The Society’s bylaws charge the Vice-President Technical with several tasks, the foremost of which is to work with the Technical Committee and Local Arrangements Committee to develop the technical program for the annual conference. In recent years, very satisfactory technical programs were generated with great enthusiasm by the people who served in this office prior to me and on the local arrangements committees of the annual conferences. This happy result belies an awkward circumstance: there has been no standing Technical Committee of the CSBE-SCGAB for many years!
As well as working with the Technical Committee, the VP Technical reports the names of student award winners to the Awards Committee Chair. If you hold an academic position, therefore, familiarize yourself with the awards that the
Society and the CSBE-SCGAB Foundation make available to undergraduate and graduate students. Please contact me or Ali Madani, the Society Secretary, to ensure that your students win the recognition that they deserve and they are able to take advantage of this monetary support.
Finally, I look forward to seeing you in Saskatoon this summer at the annual conference and general meeting, from July 7th to 10th. We already have over one hundred submissions to the technical program, and there is still time remaining to submit your abstract before the extended deadline. Come and enjoy the fellowship of your colleagues and the chance to renew and extend your professional network. As well as having a great time, you’re also sure to learn something new!