2015 Award Recipients
Awards Presented at the AGM in Edmonton

2015 Fellow Award

yves-fellowYves Choinière, Eng., Agr., P. Eng., is awarded the CSBE/SCGAB Grade of Fellow for his outstanding contribution to teaching, research and professional service in agricultural structures systems engineering. Yves entered the profession of agricultural engineering as a county engineer with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs in 1984. Based at the Alfred College of Agriculture and Food Technology, he assumed the tasks of teaching, extension and research work. He soon became the provincial specialist in farmstead planning and farm health and safety.

While gaining experience, he obtained in 1991 an M. Sc. Degree in Civil Engineering. Yves was an active member in several consultation committees and he participated in construction and research projects with the Ontario Colleges of Agricultural Technology, University of Guelph and with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. His work on natural ventilation for livestock housing is recognized worldwide.

In 1995, he founded his own engineering consulting firm near his home town and family farms in Saint-Césaire, Québec. Consultants Lemay & Choinière Inc. has grown from one to 25 full time employees. The firm handles over 300 client-files per year, in Québec, Ontario and other countries. Over the years, the team presented a total of 1000 requests for a Certificate of authorization and managed the construction of agricultural buildings.

Yves has also been active as a liaison person and in organizing events for the CSBE/SCGAB. He was awarded the CSAE/SCGB Young Engineer of the Year in 1991, and the John Turnbull award (2003), he has received other awards including two publication awards from the American Society of Agricultural Engineers. Consultants Lemay & Choinière Inc. received the Industry award in 2010 as well. Yves served as President of CSBE 2004- 2005. Yves is leading a great and full life with his spouse and their four children.

Le rang de Fellow CSBE/SCGAB est décerné à Yves Choinière, ing., Agr., P. Eng., pour sa contribution exceptionnelle à l'enseignement, à la recherche et au service professionnel dans l'ingénierie des structures et des systèmes agricoles. Yves a débuté sa carrière d'ingénieur agricole comme ingénieur régional au sein du ministère de l'Agriculture, de l'Alimentation et des Affaires rurales de l'Ontario en 1984. Basé au Collège Alfred de technologie agricole et alimentaire, il a assumé des tâches d'enseignement, de vulgarisation et de recherche. Il est vite devenu le spécialiste provincial en matière de planification à la ferme et en santé-sécurité agricole.

Tout en acquérant de l'expérience de travail, il a obtenu en 1991 un diplôme de maîtrise en génie civil. Yves a été un membre actif dans plusieurs comités de consultation et il a participé au développement et aux projets de recherche avec les Collèges de technologie agricole ontarien, l’Université de Guelph et Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada. Ses travaux sur la ventilation naturelle des bâtiments d'élevage sont reconnus internationalement.

En 1995, il fonde sa propre entreprise de génie-conseil près de sa ville natale et des exploitations familiales à Saint-Césaire, Québec. Consultants Lemay & Choinière Inc. est passé de 1 à 25 employés à temps plein. La société gère plus de 300 clients-dossiers par année, au Québec, en Ontario et dans d'autres pays. Au fil des ans, l'équipe a soumis un total de 1000 demandes de certificat d'autorisation et a supervisé la construction de plusieurs bâtiments agricoles.

Yves a également été actif en tant que personne-ressource et lors d’organisation d'événements pour la CSBE/SCGAB. Il a reçu le Prix CSAE/SCGB Jeune ingénieur de l'année en 1991 et le prix John Turnbull en 2003. Il a reçu plusieurs autres distinctions, dont deux prix de publication de l’ASABE. Consultants Lemay & Choinière Inc. a aussi reçu le Prix de l'industrie CSBE/SCGAB en 2010. Yves fut président de la CSBE/SCGAB en 2004-2005. Yves profite pleinement de la vie avec son épouse et ses quatre enfants.

 

The University of Guelph

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award

Lee Preiss, Samuel Rawn, and Thomas Shoniker for a project entitled “Integrated Smart Brace and 2D Real-Time Motion Capture System for Clinical Rehabilitation Improvement (Advisor: Dr. John Runciman).
The University of Guelph

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

Eric Birkenhauer for a thesis entitled “A Multifactor Analysis of Polymicrobial Wound Pathogenic Biofilms Using Conventional Assays, Nanoscale Imaging, and a Microfluidic Platform” (Advisor: Dr. Suresh Neethirajan).

CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION Undergraduate Scholarship

Jan Van Niekerk - Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester. 

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, The University of British Columbia

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Fahimeh Yazdanpanah for a thesis entitled “Evolution and stratification of off-gasses in stored wood pellets” (Advisors: Shahab Sokhansanj, Anthony Lau, Jim Lim).

