Edmonton 2015 News

Monday, 14 September 2015 14:00

AGM 2015 pictures

What a great meeting! The CSBE/SCGAB would like to thanks all participants and organizers who make this event a success. Here is some pictures from the conference.


President Grant Clark


Rich Smith – Sponsor Alberta Beef Producers


Plenary Session – Re-assessing our toolbox: Solving the World’s Wicked Problems


Dr.   Stanford Blade, Dean, Faculty of Agricultural, Life and  Environmental Sciences


Terry Howell, President, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers


Students attending


Blake Bissonnette and Jinhao Dong – Undergraduate Thesis Award


Antonio Camacho and Raquel Labranche, Undergraduate Project Award


Mahdi Vaezi – Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)


Aitazaz A. Farooque -  Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)


Jun Sian Lee - Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)


Vera Boza Zurowsky – Oral Presentation Winner


Ramanpreet Grewal – Oral Presentation Winner


Grant Clark passing the gavel to President Sylvio Tessier


Sylvio outlines his vision for 2015-2016


Dairy tour


Willow production for biofuel


Ike, Irene and Chris keeping the conference on track


Using drone technology for agricultural production data


Yves Choiniere – CSBE Fellow


Stefan Cenkowski – Maple Leaf Award


Suresh Neethirajan – Young Engineer of the Year Award


Ron Larsen for OPI – Advancing Grain Storage Management– Industrial Award


Valerie Orsat – John Clark Award


Carol Plouffe – Glenn Downing Award


Murray Tenove – Jim Beamish


Panel Discusion led by Peter Block, Sean Royer, Tracy Scott and Mike Slomp - The Impact of Social License on Sustainable Food Production in Canada

Thursday, 21 May 2015 21:36

Student Competitions at AGM 2015

CSBE/SCGAB 2015 Local Organizing Committee has arranged for two student competitions: “Best Oral Presentation” and “Best Poster Presentation”. Students attending conference should declare their intent to enter to Karen Yakimishyn (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) by June 19, 2015.  Please indicate your paper ID# and whether you wish to compete in the oral or poster competition.

Judges, selected from CSBE/SCGAB members attending the conference, will utilize a standardized scoring sheet to provide results to the Student Competition Leader and the CSBE/SCGAB Society Manager, John Feddes. Cash awards ($100) and certificates will be presented at the Wednesday luncheon.

The areas used to evaluate presentations will be as follows:

Oral presentation

  • Organization
  • Delivery
  •  Use of visual aids
  • Content and responsiveness to audience

Poster presentation

  • Organization of material
  • Image content and quality
  • Written word
  • Presentation/overall content
  • Question and answer effectiveness

Thank you for considering competing in this presentation competition!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 15:39

Registration now OPEN

The conference local arrangements committee (LAC) led by the Honourable Chair, Rick Atkins, has been super busy planning and preparing to host CSBE members and non-members from across Canada, the USA and abroad. With the abstract submission deadline over on March 13, 2015, we have received a total of 109 abstracts on various fascinating and intriguing topics relevant to food, agriculture, water, energy and machinery. The conference program is designed to offer delegates a variety of stimulating, as well as relaxing activities and events, including:

  • Exhibits
  • Technical Poster Presentations
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Opening Reception
  • Plenary Session
  • Technical Oral Presentations
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Monday Evening Social
  • Technical Tours
  • CSBE Awards Banquet
  • Panel Discussion
  • Student Awards Luncheon

 Early bird registration is now open, until June 5, 2015. Please check the website https://www.csbe-scgab.ca/edmonton2015-program for details regarding the technical program. 

Four professional development workshops will be offered, with two workshops scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, July 5, and two workshops scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, July 8. The workshops are spread out over two different days to allow delegates flexibility in making travel and other arrangements without missing out on valuable professional development opportunities.

The technical tours are slated for Tuesday, July 7, and are aimed at exposing delegates to innovations in water, energy and biosystems in Alberta. Three tours are being planned to sites within an hour’s drive from Edmonton. Visit the conference website link for more information.  


Conference registration fees will be broken down into an early bird rate for CSBE members, non-members, retired CSBE members and students, and a regular rate that will take effect after the early bird registration period expires on June 4, 2015. Visit the conference website link for more information.

Rates for daily conference registration, professional development workshops, Monday evening social, technical tours and CSBE awards banquet have also been posted on the website.


For delegates flying into Edmonton, an airport shuttle is available to transport you to the Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre at a reduced rate. Details can be found on the conference website link.


A block of rooms has been reserved at Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre at a discounted rate for CSBE conference delegates. The deadline to take advantage of the discounted room rate is June 3, 2015.

Alternative options for lodging are also available well within walking distance of Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre. Details can be found on the conference website link.


Delegates registered for the conference will have the benefit of enjoying an opening reception, at least one complimentary breakfast and two complimentary lunches. Dining arrangements can also be sought within Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre or at several other outlets in close proximity to the conference centre.


The timing of the 2015 CSBE conference coincides with several other events and festivities occurring in Edmonton, surrounding communities and Calgary, which is only about a 3-hour drive south of Edmonton, and of course our scenic Rocky Mountains to the west. Delegates may choose to make a holiday of their trip to Edmonton for the 2015 CSBE conference. Checkout the conference website for additional information.

Ike Edeogu
Regional Director, CSBE Alberta

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. 

Yours truly,

Rick Atkins, P.Eng, Fellow CSBE
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

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