Each year, the CSBE/SCGAB presents Awards and Fellows to celebrate and encourage excellence within the Canadian bioengineering community.

Jim Beamish Award

This award is given annually to the CSBE/SCGAB member who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research, or extension in the area of soil and water, or environmental sciences. The Alumni Committee of Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) sponsors the award. The recipient is selected from nominations from at least three members of CSBE/SCGAB and must have been a member of the Society for at least five years. The Jim Beamish Award was established in 1989 to honour the memory of Jim Beamish, the first president of CSBE/SCGAB and a long-time worker in soil and water, and water management.

Ce prix est décerné chaque année à un membre qui s'est distingué dans le domaine du sol et eau, ou en sciences environnementales par l'enseignment, la recherche, la vulgarisation ou le travail en industrie. Ce prix est commandité par le Comité des anciens du Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA). Le récipiendaire du prix Jim-Beamish est choisi parmi les candidats mis en nomination par trois members et est membre de la SCGAB/CSBE depuis au moins cinq ans. Ce prix, établie en 1989, honore la mémoire du premier président de la SCGAB/CSBE, Monsieur Jim Beamish qui oeuvra longtemps au développement de la gestion de l'eau et des sols agricoles.

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2018 Jim Beamish Award


Nazim Cicek is a Professional Engineer and Professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba. He received his M.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1995 and Ph.D. degree in Environmental Engineering in 1999 from the University of Cincinnati, OH. After working for 2 ½ years in the private sector, he returned to academia in November 2001. Nazim reached the rank of Professor in 2011 and has served as the Associate Department Head since 2009.

Nazim’s research interests are in the area of biological wastewater treatment, wetland treatment for water quality, biofuels and bioenergy production, and biopolymer production processes. Nazim has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. He has graduated 15 M.Sc. students, 7 Ph.D. students and two Post-Doctoral Fellows and is currently supervising 4 Ph.D. and 5 M.Sc. students.

Nazim received the 2012 Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Award in the category of Innovation and Research for Sustainability. He received the 2013 CSBE/SCGAB John Turnbull Award for his contributions in the area of Waste Management. He has been a member of CSBE-SCGAB since 2002 and served as the Program Chair for the CSBE/SCGAB Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference in Winnipeg, 2017.

2017 Jim Beamish Award

denis choiniere beamishNow recognized a world expert in olfactometry, Denis Choinière started his career as a consultant in environmental engineering in 1999 with Consumaj Inc. of St Hyacinthe. At the onset and being responsible for the development of an Environmental Division at Consumaj Inc., Denis developed and started the operation of an odour measurement laboratory and acquired the knowledge to conduct air dispersion analyses. The olfactometre which Denis introduced at Consumaj Inc. was the McGill olfactometre which he helped develop during his M. Sc. studies at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Suzelle Barrington. The olfactometre which Denis helped developed was unique in the fact that its octagonal configuration allowed for a more uniform distribution of air to all panellists. Furthermore, this olfactometre was fully automated, controlling the dilutions level between readings, registering the answers of the panellist and computing the results. Over the years, Denis perfected his knowledge of odour measurement, produced some 20 scientific papers on the subject matter and developed an improved model of the McGill olfactometre in 2011, where one model was sold in Europe in 2012.

Besides being an expert in olfactometry, Denis has continued to practice in the field of Environmental Engineering. He has designed several outstanding waste management systems, such as the first organic matter pelletizing plant in Quebec, in 2004 and several large composting centres. Denis Choinière is a worthy recipient for the 2017 CSBE|SCGAB Jim Beamish Award.


Denis Choinière a débuté sa carrière en tant que consultant en ingénierie environnementale en 1999 avec Consumaj Inc. de St Hyacinthe (QC). En tant que responsable de la division environnementale de Consumaj Inc., Denis a développé et mis en marche un laboratoire de mesure des odeurs et d’analyses de dispersion des contaminants dans l'air. L'olfactomètre utilisé chez Consumaj Inc. est l'olfactomètre qu'il avait lui-même contribué à développer lors de ses études en maîtrise à l'Université McGill sous la supervision du Professeur Barrington. Une des caractéristiques innovantes de cet appareil est sa configuration octogonale qui permet une distribution uniforme des échantillons d'air entre les panelistes. De plus, l’olfactomètre est entièrement automatisé permettant le contrôle du niveau de dilution entre les lectures, l’enregistrement des réponses et le calcul des résultats. Au fil des ans, Denis a perfectionné ses connaissances de la mesure des odeurs, et produit une vingtaine de documents scientifiques sur le sujet. En 2011, l’olfactomètre a été perfectionné et un modèle a été vendu à une société européenne en 2012. Denis est très actif dans le domaine du génie environnemental. Il a conçu plusieurs systèmes novateurs pour la gestion des déchets dont plusieurs grands centres de compostage et une usine de granulation de matières organiques.

