The 4th annual Canadian Triticale Biorefinery Initiative (CTBI) workshop, organized by the CTBI management team, was held at Alberta Innovates - Technology Futures in Edmonton, Alberta from April 20 to 22, 2010. It was a successful workshop which was well attended by the science contributors and industry representatives. The first day focused on business opportunities in three value chains and the future of crop development. Following days highlighted the three CTBI contributing institutions in Edmonton, as site visits; and series of science presentations where new discoveries and progress were reported. Feedback received from attendees was very positive, it was felt that there were great networking, science and business discussions.
I am pleased to inform you that Darrin Drollinger has accepted our offer to be the new Executive Director of ASABE, pending confirmation by the Board of Trustees on June 20. Darrin is a 21-year member of ASABE and has more than 20 years of experience in association management, currently serving as Vice President of Statistics, Technical and Safety Services for the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). His interest in agricultural and biological engineering began in his family’s greenhouse business while he was growing up in Ohio, and continued as a student at The Ohio State University where he graduated with a BS in Agricultural Engineering. He also earned an MBA degree from Loyola University.
Darrin brings to the Executive Director position outstanding leadership skills, extensive association management and international relations experience, and a passion for agricultural and biological engineering. Upon accepting the position Darrin stated, “I'm honored to be nominated as the ninth leader for the Society in our 103-year history.” As President of our great Society, I am certain the future for ASABE is very promising with Darrin as the Executive Director. Please join me in welcoming him.
ASABE President 2009-2010
Many of you are aware of the fact that I have decided to step down as the Secretary-Manager for the Society. This will be my last newsletter. It has been my great pleasure to serve in this position since late 2003. I hope that you have enjoyed the news as presented in the newsletter. Just in case you thought that all I have done was the newsletter publishing I am listing the complete formal duties of the Secretary-Manager.
The Annual General Meeting of the Society
Date: 2010 06 14 Monday
Time: 12 00 to 13 30 with lunch
Duration: Approximately 90 minutes or less
Place: Room 206B, Convention Centre, Quebec City
The 2009 Audit is presented in abbreviated form on the following pages. No essential material is omitted. The full 2009 Audit with supporting documentation can be downloaded here: