René Morissette

René Morissette

Research Engineer for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at Québec City research centre. Mainly working on forage harvesting and conservation, biomass combustion. CSBE webmaster since 2008. Part-time webdesigner.

Website URL: http://www.ekwago.com
Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:20

News from Manitoba

Greetings CSBE Members!

Summer in Manitoba seemed to fly by as always, with many different activities and events going on throughout. One of the key highlights of the summer was being able to attend my very first CSBE conference, hosted this year in my current hometown of Winnipeg. It was a great opportunity to finally meet many of my fellows CSBE colleagues, which I have only had the chance to speak with over conference calls and via email. It’s always wonderful to finally put a face to a name, and get to meet in person. Timing of the conference couldn’t have been better, coinciding with both the Canada Games, as well as Folklorama, a city favourite which is held every August. The conference focusing on “Food, Fuel, and Fibre for a Sustainable Future”, was fortunate to include a diverse group of engaging speakers & presentations, from industry and researchers across the globe! Thank you again to everyone for taking the time to participate and contribute to this event. I hope everyone who was able to attend this year enjoyed themselves as much as I did, and was able to get the chance to explore a little of Winnipeg as well! In the upcoming months, as I am relatively new to CSBE, I look forward to getting better acquainted to my role as Manitoba Regional Director, and learning more about this great society and its members!


Keri Bouchard

Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:44

New Council Members

For the 2017-2018 term, several elected and appointed positions were opened. The Society would like to thanks the candidates who volunteer to keep our Society active!


  • President-elect: Suresh Neethirajan
  • Vice-President Regional: Hugh Fraser
  • Vice-President Industry: Paul ONeill
  • Regional Director Alberta: Karen Yakimishyn


  • Webmaster: René Morissette
  • CIGR representative: Stéphane Godbout
  • Journal Editor: Ranjan Sri Ranjan
  • Awards Committee: Valérie Orsat and Lope Tabil
  • Nominating Committee: Israel Dunmade

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I recently attended our 2017 AGM and Technical Conference held jointly in Winnipeg with the Commission Internationale du Génie Rural (CIGR) Section VI: Postharvet Technology and Process Engineering. Attached is a trip report to fill you in on what I would classify as an excellent conference! Some of you may be receiving it for a second or third time, for which I do sincerely apologize.

The format of the technical conference was commendable. We had plenary and invited speakers (professionals, industry, government, non-academic researchers, etc.) every morning from Monday to Wednesday, followed by technical presentations (primarily graduate students from academic institutions) in the afternoons on each of those days. We also had an engaged undergraduate student presence. What a wonderful event!

You are more than welcome to share the report with your peers in engineering, agriculture, forestry, food processing, medicine, economics, and several other endeavours. It’s amazing to learn just how much we are interconnected, and the opportunities that exist towards exponential integration across disciplines, especially here in Canada! Incidentally, the most recent edition of ASABE’s Resource magazine lauds the benefits associated with bioengineers that are educated in “systems management”.

Hope you enjoy the report!


Yours truly,

Ike Edeogu 2016Ike Edeogu
VP Membership
Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE|SCGAB)

Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:00

Student Awards

ASABE  ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition

Design and construction of a four-wheel-drive tractor taking into consideration the rules specified by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

Université Laval, Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering, Équipe ULtrac 
Clovis Courchesne, Louis-Étienne Lessard, Pierre-Olivier Michaud, Nicholas Lefebvre, Valérie Chabot (Leader), Vincent Grégoire, Frédérik Daigneault

McGill University, Department of Bioresource Engineering
Francis St-Aubin (Leader), Maxime Leclerc, Connor Miller, Rachelle Prudhomme, John Weilenmann, Stephania Tatiachenko, Shamus McGuire, Danny Amon, Alex Audi, Marco Centa, Mark Cool, Pierce Dias Carlson, Lizzy Filine, Aidan Guttormson, Leo McGuire, Mahdi Mia, Ariele Pieters, Ann Pile, Jasmine Roberts, Youssef Saeed, Jonathon Salama-Siroishka, Victoria Tseng Paepcke, Stephen McGuire (Advisors: V. Adamchuk; H. Akbarzadeh)

University of Saskatchewan, Department of Mechanical Engineering - Sled Dogs
Jason Cousins, George Dodds, Keith Halcro, Charley Sprenger, Cory Bart, Austin Pizzey, Dane Steen, Tyler Reaser, Matthew Lashyn (Advisor S. Noble)

University of Manitoba, Department  of Biosystems Engineering,  UMATT  (University of Manitoba Association of Tiny Tractors)
Tristan Saloranta (Captain), Raymond Davis, Colin Berard, Anthony Dziedzic, Bruce Felsch, Mykel Gallajones, Bill Heard, Alan Huynh, Scott Symons, Don Petkau (Advisor)


CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION  Undergraduate Scholarship

Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester.

