Congratulations to 2015 competition champions, University of Kentucky! We are also proud of our canadian teams that have successfully remained competitive in obtaining good overall ranking:
Special mentions for top 5:
University of Kentucky, 2015 champions
Photo credit: Katie McDonald Photography
I became Ontario Regional Director fall 2014 and it has been challenging, fun and interesting. I have participated in most Council and Membership conference calls when able. In my opinion, our relatively small technical organization, with such a diverse and changing membership, two languages, spread over such a huge country, with membership that cannot attend all technical meetings because of distance, cost or time, it is important to find ways to connect with grassroots members. For this reason, for the on-line newsletters of December 2014, March 2015 and June 2015, I randomly called (yes, using that thing called a telephone that seems to be so seldom used anymore) about five Ontario members per newsletter to solicit a little information (about 100 words) about what they were doing, how long they had been a member, and what advice they had for younger members. It was easy and painless, using a short template I sent to them. This has been both interesting for me and also for those I call because I find members are genuinely pleased, but surprised to hear from someone on Council. I plan to continue doing this in the coming year. Check out what members have told us at http://csbe-scgab.ca/
I also participated in a Jobs Fair at the University of Guelph in January 2015. Along with Vice-President Membership, Harry Huffman, we spoke to undergrads about jobs in Agricultural Engineering and opportunities joining CSBE. It was fun event and students were very interested in learning from a couple of grizzled veterans. There were perhaps 30 companies involved and perhaps 100 students attending.
I look forward to the coming year.
Preparations for the Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference in Edmonton are full steam ahead! Rick Atkins and his amazing team have put together a full slate of technical presentations, workshops suitable for professional development credit, and social events. The meeting will take place at the Delta Edmonton South from July 5-8, 2015. Come and join with your colleagues to enrich your professional lives, see what your old friends are up to, and network with some new ones! (www.csbe-scgab.ca/edmonton2015)
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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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Regional Director, CSBE Alberta
Faculty of Engineering, University of Manitoba hosted “Engineering Graduate Awards” reception at EITC atrium on March 11, 2015. Vanessa Krahn and Chelladurai Vellaichamy received “W.E. Muir Scholarship for Graduate Students in Biosystems Engineering”. Warren Blunt, Jillian Seniuk Cicek and Chelladurai Vellaichamy received “Edward R. Toporeck Graduate Fellowship for Excellence in Engineering”.
Mr & Mrs. Muir with W.E. Muir scholarship recipients (Vanessa, Chella)