Winnipeg 2017

Monday, 19 June 2017 13:12

Competitions during the AGM

Photography Contest

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The photography contest is open to both students and professionals. The pictures and write up are to be focused on the theme of the conference: Food, fuel, fibre, and sustainability. 

Entries will be accepted starting June 1, 2017, until August 1, 2017. Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. 

The top three entries for each of the two categories shall be selected by vote during the CSBE 2017 conference. Each of the winners will receive prizes, and the first-place student will receive $100. The awards will be presented to the winners during the CSBE Awards Ceremony on August 8, 2017.

To enter the contest, complete the entry form then send your photography to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Example Layout 1 (PDF)Example Layout 2 (PDF)Example Poster Submission (PDF)

Photography Contest Rules (PDF)

Tuesday, 23 May 2017 15:19

Get 10% discount on Winnipeg City Pass

To add to the enjoyment of your visit to Winnipeg, you may purchase a Winnipeg City Attractions Pass to take advantage of 8 top attractions within the city. We have arranged for conference delegates to receive free local delivery and 10% discount; please use coupon code 2017AGM to receive this special rate.


Winnipeg City Pass

Thursday, 16 March 2017 10:32

Invited Speakers - Winnipeg 2017

Food to health continuum and changing trends in how the public views food and food processing

Peter Jones

Biography:  Peter J. Jones, Canada Research Chair in Functional Foods and Nutrition, joined the University of Manitoba on November 1, 2005, as Director of the Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals. Dr. Jones main appointment is in the Department of Food Science with a cross-appointment in Human Nutritional Sciences. A native of Vancouver, Dr. Jones received a BSc degree in Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia. He obtained an MSc in Human Nutrition at the same institution before completing a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of Toronto in 1985. Then, after two years with the Clinical Nutrition Research Center at the University of Chicago as a Medical Research Council of Canada post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Jones spent several years on faculty with the Division of Human Nutrition at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Jones was Director of the School Dietetics and Human Nutrition at McGill University from 1994-1999; in addition to being a professor in the school and holding a cross-appointment in the Department of Medicine until 2005. Dr. Jones serves as Past-president of the Danone Institute for Nutrition in Canada and is a past-President of the Canadian Society for Nutritional Science. He served as Chairman of the Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals Board of the Vancouver-based Forbes Medi-tech group and sat on the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Health Organization, and United Nations University (FAO/WHO/UNU) Expert Consultant Panel for Energy and Protein Requirements in Human Nutrition. Dr. Jones' research interests cover cholesterol, fat and energy metabolism. He has applied novel stable isotope methodologies to examine the response of these areas of metabolism to dietary intervention. His research group has been active in exploring the dietary determinants which control cholesterol biosynthesis absorption and turnover in humans, as well as how plant sterols act in functional foods as cholesterol-lowering agents. Other areas of research have included re-establishing energy needs in sub-groups of the Canadian population and exploring which fats confer optimal health during weight reducing diets. Dr. Jones has published over 350 peer-reviewed research articles and reviews in international journals, as well as chapters in leading nutrition textbooks. Dr. Jones received the Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Nutrition research in 1997 and the McCollum Award from the Canadian Nutrition Society in 2013.


Emerging Opportunities in the Canadian Food Industry

Alphonsus Utioh

The Canadian food industry is estimated to be the largest manufacturing sector in Canada employing over 240,000 people; and provides for approximately 75% of the processed foods and beverages consumed in Canada.  The emerging and growing areas of the sector are food and health as well as food waste management for sustainability.  In addition, consumers demand clean label and environmentally sustainable foods. These growing areas are creating opportunities for innovation and development of new, value-added ingredients and food products from agricultural commodities.  Companies are looking at their processing by-products and effluent streams differently to mine all the values from their processes for increased sustainability and profitability.  The Food Development Centre, a Special Operating Agency of the Province of Manitoba, plays the role of assisting companies in meeting these new demands and needs through technology and product development.  The presentation will outline some of the emerging opportunities and challenges, and how the industry is working to address them.

