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Ikechukwu Edeogu

Ikechukwu Edeogu

Alberta regional director
Technology Development Engineer
3rd floor, JG O'Donoghue building, 7000-113 street, Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 5T6
Phone: 780-415-2359
Fax: 780-422-9745
E-mail:  ike.edeogu@gov.ab.ca

Another year has gone by, and it seems to have all happened in a blur. Wow, what a year it’s been! Not to mention, yours truly and his gang of cohorts continue to plug away towards what we hope will be a sweet ending to the year. Yes, Alberta (Edmonton) is proud to be hosting the 2015 CSBE/SCGAB ANNUAL CONFERENCE in July, along with its AGM and Awards Ceremonies!

  • 2015 CSBE/SCGAB Conference - Local Arrangements Committee (LAC)

A rallying call for volunteers to help plan and host the 2015 conference went out to provincial members of CSBE/SCGAB and non-members in September last year. The LAC boasted a total of 20 participants including, LAC Chair and CSBE/SCGAB member - Rick Atkins, CSBE/SCGAB Society Manager - John Feddes, VP Technical - Suresh Neethirajan and CSBE/SCGAB Webmaster - René Morissette. The LAC has held 10 planning sessions between late September 2014 and early June 2015.

The LAC decided on the theme, “Innovation in Water, Energy and Biosystems (iWEB) -Positioning the Globe for 2050” for the 2015 conference. It was chosen as the theme in order to reflect the diverse nature and expertise of the CSBE/SCGAB membership, as well as to solicit the participation and collaboration of professional non-members of related interest, as we collectively journey ahead into the future.

  • 2015 CSBE/SCGAB Conference - Professional Development Workshops

As part of the conference program, the LAC approached two non-technical and two technical speakers to host workshops on Sunday and Wednesday, respectively. Unfortunately due to low enrolment, three of the four workshops were cancelled and the LAC opted for only one technical workshop on Wednesday.

  • 2015 CSBE/SCGAB Conference - Technical Session Oral and Poster Presentations

About 110 presenters from across Canada, the U.S.A. and abroad responded to the “Call for Papers” first issued in December 2014. Of these, the highest numbers of responses were broadly related to topics on biosystem management, bioprocessing, water management and energy.

  • 2015 CSBE/SCGAB Conference - Technical Tours

Three technical tours are being organized as part of the conference program. Two of the tours are scheduled to take delegates to sites located outside Edmonton, while the third tour is targeted at sites within the city. The tour sites span a range of bioengineering interests and innovation within Alberta in the fields of bioprocessing, food processing, energy, water management, biosytem management, and information and electrical technology, as we strive to diversify our provincial economy.

  • 2015 CSBE/SCGAB Conference - Panel Discussion

A panel of representatives from government, the primary production industry, the value-added, food processing industry, and a non-government organization, will discuss “The Impact of Social License on Sustainable Food Production in Canada”. The discussion is anticipated to highlight the influential role consumers’ play today in determining the future of the food industry in Canada. Interestingly, the influential effects of the food industry’s “social license to operate” is being experienced at every level along the food supply chain, and is most certainly another level of detail bioengineers must factor in when designing and supporting sustainable food production systems in Canada,  towards 2050 and beyond. 

Tuesday, 17 March 2015 15:39

Registration now OPEN

The conference local arrangements committee (LAC) led by the Honourable Chair, Rick Atkins, has been super busy planning and preparing to host CSBE members and non-members from across Canada, the USA and abroad. With the abstract submission deadline over on March 13, 2015, we have received a total of 109 abstracts on various fascinating and intriguing topics relevant to food, agriculture, water, energy and machinery. The conference program is designed to offer delegates a variety of stimulating, as well as relaxing activities and events, including:

  • Exhibits
  • Technical Poster Presentations
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Opening Reception
  • Plenary Session
  • Technical Oral Presentations
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Monday Evening Social
  • Technical Tours
  • CSBE Awards Banquet
  • Panel Discussion
  • Student Awards Luncheon

 Early bird registration is now open, until June 5, 2015. Please check the website https://www.csbe-scgab.ca/edmonton2015-program for details regarding the technical program. 

Four professional development workshops will be offered, with two workshops scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, July 5, and two workshops scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, July 8. The workshops are spread out over two different days to allow delegates flexibility in making travel and other arrangements without missing out on valuable professional development opportunities.

