Perspectives Newsletter Fall 2019
Vol. 42, no.3 / Posted on Dec. 16, 2019

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I’m sure this is a common refrain among you and your colleagues, but where did 2019 go? Of all the things I learned in 2019, the most important was probably to set realistic expectations so you’re not automatically disappointed when December rolls around. That, and waiting until the day of an event to put together a keynote presentation isn’t “procrastinating”, it is “waiting to read your audience” to allow you to custom build your presentation.  

Dear Members,

It is time to consider and nominate a fellow member for one of the following awards; The successful candidates will be presented their awards at the CSBE/SCGAB – CIGR conference this summer in Quebec City (June 14-18).

Deadline: To Awards Committee by May 1st.

Check our website ( for details. Thanks for considering this.

Maple Leaf Award is acknowledging members who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the profession.

John Ogilvie Research Innovation Award is acknowledging outstanding contributions to research, in any field of research relevant to CSBE/SCGAB, by an individual or team of researchers.

Young Engineer of the Year Award  is acknowledging outstanding work of a young engineer of the Society and to encourage outstanding work by young members of the Society

John Turnbull Award is acknowledging outstanding work in building systems, or waste management in industry, teaching, research, or extension.

Glenn Downing Award is acknowledging outstanding work in industry, teaching, research, or extension in the area of machinery systems, or bioenergy systems.

Jim Beamish Award is acknowledging outstanding work in industry, teaching, research, or extension in the area of soil and water, or environmental sciences

John Clark Award is acknowledging  outstanding work in industry, teaching, research, or extension in one or more of the fields of food engineering, or related industry

Industrial Award is acknowledging industries that have produced a distinguished product or service requiring engineering skill, which has contributed significantly to the fields of agriculture, food processing, or other biological industry.

Fellow Awards - "Grade of Fellow" is acknowledging members of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural, food, and/or biological engineering, and shall have met all the requirements for the grade of member.


CIGR 2020
CSBE AGM and Technical Meeting
June 14-18, 2020, Québec City

Following the enthusiasm and request of several delegates from CIGR member organisations, the committee agreed to slightly extend the submission period to allow everyone to submit their abstract.

No further extension will be possible.

New deadline for the Call for Abstracts:
January 15th, 2020

The call for abstracts for the 5th CIGR International Conference AND CSBE-SCGAB AGM and Technical Conference is open until January 15th 2020! Under the theme “Integrating Agriculture and Society through Engineering”, the primary goal of this conference is to bring together elite scientists from all over the world, and to provide a unique forum for exchange on the challenges and opportunities in agricultural and biosystems engineering.

Submit an abstract

The conference will take place from June 14th to the 18th 2020 in Québec City, Canada. Québec City offers a blend of culture and history that is unique in North America. Located along the majestic Saint-Lawrence River, Quebec City is the only walled city north of Mexico and the old part of the town is a UNESCO World Heritage treasure.

Conference program

Joint Meetings

Program at a glance

  • Sunday June 14th: Welcome Reception at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec 
  • Monday June 15th: Technical sessions, CSBE AGM, and Cruise on the St.-Lawrence River
  • Tuesday June 16th: Technical sessions and Awards Banquet
  • Wednesday June 17th: Technical sessions and Closing Ceremony
  • Thursday June 18th: Technical tours culminating with a microbrewery visit!

Invited Keynotes Speakers

  • Dr. Andy Zynga / CEO EIT Food: How Europe is Transforming the Global Agri-Food Industry Through a Public/Private Open Innovation Ecosystem
  • Lorie Hamelin / Senior Researcher at LISBP: Supplying carbon needs of society without fossil resources

Special Sessions


For more information:
Stéphane Godbout, ing., agr., Ph.D.
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418-643-2380 ext. 600