Biography:  Alphonsus Utioh is the Manager of Research and Development at the Food Development Centre.  He has over twenty-five years of experience working in the agri-food industry.  He has conducted and managed many industry-driven food processing research and development projects, including extraction and concentration of high-value components from fruits, vegetables, grains and oilseeds.  He has successfully developed and commercialized many food products and ingredients including functional beverages, energy bars, specialty oils, vegetable proteins, seabuckthorn products, salted and breaded fish and confectionary products.   His areas of professional expertise and interest include protein extraction, supercritical fluid extraction for high-value bioactive components, membrane filtration, drying technologies, functional food development and processing; and recovery of high value ingredients from food processing effluents.  He has extensive experience in many unit operations ranging from prototype development to pilot scale processes; and working with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  Alphonsus has a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Ottawa, Canada and Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.  Alphonsus is a registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Human Nutritional Sciences, University of Manitoba.  Alphonsus is a member of many scientific/industry associations, including the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology.


Smart utilization of food component interactions and processing technologies in the delivery of consumer foods with nutritional, functional and sensory advantages

Dongxiao Sun-Waterhouse

Food safety, security and nutritional quality are key concerns. Growing and aging populations, fast-paced modern lifestyles, and increased exposure to pollution and unhealthy diets cause ever-increasing psychological and physical stress in humans. Direct intake of specific bioactives or their combinations in the human diet and indirect enrichment of endogenous antioxidants can lower oxidative or metabolic stress below the homeostatic set point to achieve better health and sustainable wellness. Food innovation and manufacturing is presently focused on novel ways to maximize the use of food resources whilst increasing the efficiency of delivering natural goodness to consumers. This speech will provide an overview of recent technological innovations with this focus. The importance of optmizing the interactions among food components during processing to create favourable synergies in food quality, efficacy and palatability is highlighted.

Biography:  Dr. Dongxiao Sun-Waterhouse is the Chair of the Functional/Wellness Foods & Nutrition Working Group of the International Commission of Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering, a Chair Professor of Shandong Agricultural University and South China University of Technology, and a Fellow of New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology. She has worked in and with international food industries, academia and government research organizations. Dongxiao has served as a Conference Convenor, Conference Chair, Keynote/Invited Speaker, Scientific Advisory Board or Organising Committee member in a number of international and national conferences in the areas of food science and technology, functional foods and agricultural biotechnology. She was the Convenor of the 9th CIGR Section VI International Technical Symposium that was held in Auckland, New Zealand, November 2015, and a Track Chair of the Global Biotechnology Congress that was held in Boston, USA, August 2016.


Novel nanostructured thin film technologies for food adulterant detection, chemical sensingand controlled drug release

Geoffrey Waterhouse

Global concerns about food safety and human well-being stimulate the development of novel technologies for the detection of food adulterants, biosensing, point of care diagnostics (POCD), dynamic phototherapy and controlled drug delivery. The nanotechnology toolbox enables the creation of advanced composite materials and porous architectures that possess unique structural and functional advantages which can be exploited in all these applications. This talk will showcase some of our recent research targetting the development of smart nanostructured thin film coatings for chemical sensing and and tailored drug delivery. Particular emphasis will be placed on the development of 3-dimensionally ordered macroporous thin films for the detection of aqueous melamine by surface enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS), glucose biosensing and the electrically stimulated release of bioactives or drugs. The potential of chitosan-alginate mutilayer stacks in therapeutics will also be explored.

Biography:  Dr. Geoffrey Waterhouse is a Principal Investigator in the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials & Nanotechnology and an Associate Investigator in the Dodd Walls Centre for Photonics & Quantum Technologies (both are New Zealand Centres of Research Excellence). He is also a Guest Professor of the Key Laboratory of Photochemical Conversion and Optoelectronic Materials of Chinese Academy of Sciences, a Chair Professor of School of Materials Science and Engineering of South China University of Technology and an Associate Professor of School of Chemical Sciences of the University of Auckland. His research expertise includes nanomaterials synthesis, optical sensor development, catalysis and the development of in-situ surface analytical spectroscopies, with a further recent focus on drug delivery devices. He has published over 100 journal papers and book chapters in the past 6 years, including high impact factor journal publications in Nature Chemistry, JACS, Advanced Materials, Advanced Energy Materials,Advanced Science, Chemistry of Materials, Journal of Catalysis, Chemical Communications and Scientific Reports. Geoffrey is one of New Zealand’s foremost users of synchrotron techniques, and holds a number of elected positions in the Australasian synchrotron science community including the New Zealand Synchrotron Group Access Committee and the Australian Synchrotron User Advisory Committee.


