The CSBE/SCGAB 2016 Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference was a very successful event! It was held from July 3 to 6, 2016 in the World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax, NS. The conference theme was “Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable World”.
We began with a workshop on “Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Commercialization” on the Sunday. It was presented by Kevin Dunn, the Director of the Industry Liaison and Innovation office at Dalhousie University, and also by Paul Richards from Innovacorp, Nova Scotia's early stage venture capital organization. This was followed by a Welcome Reception. Technical sessions on were held on Monday and Wednesday, and a technical tour to Truro to see the Agricultural campus of Dalhousie University on Tuesday.
In keeping with the theme of the conference, we were honored to have Dr Adam Fenech from University of Prince Edward Island give a keynote address on climate change modelling. We also had a panel session on the “Impact of climate change on sustainable food production and minimizing on-farm climate related risks” with speakers from different backgrounds contributing to a lively discussion: were Drs. Charles Bourque (University New Brunswick - forestry), Kate Sherren (Dalhousie – social and spatial science), and Dave Burton (Dalhousie – soil scientist), and Mr Peter Swinkels (Doug-Bragg Enterprises – agricultural machinery industry).
The meeting was an excellent opportunity for delegates to socialize informally, as well as a chance to formally recognize the achievements of our members. Delegates mingled at the BBQ beside beautiful Lake Banook, Dartmouth on Monday evening, an Awards Banquet was held to honor awards recipients on Tuesday evening, and in addition many students were recognised for their achievements at the Awards Luncheon on the Wednesday. In addition, there was a new initiative this year, an “undergraduate roadtrip”, from Winnipeg to Halifax, which involved undergraduate participation in some conference activities and added an extra dimension of “liveliness” to the meeting. We hope to that we will continue to have support from our student members in future meetings!
On behalf of the Local Arrangements Committee, a big thank-you to all who made the 2016 CSBE AGM and Technical Conference a great success!!
Su-Ling Brooks, PhD PEng
Co-chair Local Arrangements Committee
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