Source: http://www.aic.ca/about/awards.cfm

Ernie BarberErnie Barber

AIC's highest honour, the title of Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada recognizes an individual AIC member who has made a distinguished contribution to Canadian agriculture through contributions to building scientific capacity for societal good, integration and collaboration between disciplines and sectors, and communications. Dr. Ernie Barber received the award at a dinner in Ottawa on June 11, 2014.

Dr. Ernie Barber has made outstanding contributions to Canadian agriculture through a distinguished and wide-ranging career of research, academic leadership and partnership building with industry and government.

His research has contributed significantly to Canadian agriculture through advances in the ventilation, heating and air quality control of intensive livestock units worldwide - improving the health of humans and animals and minimizing the impact of these facilities on the environment.

He is currently building critical scientific capacity as Managing Director of the new $50-million Global Institute for Food Security (GIFS) at the University of Saskatchewan, a research institute built upon a unique public-private partnership involving PotashCorp, the Saskatchewan government and the university. The GIFS enables multi-disciplinary research, training and technology development aimed at increasing agricultural productivity, supporting a prosperous agricultural bio-economy, and contributing to the goal of global food and nutrition security through innovation and international partnerships.

A long-time professor and administrator at the University of Saskatchewan, his exemplary work within numerous senior leadership portfolios has consistently encouraged and made possible critical collaborations - both interdisciplinary ones among researchers and many others between academics, government and industrial partners. With an enthusiasm for agriculture that colleagues call "infectious," Barber is highly regarded as an outstanding educator, communicator and builder of research capacity.

In addition to his outstanding work as a researcher and administrator, Barber has also earned a reputation as an exceptional mentor and educator. He has won four teaching-related awards while at the University of Saskatchewan, and many of his former students are now important contributors to agriculture in academia and within many other public and private institutions.

Barber was also recently named Interim Provost and Vice-Provost (Academic) for the U of S. This is the second time he has held this role, as he previously filled this vacancy from 2007 to 2008.

Barber is the first Saskatchewan resident to receive this honour since 2004, when Glenden William Hass - a longtime contributor to agriculture in both the private and public sectors - was made an AIC fellow.

Thursday, 13 March 2014 08:23

2013 CSBE-SCGAB Award Winners

Several CSBE members were honored at the CSBE Annual Awards’ Banquet held during the Annual Meeting and Conference in Saskatoon last July, 2013. The Society is proud to recognize these individuals for their commitment and contribution to the engineering profession and society.


Doug Small

Clement Sankat


Neil McLaughlin


Hubert Landry


Nazim Cicek




Venkatesh Meda


Luc D’Amour


Peter Enright


Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba

Undergraduate Design Project Award: Tyler Whettell, Tyler Maes, Sam Symons, Victoria Munroe, Matt Stephens, Steven Murray, Calving Ngan, Jason Lam, Yiu Cho Cheng, Parker Williams, Kalen Kerr, David Lipinski, Ian Swintak, Chi Tu, Patricia Fabros and Xiaodong Xu for International ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design

Undergraduate Thesis or Paper Award: Vanessa Krahn

Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.): Idris Adelakun

CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship: Grace Kankindi

Department of Bioresource Engineering, McGill University

Undergraduate Design Project Award: Oliver Beaudin and Bryan Wattie

Undergraduate Thesis or Paper Award: Kaitlin Lloyd, Kendell McBride, Christopher McGuire, and Brenda Moore

Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D.): Felix Jaria

Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.): Shrikalaa Kannan

Undergraduate Team Competition Award: Martin Legault, Stephen McGuire, Antoine Pouliot, Trevor Stanhope, Mei Xiao, Sara Tawil, Quinn Burke Anderson, Sophie Lauzon, Frederic Rene-Laforest, Isabellie Cote-Laurin, Dzuy-Tam-Tran for ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition

CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship: Brenda Moore

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Saskatchewan

Undergraduate Design Project Award: Jeff Pridmore, Devin Barros, and Lane Forster

Undergraduate Paper Award: Aubrey Worobetz and Carolyn Osborne

Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.): Alvin Alvarado

School of Engineering, University of Guelph

CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship: Evan Wright

Undergraduate Design Project Award: Alexis Wagner, Chris Geerts, and Neeti Sondi

CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc.): Matthew DiCicco

Saturday, 14 September 2013 23:20

Saskatchewan Regional News - Summer 2013

CSBE-SCGAB Annual Technical Conference and AGM

The CSBE-SCGAB Conference for Interdisciplinary Engineering in Agriculture and Biosystems that was held in Saskatoon July 7-10 was a success with over 140 delegates taking in the technical sessions, workshops and tours. The CSBE-SCGAB and the organizing committee would like to thank the sponsors (U of S, CNH, DEM Solutions, PAMI, Bourgault and Saskatoon Engineering Society) for their support.

