Perspectives Newsletter Fall 2013
Wednesday, 18 December 2013 08:47

Few Words From President Bernardo Predicala

bernardo-predicala"Time is like money, the less we have of it to spare the further we make it go." – Josh Billings

I was looking at previous editions of our Perspectives Newsletter and I noticed that almost all past presidents of the Society has stated at one time or another that time flies during their term. Frankly, I did not put much thought about it until now that I am learning first hand that time does appear to zip by unusually fast when you are in this position!
So what are some of the things that we should be taking care of before time runs out? First, by now each member should have their membership renewed already, or at least currently in the process of renewing it. If not, you only have until December 31st to get it done. Unfortunately, we had to introduce an increase in membership dues for the coming year; this was necessary to keep the Society going, otherwise, the Society's financial situation will be untenable within a short span of time. While at it, please do consider donating some dollars to the CSBE Foundation; each contribution will go a long way in helping realize the Foundation's initiatives to help the Society over time.

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  • Networking Opportunities
  • More than 1,000 Technical and Poster Presentations
  • Professional Development Sessions
  • Specialty Sessions which include invited speakers, panel discussions and round-table discussions
  • Technical and Cultural Tours
  • Professional Development Hours/Credits
  • Career Fair



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Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) has had a grand number of graduates in the past year. The majority of these graduates were members of the CSBE community. The most recent graduates are:

Jianghong Peng, PhD.
Asal Hashemi, MASc.
Zahra Tooyserkani, PhD.
Mahmood Ebadian, PhD.
Xiao He, PhD.
Wendi Guo, PhD.
Fahimeh Yazdanpanah, PhD.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 10:04

Biomass Pelletization Workshop in BC

Biomass and Bioenergy Research Group, a UBC based research group, organized a workshop called Wood Pelletization and Torrefaction Workshop (WPAC AGM) at the Marriott Pinnacle Hotel in Vancouver, BC. The event, WPAC AGM 2013, was held on Nov 18th to Nov 20th, 2013. This workshop conveyed the up-to-date researches and developments on wood pellet related topics. It began with a presentation by Dr. Shahab Sokhansanj discussing surveys of worldwide research activities on fuel pellets. Topics such as the modeling of biomass size reduction, torrefied biomass, pelletability of biomass, logistics modeling of pellet production, stratification of gases in stored pellet, pellet encapsulation, self heating, pelleting of torrefied materials and more were presented by 20 different speakers. This workshop successfully created an opportunity for professionals and experts from industries and research centers to share their knowledge and experience with others. The attendees had a chance to visit the UBC labs, equipment, and facilities all related to biomass and bioenergy areas. Some selected setups and equipment were a large reactor for pellet storage, BTGA for torrefaction of biomass, pelletizer, and size reduction equipment. Also, the visitors toured the Nexterra's gasification facility at UBC. This gasification system utilizes biomass to generate heat and power in a large scale.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013 09:58

Research Day 2013

On Oct 2013 Research Day was held in CHBE, Chemical and Biological Engineering Department, UBC. Research Day was a student-initiated event with support from the CHBE department. The program started at 8:30am with two short welcome speeches by Dr. Helen Burt, Associate Vice President Research, and Dr. Peter Englezos, the Department Head.With a deep focus on topics related to "energy, water and sustainability" the attendees were exposed to the presentations, posters, and booths from different industries. The critical issues related to these topics were presented and discussed in detail.  Mainly students from the faculty of applied science, professionals, and researchers attended the event. In addition, Research Day created an excellent opportunity for collaborations between industry and academia.  A booth was assigned to CSBE on the main floor of the CHBE building. The CSBE banner was installed and the brochures/application forms were distributed among the students, professors, researchers, and professionals from industries. Many individuals were intrigued to know more about the CSBE community and the benefits of being a CSBE member. CSBE applications or brochures were offered to people who were interested to know more about CSBE and the membership.



Ho Ho Ho! Tis’ the season for a CSBE regional update!

Once upon a time, Prince Charming and his lovely wife, Snow White… Hey, hey, hold on a second here! What’s going on? I must confess, I am hooked on the television series “Once Upon a Time”. It’s about fairy tale characters, like Little Red Riding Hood (btw, she’s not so little anymore), Rumpelstiltskin, etc., who have been transported via a curse to our world. No pun intended. And so the saga continues. I started watching it with my kid and wife and now I can’t wait for the next episode! Sure brings back nostalgic childhood memories! J

Enough distractions and let’s get on with the business of the region. The last few months have gone by rather quickly. One moment our regional news articles are being posted in the summer edition of the Perspectives Newsletter, and the next, we receive notice that the deadline to submit our fall articles is upon us. Yikes! The good news is that there’s been plenty abuzz in snowy, but not so bright and sunny Alberta!

With each passing day, the subject of bioenergy (including biofuel) research, development and commercialization stands out as one of the definite flavours of our time - with hints of agricultural, biological, bioresource, biosystems, chemical and other engineering disciplines ingrained indelibly within. September saw the City of Calgary host the 2013 Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC 2013), entitled “Food, Water and Energy for a Hungry World”. Apparently, it boasted a contingent of participants from industry, research, academia and government, all exploring the role of agricultural biotechnology in agriculture and energy. Of course being an international conference, guest speakers and panelists were invited from as far as New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Australia, the UK, Cayman Islands, Ireland, across the US and Canada. Incidentally, one of the guest speakers on the program was Dr. David Lynch, Dean of Engineering, University of Alberta.

