2014 Award Recipients
Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:43

Peter Enright

2013 Jim Beamish Award

enrightMr. Peter Enright is a dedicated University Lecturer and Director of the Farm Management and Technology Program since 2006. The Farm Management and Technology Program at McGill University is a threeyear agriculture program equivalent to a technology diploma offered by a CEGEP in the Province of Quebec. As Director, Peter takes great care of all his students and he has done a great job at managing the program and maintaining student recruitment. As Director of the program, Peter also liaises with the Ministries responsible for Agriculture and Education in Quebec concerning budgetary, academic, and reporting issues as well as program updates and revisions. For his research interest, he has long been at the forefront of research in watershed management in the Québec context and in particular small basin hydrology, water quality and water management in agriculture. Peter has developed skills in the design, construction, installation and monitoring of rainfall, runoff, stream flow and water quality measurement systems; measurement of soil and water quality parameters; and has worked in developing, testing, and modifying computer simulation models which describe the soil-water-plant environment. These models are used to identify non-point source pollution on small watersheds, and to evaluate the impacts of various best management practices. Although now, he assumes a more administrative responsibility, he is still very dedicated to the water and agricultural fields and as part of his teaching responsibilities he is ensuring the training of the next generations of agricultural specialists and farm managers are equipped to address soil and water quality issues in a sustainable manner. A long-time member of CSBE, he has attended many conferences at ASABE, NABEC and CSBE venues.

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Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:41

Luc D'Amours

2013 Glenn Downing Award

damoursMr. Luc D’Amours has made significant contributions to the profession by developing innovative agricultural machinery and taking a leadership role in the manufacturing industry. Luc developed a spin-off company, FLD Biomass, in 2008 with his colleague Frédéric Lavoie to commercialize the Biobaler. This technology harvests small diameter woody crops and fibrous material and was recognized by ASABE with an AE 50 Innovation Award in 2011. In 2009, FLD Biomass merged with the Anderson Group in Chesterville, QC. Luc’s organizational skills were soon recognized as he was named Director of Operations in 2009. He now supervises 60 workers in the plant. Luc developed his design skills as an active member of Université Laval’s tractor team ULtrac during his undergraduate and graduate student years from 2000 to 2007. During ASABE ¼ Scale Tractor Competiton, ULtrac won first place in 2002 and 2nd place in 2003 and 2006. During four and a half years as a graduate student and research assistant, Luc contributed to 6 peer-reviewed papers, 23 conference presentations and 9 other publications including two patents which lead to the development of the biobaler.

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Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:38

Dr. Venkatesh Meda

2013 John Clark Award

medaDr. Meda started at the Department of Agricultural and Bioresource (now, Chemical and Biological Engineering) Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan in August 2002. Prior to this position, Dr. Meda worked as a Project Development Officer, Office of Vice-President (research and International), McGill University during 2000-2002. He was a graduate research associate at the faculty of Agriculture and Environment Sciences, Macdonald Campus of McGill University during 1994-2000. He has extensively participated in discussion(s) /seminars conducted by CIDA, World Bank, ADB on poverty reduction, food safety and security, rural development and International agriculture topics. Dr. Meda has a well established research program on utilising electrotechnologies (microwaves, radio frequency, infrared, UV energy spectrum) for treating and processing agricultural, food, feed and biological materials in Western Canada. His expertise in drying and extraction technologies has been instrumental in revitalisation of Saskatchewan’s fruit processing industry (key example include; Saskatoon berry drying for enhanced shelf-life, neutraceutical and health benefits for industrial applications) by his contributions related to the vacuum-microwave assisted drying technology for heat sensitive products. 

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Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:37


2013 Industrial Award

versatileAccomplished agricultural manufacturer, Buhler Versatile Inc. has served agricultural, food or biological engineering for more than 40 years. Versatile is the first North American manufacturer to mass-produce articulated four-wheel drive tractors. Established in 1932 as an agricultural equipment manufacturer, the company has experienced progress and steady growth. The plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba has built over 100,000 tractors. Today Versatile operates several other modern manufacturing plants and distribution centers. Their products have been extended to front-end loaders, grain augers, and several types of field equipment. Over the past 10 years, Versatile continuously launched new products, including self-propelled sprayers, tillage implements, rotary combines, front-wheel assist row crop tractors, and air drills. In 2013, Versatile received AE50 Awards from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers for their innovative ML Series air drill. This award recognizes the world's best technology innovations introduced for the agricultural, food, and biological systems industries. Versatile has employed many engineering graduates across the country. Those graduates were trained in the company and later became professional engineers. For years, Versatile has supported students’ design activities and faculties’ research at the University of Manitoba. The company’s accomplishments deserve recognition. This is why Versatile is receiving the CSBE Industrial Award.

