Monday, 16 June 2014 09:57

It’s Raining….No, It’s Snowing….S.O.S., The Sky is Falling!

Forgive me, but it’s difficult to remain optimistic and to view the glass as half full in frequently, inconsistently, variably, and still not so bright and sunny Alberta! Oh yes, and you can add to that, often bitterly cold and just about always windy Alberta! Bah! Humbug! :-(

Edmonton@ 0910 h on May 05, 2014 
Edmonton@ 1345 h on June 09, 2014 


Speaking of precipitation (water), the regional chapter (CSBE Alberta) recently hosted its second lecture series on the said theme entitled, ″Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy and the Role of Bioresource Engineering″. This event was held on June 4th in Calgary on a beautiful, sunny, +20 oC day (only to return to Edmonton that evening at 9 oC and a torrential downpour).

Similar to the inaugural lecture held in Edmonton in January this year on the bioenergy theme, the Calgary event boasted three guest speakers. Our opening speaker, Ms. Edith Vanderpuye, from the provincial Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development gave a lecture on ″Integrated Resource Management System & Water for Life″. Our second speaker, Dr. Jon Sweetman, from Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions delivered his lecture on ″Managing Alberta’s Water for a Sustainable Future″, and our third speaker, Mr. Jason Unger, from the Environmental Law Centre gave a thought provoking, challenging presentation on ″Environmental Future, Legislative Past - Water Law and the Complexity of Resources Management″. The lecture was well attended by a cross-section of participants (including CSBE regional members and potentially new members) from government, oil and gas sector, energy sector, regulatory services, agriculture, agro-services, private consultants and graduate students from university. E-copies of the presentations will be made available to the lecture participants. If you are interested in one or all the presentations, please contact Ike Edeogu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for an e-copy.

As mentioned earlier, CSBE Alberta inaugural lecture entitled, ″Bioresource Engineering - Advancing Alberta's Bioenergy Platform ″ was held on January 28th in Edmonton - for biased reasons a weather report for that day has been excluded - J. The Edmonton lecture featured Dr. Stanford Blade with Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions. His lecture was on ″Making Choices: Investing in the Alberta Bioeconomy ″. The second speaker was Ms. Kelly Maher who presented on ″Biorefining & Bioindustrial R&D in Alberta ″. Ms. Maher is with the Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN) at the University of Alberta. The third speaker, Ms. Susan Carlisle, with the provincial Ministry of Energy gave a presentation on ″Alberta Policy Context for Bioenergy″. Again this event was well attended and boasted participants from across Alberta from provincial and municipal governments, forestry industry, universities and colleges, research organizations, and private consultants. If you are interested in one or all the presentations from the bioenergy lecture series, please contact Ike Edeogu for an e-copy.

Well, that’s it for now. I am off to figure out how I can get out of ″winter mode″ both physically and psychologically! It might be time for a spatial change! Speaking of which, I look forward to seeing you in Montreal in SUMMER - next month!

Until next time, au revoir!

Ike Edeogu

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Ikechukwu Edeogu

Alberta regional director
Technology Development Engineer
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