Monday, 25 March 2013 11:20

News from the VP Technical - Winter 2013

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!

This circumstance leads to the title of this report: I am calling on you to volunteer your expertise and a small amount of your time to serve on the Technical Committee. With a full Technical Committee, the commitment is not an onerous one. The committee as currently described in the Society’s bylaws has its own executive of four officers: Chair, Past-Chair, Vice-Chair, and Secretary. It also includes eight additional members with expertise conforming to the technical areas of the Society Journal: biological systems, information systems, food and bioprocess systems, machinery systems, waste management systems, building systems, soil and water systems, and renewable energy. Fully a dozen people, therefore, as well as the VP Technical, would share in the development of the technic al program of a conference. Please contact me directly (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to indicate your willingness to serve on the Technical Committee.

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!

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Grant Clark

Grant grew up on a mixed farm in Central Alberta. He received an industry-cooperative B.Sc. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Alberta, Edmonton (1993) and a Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering from McGill University, Montreal (2000). Grant then worked as a Research Associate and Assistant Professor at the University of Alberta until coming to McGill in 2007. His research program in ecological engineering involves the use of computational tools and physical systems to study how ecosystems can be designed, created and managed so as to provide services and solutions.

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