Trends in Agriculture – an Equipment Manufacturer’s Point of View

Kiera Young, Director of Design Engineering, MacDon Industries Ltd.
Ben Foster, Product Manager, MacDon Industries Ltd.

Agriculture tends to be a diverse, dynamic industry, where farming practices continually evolve. It is typical to find significant variation region to region, even among producers of the same crops. These changes can be driven by technological advances, the evolution of crop genetics, the availability of natural resources, changing weather patterns, market demand and government regulation. In the equipment manufacturing segment, successfully adapting to changing trends is essential. Producers are continually seeking innovative equipment that provides the maximum value for their organization and suits their specific needs.  For over 65 years MacDon Industries Ltd. and its predecessor Killbery Industries Ltd., have been leaders in the technology, innovation and manufacturing of high quality, high performance harvesting equipment. Their harvesting history is rooted deep in the rich prairie heritage of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. As family-owned companies, MacDon and Killbery kept their values firmly intact while becoming world-class equipment manufacturers. Kiera Young and Ben Foster will provide insights from a manufacturer’s point of view about major trends in agriculture today, and the changes those trends are driving in the design and application of agricultural equipment. With a focus on harvesting equipment, they will attempt to convey some of the challenges and opportunities facing manufacturers and producers today, and highlight the day-to-day impact that Biosystems Engineering has on both of those industries.


Biomass to Bioenergy Processes: A Utilities perspective

Dennis St. George

Biography:  Dennis St. George is a Professional Engineer with Manitoba Hydro where he is responsible for delivering technical and business solutions to customers with biologically based processes, applications and issues. In this role Dennis has gained extensive experience on the development and commercialization of several bio-based products and services. Renewable and clean energy systems are one of Dennis’s key areas of expertise. Dennis is a Certified Measurement and Verification Performance Professional (CMVP) and a Distributed Generation Certified Professional (DGCP); two designations recognized to evaluate and lead energy efficiency and renewable energy projects.


Future opportunities and risk in food processing: focus on pork production

Claude Vielfaure

Biography:  Claude Vielfaure is involved in the growth of HyLife as a co-founder with his brothers and partners, starting with a 200 head sow base and transitioning the company to an integrated 78,000 sow company. HyLife includes feed manufacturing, genetics, commercial production, transportation and a pork processing plant. Claude sits on the board of directors of HyLife.  In addition, Claude participates at the national level by sitting on the board of directors for the Canadian Pork Council and Manitoba Pork Council. Claude also participates in the Pork Value Chain Roundtable.


Initiatives of the Composites Innovation Centre in the area of bio-fibre and bio-composites

Shawna DuCharme

Biography: Shawna DuCharme is Principal Engineer for the Product Innovation team at the Composites Innovation Innovation Centre (CIC) in Winnipeg, Canada. She obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace, from the University of Manitoba. Her previous experience working in the aerospace industry has included various roles encompassing design, mechanical and thermal analysis, materials and process engineering, and project management related to the use of composite materials in both aircraft and spacecraft structures. In 2015, she transitioned to her present position at the CIC and shifted her career focus to technology development for bio-based composites and natural fibres. She is currently responsible for oversight of a portfolio of CIC projects aimed at developing and commercializing applications of biomaterials, and through this role, provides support to industry clients across various sectors including transportation, building products, and consumer goods.


Innovation in bio-fibre and bio-products

Eric Liu, R&D Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture


Ecological Engineering at world’s only whole-ecosystem freshwater research facility

Matt McCandless, Executive Director, IISD Experimental Lakes Area Inc.


Innovation in sensing and control in post-harvest storage systems

Paul Card, CEO and President, 151 Research


Special Guest Speaker at Awards Banquet

Diana Nicholson

Diana Nicholson graduated from the Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba in 2006. Although she is employed by an engineering consulting company to pay her bills, she has a passion for using her engineering education to help people in crisis. She is unafraid to go where she’s needed most and work with people in crisis, including those surrounded by disease, disaster and armed conflict. Partnering with Doctors Without Borders, she has been to turbulent refugee camps in Chad, South Sudan and the Central African Republic, and to the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. As a water sanitation specialist Nicholson designed and built structures to bring clean water—along with hope and dignity—to communities in turmoil. She’s spent a combined two years overseas, building latrines, assembling piping networks—even building a water treatment plant in only a few days to serve 50,000 refugees.  Diana was the 2016 recipient of the University of Manitoba Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Diana has kindly agreed to share stories of her experiences.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:15

Registration information

General information

Online registration will open on April 1st 2017. Only online and mail-in payment will be accepted. See Registration payment methods and conditions below for more information.

