The past year has come and gone very quickly. In PEI in mid-July 2009, as I accepted the gavel from Stephan Lemay, I knew that time would literally fly past, and it has.
Most of the activities in which I have undertaken have been of a caretaking nature. I have helped council to attend to the regular business of the society through several business meetings conducted by teleconference, seeking to help council find a balance between free expression and time sensitivity. I have also represented our Society on the ASABE Board of Trustees, and participated in discussions concerning the engagement of a new Executive Director for our sister society. In addition, I have participated on a Subcommittee of the Board, tasked with identifying and assessing all of the counterparties relationships in which ASABE participates. The work of developing a formal management system for these relationships will continue beyond my tenure on the Board.
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The mandate of the Vice President Membership is to act with the Executive Council and the Membership Recruitment Committee, including the Regional Directors, to maintain and increase membership in the Society. The specific responsibilities associated with this office are described in the Society’s Procedures and Operations Manual available on the website (www.bioeng.ca).
Renewed ties with Engineers Canada (EIC), the Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC), and the International Commission of Agricultural Engineering (CIGR) are bearing fruit, as evidenced by this year’s CIGR World Congress in Quebec City. Stéphane Godbout will assume the role of Liaison Officer to the CIGR after the conclusion of the congress, taking over the position from Lal Kushawa. Claude Laguë is the new Liaison Officer to the EIC, and has been reporting regularly to the Society executive in this capacity. Neil McLaughlin now serves as the Liaison Officer to the AIC. In this regard, the AIC is potentially a valuable ally and resource. For instance, the inaugural issue of the AIC publication Sustainable Futures (Spring 2010) contains several articles which prominently feature biotechnology, bioprocessing, bioresource technology, etc. It must be noted, however, that the word “engineering” does not appear in that issue, although engineering is implicit in the subject of each of those articles!
Finally, an electronic survey of members who have left the Society is currently being developed to help generate ideas about how the Society can improve and grow to better serve its membership.
J’ai bien aimé travailler à collecter vos nouvelles et les assembler. Malheureusement je n’ai pas eu l’occasion d’assister aux assemblées annuelles comme je l’aurais souhaité. Ceci a limité mes contacts avec les membres de l’éxécutif et les membres internationaux.
Merci aux directeurs régionaux pour leur travail. Leurs contributions ont aidé à augmenter la visibilité des étudiants dans les nouvelles. A l’ère du Web 2.0, j’invite les membres à proposer des outils de communication et de réseautage complémentaires pour créer des liens entre les membres.
Bravo à Jim Townsend pour tout son travail des dernières années sur le Perspectives. Je termine maintenant un second mandat et le poste est ouvert pour le prochain VP Régional. A qui la chance?
As VP technical, I was part of the scientific committee organizing the technical program for the annual meeting of the CSBE/SCGAB in Quebec city, June 13-17, 2010. Since this is a special meeting in 2010 in conjunction with CIGR, the preparation of the technical program was undertaken by the local arrangement team lead by Dr. Philippe Savoie.
For the 2011 meeting scheduled for July 10-13, 2011 in Winnipeg, I am in discussion with the local arrangement team lead by Doug Small to coordinate the technical program to match with their particular layout of the meeting.
There are no reports from technical committees.
I participated to the 2009 annual general meeting (AGM) of the CSBE/SCGAB in Prince Edward Island and this year AGM will be held during the 17th World Congress conference of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR) in Québec City from June 13th to 17th. The CSBE/SCGAB will be officially hosting this CIGR World conference.
It has been my privilege to serve the Society as its President over the past year. We have conducted the necessary business of the Society with the assistance of your council and our secretary/ manager.
Your council has held 6 business meetings commencing with an in-person inaugural meeting immediately after theAnnual General Meeting in PEI on July 15, 2009. Teleconference meetings were schedule on approximately 6 week intervals throughout the year (Oct. 19, 2009; Dec. 14, 2009; Jan. 11, 2010; March 8, 2010; May 10, 2010). The current council will hold an in-person meeting in Quebec City on June 13, 2010 and will preside over the Annual General Meeting on June 14, 2010.
The normal response of a person to a rundown house with no occupants is to tear it down. NSAC’s researchers don’t respond normally. Instead of seeing a decrepit building that used to be someone’s home, the NSAC Engineering team, lead by Dr. Kenny Corscadden, decided to
turn a house on campus into what has been dubbed, “TREEhouse”.
Félicitations à Bernard Goyette qui a réussi sa défense de doctorat. Le 16 mars 2010, il a présenté et défendu avec succès sa recherche de doctorat “Hyperbaric treatment to enhance quality attributes of fresh horticultural produce”.
Congratulations to Bernard Goyette for his successful PhD defense. On March 16, 2010 Bernard Goyette presented, and successfully defended, his PhD research into “Hyperbaric treatment to enhance quality attributes of fresh horticultural produce”.