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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 13:59

Message from President Vijaya Raghavan

Vijaya Raghavan

Climate change is affecting many parts of the world (e.g. 2016 has been the warmest year globally, oversupply of water in California, record drought conditions in India, etc.).  Our profession is one that deals with the food-water-energy-environment nexus and we are challenged to find innovative solutions for the increasing global population under these climatic conditions.  This scenario presents plenty of challenges for CSBE members to deal with, which can lead to contributions not only locally but nationally and internationally. Our call for proposals for the Annual Meeting in Winnipeg (August 6-10, 2017) has been well received by members of the CSBE and CIGR.  We are looking forward to a great conference wherein sustainability is the underlying theme.  If you have not yet submitted your proposal, you can still do so before the closing date which has been extended to next week. 

March 15th is the deadline for submission of the nominations of deserving members for many awards, and also for the Fellowship of the CSBE.  Please take interest in doing so. 

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, is allocating resources to finding ways to doubling the income of farmers in the near future.  The size of the Indian farming community is 650 million people.  The Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE) has invited CSBE to look into this challenge.  This would be an excellent opportunity for our engineers and scientists to link up with colleagues in India.  This brings me to share the next meeting date of the ISAE which is January 8-10, 2018 to be held in Anand, Gujarat. 

As I reported to you in the last newsletter, undergraduate and graduate students are very enthusiastic about the future of CSBE, and they are working hard to be part of this society to make it sustainable for decades to come. 

I am hoping that you all had a great start to 2017, and I wish you a wonderful rest of the year. 

With warm wishes,

Vijaya Raghavan
CSBE-SCGAB President

P.S. The Water Conference which is part of the global initiative of the ASABE will be held in October 2018 in Hyderabad, India. 



Les changements climatiques touchent de nombreuses régions du monde (par exemple, l'année 2016 a été la plus chaude au monde, les précipitations record d'eau en Californie, les conditions de sécheresse record en Inde, etc.). Notre métier est celui qui traite du lien entre l'alimentation, l'eau et l'énergie et nous sommes appelés à développer des solutions innovatrices pour la population mondiale croissante dans ces conditions climatiques. Ce scénario présente de nombreux défis auxquels les membres du CSBE doivent faire face, ce qui peut entraîner des contributions non seulement au niveau local, mais aussi national et international. Notre appel à propositions pour la réunion annuelle à Winnipeg (6-10 août 2017) a été bien accueilli par les membres de la CSBE-SCGAB et de la CIGR. Nous nous attendons donc à une grande conférence dans laquelle la durabilité est le thème sous-jacent. Si vous n'avez pas encore soumis votre proposition, vous pouvez toujours le faire avant la date de clôture qui a été prolongée à la semaine prochaine.

Le 15 mars est la date limite pour la soumission de nominations de membres à de nombreux prix et distinctions, ainsi que pour la bourse de la CSBE-SCGAB. Merci de prendre le temps de soumettre la candidature de l’un de vos collègues.

Le Premier ministre de l'Inde, Narendra Modi, alloue des ressources pour trouver des moyens de doubler le revenu des agriculteurs dans un proche avenir. La taille de la communauté agricole indienne est de 650 millions de personnes. La Société indienne des ingénieurs agricoles (ISAE) a invité la CSBE-SCGAB à s’intéresser à ce défi. Ce serait une excellente occasion pour nos ingénieurs et scientifiques de se relier à des collègues en Inde. Cela m'amène à vous partager la prochaine réunion de l'ISAE qui se tiendra du 8 au 10 janvier 2018 à Anand, Gujarat.

Comme je vous l'ai signalé dans le dernier bulletin, les étudiants du premier cycle et des cycles supérieurs sont très enthousiastes à l'égard de l'avenir de la CSBE-SCGAB et ils travaillent fort pour faire partie de cette société pour la rendre viable pendant des décennies.

J'espère que vous avez tous eu un excellent début d’année 2017 et je vous souhaite une excellente continuation.


Vijaya Raghavan
Président de la CSBE-SCGAB

P.S. La conférence sur l'eau, qui fait partie de l'initiative mondiale de l'ASABE, se tiendra en octobre 2018 à Hyderabad, en Inde.

The Local Arrangements Committee (LAC) continues with plans for the upcoming joint conference in Winnipeg (August 6-10th). In excess of 160 abstracts have been submitted so we are looking forward to excellent technical content. There will be a good mix of oral presentations and posters covering a wide diversity of topics that should be of interest to members of both CSBE/SCGAB and CIGR.  Special sessions have been organized by CIGR members on the topics of “functional foods, nutrition and the consumer” and “safety of traditional and non-traditional sources of protein”. In addition to these technical presentations, the LAC has arranged approximately a dozen keynote and invited speakers to provide general-interest morning sessions for conference delegates. Speakers include a combination of industry leaders, government officials, and university researchers. Keynote/invited speakers will speak on the topic of “biomaterials (or fibre)” on Monday morning, “food” on Tuesday morning, and “innovation” on Wednesday morning.