Registration fees

The registration fees for FULL registrants includes:

  • Access to all technical sessions
  • Sunday evening Networking Reception
  • Breakfasts from Monday to Thursday
  • Lunches from Monday to Wednesday
  • AGM and Award Banquet on Tuesday evening
  • Journey to Churchill dinner and networking event (Wednesday evening)
  • Workshop (Sunday afternoon)
  • Technical Tours (Thursday morning)
  • Coffee breaks and poster sessions


The registration fees for 1 DAY registrants includes:

  • Access to technical sessions the day you registered (Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday)
  • Sunday evening Networking Reception
  • Breakfast the day you registered
  • Lunch the day you registered
  • Coffee breaks and poster sessions


"Sunday-Monday" option for undergraduate students:

The registration fees for this option includes:

  • Access to all technical sessions on Monday
  • Sunday evening Networking Reception
  • Breakfast and lunch on Monday
  • Workshop (Sunday afternoon)
  • Coffee breaks and poster sessions


(Before June 15)
(After June 15)
CSBE or CIGR Member  $650  $750
Non-members  $750  $850
Retired Member  $350  $400
Undergraduate Student*  $200  $250
Graduate Student*  $300  $400
CSBE or CIGR Member $250 $300
Non-members $275 $325
Retired Member $175 $200
Undergraduate student "Sunday-Monday" option  $100  $100
OTHER EVENT REGISTRATION Adult Children under 12
 Ticket for Folklorama (Monday evening) $72  Free
Extra ticket for Sunday Networking Reception $25 Free
Extra ticket for AGM and Awards Banquet $50 $23
Extra ticket for "Journey to Churchill" $60 $14
*Student status: proof will be requested at the registration desk or when you register online.


For more information about the program, workshops, social activities, technical tours and accompanying person (guest) program, please visit our PROGRAM section

Information on Hotel reservation


Registration payment methods

Online payment by credit card
When you register online, you can pay by VISA, MasterCard or American Express. You have to provide cardholder name, card number, and expiry date. Credit card information are securely processed through our online partner (Paypal, www.paypal.ca). All credit card information is encrypted. 

To ensure that Paypal does not refuse the transaction, please enter the same email address in the Billing Information page as your active Paypal account. It is possible that Paypal refuses to process a transaction with an email address already associated with an account if you try to proceed with the transaction without logging in to that account. Before starting the registration, please check if you already have a PayPal account or ever complete a transaction with PayPal with the billing email. If you do not have a Paypal account, you can still make online payment as a guest.

Please register at: https://www.conftool.com/csbe-scgab2017/ (Note to Authors: please log in with the account ID you created for your submission. Your registration will be associated with your submission, which is mandatory to be included in the program)


You will receiving an email invoice of your registration. Please send a cheque or money order by mail before June 15 (payable to Canadian Society for Bioengineering) at the address below. Cross-border mail takes close to two weeks. Registrations received on or before June 15 will qualify for the early registration fee.

Department of Biosystems Engineering,
E2-376 EITC Building, 75A Chancellor Circle
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB  R3T 5V6

You will receiving an invoice from Paypal to pay online within the next 5 days.

No CALL IN payment will be accepted.

On-site payment
Payment by credit card will be available on-site during the conference for late registrants and for additional options (tours, extra ticket, etc.)


Registration conditions and policies

Registered participants who are unable to attend the conference will be entitled to a refund of their paid fees minus a processing fee of $25 provided written notice (by email, letter or fax) is received by the Conference organizers 20 days prior to Conference start date. All refunds will be made after the Conference.

Liability and Insurance
Participants are advised to make their own personal travel and health insurance arrangements. Neither the Local Organizing Committee nor the Conference Organizers assume any responsibility for damage or injury to persons or property during the congress.

The Local Organizing Committee is entitled to make changes to the program as deemed necessary.

Payments are securely processed through our online partner (Paypal, www.paypal.ca). All credit card information is encrypted. Your registration will normally be confirmed and accepted when your payment will be completed by our processor. Upon reception of this registration form, no verification will be made (by email or by phone) if the cardholder name matches the registrant name.


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Monday, 31 October 2016 11:15

Venue and Hosts

logo canad innsThe technical sessions and workshops will take place at the Canad Inns Polo Park

Address: 1405 St Matthews Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3G 3P7

Phone: 1-888-332-2623

Website : https://www.canadinns.com/stay/polo-park/home/



Monday, 31 October 2016 11:15

Local Arrangements Committee (LAC)


Danny Mann
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Program Chair

Nazim Cicek
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Members of Executive LAC

  • Fuji Jian
  • R. Sri Ranjan
  • Mashiur Rahman
  • Don Petkau
  • Sarah Slagerman
  • Tasneem Vahora
  • Janet Premak
  • Nammy Nadarajah
  • Keri Bouchard
  • René Morissette
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:15

Event Program

General program



Annual General Meeting is on August 7, 12 p.m.
Download the Annual report, agenda and Minutes from Halifax meeting


Important Information to Remember:

  1. The Conference registration fee will include a social event at the award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Learn more about this exhibit at www.assiniboineparkzoo.ca. You will have opportunity to purchase additional tickets for those who may be accompanying you to the conference.
  2. The date of the conference has been selected to take advantage of Winnipeg’s famous Folklorama festival (August 6-19, 2017). VIP Tours will be planned for the Monday evening of the conference if you are interested (this cost is not included in the conference registration fee). Contact www.folklorama.ca for more information about the world’s largest and longest
    running multicultural festival.
  3. Winnipeg will be hosting the Canada Summer Games from July 28 - August 13, 2017. Visit www.2017canadagames.ca to learn more about the sports included in these Games.
  4. Winnipeg is home to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights that opened in 2014. The purpose of the museum is to "explore the subject of human rights with a special but not exclusive reference to Canada, in order to enhance the public's understanding of human rights, to promote respect for others and to encourage reflection and dialogue." Visit www.humanrights.ca to learn more about this new addition to our city. 

We invite you to consider spending an extra day or two in Winnipeg to take advantage of these events that coincide with the conference. Remember to book your hotel by July 1st because the block of rooms being held for the conference will disappear quickly with all of the other activities happening in Winnipeg concurrently!


Technical program

Keynote Speakers

Read here full speakers profiles and presentations.

Food to health continuum and changing trends in how the public views food and food processing
Peter Jones

Emerging Opportunities in the Canadian Food Industry
Alphonsus Utioh

Smart utilization of food component interactions and processing technologies in the delivery of consumer foods with nutritional, functional and sensory advantages
Dongxiao Sun-Waterhouse

Novel nanostructured thin film technologies for food adulterant detection, chemical sensingand controlled drug release
Geoffrey Waterhouse

Trends in Agriculture – an Equipment Manufacturer’s Point of View
Kiera Young, Director of Design Engineering, MacDon Industries Ltd.
Ben Foster, Product Manager, MacDon Industries Ltd.

Biomass to Bioenergy Processes: A Utilities perspective
Dennis St. George

Future opportunities and risk in food processing: focus on pork production
Claude Vielfaure

Initiatives of the Composites Innovation Centre in the area of bio-fibre and bio-composites
Lin-P’ing Choo-Smith

Innovation in bio-fibre and bio-products
Eric Liu, R&D Specialist, Manitoba Agriculture

Ecological Engineering at world’s only whole-ecosystem freshwater research facility
Matt McCandless, Executive Director, IISD Experimental Lakes Area Inc.

Innovation in sensing and control in post-harvest storage systems
Paul Card, CEO and President, 151 Research

Special Guest Speaker at Awards Banquet
Diana Nicholson

Social events


Professional Development Workshop


1. Teaching and Learning with Technology – Learn to use Apps to enhance your Academic life

Presented by: R. Sri Ranjan, Ph.D., P.Eng.  Professor, Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba
Date: Sunday Aug 6, 1 to 3 pm
Location: Room 2 Canad Inn Polo Park
Cost: FREE

This hands-on workshop will walk you through Apps you can use to create and present slides and Apps that can add/replace a whiteboard, overhead projector, DVD player, and the document camera to your classroom! Although iOS apps for iPad will be demonstrated, you may be able to find equivalent Apps for other devices/operating systems.  Apps to enhance your research and graduate student interaction will also be demonstrated.  Bring your iPads/iPhones/Tablets/Phablets along and learn the “smart” part of these devices!