Pictures of the event are available here. If a participant want to obtain full resolution pictures or want to remove a pictures from the website for confidentiality issue, please contact webmaster [at] csbe-scgab.ca

Papers are available for download: http://www.csbe-scgab.ca/publications/meeting-papers/csbe-technical-conferences/5881-agm-saskatoon-2013


Call for Abstracts: Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering Science, Trades & Technology

The 2014 edition of the biennial conference of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology (CCWESTT) will be held in Regina, Saskatchewan May 21 to 24, 2014. The Conference theme is: “Open Opportunities: Mentoring the Future”.  The call for abstracts will remain open until October 1, 2013. Visit www.ccwestt2014.ca or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.



The University of Saskatchewan’s College of Engineering Centennial Reunion will be held Sept 20 to 23, 2012 in Saskatoon. Visit http://www.engr.usask.ca/100Years/ for more information on the planned events and festivities.

The CSBE Annual Meeting and Conference will be held on the campus of the University of Saskatchewan July 7-10, 2013. Stay tuned for details on the theme, workshops, tours and call for abstracts.

Technical Note

The Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute’s Applied Bioenergy Centre (ABC) designed and commissioned a pilot scale solid state anaerobic digester located at the Western Beef Development Centre Termuende Ranch near Lanigan, Saskatchewan. Funding assistance was provided by Western Economic Diversification, Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources Canada. The facility is the only solid state digester in Canada and one of two in North America. The goal of the facility is to conduct pilot scale trials to optimize digestion operating parameters and to evaluate the energy balance and economic potential of the technology.

The facility includes two batch reactors, each with a capacity for 10 tonnes of solid substrate. The system includes a leachate recirculation system (for inoculation and “mixing”) and a gas collection, metering and analysis instrumentation. Heated glycol piping inside the vessel maintains the temperature at 38°C.

The scale of the pilot facility also allows assessment of the unique material handling requirements for solid state digestion. Unlike liquid digestion, the substrate cannot be pumped, metered or mixed mechanically. At 20% to 50% total solids content, solid state digesters have a small footprint and do not require water or generate wastewater. The technology allows solid organic waste to be digested in its natural form. The system can also handle heterogenous, “dirty” material that would cause sedimentation and clogging issues in a traditional liquid digester.

Digestion trials in 2012 utilized solid beef feedlot manure mixed with straw and trials planned for 2013 and 2014 will generate information on the digestion of feedlot manure, wet distiller’s grains, cull potatoes and deadstock. The ABC also collaborates with the University of Saskatchewan on a bench scale solid state digester to conduct replicated trials to validate the results from the pilot facility. For more information on PAMI’s solid state digestion facility, go to http://pami.ca/bioenergy/second-generation/ or email Joy Agnew (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


On July 1, 2010, the departments of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering and Chemical Engineering at the College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan were merged into a new Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. A Task Force was formed to define the Biological Engineering program. The Task Force’s final report will be submitted to the Dean and it will describe what is considered to be an idealized list of classes that would make up a program.  Assistance from the Gwenna Moss Teaching and Learning Centre helped the committee put together a program with the goal of appealing to different types of learners and demographics of students that have not been traditionally well represented in Engineering.  This program could be used as a target for future changes to our existing program depending on resources available.  The search for a Dean of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan continues. Dr. Ernie Barber is Acting Dean.

Saskatoon will host the 2013 CSBE Annual Conference. Stay tuned for details. If you are interested in helping out on the local organizing committee, contact Joy Agnew (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Several SK CSBE members will be presenting at the 2012 CIGR International Conference of Agricultural Engineering in Valencia, Spain (Scott Noble, Bernardo Predicala, Tyrone Keep, Joy Agnew, Huiqing Guo).

U of S ¼ Scale Tractor Team Highlight

For a second consecutive year, the University of Saskatchewan Sled Dogs have come in 4th place at the 2011 American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition, held annually in Peoria, Illinois. The 2011 tractor featured a single 31 hp Briggs and Stratton Big Block engine, CVT and transaxle from a John Deere Gator, reduced weight and a bold new look. Its most innovative features included data logging capabilities, which won the team the Campbell Scientific Award at competition, and a dynamic ballast system. The team was able to fine-tune some driveline components to finish 4th in the pulls, an improvement from 6th in 2010. The team also enhanced their writing skills to finish 3rd in the written design report. The first ever X-team to come from the U of S competed in 2011, and finished 3rd place overall. They modified the 2010 tractor, adding a roll-over protection system (ROPS), electric assist steering and actually improved pulling performance by reducing the number of engines from three 16 hp Briggs and Stratton Vanguards to two. They also blew the competition away with their oral presentation to finish 1st in the category.