The technical tours are slated for Tuesday, July 7, and are aimed at exposing delegates to innovations in water, energy and biosystems in Alberta. Three tours are being planned to sites within an hour’s drive from Edmonton. Visit the conference website link for more information.  

Fees

Conference registration fees will be broken down into an early bird rate for CSBE members, non-members, retired CSBE members and students, and a regular rate that will take effect after the early bird registration period expires on June 4, 2015. Visit the conference website link for more information.

Rates for daily conference registration, professional development workshops, Monday evening social, technical tours and CSBE awards banquet have also been posted on the website.

Transportation

For delegates flying into Edmonton, an airport shuttle is available to transport you to the Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre at a reduced rate. Details can be found on the conference website link.

Lodging

A block of rooms has been reserved at Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre at a discounted rate for CSBE conference delegates. The deadline to take advantage of the discounted room rate is June 3, 2015.

Alternative options for lodging are also available well within walking distance of Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre. Details can be found on the conference website link.

Dining

Delegates registered for the conference will have the benefit of enjoying an opening reception, at least one complimentary breakfast and two complimentary lunches. Dining arrangements can also be sought within Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre or at several other outlets in close proximity to the conference centre.

Sightseeing

The timing of the 2015 CSBE conference coincides with several other events and festivities occurring in Edmonton, surrounding communities and Calgary, which is only about a 3-hour drive south of Edmonton, and of course our scenic Rocky Mountains to the west. Delegates may choose to make a holiday of their trip to Edmonton for the 2015 CSBE conference. Checkout the conference website for additional information.

Ike Edeogu
Regional Director, CSBE Alberta

Monday, 16 March 2015 13:05

2015 CSBE-SCGAB Conference and AGM

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Innovation in Water, Energy and Biosystems (iWEB) - Positioning the Globe for 2050

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is proud to be hosting CSBE’s traditional, annual conference at the Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre from July 5 to 8, 2015.

The conference local arrangements committee (LAC) led by the Honourable Chair, Rick Atkins, has been super busy planning and preparing to host CSBE members and non-members from across Canada, the USA and abroad. With the abstract submission deadline over on March 13, 2015, we have received a total of 109 abstracts on various fascinating and intriguing topics relevant to food, agriculture, water, energy and machinery. The conference program is designed to offer delegates a variety of stimulating, as well as relaxing activities and events, including:

  • Exhibits
  • Technical Poster Presentations
  • Professional Development Workshops
  • Opening Reception
  • Plenary Session
  • Technical Oral Presentations
  • Annual General Meeting
  • Monday Evening Social
  • Technical Tours
  • CSBE Awards Banquet
  • Panel Discussion
  • Student Awards Luncheon

 Early bird registration is now open, until June 5, 2015. Please check the website https://www.csbe-scgab.ca/edmonton2015-program for details regarding the technical program. 

Four professional development workshops will be offered, with two workshops scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, July 5, and two workshops scheduled for the afternoon of Wednesday, July 8. The workshops are spread out over two different days to allow delegates flexibility in making travel and other arrangements without missing out on valuable professional development opportunities.

The technical tours are slated for Tuesday, July 7, and are aimed at exposing delegates to innovations in water, energy and biosystems in Alberta. Three tours are being planned to sites within an hour’s drive from Edmonton. Visit the conference website link for more information.  

Fees

Conference registration fees will be broken down into an early bird rate for CSBE members, non-members, retired CSBE members and students, and a regular rate that will take effect after the early bird registration period expires on June 4, 2015. Visit the conference website link for more information.

Rates for daily conference registration, professional development workshops, Monday evening social, technical tours and CSBE awards banquet have also been posted on the website.

Transportation

For delegates flying into Edmonton, an airport shuttle is available to transport you to the Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre at a reduced rate. Details can be found on the conference website link.

Lodging

A block of rooms has been reserved at Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre at a discounted rate for CSBE conference delegates. The deadline to take advantage of the discounted room rate is June 3, 2015.

Alternative options for lodging are also available well within walking distance of Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre. Details can be found on the conference website link.

Dining

Delegates registered for the conference will have the benefit of enjoying an opening reception, at least one complimentary breakfast and two complimentary lunches. Dining arrangements can also be sought within Delta Edmonton South Hotel and Conference Centre or at several other outlets in close proximity to the conference centre.