Download the Teaching and Learning Workshop Preparation Handout


Allan Mallory2. Alan Mallory: New Heights in Human Performance and Leadership

Date: Sunday Aug 6,  1 to 5 pm
Cost: FREE

Climbing Mount Everest is considered one of the humanity's greatest feats of endurance. The two-month expedition to the top of the world's highest peak is a project filled with unparalleled physical and mental challenges and some of the roughest, most extreme conditions imaginable.

Alan's dynamic workshop focusses on developing leaders and strengthening teams by reinforcing the professional development and project management skills that are essential for success.

Download the full workshop's presentation (PDF)



Technical Tours

Technical tours are planned for the morning of Thursday, August 10th. Following breakfast, conference delegates will be transported to the University of Manitoba and will visit the following four facilities (approximately 45 min at each location):

1. Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN)

The mission of RCFFN is to lead functional food and nutraceutical research for the improvement of health and nutrition, to support the development of an economically viable functional food industry in Manitoba and Western Canada. The RCFFN opened in 2006 and attracted immediate acclaim as one of the most advanced bioprocessing and product development facilities in Canada and around the world. RCFFN is dedicated to the discussion, discovery and development of functional foods and nutraceuticals; with a focus on the crops of the Canadian Prairies. Functional foods and enhanced foods recognized to have physiological and/or disease fighting benefits and nutraceuticals are control-dosage products derived from plants and dairy that have recognized health benefits. By identifying and enhancing health-promoting compounds found in prairie crops and using them to develop innovative functional foods and nutraceutical/natural health products, researchers at this world-class facility are producing foods today that will translate into improved health and wellness of Canadians tomorrow. 


2. Alternative Village

The Alternative Village is an outdoor laboratory that is dedicated to research, testing and training related to alternative energy technologies and building envelope systems. The centerpiece of the Alternative Village is the Straw-Bale Building, but there are a number of smaller buildings that have been built to contrast the thermal and moisture performance of several residential building systems. The site also includes a greenhouse with a heat storage wall.Department researchers have conducted extensive studies on this low-tech, energy-efficient type of greenhouse under winter conditions in southern Manitoba. It has been concluded that solar energy greenhouses could be used for year-round vegetable production with minimum heating requirement. On-going research is proposed i) to develop innovative technologies to enhance solar energy collection and storage and reduce heat losses in solar energy greenhouses, ii) to integrate direct solar conversion technologies and biomass-based combined heat & power technologies with greenhouses to provide heating and lighting for year-round vegetable production, iii) to develop the processes and formulations of densified biomass fuels using biomass materials locally available for producing heat and power, and iv) to develop innovative processes and technologies to utilize biomass residues, natural materials, and municipal solid wastes to produce novel building materials for greenhouse construction.

alternative village

3. Canadian Wheat Board Centre for Grain Storage Research (CWBGSR)

The Department of Biosystems Engineering is home to the world-renowned Canadian Wheat Board Centre for Grain Storage Research (CWBCGSR) that was established in 1999 through a Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) award as well as partner funding from the Manitoba Research Innovation Fund, Western Economic Diversification, Canadian Wheat Board, Manitoba Hydro, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), and the grain industry (total $5M). This 1340 m2 facility is uniquely equipped with a set of laboratories to conduct research related to the storage of grains and oilseeds. Another CFI New Opportunity Grant ($300K) in 2003 further enhanced the infrastructure. Over the last decade, this research facility has become an international research hub researching various aspects of post-harvest grain quality assessment and preservation. It has hosted visitors from more than 20 countries to learn about the Canadian approach to management of stored grains and oilseeds. Several of these visits have resulted in collaborative research projects and joint publications.

The federal government recently relocated the Stored Product Entomology Group (SPEG) of AAFC’s Cereal Research Centre (CRC) to the CWBCGSR. This influx of researchers has had a positive impact on the research in entomological aspects of stored-grain ecosystems. This expertise is critical and creates an integrated interdisciplinary group non-existent anywhere else in the world. Stored-grain, being a man-made ecosystem, requires interdisciplinary teams to fully understand the interactions within the grains and to manage the stored grain. At the present time, the Department of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba is the best source of grain storage expertise in Canada.