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

Jun Sian Lee for a thesis entitled “Calorific value of wood pellets” (Advisors: Shahab Sokhansanj, Anthony Lau).

Department of Bioresource Engineering - McGill University

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

 Ms. Audrey Yank for a thesis entitled “Low pressure densification of rice husk and direct combustion of biomass in improved cook stoves” (Advisors: Professors Michael Ngadi and Robert Kok).

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

 Dr. Winny Routray for a thesis entitled: “Effect of different extraction methods, environmental and post-harvest factors on yield of phenolic compounds from blueberry leaves” (Advisor: Professor Valérie Orsat)

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award

Antonio Camacho, Raquel Labranche, and Julie Quance  for their thesis entitled “Management of Water from a Coal Mine in Colombia” (Dr Grant Clark)

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate  Design Project Award

Blake Bissonnette, Ulysse Blau, Nathalie Buzaglo,  and Jinhao Dong for their design entitled “Green Retrofit of a Church Parking Lot in Verdun” (Advisor: Dr. Grant Clark).

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering - University of Saskatchewan

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award

Jason Cousins, Ryan Green and Luke Lowenberger for a project entitled “Design of a cherry pitter for small intermediate cherry producers” (Advisor: Lope Tabil)

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award

Brennan Crooymans, Joel Denis, Jonathan Schuba, and Joshua Cote for a thesis entitled “Point row control for air seeders” (Advisors: Joel Gervais and Ross Welford).

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award

Kingsley Iroba for a thesis entitled “Effect of Pretreatment on the Breakdown of Lignocellulosic Matrix in Biomass Feedstock” (Advisor: Lope Tabil)

CSBE/SCGAB Poster Presentation Award

Ramanpreet Kaur Grewal for a poster entitled: Investigations on biocomposites from oat hull and biodegradable polymers”

Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award

Samantha Symons for a thesis entitled “Phosphorus sorption capacity of potential sediment capping clay” (Advisor: N. Cicek).

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (MSc)

Amy La for a thesis entitled “Effectiveness of negative air ionization in reducing airborne porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PPRSV) and aerosols” (Advisor: Q. Zhang)

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Valery Agbor for a thesis entitled “Bioprocessing of lignocellulosics feedstock for biofuels and co-products via consolidated bioprocessing with the thermophilic bacterium, Clostridium thermocellum strain DSMZ 1237” (Advisors: D. Levin & N. Cicek)

CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Taylor Kirouac - Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester. 

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Mahdi Vaezi for a thesis entitled “Experimental and Techno-economic Studies of Pipeline Hydro-transport of Agricultural Residue Biomass to a Biorefinery” (Advisor: Amit Kumar).

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnological Engineering – Université de Sherbrooke

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Sébastien Fournel for a thesis entitled  ‘’Combustion à la ferme de cultures énergétiques : influence de leurs propriétés physico-chimiques sur les émissions atmosphériques, prédiction de la composition des gaz et cadre de qualité de la biomasse agricole’’  (Advisor : Michèle Heitz)  

Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering – Université Laval

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

Alexandre Genois for a thesis entitled “Contribution au développement d'un procédé de conservation des haricots verts par la synergie de l'acétate de potassium électro-activé et d'un traitement thermique modéré / Contribution to the development of a preservation process of green pea by the synergistic effect of electro-activated potassium acetate and a moderate heat treatment” (Advisor: Dr. Mohammed Aider).

CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award

Gabriel Collin, Hubert Soucy, and Alain Niyibizi for their design entitled “Système intégré d’acquisition de données d’une station de jaugeage/ Integrated data acquisition system of a gauging station” (Advisor: Dr. Robert Lagacé).

CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship

Vincent Grégoire - Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester.

ASABE ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition

Design and construction of a four-wheel-drive tractor taking into consideration the rules specified by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

Équipe ULtrac : Raphaël Soucy-Gauthier(Leader), François Blais, Francis Desaulniers,  Pierre-Olivier Michaud , Nicholas Lefebvre, Alexandre Houle,  Cédric St-Pierre, Simon Archambault,  Alexandre Porlier , Jean-Gabriel Turgeon (Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering – Université Laval )

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dalhousie University

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (PhD)

Aitazaz A.Farooque for a thesis entitled “Performance Evaluation of a commercial Wild Blueberry Harvester using Precision Agricullture Technologies and Biosystems Modeling” (Advisor: Dr. Qamar Zaman).

University of Guelph/Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

CSBE/SCGAB Oral Presentation Award

Versa Bosak Zurowsky for a presentation entitled “On-farm management of potato wash-water and performance of land-based treatment system”