For those of us who like a challenge, there has never been a better time to be alive! Humanity is facing some of the most "wicked" challenges in our existence. These challenges are intimately entwined with issues of biology and technology. Over the next few decades, the human race will transition out of our current brief but explosive phase of growth in population and resource consumption. We must find a way to squeeze humanity’s growing demand for food, fiber, and fuel within the Earth’s capacity for sustainable production, while maintaining the health and diversity of the biosphere. Now and going forward we are determining, by our decisions and actions, whether the transition to sustainability will be smooth and pleasant or abrupt and unpleasant. To tip the scales in favor of a pleasant transition will require the efforts of very many clever people who understand both biology and technology. Fortunately, those are just the kind of people who form the membership of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering.
We are always looking for new members to strengthen our organization. Have you asked a colleague about joining CSBE/SCGAB?
It will not be all that long before existing members will be receiving their notice to renew their membership for 2015. There are 4 categories of membership. These include student, regular member, member emeritus and fellow. Here is a brief outline of each category;
Student Member: is defined as an undergraduate or graduate student studying some aspect of bioengineering or interested in this area of study. Since the school year and calendar year do not coincide, a first time student member joining CSBE/SCGAB between September and December of the calendar year will have his membership run until the following December (up to 16 months). After that the student membership runs on the calendar year like all other member grades. If you have contact with engineering students invite them to consider membership in CSBE.
Regular Member: is a person who through employment, scientific attainments, education, or experience is interested in the advancement of the objectives of the Society. This is our main membership category and is the life blood of the CSBE/SCGAB. When renewing your membership, think about asking a colleague to consider joining if not already a member.
Member Emeritus: is a member aged 65 or more who has retired from professional life but who wishes to maintain professional contact with CSBE/SCGAB. This member category has all member benefits except voting privileges. A member or ex-member may either ask or be invited to become a “Member Emeritus”. If you qualify for this member designation, give it consideration as the dues are minimal.
Fellow: is an honorary status to which 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 fields of agricultural, food, and biological engineering. Additionally, a “fellow” shall have been a member of the Society for at least 10 years and have 20 years of active practice in the profession. If you wish to nominate a member for this honour, please let us know.
Hugh Fraser, Ontario regional director
Hugh Fraser received undergrad and master degrees from the University of Guelph and is an agricultural engineer with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) at Vineland, Ontario. He is the provincial engineering specialist on horticultural crop protection and post-harvest handling and a member of CSBE since 1980.
Hugh has extensive training and experience on conflict resolution for on-farm nuisance complaints, such as noise, under the Farming and Food Production Protection Act. He has an Executive Certificate in Conflict Management from Stitt Feld Handy Group. He holds an environmental noise certificate from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and has investigated hundreds of agricultural nuisance noise issues.
Hugh is the provincial lead on the Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) formulae for siting livestock facilities from incompatible uses such as homes; and vice versa.
Hugh is an international expert on; wind machines for cold-injury protection; forced-air cooling of horticultural produce; bird predation control in horticultural settings; design of reusable plastic containers for horticultural produce; moisture migration into polyurethane foam insulation; and dead farm animal disposal.
Hugh has authored over 25 factsheets for OMAFRA and 16 papers at CSBE/ASABE technical meetings
Hugh’s varied hobbies include; walking with his wife (2000 km annually); juggling (often while walking); refinishing antique Canadiana furniture; playing hockey; curling; researching family history; drawing/writing cartoons; playing harmonica; constructing/selling duct tape wallets (a passion!); and an obsession with old barns, sadly disappearing from the Canadian landscape. Hugh is writing a book about goofy things he has seen and done (kids said to do it), and is attending intermediate oral/written French classes.
Dr. Linoj Kumar, British Columbia regional director
On behalf of all CSBE/SCGAB members, the Council would like to welcome the 106 new members who joined the Society between April 2014 and July 2014 !