4. Manitoba Institute for Materials (MIM)

The role of the Manitoba Institute for Materials (MIM) is to develop and enhance opportunities for research partnerships and personnel training at the University of Manitoba and in the prairie region. We have just commissioned a state-of-the-art research and training facility specializing in materials and composites characterization. Our world-class infrastructure is available for use by members, collaborators and industrial partners. Our goal is to support leading edge research and game-changing industrial development. Materials are at the cornerstone of all aspects of our economy: we draw on resources in the earth to provide raw materials, we create the newest technologies with them and incorporate these capabilities in the design of every device and structure that we use. Just as it impacts society and the economy, materials research represents a significant fraction of the research and partnerships based at the University of Manitoba and underpins much of the diversity and growth potential in the regional economy.


Wednesday, 13 July 2016 11:15

Author Guidelines

Paper and poster presentations in the following general subject areas are welcome. Any topic related to bioresource and biosystems engineering solutions will be considered for presentation.

  • Postharvest handling, packaging, and transportation
  • Drying, cooling and related preservation methods
  • Quality, safety and traceability of bioproducts
  • Bioprocessing and value-addition
  • Sustainability of food and other biomaterials
  • Non-destructive sensors, sensing technologies, automation of processes
  • Storage, and product quality loss, relationships to environmental conditions
  • Decision-aid tools, simulation and modeling of bioprocesses
  • Innovative and emerging bioprocessing technologies
  • Process management and optimization
  • Biomass to bioenergy conversion processes
  • Biological wastewater treatment and waste management
  • Agricultural machinery and innovation
  • Alternative bio-based building materials
  • Animal housing and air quality management
  • Innovations in greenhouse technologies and northern food production
  • Irrigation and drainage technologies
  • Human-machinery interface for agricultural applications
  • Fibre processing and innovation
  • Renewable biomaterials and bioplastics
  • Composite materials and applications
  • Any emerging area in biosystems and bioprocess engineering


Abstract submission

Each abstract is limited to 250 words. An abstract is indicative of the final paper quality. Therefore, authors are urged to prepare a well written, clear and informative abstract describing the work with emphasis on objectives and factual results. An abstract should include key words related to conference topics.

In the submission form, authors are asked to indicate their preference for an oral presentation (15 minutes) or a poster. The scientific committee will try to satisfy each author’s first choice. The Conference will include some free time periods to facilitate exchange and discussion. Authors are encouraged to comply with submission deadlines and to ensure that their paper proposal is relevant to conference topics. Authors will be notified automatically of their submission. A review and decision concerning acceptance should be received by submitters by March 31, 2016.

Once an abstract is accepted, the author is encouraged to prepare a full paper. A maximum of 10 pages is recommended for the paper on standard paper (Letter, 216 mm by 279 mm), including tables and figures.


Paper upload

The full paper template should be used to submit the final paper including an abstract of less than 250 words.  All full papers or abstracts will be archived on a web site for future reference. 

Paper template: AGM2017-papertemplate.docx

Your full paper or final abstract should be uploaded by July 21, 2017 to be included on the website and accessible during the conference. Papers uploaded after this date may not be available at conference time but will be included on our website.

Accepted submission will be included in the preliminary program prepared in July 2017. See Program section to download the program when available.


 If you need any support for abstract or paper submission, contact Nazim Cicek at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Instructions for oral presentations

The oral presentations are scheduled on 7 to 9 August 2017.  The schedule for each technical session and your abstract are available on line: https://www.conftool.com/csbe-scgab2016/sessions.php.

Please bring a USB memory stick with your presentation to the session room at least 10 minutes before the start of your session (not your presentation). This will allow your moderator to meet you and load your presentation onto the computer set up in the presentation room. There are several concurrent presentation rooms, so confirm you are in the correct one.  Presentations should not exceed fifteen (15) minutes, to allow some time for questions. Your moderator will keep note of the time and ensure that that things keep on schedule, which may mean cutting short presentations that go over the allocated time.

Thanks for all your hard work to date and support of the CSBE. We look forward to meeting you at the conference!