Confirmed presentation topics include:

  • Innovation in bio-fibre and bio-products
  • Initiatives of the Composites Innovation Centre in the area of bio-fibre and bio-composites
  • Food to health continuum and changing trends in how the public views food and food processing
  • Future opportunities and risk in food processing: focus on pork
  • Emerging opportunities in the Canadian food industry
  • Biomass to bioenergy processes: a utilities perspective
  • Ecological engineering at world’s only whole-ecosystem freshwater research facility
  • Innovation in sensing and control in post-harvest storage systems
  • Trends in agriculture – an equipment manufacturer’s point of view

A workshop entitled “Teaching and Learning with Technology” is planned for Sunday afternoon, with tours of several University of Manitoba facilities planned for Thursday morning (Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals, Canadian Wheat Board Centre for Grain Storage Research, Alternative Village, Manitoba Institute for Materials). A Reverse Career Fair will be planned to enable excellent networking opportunities for student members. Watch the conference website for details of the technical program as they become available (www.csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017).

Online registration opens on April 1st with early bird registration rates in effect until June 15th

I believe that CSBE student organizations have become complacent. This is emphasized in the continuing decline in student membership, retention of student members post-graduation, and the diminishing of bioengineering programs across Canada. At the University of Manitoba, the CSBE Student Chapter realizes that our future success in industry and academia depends upon our ability to eliminate two essential stigmas that have been ignored in our complacency. The first is the ever persistent “what is bioengineering?”  that hits students at almost every career fair, and industry interview we attended. The second is a perspective held by some prospective engineering candidates and prospective CSBE recruits. This perspective is that bioengineering is only a second choice engineering department.

To tackle these perspective the team at the University of Manitoba has worked diligently with full fledge CSBE members to pave the way to a revitalized student group. Our objective is to help bioengineering student’s transition from academia into industry and to promote long term membership with CSBE. To achieve these objectives we have set our sights on developing and maintaining mentorship programs, e-portfolios, and intensive industry relevant workshops. I will briefly highlight what we propose in each of these domains.

Mentoring, as we see it, is a chance to allow industry to develop lasting ties with students at the University of Manitoba and to afford practising engineers the opportunity to earn professional development credits. It is also a means for us to continue our affiliation with CSBE upon our own graduation.

The development E-portfolios can supplement our student body’s ability to succeed by highlight work experience, academic achievements, and co-curricular activities. Many of us complete rewarding work over a term and would benefit from an opportunity to share these experiences with colleagues, employers and mentors.  

The goal for intensive industry workshops is twofold. First, we aim to use the many resources at the University of Manitoba to fortify skills essential to engineering. These can include technical skills in circuit design, welding, machining, microscopy as well as professional development workshops and maybe even a speaker’s series devoted to research accomplished by professionals at the University of Manitoba. The second goal is to open up these workshops to industry to serve as professional development credits and an opportunity for industry to network with students and professors.

I’d like to end this perspective with a glance of the ground we have gained so far. In this past year, we have developed a brand new student constitution, fortified our connections with our academic partners at the University of McGill and with full fledged members of CSBE, and helped developed speaker gifts for this year’s CSBE conference. These efforts have allowed us to generate proposals which will, hopefully, allow us to bring students from McGill to the CSBE conference in Winnipeg this summer and have allowed us to contribute meaningfully to the society at large. These goals and accomplishments highlight how we have been working together to end the complacency that afflicts CSBE Student groups.

Eric Hawley
CSBE – University of Manitoba

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La réunion de la section Québec de la CSBE a eu lieu dimanche le 5 Mars 2017 au Domaine Maizerets (ville de Québec) de 10:00 à 13:30.

La première partie de cette réunion était dediée à célebrer le parcous scientifique et academique du Dr Khaled Belkacemi, professeur au Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire de l’Université Laval, qui est decédé tragiquement le 29 Janvier 2017. Le Dr Khaled Belkacemi était un chercheur actif dans la transformation agroalimentaire, et un professeur respecté au Québec. L’Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Ministre de la Famille, des enfants et du Développement Social au Gouvernement Canadien, ainsi que le Dr Vijaya Raghavan, président de la CSBE, étaient parmi les 45 participants. Les présentateurs suivants ont rendu hommage au Dr Belkacemi par des témoignages sur des collaborations scientifiques et académiques:

