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Monday, 26 September 2016 15:22

Energy Management Engineer

Engineering and Related Level 2

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Edmonton. Are you a motivated individual with a passion for energy efficiency and renewal energy technologies? If so, this is the perfect role for you.

Located in Edmonton, this hands-on Energy Management Engineer provides technical expertise to the delivery of the Growing Forward (GF) 2 On-Farm Energy Management Program.

As the Energy Management Engineer, you will lead and be responsible for applied research of beneficial management practices (BMP's) and emerging opportunities related to energy efficiency and renewable energy in the agriculture industry.

As the Energy Management Engineer, you will develop quality controls and training for external energy assessors. In addition, you will compile and synthesize energy use and energy savings information from producers to calculate total Program energy use impact and equivalent carbon offset generation.

Your well-developed leadership, influencing and team building skills will serve you well as you work within a dynamic team of technical staff and collaborate with a variety of industry and internal professional staff from other areas of the department. Your strong written and verbal communication skills and organizational talents will be critical to managing multiple projects, deliver technical information to producers and other interest groups and demonstrate technologies and BMP's to the industry.

Salary: $3,007.16 to $4,163.64 bi-weekly ($78,486 to $108,671 annually). Closing Date: October 3, 2016. Job ID # 1038216.

Qualifications: University degree in Mechanical, Bio-Resource, Electrical, Agricultural Engineering or related, plus a minimum of five years of directly related experience in the area of energy management. Must have demonstrated knowledge and/or experience of different scientific and engineering processes as well as energy and power usage and efficiency relevant to applied research and technology development. Professional and progressive experience working with related Western Canadian crop and livestock production practices on-farm and in the field is an asset. The equivalency of additional related education will be considered in lieu of experience on a one-for-one basis. The successful candidate must be eligible for membership in APEGA.

Candidates with lesser experience are encouraged to apply and may be considered at a lower classification and salary level.

This competition may be used to fill current and future vacancies across the Government of Alberta.

Online applications are preferred at www.jobs.alberta.ca. If you are unable to apply online, please submit your cover letter and resume, quoting the Job ID, to: Human Resource Services, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, #304, J.G. O'Donoghue Building, 7000 - 113 Street, Edmonton, AB T6H 5T6. Phone: (780) 427-2111; Fax: (780) 427-3398. Applicants who apply online will be able to track the status of this competition. Note: As only one file can be uploaded, please ensure your cover letter, resume and any other related documents are submitted in one file.

Position Profile: https://www.jobs.alberta.ca/pprofile/pp1038216.htm

If you require any further information on this job posting, please contact Human Resources at (780) 427-2111. We thank all applicants for their interest. All applicants will be reviewed to determine which candidates' education and experience best meets the needs of the position. Only individuals selected for interviews will be contacted.

Although this competition is closing on October 3, 2016, please continue to check jobs.alberta.ca for all career opportunities with the Government of Alberta.


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The past year has been a fairly busy one. After my inauguration into office as regional director for Alberta, at the 2013 CSBE Conference and AGM held in Saskatoon in July last year, the following tasks have been completed:

Council Activities

Eight council meetings have been held to date of which I have attended seven. Early on in the CSBE year (2013/14), all council members were requested to submit an individual plan of action for the upcoming year to the president. Four goals were outlined for Alberta namely: Establish regional committee; Connect with professional organizations such as Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA); Publish an article in quarterly editions of CSBE’s Perspectives newsletter; Organize two lecture series related to bioengineering.

Membership Committee Activities

Two committee meetings have been held to date. Regional directors were requested to submit a plan detailing regional events that would be held in the CSBE year. Details of the plan included: Organizers of the event; Target participants; Expected date(s); Objectives of the event; and Budget estimate. Regional directors were notified that the CSBE had funds to support planned regional events.

2014 ASABE and CSBE/SCGAB Annual International Meeting - Planning Activities

The regional director participated in two joint local and national arrangements committee meetings to discuss how CSBE could support efforts towards the hosting of the 2014 event in Montreal. Participation as a regional director was voluntary and was seen as a learning opportunity, considering the fact that Alberta will be hosting the 2015 CSBE Conference and AGM.

Regional Advisory Committee

A regional advisory committee comprised of 7 professional members and one student member was formed in September, 2013. The committee participated in discussions pertaining to the 2015 CSBE AGM and Conference, CSBE Alberta Lecture Series and CSBE awards nominations via two teleconferences and by email correspondence. The regional committee members and non-committee members were also active in hosting the lecture series.