Instructions for poster presentations

Posters are to be available to viewing throughout the conference. Please arrive to put up your poster on Sunday afternoon (1-5pm) or Monday morning (before 12:30 pm) in the Room (TBD). 

Do ensure that your poster is in portrait orientation and does not exceed 36 inches (width) x 48 inches (height).  The Registration desk will provide push pins for you to attach your poster to the posterboards.  There will be 2 posters on each side of the board = 4 posters displayed per board.

Poster in My Pocket Service (app)

posterinmypocketWe are delighted to announce that the Canadian Society for Bioengineering CSBE/SCGAB 2016 Conference offers poster presenters the option of extra exposure of their posters via the new Poster in my Pocket App! This App is available FREE from the iTunes App store and Google Play Android store. As a poster presenter you can share your research with conference attendees and the rest of the world.

As a registered delegate and confirmed poster presenter, you are welcome to upload the PDF of your poster prior to the conference to the new Poster in my Pocket app. This is an extra free service to help increase the exposure of your poster to conference attendees and more.

Note: You do not need a smart phone to take part in this initiative!

What you do need:

  • 5-10 mins of your time
  • Access to email & internet
  • PDF copy of your poster

Visit here: www.posterinmypocket.com

Create an account via the Register/Login tab. Upload the PDF of your poster. You can then download the QR code and Poster in my Pocket logo and add to your poster before printing. This allows attendees to recognize your poster as a “Poster in my Pocket” poster, and download your poster to read on their smart phone. You will also have the option of whether you wish people to contact you via the app. This could lead to new collaborations and future discoveries. For more information visit: www.posterinmypocket.com

High resolution posters on your smart phone?

Don't forget to download Poster in my Pocket prior to attending the 2017 CSBE Annual General Meeting, Winnipeg, August 6 to 10, 2017. Available for free from the App Store or Google Play.



Please contact Nazim Cicek (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have any questions about oral presentations or posters.

Thanks for all your hard work to date and support of the CSBE. We look forward to meeting you at the conference!


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Dates and Deadlines

Abstracts Due:   February 1, 2017 Extended to Feb 28, 2017
Notice of Acceptance:   March 31, 2017
Paper Submission:   July 21, 2017
Online Registration Opens:   April 1, 2017
Early Bird Registration Ends:   June 15, 2017
Online Registration Closes:   July 14, 2017
Deadline for Hotel Reservations:   July 1, 2017
 Conference dates:   August 6-10, 2017
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Traveling and Lodging


Whether you want to take your time getting here or arrive with speed and style, Winnipeg is easily reached by air, car or rail.  The Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport is the central Canadian centre for domestic, regional and international flight services.  Once you arrive at our airport, located 30 minutes from downtown Radisson Hotel with a complimentary shuttle service and only minutes away with a complimentary shuttle service.  There is a range of transportation option available such as limousine or taxi services, car rentals.

We encourage you to explore www.tourismwinnipeg.com for exploring and site seeing ideas throughout Winnipeg.


The 2017 summer time is a busy time in Winnipeg. We will be hosting the Folkorama Festival at the same time as our conference.  So please book early to secure your accommodation and avoid disappointment.


We have blocked guest rooms at two different hotels for your convenience.

The Canad Inns Polo Park (Our Conference Hotel)

A block of deluxe guestrooms has been reserved at the Canad Inns Polo Park, 1405 St. Matthews Ave., Wpg. MB, R3G 0K5, Canada at a discounted rate of $129.00 (plus taxes) for single or double occupancy and $149.00 (plus taxes) for suites. This offer expires one month before start of conference July 6th, 2017.  Booking can be made by phone (1-204-775-8791 or 1-888-332-2623). Please reference the Group as the CSBE/SCGAB 2017 or block reference number 312651.  This hotel offers airport shuttles; they must be reserved at time of booking.


Radisson Hotel Downtown       

A block of deluxe guestrooms has been reserved at the Radisson Downtown Hotel, 288 Portage Ave, Wpg. MB, R3C 0B8, Canada at a discounted rate of $129.00 (plus taxes) for single or double occupancy and $149.00 (plus taxes) for suites.   This offer expires one month before start of conference July 6th, 2017.  Booking can be made by phone (1-204-956-0410).  Please reference the Group as the CSBE/SCGAB 2017.  This hotel offers airport shuttles; they must be reserved at time of booking.


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