On behalf of the Local Arrangements Committee of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference, it will be our great pleasure to welcome you to Winnipeg, Manitoba next summer. Next year’s 4-day conference which will include technical presentations, poster presentations, plenary sessions, workshops and technical tours, will also host the national gathering of the CIGR Section VI Bioprocesses (Postharvest Technology and Process Engineering). The conference will provide the opportunity to share professional research, experience and insights with colleagues from Canada and beyond, and will coincide with Winnipeg’s famous Folklorama Festival, the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world.
Danny Mann, P.Eng., PhD
Chair of the Local Arrangment Committee
|Abstracts Due:||February 1, 2017 Extended to Feb 28, 2017|
|Notice of Acceptance:||March 31, 2017|
|Paper Submission:||July 21, 2017|
|Online Registration Opens:||April 1, 2017|
|Early Bird Registration Ends:||June 15, 2017|
|Online Registration Closes:||July 14, 2017|
|Deadline for Hotel Reservations:||July 1, 2017|
Each abstract is limited to 250 words. An abstract is indicative of the final paper quality. Therefore, authors are urged to prepare a well written, clear and informative abstract describing the work with emphasis on objectives and factual results. An abstract should include key words related to conference topics.
In the submission form, authors are asked to indicate their preference for an oral presentation (15 minutes) or a poster. The scientific committee will try to satisfy each author’s first choice. Authors are encouraged to comply with submission deadlines and to ensure that their paper proposal is relevant to conference topics. Authors will be notified automatically of their submission. A review and decision concerning acceptance should be received by submitters by March 31, 2017.
Abstracts may be submitted in any of the following areas:
Conference Website: www.csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017
Greetings to you all for this festive season as you are busily wrapping up your work and professional responsibilities for 2016. It has been a hectic and enjoyable few months since the annual meeting that was held in Halifax, NS. The planning of the next annual meeting is well underway,and will be a joint meeting with the CIGR that will be held in Winnipeg, MB (August 6-10, 2017). The local arrangements committee under the leadership of Professor Danny Mann has already sent out a request for proposals and abstracts in various themes. Please refer to the recent newsletter or the CSBE website for more details (http://csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017).
Furthermore, I am pleased to report to you the following information:
I am very encouraged by the interest of youngsters to take part in the activities of our society. In addition to the visits to Halifax, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon, I am in touch with our undergrad and graduate student groups here at McGill, and with the student groups of Laval University through Professor Cristina Ratti. Furthermore, I am making efforts to contact student groups at Guelph, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island (PEI), Alberta and British Columbia. I have sent out invitation letters to both undergrad and graduate students at the above mentioned institutes.
Once again, I thank you for your support in revitalizing our society. Please circulate the newsletter to your graduate and undergrad student bodies.
Salutations à tous en cette saison festive car vous achevez activement vos travaux et responsabilités professionnelles pour 2016. Cela fait quelques mois que la réunion annuelle qui s'est tenue à Halifax, en Nouvelle-Écosse, a eue lieu. La planification de la prochaine réunion annuelle, qui se tiendra à Winnipeg (Manitoba) du 6 au 10 août 2017, est en cours et sera organisé conjointement avec la CIGR. Le comité d’organisation, sous la direction du professeur Danny Mann, a déjà envoyé une demande de propositions et des résumés sur différents thèmes. Veuillez consulter l’annonce reçue par courriel ou notre site web pour plus de détails (http://csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017).
En outre, je suis heureux de vous faire parvenir les informations suivantes:
Je suis très encouragé par l'intérêt des jeunes à prendre part aux activités de notre société. En plus des visites à Halifax, à Winnipeg et à Saskatoon, je suis en contact avec nos groupes d'étudiants de premier et de deuxième cycle à McGill et avec les groupes d'étudiants de l'Université Laval par l'entremise de la professeure Cristina Ratti. De plus, je m'efforce de communiquer avec des groupes d'étudiants à Guelph, à Terre-Neuve, à l'Île-du-Prince-Édouard (PEI), en Alberta et en Colombie-Britannique. J'ai envoyé des lettres d'invitation à la fois aux étudiants de premier cycle et aux étudiants diplômés des instituts susmentionnés.
Encore une fois, je vous remercie de votre soutien à la revitalisation de notre société. Veuillez faire circuler le bulletin d'information à vos étudiants et étudiantes de premier cycle.
Président, CSBE / SCGAB
President Raghavan has an important message for bioengineering students.
2017 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING AND TECHNICAL CONFERENCE
Joint meeting of CSBE/SCGAB with CIGR Section VI Bioprocesses
(Postharvest Technology and Process Engineering)
Canad Inns Polo Park
August 6-10, 2017
On behalf of the Local Arrangements Committee, I would like to provide an update on preparations for the 2017 joint meeting of CSBE/SCGAB with CIGR Section VI Bioprocesses which will be held at Canad Inns Polo Park in Winnipeg, MB from August 6-10th, 2017. By partnering with CIGR, we are anticipating an international audience of up to 500 attendees.