University of Guelph - Meghan Fragis

University of Manitoba Department  of Biosystems Engineering - Alain Lagasse

University of Manitoba Department  of Biosystems Engineering - Sarah Slagerman

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering - Brandon Bonan

Université Laval,  Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering - Frédérik Daigneault

University of Prince Edward Island, School of Sustainable Design Engineering - Daniel Emery

Dalhousie University, Engineering Department, Faculty of Agriculture - Karen Esau


University of Guelph

University of Guelph - Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Ryan Berthelot for his thesis entitled' Harnessing Electrical Energy for Anti-biofilm Therapies: Conductivity of Opportunistic Pathogens and the Effects of Electrical Stimulation on Cell Morphology and Motility'  (Advisor: S. Neethirajan)

University of Guelph - Undergraduate Design Project - Award Connor Ormsby for his project entitled “BioTattoo - A Sweat Biosensing Platform for Animal Health Applications” (Advisor S. Neethirajan)

University of Guelph Undergraduate Thesis Award - John Buozis for his thesis entitled'Strep D-Tec: A Non-Invasive Streotococcus Diagnostic Tool' (Advisor: G. Hayward).

University of Guelph  - Undergraduate Design Project Award - Robert Hunter, Parker Bondi, Amelia French, Amit Tah for their project entitled “Non-Invasive Monitoring of Glucose in Blood" (Advisor: S. Neethirajan)


University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba,  Department  of Biosystems Engineering,  Undergraduate Design Project Award - Mirette Barsoum Athanasios, Jesnico Gonzales, Nicole Lanchuske and Taylor Livingston for their project entitled “Bin up the stairs” (Course Instructors:  K. Dick, B. Porth and J. S. Cicek)

University of Manitoba Department  of Biosystems Engineering, Undergraduate Thesis Award - Craig Heppner for a thesis entitled “Effect of different row spacings and seeders on yield and speed of emergence for corn” (Advisor: Y. Chen)

University of Manitoba Department  of Biosystems Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Rong Yue for a thesis entitled “Modeling pore structures and airflow in grain beds using discrete element method and pore-scale models” (Advisor: Q. Zhang)


McGill University

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Jillian Leah Treadwell for her thesis entitled “Phosphorus and organic waste management: Investigating the potential for phosphorus recovery and recycling” (Advisors: G. Clark and E. Bennett)

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Dr. Ogan Iheanacho Mba for her thesis entitled “Deep-fat frying characteristics of blends of palm and canola oils” (Advisors: M. Ngadi and M. Dumont)

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering - Undergraduate Thesis Award - Nicole Peletz-Bohbot, Mitch Steel, Mahdi Mia Matthew LeGrandfor a thesis entitled “Solar Greenhouse Heating” (Advisor: V. Raghavan)

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering - Undergraduate Design Project Award - Nicolas Buxbaus, Sam Eichhorn, Tristan Chauvin-Bosse for a project entitled “Straw Sterilizer for Fungal Culture” (Advisor: M. Dumont and V. Adamchuk)


Université Laval

Université Laval,  Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering, Undergraduate Design Project Award - Marie-Michelle Caron, Florence Marquis, and Véronique Poulin for their project entitled : Conception d'une ligne de production de lait dans une région du Nord du Québec/ Design of a milk production unit in a northern Quebec region (Advisor: M. Aider)

Université Laval,  Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Thierry Villeneuve for his thesis entitled: Intégration de l’électro-activation dans le procédé de conservation des légumes : Analyse de l’efficacité du procédé par SuperPro Designer / Integration of electro-activation in a canning process of vegetables: Analysis of the process efficiency by SuperPro Designer (Advisor: M. Aider)

Université Laval,  Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Marianne Crépeau for her thesis entitled: Optimisation de la récolte, de l’entreposage et du pressage du millet perlé sucré et du sorgho sucré cultivés au Québec pour la production de bioéthanol / Optimization of the harvesting, storage, and pressing of sweet pearl millet and sweet sorghum grown in Québec for the production of bioethanol (Advisors: M. Khelifi, A. Vanasse, M. Aider)


University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan - Chemical and Biological Engineering—Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Daeung Yu for his thesis entitled “Radio frequency (RF) assisted disinfestation of red flour beetle in stored canola seeds” (Advisor O. Baik)


University of New-Brunswick

University of New Brunswick,  Mechanical Engineering, Undergraduate Design Project Award - Jordan Lander and Kieran Cameron Ellis for their project entitled “Biocomposites manufacturing using pultrusion methodology” (Advisor: G. Saha)

University of New Brunswick,  Mechanical Engineering, Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Lucas Kenneth Bowlby for his project entitled “Evaluating the potential of biochar as reinforcing element in fiber-reinforced polymer composites” (Advisors: G. Saha and M. Afzal)


University of Prince-Edward-Island

University of Prince Edward Island, School of Sustainable Design Engineering - Undergraduate Design Project Award - Ryan Myette, Angela Court, Peter Doiron, Tristan Dawsonfor their project entitled “Recycled Water Cleanliness Improvements” (Advisors: A. Hsiao and G. McSorley)

University of Prince Edward Island, School of Sustainable Design Engineering - Undergraduate Thesis - Award Laura Whelan for her project entitled “Automized Self-Checkout Kiosk for the UPEI Library”  (Advisors: A. Farooque and B. Acharya)


Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University, Engineering Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Undergraduate Design Project - Award Karen Esau for her project entitled “Effective use of a variable rate blower fan on a mechanical low bush blueberry harvester” (Advisor: Q. Zaman)

Dalhousie University, Engineering Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Salamat Ali for his project entitled “Effect of harvesting time on berry losses during mechanical harvesting of wild blueberries” (Advisor: Q. Zaman)

Friday, 25 August 2017 11:17

Denis Choinière

Jim Beamish Award

denis choiniere beamishNow recognized a world expert in olfactometry, Denis Choinière started his career as a consultant in environmental engineering in 1999 with Consumaj Inc. of St Hyacinthe. At the onset and being responsible for the development of an Environmental Division at Consumaj Inc., Denis developed and started the operation of an odour measurement laboratory and acquired the knowledge to conduct air dispersion analyses. The olfactometre which Denis introduced at Consumaj Inc. was the McGill olfactometre which he helped develop during his M. Sc. studies at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Suzelle Barrington. The olfactometre which Denis helped developed was unique in the fact that its octagonal configuration allowed for a more uniform distribution of air to all panellists. Furthermore, this olfactometre was fully automated, controlling the dilutions level between readings, registering the answers of the panellist and computing the results. Over the years, Denis perfected his knowledge of odour measurement, produced some 20 scientific papers on the subject matter and developed an improved model of the McGill olfactometre in 2011, where one model was sold in Europe in 2012.

Besides being an expert in olfactometry, Denis has continued to practice in the field of Environmental Engineering. He has designed several outstanding waste management systems, such as the first organic matter pelletizing plant in Quebec, in 2004 and several large composting centres. Denis Choinière is a worthy recipient for the 2017 CSBE|SCGAB Jim Beamish Award.


Denis Choinière a débuté sa carrière en tant que consultant en ingénierie environnementale en 1999 avec Consumaj Inc. de St Hyacinthe (QC). En tant que responsable de la division environnementale de Consumaj Inc., Denis a développé et mis en marche un laboratoire de mesure des odeurs et d’analyses de dispersion des contaminants dans l'air. L'olfactomètre utilisé chez Consumaj Inc. est l'olfactomètre qu'il avait lui-même contribué à développer lors de ses études en maîtrise à l'Université McGill sous la supervision du Professeur Barrington. Une des caractéristiques innovantes de cet appareil est sa configuration octogonale qui permet une distribution uniforme des échantillons d'air entre les panelistes. De plus, l’olfactomètre est entièrement automatisé permettant le contrôle du niveau de dilution entre les lectures, l’enregistrement des réponses et le calcul des résultats. Au fil des ans, Denis a perfectionné ses connaissances de la mesure des odeurs, et produit une vingtaine de documents scientifiques sur le sujet. En 2011, l’olfactomètre a été perfectionné et un modèle a été vendu à une société européenne en 2012. Denis est très actif dans le domaine du génie environnemental. Il a conçu plusieurs systèmes novateurs pour la gestion des déchets dont plusieurs grands centres de compostage et une usine de granulation de matières organiques.