Sightseeing

The timing of the 2015 CSBE conference coincides with several other events and festivities occurring in Edmonton, surrounding communities and Calgary, which is only about a 3-hour drive south of Edmonton, and of course our scenic Rocky Mountains to the west. Delegates may choose to make a holiday of their trip to Edmonton for the 2015 CSBE conference. Checkout the conference website for additional information.

Ike Edeogu
Regional Director, CSBE Alberta

The 2015 CSBE/SCGAB Conference and AGM will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from July 5 - 8. In addition to the technically enriched program your Alberta hosts plan to bring to you, this CSBE/SCGAB event will coincide with other major events happening in Edmonton and Calgary - the 31st Edmonton International Street Performers Festival; and the 2015 Calgary Stampede Cultural and Heritage Show. So, a trip to Edmonton next summer promises to be a sure treat for you and your family! In the meantime, plans are underway to make the 2015 CSBE/SCGAB Conference and AGM a memorable event. Stay tuned for more information. 

Yours truly,

Rick Atkins, P.Eng, Fellow CSBE
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

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The 2015 CSBE/SCGAB Conference and AGM will be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada from July 5 - 8. In addition to the technically enriched program your Alberta hosts plan to bring to you, this CSBE/SCGAB event will coincide with other major events happening in Edmonton and Calgary - the 31st Edmonton International Street Performers Festival; and the 2015 Calgary Stampede Cultural and Heritage Show. So, a trip to Edmonton next summer promises to be a sure treat for you and your family! In the meantime, plans are underway to make the 2015 CSBE/SCGAB Conference and AGM a memorable event. Stay tuned for more information. 

Yours truly,

Rick Atkins, P.Eng, Fellow CSBE
Chair, Local Arrangements Committee

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.

Forgive me, but it’s difficult to remain optimistic and to view the glass as half full in frequently, inconsistently, variably, and still not so bright and sunny Alberta! Oh yes, and you can add to that, often bitterly cold and just about always windy Alberta! Bah! Humbug! :-(

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Edmonton@ 0910 h on May 05, 2014 
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Edmonton@ 1345 h on June 09, 2014 

 

Speaking of precipitation (water), the regional chapter (CSBE Alberta) recently hosted its second lecture series on the said theme entitled, ″Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy and the Role of Bioresource Engineering″. This event was held on June 4th in Calgary on a beautiful, sunny, +20 oC day (only to return to Edmonton that evening at 9 oC and a torrential downpour).

Similar to the inaugural lecture held in Edmonton in January this year on the bioenergy theme, the Calgary event boasted three guest speakers. Our opening speaker, Ms. Edith Vanderpuye, from the provincial Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development gave a lecture on ″Integrated Resource Management System & Water for Life″. Our second speaker, Dr. Jon Sweetman, from Alberta Innovates - Energy and Environment Solutions delivered his lecture on ″Managing Alberta’s Water for a Sustainable Future″, and our third speaker, Mr. Jason Unger, from the Environmental Law Centre gave a thought provoking, challenging presentation on ″Environmental Future, Legislative Past - Water Law and the Complexity of Resources Management″. The lecture was well attended by a cross-section of participants (including CSBE regional members and potentially new members) from government, oil and gas sector, energy sector, regulatory services, agriculture, agro-services, private consultants and graduate students from university. E-copies of the presentations will be made available to the lecture participants. If you are interested in one or all the presentations, please contact Ike Edeogu (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for an e-copy.

As mentioned earlier, CSBE Alberta inaugural lecture entitled, ″Bioresource Engineering - Advancing Alberta's Bioenergy Platform ″ was held on January 28th in Edmonton - for biased reasons a weather report for that day has been excluded - J. The Edmonton lecture featured Dr. Stanford Blade with Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions. His lecture was on ″Making Choices: Investing in the Alberta Bioeconomy ″. The second speaker was Ms. Kelly Maher who presented on ″Biorefining & Bioindustrial R&D in Alberta ″. Ms. Maher is with the Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN) at the University of Alberta. The third speaker, Ms. Susan Carlisle, with the provincial Ministry of Energy gave a presentation on ″Alberta Policy Context for Bioenergy″. Again this event was well attended and boasted participants from across Alberta from provincial and municipal governments, forestry industry, universities and colleges, research organizations, and private consultants. If you are interested in one or all the presentations from the bioenergy lecture series, please contact Ike Edeogu for an e-copy.

Well, that’s it for now. I am off to figure out how I can get out of ″winter mode″ both physically and psychologically! It might be time for a spatial change! Speaking of which, I look forward to seeing you in Montreal in SUMMER - next month!