2016 Jim Beamish Award

Ted van der GulikTed van der Gulik - During his career Ted has worked on many large regional water management projects such as the Matsqui Drainage and Irrigation Project and the South East Kelowna Metering Project that have helped to protect and improve the productive farmland in British Columbia. He was a driving force behind the formation and evolu- tion of the Irrigation Industry Association of BC. As Past-President and Founder/Chair of the Certification Board, he received the Dave Peach Award in 2004. In 2000, the American Irrigation Associa- tion recognized his leadership in promoting proper irrigation techniques through the many manuals and guides that he has written and honoured him with the prestigious Crawford Reid Memorial Award. In 2009, Ted was the recipient of the BC Water and Waste Bridge Building Award in recognition of his commitments to building bridges between the BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) and other water related groups. The many on line tools and models that he has led in developing have resulted in him being a four-time winner of the British Columbia Premier's Award: Water Balance Model (2008-09 Silver), Provincial Drought Response (2009-10 Silver), Agriculture Water Demand Model (2009-10 Gold), and Legacy (2013-14 Gold). He helped convene the water-working group of the BC Agriculture Council to assist the Ministry of Environment in developing a new water act that con- sidered the needs of agriculture. It is his later work on policy and planning that will guide government and industry in water supply and usage, ensuring that the citizenry and agriculture industry of the province of British Columbia are well positioned for the future.

Ted van der Gulik - Tout au long de sa carrière, Ted a travaillé sur de nombreux projets de gestion de l'eau tels que le projet de drainage et d'irrigation de Matsqui et le projet de compteurs d'eau de South East Kenowla qui ont permis de conserver et d'accroître la productivité des terres agricoles de la Colombie-Britannique. Il a participé activement à la création et au développement de l'Irrigation Industry Association de la Colombie-Britannique. En 2004, Ted a reçu le Prix Peach Dave pour sa contribution à tire de président sortant et fondateur /directeur du conseil de certification. En 2000, l'American Irrigation Association lui a remis le prestigieux Prix commémoratif Crawford Reid en reconnaissance de son lea- dership dans la promotion des bonnes pratiques d'irrigation à tra- vers des nombreux manuels et guides qu'il a écrit. En 2009, Ted a été le récipiendaire du Prix BC Water and Waste Bridge Building en reconnaissance de ses engagements à construire des ponts entre la BC Water and Waste Bridge Association (BCWWA) et les autres regroupements impliqués à l'eau. Il a participé au déve- loppement de nombreux outils en ligne et modèles qui lui ont valu de recevoir le Prix du Premier Ministre de la Colombie-Britannique à quatre reprises : le Water Balance Model (2008-09 Argent), le Provincial Drought Response (2009-10 Argent), l'Agriculture Water Demand Model (2009-10 Or), et le Legacy (2013-14 Or). Il a aidé à convoquer le groupe de travail d'experts en eau du BC Agriculture Council pour assister le ministère de l'Environnement dans l'élaboration d'une nouvelle loi sur l'eau qui tient compte des besoins de l'agriculture. Ce sont ses travaux ultérieurs en politique et en planification qui guideront le gouvernement et l'industrie dans une saine gestion de l'approvisionnement et dans l'utilisation de l'eau, afin que les citoyens et l'industrie agricole de la Colombie-Britannique soient en bonne position pour l'avenir.

2015 Jim Beamish Award

murray-tenoveMr. Murray Tenove first became interested in water sciences while assisting in limnology research at Wabamun Lake, Alberta, as a youth. His interests in agriculture were tweaked as he helped his father (a professional photographer) learn to farm crops near Vegreville, Alberta. The third phase of what eventually defined his career path, was in relation to environmental impacts, and stemmed from overseas travel and the opportunity to witness a variety of dynamic landscapes. However, Murray, as is typical of his nature, is quick to point out that his formal quest to become an agricultural engineer in 1980, was not just a moment of selfrealization. Rather, he owes gratitude to his uncle, Nick Holowaychuk, a soil scientist, and the late Robert Borg, an agricultural engineer, past recipient of the CSBE John Turnbull Award and Murray's mentor. Following the completion of a BSc in Chemistry in 1978, Murray completed another Bachelor of Science degree in Agricultural Engineering in 1982 as one of the first graduates out of this new program at the University of Alberta. In 2000, with some experience under his belt, Murray returned to complete an MSc in Environmental Engineering in 2004. As a professional engineer with over 30 years of professional practice, Murray has been tasked with adapting a variety of agricultural production and water-related technologies and programs to the needs of primary agricultural producers across Alberta and British Columbia. It is for his long-term contributions to bioengineering and the agricultural sector that Murray has been nominated for this award.