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Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:35

Dr. Nazim Cicek

2013 John Turnbull Award

cicekNazim Cicek, Ph.D., P.Eng. is the recipient of the 2013 CSBE/SCGAB John Turnbull Award for his contributions to engineering for agricultural, food and biological systems in the area of waste management. Nazim’s passion for environmental stewardship is evident to all who know him. Since joining the Department of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba in 2001, Nazim has helped to strengthen the credibility of the Department’s environmental specialization through his teaching, research, and service activities. Nazim teaches key environmental engineering courses such as Pollution Prevention Practices and Environmental Impact Assessment to engineers who end up working in environmental engineering positions in Manitoba and across the country. Dr. Cicek has established a well-respected research program in the area of wastewater treatment using membrane bioreactors. His passion for environmental stewardship is evidenced by the fact that he has also developed successful research programs in the areas of phosphorus recovery from livestock wastewater and bio-hydrogen production from cellulosic waste biomass fermentation. Materials that many view as waste are viewed as resources to Nazim; his current research activities promote the mining of these waste materials to generate value-added products. To date, Nazim is a co-author on 59 refereed journal publications and 65 refereed conference proceedings. His research has been cited more than 1100 times by other researchers. He has an excellent reputation as evidenced by his invitation to appear as an invited expert witness for the Government of Canada Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment, and Natural Resources to speak on the topic of biomass energy in 2011.

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Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:33

Hubert Landry

 2013 Young Engineer of the Year award

landryDr. Hubert Landry has been involved in agricultural engineering since joining the undergraduate program at Université Laval in 1995. He then pursued graduate studies to obtain a Master’s degree from Université Laval and a doctorate for the University of Saskatchewan. Throughout his graduate studies, Dr. Landry has made original contributions to the field of agricultural machinery. Since joining the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) in 2005, Dr. Landry has successfully expanded PAMI’s research and development activities by obtaining research funds as a principal investigator and by collaborating with other engineers and researchers from PAMI and other research institutions. Through his education and professional experiences, Dr. Landry has developed strong expertise in modeling and simulation of mechanical systems and their interactions with agricultural products. He has authored and co-authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and continues to act as a reviewer for several scientific journals. Dr. Landry is currently the Machinery Systems Engineering Section Editor for Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal. He is also a member of NSERC’s Mechanical Engineering Evaluation Group.

Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:31

Neil McLaughlin

2013 Maple Leaf Award

mclaughlinDr. Neil McLaughlin is receiving the 2013 CSBE Maple Leaf Award for his contributions to engineering for agricultural, food and biological systems through service to CSBE/SCGAB, ASABE, and society via extension and research activities. Dr. McLaughlin grew up on a farm in Eastern Ontario, and received his degrees from the University of Guelph, University of Saskatchewan, and Cornell University, all in agricultural engineering. He worked for two years as an agricultural engineering extension specialist with the Ontario government, and over 40 years with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) as an engineer and a research scientist in Lethbridge, AB, Swift Current, SK and Ottawa, ON. Dr. McLaughlin has served on editorial boards of six scientific journals including three terms, one as editor-in-chief, on the editorial board of Canadian Agricultural / Biosystems Engineering. He was a member and held offices in many ASABE technical committees, and regional and national advisory committees. He has held adjunct professorships at six universities in Canada and China, and served on the graduate student or thesis review committees of 14 graduate students in Canada, and six visiting Ph.D. students from universities in China. He has provided engineering input and leadership in many collaborative research projects with soils and crops scientists at government, university and industry centres in Eastern Canada and has enhanced their field experiments to yield engineering information. His research program has a strong technology transfer component with numerous presentations at farm and public events. He designed and staffed exhibits for major farm shows including Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show, International Plowing Match, and Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. He has established collaborative research with China in conservation tillage, and he has provided substantial help in writing scientific manuscripts to many Ph.D. students in Canada and China. He is widely recognized among the Chinese Ph.D. students as one of the best mentors. 

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Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:28

Professor Clement K. Sankat

2013 Fellow Award

sankatProfessor Clement Sankat is nominated for his contributions to engineering for agricultural, food and biological systems over 37 years as a member of CSBE/SCGAB and 33 years ASABE through Teaching, Research, Development and Public service specifically in the area of Post-harvest Technology, Processing of Tropical Crops and Food Engineering and Managing Innovations, service to engineering profession in Caribbean nations and leadership role in various committees and organizations, particularly at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine, Trinidad.