Until next time, au revoir!

Ike Edeogu

The CSBE, Alberta Region, will be hosting its inaugural lecture series on January 28, 2014. You are cordially invited to attend this event.

Please see the attached file for more details.

 

Ho Ho Ho! Tis’ the season for a CSBE regional update!

Once upon a time, Prince Charming and his lovely wife, Snow White… Hey, hey, hold on a second here! What’s going on? I must confess, I am hooked on the television series “Once Upon a Time”. It’s about fairy tale characters, like Little Red Riding Hood (btw, she’s not so little anymore), Rumpelstiltskin, etc., who have been transported via a curse to our world. No pun intended. And so the saga continues. I started watching it with my kid and wife and now I can’t wait for the next episode! Sure brings back nostalgic childhood memories! J

Enough distractions and let’s get on with the business of the region. The last few months have gone by rather quickly. One moment our regional news articles are being posted in the summer edition of the Perspectives Newsletter, and the next, we receive notice that the deadline to submit our fall articles is upon us. Yikes! The good news is that there’s been plenty abuzz in snowy, but not so bright and sunny Alberta!

With each passing day, the subject of bioenergy (including biofuel) research, development and commercialization stands out as one of the definite flavours of our time - with hints of agricultural, biological, bioresource, biosystems, chemical and other engineering disciplines ingrained indelibly within. September saw the City of Calgary host the 2013 Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC 2013), entitled “Food, Water and Energy for a Hungry World”. Apparently, it boasted a contingent of participants from industry, research, academia and government, all exploring the role of agricultural biotechnology in agriculture and energy. Of course being an international conference, guest speakers and panelists were invited from as far as New Zealand, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Australia, the UK, Cayman Islands, Ireland, across the US and Canada. Incidentally, one of the guest speakers on the program was Dr. David Lynch, Dean of Engineering, University of Alberta.

Dr. David Bressler with the Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta, received a Spinoff Achievement Award from TEC Edmonton in October. Dr. Bressler was instrumental in developing a University of Alberta company that specializes in commercializing technology that converts various biomaterial feedstock, including agricultural feedstock of all types, into renewable fuels. Dr. Bressler is a Professor in the Department of Agriculture, Food & Nutritional Science and Executive Director of the Biorefining Conversions Network (BCN). His field of study is bio/food engineering and he was an active organizer of the 2006 CSBE AGM and Conference held in Edmonton.

Speaking of the BCN, the network held its 2013 Annual Strategic Retreat, entitled ″Breaking Ground in Alberta’s Bioindustry″, in Banff in November. Topics covered included:

  • What’s in Store for the Renewable Energy Sector: Global Market Dynamics & Financing Realities
  • Parts, Pathways, Performance: Industrial Biotechnology in Alberta’s Resource Sectors
  • Innovative Industry & Academic Partnerships: BCN Researchers and Alberta’s Forest Industry Partners - Exploring Value-Added Solutions
  • It’s Not Just About Bio: Chemistry Platforms for Advanced Bioproducts

Our very own CSBE member, Dr. Amit Kumar (Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Alberta; Cenovus Energy Endowed Chair in Environmental Engineering; and NSERC/Cenovus/Alberta Innovates Associate Industrial Research Chair in Energy and Environmental Systems Engineering) was one of the panelists on the third topic. Dr. Kumar’s current research interests are in the techno-economic assessment of bioenergy systems (biopower and biofuels); large scale biomass transport and logistics (e.g., pipeline transport of biomass, simulation and modeling of biomass feedstock supply systems); greenhouse gas mitigation; and energy forecasting and planning.

Coincidentally, our region will be hosting its inaugural CSBE Alberta Annual Lecture Series, "Bioresource Engineering - Advancing Alberta’s Bioenergy Platform” on January 28, 2014, at the University of Alberta Faculty Club. While arrangements are still being finalized, we hope to feature speakers from Alberta Energy, Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions and the Faculty of Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Alberta. Details about the luncheon lecture will be posted in the weeks to come.

Well then, that’s it for this year. Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and the best of 2014! Um… if you happen to come across Snow White’s evil stepmother in your travels, could you please let her know I’ve got a score to settle with her. Happy viewing! J

Cheerio.

Ike Edeogu

Saturday, 14 September 2013 23:06

Introducing your New Alberta Regional Director

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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.

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