Our society has its beginnings in June of 1958 as the Canadian Agricultural Engineering Society. Soon after that, the official publication of the Society became Canadian Agricultural Engineering with C.G.E Downing being appointed as editor. The first volume was published in January of 1959 (http://csbe-scgab.ca/publications/cbe-journal). The Journal articles were presented at the Agricultural Engineering Section of the Annual Meeting of the Agricultural Institute of Canada in Wolfville, NS in June of 1958. J.E. Beamish served as the first President along with H.D. Ayers as Secretary-Treasurer.
The Society represented a mutual interest between engineering and agrology . Both professional engineers and agrologists came together in the Society to apply science to the interrelationship between the two disciplines (Beamish, 1959). It is interesting to note that the Agricultural Engineering Society founders realized that, to achieve an acceptable place in world trade, Canada would need to focus on the efficiency of agricultural production. Also, the Society members realized that modern progress must be based on education, and that ‘Agricultural Engineering Education must relate machinery, irrigation, and building design to the needs of business, industry and agriculture’ (Beamish, 1959).
Today, we have diversified as a Society. The mission of CSBE-SCGAB has shifted to advancing the application of engineering principles and practices to biological systems for the production of food, bioproducts and energy.
1958 Canadian Agricultural Engineering Society formed
1959 Volume 1 of Canadian Agricultural Engineering published
1960 Name changed to Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineering
1960 163 Charter members
1969 Introduced position of VP Technical - R.S. Broughton
1969 Introduced position of VP Regional - K.W. Domier
1971 Inaugural CSAE-CSSBI Award presented to John E. Turnbull
1973 First CSAE-SCGR Fellows named (Jim Beamish and Glenn Downing)
1977 Inaugural Canadian Agricultural Engineer of the Year Award presented to W.Carson
1977 Inaugural Maple Leaf Award presented to Len Staley
1977 CSAE-SCGR Incorporated June 29
1987 Formal association with Agricultural Institute of Canada ended
A big step for CSAE was to part ways with AIC and explore an affiliation with ASAE. In 1985, Ed Brubaker (AIC Rep) , Frank Kains and John Ogilvie (Pres Elect) flew to Ottawa to speak with the AIC CEO and their president . John Ogilvie as president elect (forward planning) did a study for CSAE on the relationship to AIC and ASAE . Further discussion at our AGM confirmed the split in our membership where something like 65-75% were PEng and 25-35% were PAg with some both PEng and PAg. The membership gave Council the authority to negotiate with ASAE on some arrangement to replace the services provided by AIC. These were: holding the mailing lists, dealing with annual invoices but nothing to do with editing the journal publication. In 1986, CSAE got encouragement from the membership to make a pitch to ASAE Annual meeting from Jimmy Butt, then VP of ASAE. As a result, on one bright September morning Ron Britton, Frank Kains and John Ogilvie set out for St Joseph, MI, to initiate the affiliation with ASAE.
Discussing the partnership between CSAE/SCGR and ASAE and services provided by ASAE. Standing: Franklin Kains (85-86 Dir Ont CSAE), Ron Britton (85-86 Pres Elect CSAE), Jimmy Butt (VP, ASAE) Sitting: Mark Zielke (ASAE Staff), Wayne Maley (ASAE Exec. Dir.), Dorothy Fountain (ASAE Staff), John Ogilvie (85-86 Pres CSAE)
1987 The signing of the official MOU was at the ASAE meeting AGM in California by Don Allen (86-87 President CSAE) and Bill Stout (Pres ASAE)
1997 Introduced position of Webmaster - J. Ogilvie
1997 Adoption of tag-line:’ The Canadian Society for engineering in agricultural, food and biological systems/ La societe canadienne de genie rural, alimentaire, et biologique’.
2003 Introduced position of VP Industry - D. G. Hodgkinson
2004 Name changed to Canadian Society for Bioengineering/La Societe Canadienne de Genie Agroalimentaire et de Bioingenierie
2006 Introduced position of VP Membership - O. G Clark
2009 The journal began using the Open Journal System for submission, review, and acceptance of the manuscripts enabling the decentralization of the handling of the submissions.
2011 The journal papers from Volume 1 to 30 were scanned, OCR processed to make them searchable and posted online.
2013 The journal was registered with CrossRef and began assigning Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) for the published papers making them highly visible and widely accessible.
2014 The rest of the journal papers from Volume 31 to 42 were scanned, OCR processed to make them searchable and posted online. The entire collection is available online.
- Beamish, J.E. 1959. A New Society. Canadian Agricultural Engineering 1(1): p1.
- CSAE-SCAB History – J. Ogilvie – Personal Communication
- CSAE-SCGR. 25th Anniversary Edition. 1983. J. Pos. Editor.