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.

Maple Leaf Award

This award is given to honour members of the CSBE/SCGAB who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the profession. It is the highest award made by the Society in recognition of leadership in the profession. The award is given for outstanding personal qualities, society activities, and professional abilities. The award recipient is selected from nominations from five members of the CSBE/SCGAB and must receive the unanimous consent of the Awards Committee. The recipient must have been a member of the Society for at least ten years.

Ce prix est remis à un membre qui s'est distingué par ses qualités de chef au sein de la profession. C'est le prix le plus prestigieux de la SCGAB/CSBE et il est remis en reconnaissance de leadership pour l'avancement de la profession. Il souligne des qualités personnelles, des activités au sein de la SCGAB/CSBE, une contribution remarquable et des compétences professionnelles. Le récipiendaire est choisi parmi les candidats mis en nomination par cinq membres. Il doit recevoir l'appui unanime des membres du comité des distinctions. Le récipiendaire est membre de la SCGAB/CSBE depuis au moins dix ans.

Nomination Form

maple.rtf | maple.pdf

2014 Maple Leaf Award

pannetonBERNARD  PANNETON, ing. PhD, CSBE/SCGAB FELLOW is the recipient of the CSBE-SCGAB Maple Leaf Award for 2014 in recognition of  his outstanding contributions to engineering for agricultural, food and biological systems through service to CSAE/SCGR and ASBAE through Research, Extension and Teaching activities.

Bernard obtained a BSc in agricultural engineering from Laval University in 1980, an MSc in agricultural engineering from Laval University in 1982, an MSc.A. from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies in 1984 and a PhD from the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies in 1988. Since 1988, he has worked as a research scientist for the Horticultural Research and Development Centre (Agriculture and Agri-food Canada) at Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, Canada. His main areas of research are engineering for plant protection, applied spectroscopy, precision agriculture and data analysis. He was involved in research activities at the regional, national and international levels.

Dr Panneton was granted two patents on sprayer technology that reduced the environmentl impact. He published over 54 scientific papers including over 40 as first or second author. He also published 8 book chapters, was editor on 2 books on physical control methods for plant protection and has authored many research and technical reports. He presented papers at several scientific and technical meeting at the regional, national and international levels. He has been adjunct professor at Laval University in the departments of Agricultural Engineering, Plant Science and Mechanical Engineering and at Université de Sherbrooke in the MSc  program in Environmental Studies. He served on several scientific and technical committees for CSABE/SCGAB, ASABE, CIGR and for specialized scientific conferences worldwide. He was Associate Editor for the Canadian Biosystem Engineering Journal from 2002 to 2006. He chaired the NSERC Mechanical Engineering Committee - Fluid for 2 years. On a continuous basis since 1990, Dr Panneton supervised undergraduate as well as graduate students (MSc and PhD) who came to his laboratory to perform experimental work. Dr Panneton received a Superior ASAE Paper in 2001, the CSBE Glenn Downing Award in 2005 and became Fellow of the CSBE in 2010.

Dr. Panneton is well known for his integrity and scientific ability. His publications and reviews of scientific manuscripts are noted for their depth, thoroughness, and scientific rigor. He often says to students that engineering is putting science to work and that good engineering should be based on a good understanding of the best science available. This is the challenge he offered to the students who came to his laboratory for training and clearly, he always did his best and succeeded in standing up to this challenge.

As a researcher, he always took pride in performing technology transfer to the farming community. His numerous talks on spray application technology contributed to the adoption of better practices that resulted in reduced pesticide use that contributed to better environmental and human health.

2013 Maple Leaf Award

mclaughlinDr. Neil McLaughlin is receiving the 2013 CSBE Maple Leaf Award for his contributions to engineering for agricultural, food and biological systems through service to CSBE/SCGAB, ASABE, and society via extension and research activities. Dr. McLaughlin grew up on a farm in Eastern Ontario, and received his degrees from the University of Guelph, University of Saskatchewan, and Cornell University, all in agricultural engineering. He worked for two years as an agricultural engineering extension specialist with the Ontario government, and over 40 years with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) as an engineer and a research scientist in Lethbridge, AB, Swift Current, SK and Ottawa, ON. Dr. McLaughlin has served on editorial boards of six scientific journals including three terms, one as editor-in-chief, on the editorial board of Canadian Agricultural / Biosystems Engineering. He was a member and held offices in many ASABE technical committees, and regional and national advisory committees. He has held adjunct professorships at six universities in Canada and China, and served on the graduate student or thesis review committees of 14 graduate students in Canada, and six visiting Ph.D. students from universities in China. He has provided engineering input and leadership in many collaborative research projects with soils and crops scientists at government, university and industry centres in Eastern Canada and has enhanced their field experiments to yield engineering information. His research program has a strong technology transfer component with numerous presentations at farm and public events. He designed and staffed exhibits for major farm shows including Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, International Plowing Match, and Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. He has established collaborative research with China in conservation tillage, and he has provided substantial help in writing scientific manuscripts to many Ph.D. students in Canada and China. He is widely recognized among the Chinese Ph.D. students as one of the best mentors. 

2019    Ali Madani
2018    Ramesh Rudra
2017    Qiang Zhang
2016    Shiv Prasher
2015    Stefan Centkowski
2014    Bernard Panneton
2013    Neil McLaughlin
2012    Dr. Jim Townsend
2011    Daniel Massé
2010    Clément Vigneault
2009    Shahab Sokhansanj
2008    Ronald D. MacDonald
2007    Digvir S. Jayas
2006    John Feddes
2005    Abdel E. Ghaly
2004    R. Lal Kushwaha
2003    Philippe Savoie
2002    No award
2001    K. Christopher Watts
2000    Ernest M. Barber
1999    Lambert Otten
1998    William E. Muir
1997    G.S. Vijaya Raghavan
1996    No award
1995    Jan Jofriet
1994    E. Martin Wrubleski
1993    Ron Britton
1992    Don Norum
1991    Ed Brubaker
1990    No award
1989    Brian McQuitty
1988    No award
1987    Walter Bilanski
1986    Denis Desilets
1985    Jack Pos
1984    John Turnbull
1983    Gerry Zoerb
1982    John Ogilvie
1981    Garland Laliberte
1980    Herb Lapp
1979    Ron Robinson
1978    Robert Broughton
1977    Len Staley*

* Deceased