CSBE Alberta Winter and Spring Lecture Series

The CSBE Alberta inaugural lecture series entitled, “Bioresource Engineering - Advancing Alberta’s Bioenergy Platform”, was held in Edmonton on January 28, 2014. Forty-five people were in attendance, including 12 CSBE professional members, 2 CSBE students and 9 non-CSBE students.

A second lecture series entitled, ”Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy and the Role of Bioresource Engineering”, was held in Calgary on June 04, 2014. Twenty-seven people were in attendance, including 7 CSBE professional members. Two non-CSBE students were also in attendance.

Both events were widely advertised across the province courtesy of APEGA, Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA), Alberta Water Portal, University of Alberta, University of Calgary, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, etc.

2015 CSBE Conference & AGM

The 2015 conference and AGM will be held in July in Edmonton, Alberta. Over the past year effort has been made to secure a host venue in the “City of Champions”. In addition, Rick Atkins (CSBE Fellow) has been appointed chair of the local arrangements committee (LAC). Planning activities of the LAC will commence after the 2014 ASABE & CSBE/SCGAB annual international meeting in Montreal in July.

Saturday, 14 September 2013 23:06

Introducing your New Alberta Regional Director


Wow! Have things ever started off with a bang! I probably should begin with an apology. This report will likely read more like a blog. No, please don’t get me wrong. I don’t blog and have only been exposed to “blogging” a few times in my lifetime (mostly this year). Regardless, I thought this would be a nice way to connect with the CSBE membership, particularly regional members (and non-members) that might be perusing our website.

So, here we go! The fanfare all began with my nomination to the society’s Regional Director portfolio in spring this year. And yes, what a surprise it was considering the last time I actively participated in a CSBE event was in 2006 when Alberta hosted the CSBE National Technical Conference and Annual General Meeting. Prior to 2006 and since then, I’d battled with finding my identity within the society, be it the Canadian Society of Agricultural Engineers (CSAE) or now, CSBE. What was I really getting out of my association with the society? I had reviewed details of the proposed 2013 AGM and Technical Conference earlier on and didn’t find anything that appealed to me and so once again, I didn’t plan on attending this event either.

After consulting with a few prominent individuals, reviewing past and present regional director reports in the newsletter, and taking a peek at the draft revised CSBE bylaws, I proceeded to accept the nomination. Of course, this now meant I had to attend the AGM and Technical Conference held in Saskatoon in July of this year. And what an AGM and Conference it was! Obviously, I was voted into office…thank you…but beyond that was my new eye-opening, self-realization experience with the CSBE. I attended one of four workshops held on the 7th, a plenary session and technical sessions on the 8th, toured a biofuel production plant, a biogas research facility and a canola oil food processing plant on the 9th, and another series of technical sessions and a captivating education forum on the 10th. Not to mention the opening reception, AGM, barbeque, awards banquet, poster session and CSBE council meetings.

So what made the difference this time? Well, for one, I had the opportunity to be exposed to areas of expertise within bioengineering that were not familiar to me, and voilà, a connection was made. Light bulbs flicked on as my awareness grew. Opportunities for innovation, collaboration and so on came to mind. At last, I was forced to “venture beyond my comfort zone”, “think outside the box”, and I liked where it took me! Since the annual gathering I have had the opportunity to pursue some of my “newfound dreams” by meaningfully connecting with engineers and non-engineers associated with bioengineering. One of my goals as regional director for 2013/2014 is to expand this network to include as many such professionals in Alberta and to introduce or re-introduce them to the CSBE, as the case may be. I look forward to our voyage ahead and plan to keep you posted on the progress via this column on a quarterly basis. Toodles.

Biorefining Conversions Network Hosts Successful 2010 Retreat

Under the theme “Refining Technology for Biomass Conversion: Conventional Products through

Unconventional Approaches”, the Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN) recently held their 2nd Annual Strategic Retreat at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. The event, which began with an informal networking reception on Sunday November 7th, was attended by 125 delegates including senior industry representatives and government officials as well as expert researchers from Alberta, across Canada, the US, and Europe. In addition to widespread representation from the forestry, agriculture, oil and gas, and chemical manufacturing sectors, there was a notable presence of smaller renewable energy companies and technology developers. Increased participation of major forest and energy companies was a direct result of the BCN’s strategy in 2010 to engage these sectors.

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Volume 56 (2014)
Volume 57 (2015)
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Available at only 60 CAD each (including shipping).

Please contact John Feddes at manager@csbe-scgab.ca  to place your order.

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