Each year, the CSBE/SCGAB presents Awards and Grade of Fellows to celebrate and encourage excellence within the Canadian bioengineering community.
Please consider nominating a member. The nominations must be received by the Committees by May 1.

Fellow Awards

The designation "Grade of 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. 

Nomination as a Fellow may be made to the Fellows Committee by ten members in good standing. To be elected, a nominee must be unanimously approved by all members of the Fellows Committee.

Awards and Fellow status are given for outstanding contributions through work in one or more of the following:

  • Design and development based on originality, practicality, and applicability; the awardee must have made the major contribution to the concepts, design or development recognized.
  • Extension and management based on a record of high quality work in agricultural, food, and/or biological engineering extension such as leading in extension education through groups or T.V., or by assisting farmers in innovation of new farmstead systems or components. Alternatively, the awardee may be recognized for outstanding managerial work in the food processing industry, building firms, machinery firms, irrigation firms or land drainage.
  • Teaching and/or research based on a record of good teaching involving innovation in teaching or course development, and professional and enthusiastic leadership to students. Alternatively, the Awardee may be recognized for research abilities and achievements through the development of new theoretical concepts, or the design and execution of good experiments to prove conclusively the answer to some questions of value to agricultural, food and/or biological engineering.

Prepare a nomination for the grade of Fellow

2014 Fellow Award

atkinsCSBE/SCGAB FELLOW RICHARD (RICK) P. ATKINS, M.Sc. P Eng, Branch Head, Technology and Innovation Branch, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, is being honored for his leadership, management and contributions to the bioengineering profession through a career in extension, programming, research and development in direct support of sustainable and competitive agriculture.
Being born and raised on a mixed farm in Alberta, Rick has a strong, practical connection to the agricultural industry. As a leader, manager, professional engineer, mentor and educator he has dedicated his career to making significant difference in the industry. His technical expertise has evolved from power and machinery to livestock engineering, farm water, irrigation, on-farm processing, renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental engineering.

Rick’s ability to adapt to emerging agricultural issues and focus efforts on industry needs has been a key area of success. The on-going development and empowerment of his staff has served his work units well in their ability to adapt and survive the cyclical nature of government programming and budgeting.

A key principle of his leadership has been the importance of extension and follow-through to the end user. This has ensured the relevance of accomplished work and the adoption of new technologies and practices in keeping the industry competitive. Building strong relationships is a key success factor towards achieving outcomes and leveraging resources (expertise, funding and infrastructure). His systems approach to solving problems has led to partnerships with universities, colleges, applied research organizations, industry associations, producer groups, municipalities, federal agencies, and other ministries. As a result of these experiences and his approach, Rick has had successful impact on policy development, development of government strategies and program implementation.

Rick has been a member of CSBE/SCGAB and ASABE for 37 years and has been a participant in many of the CSBE/SCGAB and ASABE meetings and conferences, and ASABE regional meetings. Rick has also served two terms as Alberta Regional Director for CSBE/SCGAB.  Previous awards include PNW Region ASABE Engineer of the Year, the CSBE/SCGAB Glen Downing Award and internal ministry recognition awards for his management and leadership abilities. In addition he has been a member of APEGA for 35 years and continues to employ and mentor young engineers in the area of bioengineering.

The CSBE/SCGAB Grade of Fellow is awarded to Rick for his leadership, management and contributions to the bioengineering profession through a career in extension, programming, research and development in direct support of a sustainable and competitive agricultural industry. 

2013 Fellow Award

sankatProfessor Clement Sankat is nominated for his contributions to engineering for agricultural, food and biological systems over 37 years as a member of CSBE/SCGAB and 33 years ASABE through Teaching, Research, Development and Public service specifically in the area of Post-harvest Technology, Processing of Tropical Crops and Food Engineering and Managing Innovations, service to engineering profession in Caribbean nations and leadership role in various committees and organizations, particularly at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad.

