellow member for an award. Let’s make sure that these awards are presented next summer in Halifax. Please refer to our Website for more details. Deadline to submit nominations to the Society Manager is Jan 30, 2016. The Society Manager will forward the nominations to the Awards Selection Committee.

 

Maple Leaf Award
Given to honor CSBE/SCGAB members who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the profession. It is the highest award made by the Society. Given for outstanding personal qualities, society activities, and professional abilities.

Young Engineer of the Year Award
Given to encourage younger members of the Society who are under 40 years of age. This award recognizes outstanding contributions through design and development, extension and management or research and teaching

John Turnbull Award
This award is given annually to the CSBE/SCGAB member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has produced outstanding work in the animal housing field in industry, teaching, research or extension.

Industrial Award
The basis for selection of the award may include, but not be limited to, the ingenuity, significance and entrepreneurship involved and the contribution to society and to the profession.  The Awards Committee, from nominations by three CSBE/SCGAB members, shall select the recipient of the award.

John Clark Award
This award, given in memory of John Clark, is given to the CSBE/SCGAB member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research or extension in one or more of the fields of Energy, Electric Power, Processing, or Food Engineering".

Glenn Downing Award
This award is presented to the CSBE/SCGAB member who has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research or extension in the area of Power and Machinery.

Jim Beamish Award
The Jim Beamish Award was established in 1989 to honour the memory of the first President of CSBE/SCGAB and a long time worker in Soil and Water Engineering and Water Management.  This award is given to the CSBE/SCGAB member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research and extension in the area of soil and water.  The Alumni Committee of Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) sponsors the award.

IT’S TIME TO NOMINATE YOUR COLLEAGUE TO BE DESIGNATED AS A 2016 CSBE FELLOW. This year our Regional Directors will be nudging some of you to nominate a fellow member to receive the designation of FELLOW. Let’s make sure that a number of our members are recognized for their longstanding service in Halifax. Please refer to our Website for more details. Deadline to submit nominations to the Society Manager is Jan 30, 2016. The Society Manager will forward the nomination to the Fellows Selection Committee.

The designation "Fellow" shall have honorary status, to which members of distinction may be elected, but for which they may not apply. A Fellow shall be a member of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural, food, and/or biological engineering, and shall have met all the requirements for the grade of member. A Fellow shall have been a member of the Society for ten years, and have twenty years of active practice in the profession. 

The nomination must be supported by ten members in good standing. 

A number of positions within the Council of the CSBE come to an end and new members were already approached to fulfill these positions. You will receive in the next days a notice inviting you to ratify the potentially designated members for each available position. The ballot results will be announced at the Annual General Meeting held in Edmonton on July 6.

Thanks for your participation!

As you can see from the following list of awards, our Society offers awards that cover a variety of interest areas. This year our Regional Directors will be nudging some of you to nominate a fellow member for an award. Let’s make sure that these awards are presented next summer in Edmonton. Please refer to our Website for more details. Deadline to submit nominations to the Society Manager is Jan 30, 2015. The Society Manager will forward the nominations to the Awards Selection Committee.

Maple Leaf Award

Given to honor CSBE/SCGAB members who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the profession. It is the highest award made by the Society. Given for outstanding personal qualities, society activities, and professional abilities.

Young Engineer of the Year Award
Given to encourage younger members of the Society who are under 40 years of age. This award recognizes outstanding contributions through design and development, extension and management or research and teaching

John Turnbull Award
This award is given annually to the CSBE/SCGAB member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has produced outstanding work in the structural field in industry, teaching, research or extension.

Industrial Award
The basis for selection of the award may include, but not be limited to, the ingenuity, significance and entrepreneurship involved and the contribution to society and to the profession.  The Awards Committee, from nominations by three CSBE/SCGAB members, shall select the recipient of the award.

John Clark Award

This award, given in memory of John Clark, is given to the CSBE/SCGAB member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research or extension in one or more of the fields of Energy, Electric Power, Processing, or Food Engineering".

Glenn Downing Award
This award is presented to the CSBE/SCGAB member who has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research or extension in the area of Power and Machinery.

Jim Beamish Award
The Jim Beamish Award was established in 1989 to honour the memory of the first President of CSBE/SCGAB and a long time worker in Soil and Water Engineering and Water Management.  This award is given to the CSBE/SCGAB member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research and extension in the area of soil and water.  The Alumni Committee of Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) sponsors the award.

Visit the Awards section on our website for more information.

IT’S TIME TO NOMINATE YOUR COLLEAGUE TO BE DESIGNATED AS A 2015 CSBE FELLOW. This year our Regional Directors will be nudging some of you to nominate a fellow member to receive the designation of FELLOW. Please refer to our Website for more details. Deadline to submit nominations to the Society Manager is Jan 30, 2015. The Society Manager will forward the nomination to the Fellows Selection Committee.

The designation "Fellow" shall have honorary status, to which members of distinction may be elected, but for which they may not apply. A Fellow shall be a member of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural, food, and/or biological engineering, and shall have met all the requirements for the grade of member. A Fellow shall have been a member of the Society for ten years, and have twenty years of active practice in the profession. 

The nomination must be supported by ten members in good standing. Visit the Fellow Awards section on our website for more information.

Sunday, 14 December 2014 11:50

From the Journal Editor R. Sri Ranjan

Thanks for the funding support from the CSBE-SCGAB Foundation and the donation of printed edition of the past journal volumes from Mr. Denyse LeBlanc, the entire Canadian Biosystems Engineering journal papers are fully accessible online now.  All the papers were scanned and processed with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to make it fully searchable.  From Volume 1 to Volume 42 there are two sets of files available for download.  The “raw” file is the image file, which is the scanned image and is not searchable.  The “ocr” file is the processed file that is searchable.  However, the OCR process may not recognize the difference between some letters and numbers resulting errors.   In those cases you can refer to the original “raw” file.   Our Webmaster René Morissette was kind enough to build the interface to make it accessible.   Our journal was published online from Volume 42 onwards.

By joining the CrossRef in 2013, all the CBE journal papers have been assigned Digital Object Identifier (DOI) numbers.  The DOI will enable our papers to be easily searchable and accessible from every paper that references these papers.  Membership in CrossRef has increased the visibility of our papers through numerous indexing services affiliated with CrossRef.   Recently, we signed a memorandum of understanding with CNKI Scholar in China to publicize our papers in China.   This will increase the visibility of our papers worldwide.

I contacted the Browzine app developers to link our CBE journal to their app which they did.   Now, our papers are easily accessible through the Browzine app that allows you to easily access and download the papers onto your iPad/Android devices for offline reading.  

A concerted effort has been made to decrease the time to publication.  Our Section Editors have been pushing to have the reviews done within four weeks.   These efforts have helped improve the time of publication.   We need the cooperation and timely action from our volunteer reviewers to maintain this momentum. Thank you all for your continued support. 

Friday, 12 December 2014 13:01

News from VP Membership

Renewal Time.   Decemberis membership renewal time. If you have not already done so, please complete your renewal form and send in with your cheque or credit card payment. Thank you.

Student Membership.   Did you and your faculty advisors know that a first time student membership can last up to 16 months? It’s true. If a student (graduate or undergraduate) first joins CSBE/SCGAB in September at the start of a school year; the student membership is good for the remainder of that calendar year and the entire following calendar year. Subsequent student membership renewals are on a calendar year basis similar to all other membership classifications. However, if a student first joins CSBE/SCGAB during the months of January through August, that membership is only good for the remainder of that calendar year. Therefore best membership value is for a student to join during the fall semester.

Awards for Members.   This is also the time of year to start thinking about the various awards available to the membership at large. These range from a host of student project and thesis awards to recognizing members for various outstanding contributions to the engineering profession. Faculty advisors please ensure the students (both graduate and under-graduate) are made aware of these awards since many schools miss these opportunities to help reward new knowledge. Members take a look around your department or organization and consider nominating a deserving colleague for one of the 7 engineering awards available each year. You may even identify a worthy candidate to receive a Fellow or Member Emeritus designation. Please visit our website and review the award categories and consider either applying or nominating a deserving member. 

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