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Monday, 19 December 2011 14:10

CSBE/NABEC 2012 Annual Meeting


CSBEJuly 15-18, 2012


July 15-18, 2012LakeheadUniversity,Orillia, Ontario


For the first time since 2001, the Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE/SCGAB) will join together with the Northeast Agricultural & Biological Engineering Conference (NABEC) for our annual technical conference. It will be held from July 15th through the 18th, 2012.

NABEC is a community of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) and invited CSBE/SCGAB to join them as we were planning to meet in Eastern Canada. There is considerable membership overlap as CSBE/SCGAB members resident in Eastern Canadian provinces are also members of NABEC. Members of both organizations are also members of ASABE.

NABEC has traditionally had an emphasis on student presentations both graduate and undergraduate and a delightful mix of 10 minute presentations by members and students. Their term for this is to "relax professionally".

CSBE/SCGAB has had more emphasis on 15 to 20 minute presentations in "themed" technical sessions. This organization also encourages student participation and, as well, supports undergraduate students through awards to each teaching institution for the best undergraduate design project and best undergraduate thesis.

With the joint nature of this conference, presentations could be made in either the long or the short format.

The Technical Conference includes the plenary sessions, technical papers, student poster sessions, a banquet, an evening barbeque, preconference workshops and post conference tours.

The Site

The conference will be held at the Orillia campus of Lakehead University located on the edge of the town in a rural setting. The brand new facilities, which opened only last year, are built to a LEEDS standard utilizing both geothermal heating and green roof technology. Accommodations will be available on this site in the student residence, as well as at the Best Western Hotel and Comfort Inn less than 3 km away into Orillia.

Preconference Workshops

A number of preconference workshops will be offered on Sunday. These stimulating and informative half-day workshops will be presented by leading experts, and geared toward practicing professionals, government and industry representatives, and students in programs related to bioengineering. Participants in the workshops will be will be eligible to receive Continuing Professional Development credit from their professional engineering associations.

  • Biogas: Technical Approaches to Farm-Based Systems. This workshop will provide participants with a detailed understanding of the systems and equipment, and operational considerations for farm-based biogas systems.  The workshop will be run by Jake DeBruyn, Engineer for New Technology Integration with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.  
  • Composting Facilities: Design Challenges and Solutions. This workshop will review current design practices and technologies for municipal and agricultural composting facilities for organic waste recycling. The workshop will be coordinated by the Canada Composting Council.
  • Energy Crop Production. This workshop will provide an analysis and understanding of the issues involved in production of biomass energy crops. The workshop will be run by Tim Rennie, professor of agricultural engineering at the Kemptville Campus of the University of Guelph.
  • Nanotechnology: Practical Solutions in Agriculture, Food and Biological Systems. This workshop is focused on the development, advancement, and deployment of nanotechnology in the agricultural and food industry. The workshop will be run by Suresh Neethirajan (University of Guelph).

Further information about the workshops will be made available on the conference website: www.bioeng.ca/events. NABEC and CSBE/SCGAB gratefully acknowledge the support and involvement of the participating the organizations.

Post Conference Tours

A post conference tour is planned for Wednesday to the Holland Marsh, a 3000 hectare area of muck land which has been supplying Ontario with vegetable crops for 100 years. On the tour we will see the reclaimed muck land, the $25 million reworking of the drainage works, the muck crops research station, the greenhouse hydroponics projects and winery.

The Area

Orillia is located in the heart of Ontario’s vacation country 90 minutes north of Toronto in an area known as the Muskokas. It is famous for its beautiful lakes and rivers and its summer activities – boating, fishing, hiking and camping. The wooden pleasure boat industry was and is centred in nearby Gravenhurst. Consider extending time at the conference into a summer family vacation to explore the area.


Visit the CSBE/SCGAB website and follow the links on the front page to the NABEC - CSBE/SCGAB Technical Conference for more information on the conference including the technical programs, area attractions, vacation ideas and registration information as it becomes available. It is updated regularly. Registration and room reservations will open on February 15th.

Come join us in Orillia. We look forward to hosting you in 2012!


Wednesday, 07 December 2011 12:01

Student Team Competition Funding Program

The Canadian Society for Bioengineering Foundation offers funding to eligible student teams that participate in a recognized bioengineering competition. The Foundation thereby encourages students to gain team work experience and to learn by comparing their efforts and ideas with others. Such projects also provide visibility for engineering and its role in improving agriculture, the food system and the environment.

Learn more about this program

Saturday, 22 October 2011 22:13

A Few Words From President Ron MacDonald

Ron MacDonaldIt is always a pleasure to thank those who work so hard ahead of you. Shiv Prasher deserves thanks from the society for the effort he devoted over the past year,  particularly when we were without a secretary for the fall.  Thanks also (and hopefully temporarily) and good-bye from council to Saskatchewan Regional Councilor Bernardo.

Welcome to new Council Members President Elect Qiang Zhang and Saskatchewan Regional Councilor Joy Agnew. We are fortunate to have Grant Clark (Vice President Technical) and Valerie Orsat (Vice President Membership) remain on council by simply exchanging positions from last year.

“Every man (woman) owes a part of his (her) time and money to the business or industry in which he (she) is engaged.  No man (woman) has a moral right to withhold his (her) support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his (her) sphere.” By Theodore Roosevelt

Saturday, 22 October 2011 22:12

Past President report

Shiv PrasherThe CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was a very successful meeting. Please join me in congratulating the Local Organization Committee for doing such a splendid job. I would like to thank once again Doug Small, Chair of the Local Organization Committee, and Past-President, Dennis Hodgkinson, of DGH Engineering for their great help and support in taking care of the local arrangements. The field trips were very well organized and very interesting.

The time really flies. I had planned to do so many things for the Society. This is a friendly counsel to the incoming President, Ron MacDonald, to get going from day one. It may be worthwhile to examine the idea of having a two-year term for the Society President so that there is enough time to deliver on the promises and new initiatives.

The Joint ASABE and CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference in Montreal in 2014 is on-track. The dates for the joint meeting, however, have not been finalized yet. We will be meeting with NABEC in 2012 in the County of Simcoe, Ontario, about one-hour north of Toronto. CSBE/SCGAB is also joining hands with the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) by co-sponsoring the Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC) in Montreal in 2013, from May 27-May 29. Grant Clark is representing CSBE in the planning process for the conference. We have not finalized the venue for the 2013 CSBE Meeting. Did I here Saskatoon?

We accomplished a lot in the last year but significantly more work needs to be done. I want to thank all CSBE members for their confidence in my abilities and their unwavering support over the last year. Under President MacDonald’s leadership, I will continue to do my best for the good of our Society.

Saturday, 22 October 2011 22:07

Secretary/Manager report

Many of you are aware that I am the Secretary-Manager for the Society. It is my great pleasure to serve in this position. I encourage you as a Society member to actively participate in the CSBE/SCGAB to ensure its continued growth and vitality. Please contact me if I can provide you with issues related to the Society. I am listing the complete formal duties of the Secretary-Manager of the Society.

Duties of the Secretary (Society Manager)...

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