Professor Sankat has contributed significantly to the field of agricultural engineering. He grew up in Guyana SA. and with a combination of a strong farm and agronomic background, coupled with the formal training in engineering at the UWI in Trinidad and at the University of Guelph in Canada provided the basis for a very productive career in machinery design, post-harvesting and processing technology of tropical agricultural products worldwide. The technology developed for Nutmeg and Coconut processing, Crop Drying and Storage, Solar and Mixed Mode Drying, Osmotic Dehydration, Refrigerated and Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Fruits and Vegetables, Storage of Root Crops, Salting and Drying of Fish, the processing and use of sugarcane bagasse and corn stover in ruminant feeding have been published with many commercialized and are finding their way into Government/Public policy formulation.

2013 Fellow Award

smallMr. Doug Small P.Eng., P.Ag. is the Vice-President and a Senior Design Engineer for DGH Engineering.

Mr. Small is recognized for over forty years of leadership in providing engineering services to commercial agriculture. Early in his career in the Extension Service with Manitoba Agriculture, he helped a then fledgling potato industry develop into a large and vibrant sector of the farm economy in Manitoba. He pioneered the development of potato storage systems and assisted with the development and evolution of planting and harvesting systems for a wide variety of specialty field crops.

In more recent years, Mr. Small has provided leadership in the development and implementation of guidelines and regulations that have successfully integrated intensive animal production systems into the crop production and nutrient management environment. Most recently he has had an active role in shaping the Manitoba Farm Building Code, insuring that producers interests are considered.

2018    Dennis Hodgkinson
2018    Sylvio Tessier
2018    Stéphane Godbout
2017    Valérie Orsat
2017    Srti Ranjan
2017    Ying Chen
2016    Micheal Ngadi
2016    Ronald MacDonald
2015    Yves Choinière
2015    Qiang Zhang
2014    Rick Atkins
2013    Doug D. Small
2013    Clement K. Sankat
2012    Stefan Cenkowski
2011    No award
2010    Gauri Mittal, Bernard Panneton
2009    No award
2008    Robert Kok    Robert Kok    Ali Madani    Hosahalli Ramaswamy                
2007    Suzelle F. Barrington    Daniel I. Massé    Neil B. McLaughlin    William E. Muir    Shiv Om Prasher   James S. Townsend    Philippe Savoie
2006    David R. Hundeby                            
2005    Digvir S. Jayas    Chandra A. Madramootoo    Ramesh P. Rudra                    
2004    Abdel Ghaly    Pierre J. Jutras    Egon Rapp    Clément Vigneault                
2003    Wayne E. Coates    Shahab Sokanhsanj                        
2002    Ernest M. Barber    J. Brian McQuitty                        
2001    John J. Feddes    Jerry Leonard    K.Victor Lo    Aly Shady                
2000    John K. Higgins    Edward McKyes    Gerald Misener    Lambert Otten    G.S.Vijaya Raghavan            
1999    Radhey Lal Kushwaha    Eric R. Norris    Angèle St. Yves    K. Chris Watts                
1998    Donald A. Allen    Paul J. Barlott    M.G. (Ron) Britton    Dennis Darby    Graeme. Linkletter    Donald I. Norum    E. Martin Wrubleski    
1997    No awards                            
1996    No awards   
1995    Norman A. Bird                            
1994    Denis Désilets                            
1993    No awards                            
1992    Jan C. Jofriet                            
1991    No awards                            
1990    Haines E. Bellman*                            
1989    Walter K. Bilanski    Mottie Feldman                        
1988    John E. Turnbull                            
1987    Len M. Staley*                            
1986    No awards                            
1985    David C. Milligan                            
1984    Garland A. Laliberte    Eric B. Moysey                        
1983    Earl D. Gilchrist    Jacob Pos                        
1982    J. Edward Brubaker*    Kenneth W.Domier                        
1981    Robert S. Broughton    Fenton V. McHardy    John R .Ogilvie    Gerald C.Zoerb
1980    No awards  
1979    Edward P. Hudek    Oliver  L. Symes*                        
1978    Herbert M. Lapp    Barney T. Stephanson*                        
1977    Frank H. Theakston                            
1976    Hugh D. Ayers    J. Arnold Roberts*                        
1975    D. Tracy Anderson*                            
1974    Ray P. Frey*    J. K. MacKenzie*    Glen L.Shanks*    W. C. Wilcox*                
1973    Jim Beamish*    Glenn C.E. Downing*