S M Hassan Shahrukh
Chi Kit Chan
Maria Garcia Holguera
Manitoba section of CSBE, Biosystems Engineering Graduate Students’ Association (BEGSA), CSBE Undergraduate Student Chapter and Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba jointly organized a “Networking BBQ” at Room E2-229, EITC, University of Manitoba on September 9, 2014. Invitations were sent out to all CSBE members in our region. Executive members of CIFST (Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology) also invited for this event. The total attendance for this event was 98, which include graduate and under graduate students, academic members of department of biosystems engineering, industry members and 6 executives from CIFST. The BBQ started at 6 pm, and the key item on the menu was chicken prepared using the “secret biosystems engineering recipe". Dr. Danny Mann welcomed the new students to the department and Chella Vellaichamy, Manitoba regional director talked about benefits of CSBE membership. Kevin Seegal, Chair of CIFST Manitoba section explained about CIFST membership and Elizabeth Harris, President, UMCSBE thanked all the participants. All the participants enjoyed the interaction with fellow students and staffs in the warm indoor facility on a cold, windy evening with nice food. Most of the people stayed till 8:00 pm, and event ended with a musical chair game. Special thanks to Steven Murray, Elizabeth Harris and other executive members of U of M CSBE Student Chapter for organizing this BBQ and BEGSA for their financial support.
We face significant challenges with the continued use of oil, from concerns about carbon emissions contributing to climate change to on-going depletion of finite oil reserves affecting the lifestyles of future generations. It is inevitable that we will have to evolve from a finite, hydrocarbon driven global industry to a more sustainable, “carbohydrate based” society. Being a forest rich province, transformation to bioeconomy provides enormous opportunities to British Columbia for the effective utilisation of its abundantly available forest biomass.
One of the consequences of climate change we had to face in BC was the mountain pine beettle infestation of the trees. This beetle generally plays an important role in the life of the forest, attacking old and weakened trees and promoting the growth of young forests. However, warmer summers and mild winters in BC resulted in the spread of the epidemic to more than half a million hectares in 1990. Growing imbalance on the climate change has caused a much vigorous spread by the end of the decade reaching approximately 15 million hectares of infested trees. This has created an abundance of wood beyond its traditional applications such as lumber or pulp and paper and created potential opportunities to use these biomass resources as a future feedstock for biorefinery.
Despite the abundant availability, one of the biggest challenges for the large scale processing of biomass is their low bulk density and high moisture content which limit their long distance transportation over long distances. It has been shown that in order meet IEA target of reducing the carbon emissions by 2050, we have to trade and process approximately 100 billion cubic meters of biomass, which is an order of magnitude higher than today’s global energy commodity infrastructure. This is where densification technologies can make a difference. Densification processes such as pelletisation can enhance the bulk density of biomass 4-6 times higher thus improving the tradability of biomass over long distances.
Twenty years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine the export of wood pellets from Canada to Europe or Asia. However, a combination of higher oil prices, relief from oil import dependency and carbon reduction strategies of several nations have made the co-firing of biomass for electricity production more economically and socially desirable. Together with these factors, densification of biomass substantially changed the economics of moving biomass around the globe. In the last 10 years, global wood pellets production has increased from zero to 16 million tonnes. Canada, together with the USA, is the world’s largest pellet exporters exceeding two million tonnes in 2013 with British Columbia being the dominant exporter of pellets as was triggered by the mountain pine beetle epidemic. Most of the Canadian wood pellets are exported to Europe over a distance of 16,000 km.
Dear Potential Authors and Presenters
This is to inform you that the deadline for submission of Abstracts for the 2015 Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC2015) to be held at the Hotel Omni Mont-Royalin Montreal in May 2015 has been moved to October 15, 2014.
For more information on the conference, please visit: http://www.cctc2015.ca/Page2.html
Peter Ozemoyah (PhD)
(Chairman Publicity Subcommittee, CCTC2015)
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.
Rick Atkins, P.Eng, Fellow CSBE
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee