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.


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