Dr. David Bressler with the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, received a Spinoff Achievement Award from TEC Edmonton in October. Dr. Bressler was instrumental in developing a University of Alberta company that specializes in commercializing technology that converts various biomaterial feedstock, including agricultural feedstock of all types, into renewable fuels. Dr. Bressler is a Professor in the Department of Agriculture, Food & Nutritional Science and Executive Director of the Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN). His field of study is bio/food engineering and he was an active organizer of the 2006 CSBE AGM and Conference held in Edmonton.

Speaking of the BCN, the network held its 2013 Annual Strategic Retreat, entitled ″Breaking Ground in Alberta’s Bioindustry″, in Banff in November. Topics covered included:

  • What’s in Store for the Renewable Energy Sector: Global Market Dynamics & Financing Realities
  • Parts, Pathways, Performance: Industrial Biotechnology in Alberta’s Resource Sectors
  • Innovative Industry & Academic Partnerships: BCN Researchers and Alberta’s Forest Industry Partners - Exploring Value-Added Solutions
  • It’s Not Just About Bio: Chemistry Platforms for Advanced Bioproducts

Our very own CSBE member, Dr. Amit Kumar (Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta; Cenovus Energy Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering; and NSERC/Cenovus/Alberta Innovates Associate Industrial Research Chair in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering) was one of the panelists on the third topic. Dr. Kumar’s current research interests are in the techno-economic assessment of bioenergy systems (biopower and biofuels); large scale biomass transport and logistics (e.g., pipeline transport of biomass, simulation and modeling of biomass feedstock supply systems); greenhouse gas mitigation; and energy forecasting and planning.

Coincidentally, our region will be hosting its inaugural CSBE Alberta Annual Lecture Series, "Bioresource Engineering - Advancing Alberta’s Bioenergy Platform” on January 28, 2014, at the University of Alberta Faculty Club. While arrangements are still being finalized, we hope to feature speakers from Alberta Energy, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions and the Faculty of Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta. Details about the luncheon lecture will be posted in the weeks to come.

Well then, that’s it for this year. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and the best of 2014! Um… if you happen to come across Snow White’s evil stepmother in your travels, could you please let her know I’ve got a score to settle with her. Happy viewing! J


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The CSBE, Alberta Region, will be hosting its inaugural lecture series on January 28, 2014. You are cordially invited to attend this event.

Please see the attached file for more details.


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Manitoba section of CSBE, Biosystems Engineering Graduate Students’ Association (BEGSA), CSBE Undergraduate Student Chapter, Manitoba section and Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba jointly organized an “Orientation and Networking BBQ” for new graduate and under graduate students on October 1st, 2013.

The total attendance for this event was 94, which include graduate and under graduate students, academic members of department of biosystems engineering and industry members. The session started with the introduction to department of biosystems engineering to the new students by Dr. Danny Mann, followed by a presentation about academic writing and publication by Dr. Sri Ranjan, Editor, Canadian Biosystems Engineering.  Chella Vellaichamy, Manitoba regional director distributed membership applications to the new students. A total of 22 new students attended this orientation program. Other students in the department of biosystems engineering, academic staffs and industrial members joined with them for the BBQ event at 6:30 pm.  

The key item on the menu was chicken prepared using the “secret biosystems engineering recipe" and most of the participants appreciated the return of this recipe in biosystems engineering BBQ events. Students interacted with academic as well as industrial members during this session. All enjoyed the interaction with fellow students and staffs in the warm indoor facility on a cold, windy evening with nice food. Most of the people stayed till 8:30 pm, and slowly disbursed to watch Winnipeg Jets season opener game against Edmonton Oilers. CSBE Manitoba region want to thank the executive members of CSBE Undergraduate Student Chapter, Manitoba section and Biosystems Engineering Graduate Students’ Association (BEGSA) for their help in organizing this orientation and networking BBQ. 

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Digvir S. Jayas, Vice President (Research and International), University of Manitoba, was invited by an UK based organization (SciDev.net) to write an opinion piece regarding grain storage.  This article may be of an interest to many CSBE members and is available on the following link:


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Monday, 16 December 2013 15:15

Welcome to new CSBE/SCGAB members!

On behalf of all CSBE/SCGAB members, the Council would like to welcome the 31 new members who joined the Society since September 2013!

Adam A. Vogt University of Guelph
Animesh Dutta University of Guelph
Antonio Camacho McGill University
Arielle S. Miller McGill University
Arlene Christina Gandham Devasikamani University of Manitoba
Cindy Barrera Ohio State University
Diane Bischof McGill University
Emmanuel Salifu University of Agricultural
Eric A. Birkenhauer University of Guelph
Eveline E.L. Lemire Université Laval
Francis St-Aubin
Francois Turcotte Université Laval
Jean Robert Caron Universityersite de Montreal
Jeremie Messerli McGill University
Joe Parisien Rem Enterprises
John L. Phillips CIFA USA/Zoomlion America
Julie Jarjour McGill University
Jun Sian Lee University of British Columbia
Katrina Cornish Ohio State University
Marianne Crepeau Université Laval
Maya Ramadan McGill University
Michelle Choi McGill University
Nada Khan McGill University
Nathalie Arnaud McGill University
Nicolas Fabien-Ouellet McGill University
Peiying Ruan
Rekha Priyadarshini Albert Dhayakaran
Rishika Saini McGill University
Sahar Hemmati University of Guelph
Sai Kranthi Kumar Vanga
Simon Archambault Université Laval
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