From September to October 2013, a collaboration with Fahimeh results in a new Newsletter format. It was decided that only the online HTML version will remains (no more PDF version) with an email containing all items sent to all of our members. Perspectives Newsletter is sent every 4 months to more than 750 engineers across Canada. However, PDFs of previous newsletter will still be available for download on the website. A living document was produced as guideline for VP Regional (Fahimeh) and Regional Directors about newsletter content and timeline.
Following the AGM in 2013, a report has been produced with a section about the registration system, communication and website-related issues.
Along with Philippe Savoie, nearly 10000 scientists and technicians worldwide were contacted by email regularly between September 2013 and June 2014 to promote Montréal’s ASABE/CSBE joint meeting in 2014. We hope this will have a positive impact on meeting international participation.
In February, a new splash page for the Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal was designed and published. This page provides a better overview of the journal structure and includes quick links to online papers, submission instructions, how to prepare a paper, submit and track your paper. Also, the 5 most recent papers title are shown along with the 5 most popular articles.
In March, the Council proposed to use an electronic voting system for Councillor’s elections. Several systems were tested and one was retained as a viable and reliable solution. A procedure was developed to guide the announcement of opened positions, the nomination of candidates, the election set up in the system with member’s database, and finally the election itself. The first electronic election result will be announced during the 2014 AGM for the President-Elect position. You are ALL invited to vote, it will only takes a few clicks!
Coming up soon: the CSBE/SCGAB LinkedIn group (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/Canadian-Society-Bioengineering-4804169) will become a sub-group of EIC LinkedIn group (https://www.linkedin.com/groups/EIC-Engineering-Institute-Canada-ICI-4818149). This will allow us to reach more engineers (so increase your professional networking opportunities) and to increase the number of posts related to biosystem engineering thanks to group manager Diane Champagne. We will still have full access to administrate our group. However, this migration implies that our current followers will have to connect to our new sub-group; this database can’t be imported. Posts and discussions will be visible to everyone but membership will be moderated (no change). More information will be available soon about his change.