Professor Sankat has contributed significantly to the field of agricultural engineering. He grew up in Guyana SA. and with a combination of a strong farm and agronomic background, coupled with the formal training in engineering at the UWI in Trinidad and at the University of Guelph in Canada provided the basis for a very productive career in machinery design, post-harvesting and processing technology of tropical agricultural products worldwide. The technology developed for Nutmeg and Coconut processing, Crop Drying and Storage, Solar and Mixed Mode Drying, Osmotic Dehydration, Refrigerated and Controlled Atmosphere Storage of Fruits and Vegetables, Storage of Root Crops, Salting and Drying of Fish, the processing and use of sugarcane bagasse and corn stover in ruminant feeding have been published with many commercialized and are finding their way into Government/Public policy formulation.

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Thursday, 08 August 2013 14:15

Doug D. Small

2013 Fellow Award

smallMr. Doug Small P.Eng., P.Ag. is the Vice-President and a Senior Design Engineer for DGH Engineering.

Mr. Small is recognized for over forty years of leadership in providing engineering services to commercial agriculture. Early in his career in the Extension Service with Manitoba Agriculture, he helped a then fledgling potato industry develop into a large and vibrant sector of the farm economy in Manitoba. He pioneered the development of potato storage systems and assisted with the development and evolution of planting and harvesting systems for a wide variety of specialty field crops.

In more recent years, Mr. Small has provided leadership in the development and implementation of guidelines and regulations that have successfully integrated intensive animal production systems into the crop production and nutrient management environment. Most recently he has had an active role in shaping the Manitoba Farm Building Code, insuring that producers interests are considered.

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Wednesday, 07 August 2013 14:45

Student Awards 2013

Department of Biosystems Eng., University of Manitoba

Undergraduate Design Project Award ($100 or $50 per student)

Tyler Whettell, Tyler Maes, Sam Symons, Victoria Munroe, Matt Stephens, Steven Murray, Calvin Ngan, Jason Lam, Yiu Cho Cheng, Parker Williams, Kalen Kerr, David Lipinski, Ian Swintak, Chi Tu, Patricia Fabros and Xiaodong Xu for Student Team Competition, International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design (Advisor: Petkau)

Undergraduate Thesis or Paper Award ($100 or $50 per student)

Vanessa Krahn for an undergraduate thesis entitled “Evaluating the hy- draulic control and degradation of hydrocarbon contaminates using poplar and willows on a phytoremediation site” (Advisor: Sir Ranjan)

Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.) ($200)

Idris Adelakun for a thesis entitled “Design of a multilevel-TDR probe for measuring soil water content” (Advisor: Sir Ranjan)

CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship

Grace Kankindi

Department of Bioresource Eng., McGill University

Undergraduate Design Project Award ($100 or $50 per student)

Oliver Beaudin and Bryan Wattie for a project entitled “Determining bread quality using machine vision”

Undergraduate Thesis or Paper Award ($100 or $50 per student)

Kaitlin Lloyd, Kendell McBride, Christopher McGuire, and Brenda Moore for an undergraduate thesis entitled “Improving lighting efficiency in a dairy housing facility”

Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D.) ($200)

Felix Jaria for a thesis entitled “Irrigation scheduling strategies for tomato production in southern Ontario” (Advisor: Madramootoo)

Undergraduate Team Competition Award ($500/team)

Martin Legault, Stephen McGuire, Antoine Pouliot, Trevor Stanhope, Mei Xiao, Sara Tawil, Quinn Burke Anderson, Sophie Lauzon, FredericRene-Laforest, Isabellie Cote-Laurin,Dzuy-Tam Tran for 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition

Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.) ($200)

Shrikalaa Kannan for a thesis Entitled “ Radio-frequency heating of shell Eggs– A prelude” ( Advisor: Raghavan)

CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship

Brenda Moore

Department of Chemical and Biological Eng., University of Saskatchewan

Undergraduate Design Project Award ($100 or $50 per student)

Jeff Pridmore, Devin Barros, and Lane Foster for a project entitled “Design of a horizontally foldable disc mower” (Advisor: Roberge)

Undergraduate Paper Award ($100 or $50 per student)

Aubre Worobetz and Carolyn Osborne for an undergraduate paper entitled “Design of biodegradable stent for the carotid artery” (Advisors: Meda and Chen)

Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.) ($200)

Alvin Alvarado for a thesis entitled “Control of hydrogen sulphide, ammonia and odour emissions from swine barns using zinc oxide nanoparticles” (Advisor: Predicala)

School of Engineering, University of Guelph

CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship

Evan Wright

Undergraduate Design Project Award ($100 or $50 per student)

Alexis Wagner, Chris Geerts, and Neeti Sondi for an undergraduate thesis entitled “Industrial Kombucha Brewing Design”

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.) ($200)

Matthew DiCicco for a graduate thesis entitled “Assessment of Novel Antimicrobial Therapy Aganist Methicillin-resistantStaphylococcus pseudintermedius Biofilms Using Microfluidic Platforms” (Advisor: Neethirajan)

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