  • Professeur Lotfi Khiari, pour le Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire (ULaval)
  • Professeure Janice Bailey, Vice-Doyenne (Recherche) de la Faculté des Sciences de l’Agriculture et de l’Alimentation (ULaval)
  • Mme Renée Michaud, Directrice Adjointe, Institut de la Nutrition et des Aliments Fonctionnels, INAF (ULaval)
  • Professeur Nicolas Abatzouglou, Département de Génie Chimique (USherbrooke)
  • Professeur Faiçal Larachi, Département de Génie Chimique (ULaval)
  • Professeur Luis Felipe Gutierrez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia à Bogotá (vidéo)
  • Dr Nasima Chorfa, professionnelle de recherche, Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire (ULaval)
  • M Valentin Leroy, étudiant à la maîtrise, Département des sciences des aliments (ULaval)
  • Professeure Cristina Ratti, pour le programme de génie alimentaire, Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire (ULaval)
  • Nathalie Koolen et Xavier Lavoie-Beauregard, étudiants de premier cycle, programme de génie alimentaire, Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire (ULaval)
  • Megda Belkacemi, fille du Dr Khaled Belkacemi

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La réunion régionale propement dite a suivi cet hommage, laquelle a pu compter avec la présence de quatres étudiants de premier cycle (ULaval) parmi les 11 participants. Dans cette réunion, il a été décidé de continuer avec l’organisation des évenements régionaux une fois par année, la prochaine réunion sera probablement réalisé dans une localité plus proche de Montréal. Aussi, un comité régional de la CSBE (section Québec) a été formé pour aider le Directeur régional avec le Bulletin de nouvelles ainsi qu’avec l’organisation de la prochaine rencontre régionale, avec la composition suivante:

  • René Morissette (Agriculture et Agroalimemtaire Canada)
  • Sébastien Fournel (Association des Ingénieurs Agroalimentaires de Québec)
  • Silvio Gumière (Département de sols et de génie agroalimentaire, Université Laval)
  • Marie-Josée Dumont (Bioresource Engineering Department, McGill University)
  • Stéphane Godbout (IRDA, à confirmer)
  • Étudiant de premier cycle (ULaval, à confirmer)

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The CSBE regional meeting (Quebec section) was held on Sunday march 5th 2017 in Domaine Maizerets (Quebec City) from 10:00 to 13:30.

This meeting started with a Tribute Ceremony in Memoriam of Dr Khaled Belkacemi, professor of Food Engineering at the Soil Science and Agri-Food Department of Université Laval, who died tragically on January 29th 2017. Dr Khaled Belkacemi was an active researcher in agri-food processing and a respected professor of Quebec. The Honorable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development of the Canadian Government as well as Dr Vijaya Raghavan, president of CSBE, were among the 45 participants. The following speakers presented testimonies on past scientific and academic collaborations with Dr Belkacemi:

  • Professor Lotfi Khiari, for the Dept of Soils Sci and Agri-Food Engineering (ULaval)
  • Professor Janice Bailey, Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences (ULaval)
  • Mme Renée Michaud, Assistant Director, Institute of Nutrition and  Functional Foods, INAF (ULaval)
  • Professor Nicolas Abatzouglou, Chemical Engineering Department (USherbrooke)
  • Professor Faiçal Larachi, Chemical Engineering Department (ULaval)
  • Professor Luis Felipe Gutierrez, Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá (video)
  • Dr Nasima Chorfa, research professional, Dept of Soils Sci and Agri-Food Engineering (ULaval)
  • Mr Valentin Leroy, MSc student, Dept of Food Sciences (ULaval)
  • Professor Cristina Ratti, for the Food Engineering Program, Dept of Soils Sci and Agri-Food Engineering (ULaval)
  • Nathalie Koolen and Xavier Lavoie-Beauregard, undergraduate students, Food Engineering Program, Dept of Soils Sci and Agri-Food Engineering (ULaval)
  • Megda Belkacemi, daughter of Dr Khaled Belkacemi

Following this Tribute, the regional meeting was done, counting with 4 undergraduate students (ULaval) among 11 participants. In this meeting it was decided to keep organizing the regional meetings once a year, next year probably closer to Montreal. Also, a CSBE Regional Committee (Quebec section) was formed to help the regional Director with the Newsletter and the organization of the regional meeting, with the following composition:

  • René Morissette (Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
  • Sébastien Fournel (Association des Ingénieurs Agroalimentaires de Québec)
  • Silvio Gumière (Département de sols et de génie agroalimentaire, Université Laval)
  • Marie-Josée Dumont (Bioresource Engineering Department, McGill University)
  • Stéphane Godbout (IRDA, to be confirmed)
  • Undergraduate student (ULaval, to be confirmed)

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