The 2012 competition will again be held in Peoria, running from May 31 to June 3, 2012.

CBE New Graduates

During the 2011 Fall Convocation, two graduate students received their M.Sc. in Ag/Bio Engineering (Alvin Alvarado and Crystal Rinas). Two students also convocated with a Ph.D. in Ag/Bio Engineering (Phani Adapa and Eric Veikle). At the 2012 Spring Convocation, four graduate students received their M.Sc. in Ag/Bio Engineering (Holly Annand, Binsirawanich Pana, Gao Zhu, and Sooriya Arachchilage). Phani Adapa was nominated for the CSBE graduate thesis award.

During the 2012 Spring Convocation, 11 undergraduates received their B.Sc. in Ag/Bio Engineering. Four students graduated with great distinction (Haley Bart, Matthew Petruic, Chance Peutert and Brittany Thoms) and two graduated with distinction (Kyle Smetaniuk, Graham Stuart). Evan Wolowski graduated with the Professional Communication Option. Brittany Thoms was the recipient of the Oliver L. Symes Memorial Award and Matthew Petruic earned the Clinton L. Armstrong Memorial Award. The undergraduate innovation design award went to Evan Wolowski, Graham Stuart and Matthew Petruic. The Saskatoon Engineering Society design award went to Ryan Johnson, Chance Peutert and Kyle Smetaniuk.

Lope Tabil, Professor at the Chemical and Biological Engineering, UofS was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Agricultural Engineering at China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing between May 10 to June 2, 2011. While there he gave a series of seminars on "Biological Materials Handling" to graduate students and faculty. Dr. Tabil has on-going collaborative research with CAU in the area of Forage and Biomass Process Engineering.


Lope Tabil (center) with Ph.D. and M.Sc. students and Dr. Steven Wang (right) after the last lecture presentation at China Agricultural University.

Phani Phani Adapa successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis titled "Densification of Selected Agricultural Crop Residues as Feedstock for the Biofuel Industry" on July 27, 2011. He was co-supervised by Dr. Lope Tabil and Dr. Greg Schoenau of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

The highlights of the past year included the appointment of Dr. Ernie Barber as Acting Dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan, effective July 1, 2010. Dr. Barber is a longtime member of CSBE and began his academic career as faculty member in the college. Effective July 1, 2010, the departments of Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering and Chemical Engineering at the College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan were merged into a new Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. The new department will continue to deliver two separate undergraduate programs: Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering, and Chemical Engineering. While no changes have been made either to the graduate and undergraduate programs as a result of the restructuring, a Task Force has been formed with mandate to help define the presence of Biological Engineering within the College. The initial phase of the work of the Task Force has been completed, with recommendations to pursue a broad-based Biological Engineering program in the College.


The membership roster listed 116 members with Saskatchewan address who paid membership dues for the past year. This number is up slightly from 106 in the previous year; more interestingly, a total of 81 members renewed their membership from previous year, about 26 dropped out, and 35 new members signed up or re-activated their previously inactive membership.

CBE Department highlights

The CBE Department hosted the 2010 ASABE/CSBE North Central Inter-Sectional Conference held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on October 17-19, 2010. A total of about 35 technical papers were presented by faculty, staff, and students from the University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, North Dakota State University, and South Dakota State University.

The University of Saskatchewan Sled Dogs ¼ Scale Tractor Team placed 4th overall in a field of over 20 competitors at the ASABE ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition in Peoria, IL, last June 2010. The Sled Dogs won awards for Best Manufacturability, Best Appearance, Best Craftsmanship, and Best for Safety Consideration.

During the 2011 Spring Convocation, fourteen (14) undergraduate students from the Department will convocate with a degree in Agriculture and Bioresource Engineering, one with Great Distinction (Nicholas Allen Hall) and 2 with Distinction honours (Chantal Quesnel, Danielle Nicole Quesnel).

Additionally, the Oliver L. Symes Memorial Award will be conferred to Nicholas Allen Hall for garnering the top honours from among the graduands in the Department, while Chantal Quesnel will receive the Clinton L. Armstrong Memorial Award for being the top graduand with courses in the area of soil and water engineering.

(contribution from L. Tabil)

As part of the Design Capstone course, several student groups made poster and oral presentations based on their design projects. The top ranked groups which will represent the ABE program at the 2011 Engineering Innovative Design and Student Paper Competition are the following:

  • Innovative Design competition: Chantal Quesnel, Danielle Quesnel and Alison Silversides
    Title: Streambank Stabilization Design at the Rodeo Site along the Milk River, located at Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, Alberta
  • Student Paper competition: Nicholas Hall and Dallas Nelson

Title: Design of an Animal Manure Management System for the University of Saskatchewan.