M. Murray Tenove s’est intéressé aux sciences de l'eau en contribuant durant sa jeunesse à la recherche en limnologie au lac Wabamun, en Alberta. Ses intérêts en l'agriculture ont ensuite été influencés par son père (un photographe professionnel) en travaillant sur une ferme près de Vegreville, en Alberta. Mais ce qui a éventuellement défini son cheminement de carrière fut l’observation dynamique des impacts environnementaux suite à de nombreux voyages outre-mer. Ainsi, Murray se rend rapidement à l’évidence que son destin professionnel était de devenir ingénieur agricole, ce qu’il réalisa en 1980, non pas sans l’appui de personnes importantes pour lui. La réalisation de ce cheminement, il en doit une partie à son oncle, Nick Holowaychuk, un scientifique du sol, et au regretté Robert Borg, un ingénieur agronome, ancien récipiendaire du Prix John Turnbull (CSBE/SCGAB) et mentor de Murray. Après l’obtention en 1978 d’une maîtrise en chimie, Murray complète en 1982 un autre baccalauréat ès sciences en génie agricole. Il fut l’un des premiers diplômés de ce nouveau programme de l'Université de l'Alberta. En 2000, avec plusieurs années d’expérience dans son sac, Murray retourne à l’université en 2004 pour compléter une maîtrise en génie agroenvironnemental. En tant qu’ingénieur professionnel avec plus de 30 années de pratique, Murray a ensuite été chargé de l'adaptation d'une variété de productions agricoles, de technologies et de programmes en lien avec l'eau pour les producteurs agricoles d’Alberta et de Colombie- Britannique. C’est pour ces contributions de longue haleine à la bio-ingénierie et au secteur agricole que Murray a été nommé pour ce prix.

2014 Jim Beamish Award

mckagueKEVIN MCKAGUE, CPESC, P.Eng. is the recipient of the CSBE 2014 Jim Beamish award in recognition of his dedication and contributions in soil and water conservation and environmental engineering spanning 30 years in both the private and public sectors.  He is currently the Rural Water Quality Engineer within the Environmental Management Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food’s, Food Safety and Environment Division.  

Kevin graduated from the University of Guelph in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering.  Immediately following graduation, he was employed as a soil conservation engineer by the Maitland Valley and Grand River Conservation Authorities.  There he practiced farm extension and on-farm research, encouraging local landowners in their efforts to plan and implement both engineering and agronomic forms of soil conservation practices.  In 1988, Kevin joined the private environmental consulting firm, Ecologistics Limited, where he managed numerous domestic and international soil and water related projects that promoted the sustainable use and protection of our soil and water resources.

In 1999, Kevin accepted employment with  the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) as an applied research specialist and rural water quality engineer.  During this same period, he also undertook graduate work, and received a Master of Science in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Guelph in 2003.  He has authored or co-authored a range of peer-reviewed papers pertaining to his research related to model use in assessing BMP effectiveness in improving soil and water quality.

Still with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Kevin continues to advise and work on a wide range of soil and water conservation issues.  He has been a long-time member of the NMAN development team, a software tool that helps producers manage their manure and fertilizer nutrients.  Recently, he led the adaptation of the USDA’s RUSLE2 (Revised Soil Loss Equation) soil loss prediction tool for use in the Ontario setting.  He also led in the development of OMAFRA’s Agricultural Erosion Control Structures design software (AgErosion).  This product encourages land improvement contractors to follow standardized designs for common agricultural erosion control structures built in the province.

Outside of work, Kevin has volunteered on a variety of projects and awareness events through Water Ambassadors Canada to help bring clean drinking water to rural communities in Central America.

Kevin is a long time member of CSBE/ASABE, a registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, and member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society.  He has made an outstanding contribution in developing and promoting sound environmental practices in agricultural production, and is a worthy recipient for the 2014 CSBE Jim Beamish Award in soil and water.