Perspectives Newsletter Summer 2019
Vol. 41, no.4 / Posted on September 16, 2019

joy agnewThe 2019-2020 year will go by quickly, so let’s jump right into it!

Our first CSBE council meeting of 2019-2020 was held during the annual general meeting and conference in Vancouver. The conference sessions were well-attended with sessions ranging from Bioenergy & Bioproducts to Policy & Economics around the theme “Biosystems for Clean Technology and Low Carbon Economy”. I had the pleasure of judging the student oral competition which brought things full circle for me since, the last time Vancouver hosted the CSBE conference in 2008, I was a student in that competition.

CIGR 2020 - June 14-18, Quebec City, Canada
Call for Abstracts
Joint meeting
World Congress on Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources (WCCA)
4th International Symposium on Emissions of Gas and Dust from Livestock (EmiLi)
9th International Symposium on Concrete for sustainable agriculture 

The call for abstracts for the 5th CIGR International Conference is now officially open! 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.

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.

See the full Call for Abstracts on our website at
The submission deadline is October 25th 2019 December 15th 2019

Stéphane Godbout, Eng., agr., Ph.D.
Conference chair
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Message from the conference chair

It was great to see each and every one of you at CSBE’s 62nd AGM in Vancouver! The CSBE-SCGAB 2019 AGM and Technical Conferences was held from July 14 to 17 in Vancouver, BC. This year’s theme was "Biosystems for Clean Technology and Low Carbon Economy".

This year’s AGM brought together some 125 academic, industry and government participants from across Canada. There were 14 technical sessions on climate change and bioeconomy, global food systems, clean/green energy, food safety & quality, waste water treatment & reuse, greenhouse gas emissions, soil & water management, precision agriculture and biotechnology. Special thanks to our excellent keynote speakers, Dr. Digvir Jayas, Dr. Gary Bull, Vaughan Basset, Maria Wellisch, Dr. Chandra Madramootoo, Dr. Fernando Preto, Dr. Scott Stanners and Dr. Sue Nokes. The conference also provided a valuable networking opportunity and set the stage for further collaboration among academia, industry and government.

We hope to see you all in Quebec City next July for CSBE 2020!

See all pictures from the event
(external link to Dropbox)


For the 2019-2020 term, several elected and appointed positions were opened. The Society would like to thanks the candidates who volunteer to keep our Society active!


  • President: Joy Agnew
  • President-elect: Chandra Madramootoo
  • Vice-President Regional: Amit Kumar
  • Vice-President Industry: Eric Ouellette
  • Regional Director Manitoba: Fuji Jian
  • Regional Director Saskatechewan: Sarah Yeo
  • Regional Director Atlantic: Travis Esau


  • Social Media Manager: Prasad Daggupati

See the full Council


Congratulation to all 2019 Award Recipients!