The Call for Abstracts has been circulated with abstracts due by February 1, 2017. Each of the first three days of the conference will feature invited speakers, concurrent technical sessions and poster/networking sessions. The final day of the conference will feature either professional development workshops (topics yet to be finalized) or a tour of innovative research facilities at the University of Manitoba. The Conference registration fee will include a social event at the award-winning Journey to Churchill exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. Learn more about this exhibit at www.assiniboineparkzoo.ca. You will have opportunity to purchase additional tickets for those who may be accompanying you to the conference.
The date of the conference has been selected to coincide with Winnipeg’s famous Folklorama festival (www.folklorama.ca), the world’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival. We will facilitate a VIP tour for conference attendees on the Monday evening of the conference (not included in conference registration fee) as an opportunity for additional networking with conference attendees. Furthermore, we hope you might consider spending a couple of extra days in Winnipeg to attend other Folklorama venues, watch talented young athletes during the Canada Summer Games (www.2017canadagames.ca), or visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (www.humanrights.ca). Winnipeg’s professional summer sports teams are the Winnipeg Blue Bombers (football) and Winnipeg Goldeyes (baseball) – schedules for the 2017 season are not yet available.
Visit the conference website (www.csbe-scgab.ca/winnipeg2017) for further information. Online registration will be available beginning April 1st with Early Bird rates available until June 15th. Remember to book your hotel by July 1st because the block of rooms being held for the conference will disappear quickly with all of the other activities happening in Winnipeg next summer!
Danny Mann, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee
The end of the year is arriving fast… but before giving you my best wishes for the year to come, I have exciting news to share with you. On March 5th 2017 (Sunday!), we are planning a regional meeting in Québec City , probably in the morning, so you’ll have the afternoon off to do some sightseeing or snow activities, with colleagues or family, you’ll have a great time! I’ll keep you informed about the developments…
And to end… may 2017 be filled with peace, health and happiness. Happy Holidays!
La fin de l’année arrive à grands pas… mais avant de vous offrir mes meilleurs voeux pour l’an qui commencera bientôt, je dois partager avec vous une très bonne nouvelle. Le 5 mars 2017 (dimanche!) nous planifions faire une réunion régional dans la ville de Québec, probablement sera le matin pour avoir l’après-midi libre pour faire des promenades ou une activité de neige, avec la famille ou des collègues! Ça sera certainement une rencontre conviviale… le fun! Je vous maintiendrai informés des dévellopements à propos de ça.
Pour finir… je vous souhaite un 2017 rempli de paix, de santé et d’amour! Joyeuses Fêtes!!!
It is time to reflect on the past, take stock of the present and gaze into the crystal ball for the future …
As of September 2, 2016, it has been exactly 47 years and eight months to the day since I have come to Canada. My journey during this period has taught me to realize the importance of learning and to be connected to nature in a multi-disciplinary framework. Thanks to all my gurus (teachers), colleagues, and shishyas (students) who have taught me humility and wisdom in life. I am in a milieu of smart people called bioengineers who can make a big difference not only in addressing current challenges but also for the future where the global population is heading towards over ten billion people in the next two to three decades. Canada being an exporter of various agricultural commodities has a lot to offer not only in agriculture but in many other areas as well. Sustainable development goals are key in all walks of life including our food/ energy/ environment system nexus. The CSBE and its members are very well-positioned to play a role in meeting these challenges.
The agricultural sector in Canada has gone through dire straits over the last few decades due to changes in the role of agriculture in Canadian society, and in the perception of the role of engineers in this field. Similarly, the CSBE has been adapting to these changes seeking renewal in order to be a sustainable entity. As the saying goes “Charity begins at home”, i.e. we have to sustain ourselves first. Let me share our experience at McGill wherein the degree offered by our undergraduate program was transformed in 2004 from a B.Sc. (Agr. Eng.) to a B.Eng. (Bioresource). The name of the department has undergone several changes: from “Agricultural Engineering” to “Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering” in 1995, and on to “Bioresource Engineering” in 2002, as it is known today. This along with changes in our curriculum to expand beyond the classical core agricultural engineering have helped us to attract many more undergraduates to our program. The number currently stands at around 220. Changes were also done at Université Laval which has programs in génie agroalimentaire, génie agroenvironmental and génie alimentaire that are attracting a good number of undergrads. A similar initiative was taken at the University of Manitoba’s Department of Biosystems Engineering where undergraduate student enrolment is high. At the University of Guelph, the School of Engineering has several programs including a Biological Engineering program which attract high numbers of undergraduate students. Given this scenario, how do we initiate a change in other campuses across Canada?? I wish to re-kindle this thought in the minds of our colleagues to consider this challenge to demonstrate the relevance of bioengineering programs in educating and training future generations of engineers in sustainable agriculture, food production and bioprocessing, and the environment.
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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