Friday, 25 August 2017 11:14

Donald Petkau

Glenn Downing Award

donald petkau glen downingDr. Donald Petkau, P.Eng., P.Ag. is nominated for the Glenn Downing Award for 2017. Don grew up on a farm in rural Manitoba and graduated from the Department of Agricultural Engineering at the University of Manitoba in 1985. For the first two decades of his professional career, Don worked in industry for various companies affiliated with agriculture and engineering. From an initial role as an Agricultural Manager with Rogers Sugar in Winnipeg, Don moved to the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) in Portage la Prairie as the Manager of Agricultural Research and Development. A highlight of Don’s time with PAMI was a joint research project with agricultural engineers from both the University of Manitoba and the University of Saskatchewan that investigated mechanical harvesting of sea buckthorn berries and leaves. After spending time with MESH Technologies, during which he was responsible for the design and construction of a multi-million dollar flax straw production plant as Manager of Engineering, Don discovered a passion for teaching and started the next chapter of his career as a university educator. He completed a doctoral degree in the area of engineering design education and is currently a Senior Instructor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba where he is responsible for introducing engineering students to the engineering design process and teaching agricultural machinery courses (including courses in “precision agriculture” which he developed) to agriculture students. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Don has assumed the role of faculty advisor for the University of Manitoba’s ASABE ¼ scale tractor team (known as the University of Manitoba Association of Tiny Tractors (UMATT)). In this role, Don is able to share of his previous managerial experiences to help UMATT team members develop these important skills prior to entering the workplace.  Don Petkau is a worthy recipient of CSBE/SCGAB’s 2017 Glenn Downing Award.

Dr. Donald Petkau, P.Eng., P.Ag. est le récipiendaire du prix Glenn Downing Award de la CSBE/SCGAB pour 2017. Don a grandi sur une ferme du Manitoba. Il a obtenu son diplômé du Département de génie agricole de l'Université du Manitoba en 1985. Au cours de sa carrière professionnelle, Don a travaillé pour plusieurs entreprises œuvrant dans les domaines de l’agriculture et du génie. Après avoir débuté en tant que gestionnaire agricole pour la compagnie Rogers Sugar de Winnipeg, Don a obtenu un poste de gestionnaire de la recherche et du développement agricoles au ‘Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute’ (PAMI) à Portage la Prairie. Un point fort de la carrière de Don avec le PAMI a été un projet conjoint de recherche, avec des ingénieurs agricoles de l'Université du Manitoba et de l'Université de la Saskatchewan, qui a porté sur la mécanisation des baies et des feuilles d'argousier. Par la suite, Don a travallé pour MESH Technologies où il était responsable du service d’ingénierie charge de la conception et de la construction d'une usine de production de paille de lin de plusieurs millions de dollars. Puis, Don s’est découvert une passion pour l'enseignement et il a commencé le prochain chapitre de sa carrière en tant qu'éducateur universitaire. Il a complété son doctorat en éducation en design d'ingénierie et il est présentement instructeur sénior au Département de génie des biosystèmes de l'Université du Manitoba. Il enseigne des cours sur le processus de conception d'ingénierie, et sur les machineries agricoles (incluant un cours d’agriculture de précision qu'il a développée). Don est aussi le conseiller de l'équipe de l'Université de Manitoba (University of Manitoba Association of Tiny Tractors(UMATT)) pour la compétition de tracteurs d'échelle ¼ de l’ASABE. Don partager ses expériences de gestionnaire avec les membres de l'équipe pour les aider à développer ces compétences importantes avant d'entrer dans le monde du travail. Don Petkau est un digne récipiendaire du prix Glenn Downing 2017 de CSBE/SCGAB.

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