Monday, 19 June 2017 13:15

Update on the upcoming AGM and technical meeting in Winnipeg

 We have put together an interesting technical conference that consists of keynote speakers, invited speakers, concurrent technical sessions (approximately 100 oral presentations), and a poster session (approximately 70 posters). The conference also includes professional development workshops and technical tours. We are hoping to have good industry representation at the conference as well. 

The conference website provides many more details:  


We hope that you will consider attending the conference. You can register online at regular rate until July 14. Please feel free to share this notice with other colleagues who may be interested in the conference. 


Highlights of the Conference

Download the preliminary program


Upcoming deadlines

Online Registration Closes:   July 14, 2017
Deadline for Hotel Reservations:   July 1, 2017
Conference dates:   August 6-10, 2017


Professional Development Workshop

- Project Everest:  New Heights in Leadership and Project Management by Alan Mallory, P.Eng (Download the full presentation)
- Teaching and Learning with Technology – Learn to use Apps to enhance your Academic life

Keynote/Invited Speakers

“Cannabis production”
“Food to health continuum and changing trends in how the public views food and food processing”
“Emerging opportunities in the Canadian food industry”
“Smart utilization of food component interactions and processing technologies in the delivery of consumer foods with nutritional, functional and sensory advantages”
“Novel nanostructured thin film technologies for food adulterant detection, chemical sensing and controlled drug release”
“Trends in Agriculture – an Equipment Manufacturer’s Point of View”
“Biomass to Bioenergy Processes: A Utilities perspective”
“Future opportunities and risk in food processing: focus on pork production”
“Initiatives of the Composites Innovation Centre in the area of bio-fibre and bio-composites”
“Innovation in bio-fibre and bio-products”
“Ecological Engineering at world’s only whole-ecosystem freshwater research facility”
“Innovation in sensing and control in post-harvest storage systems”

Guest Speaker at Awards Banquet

Diana Nicholson (Biosystems alumni from 2006), recipient of the 2016 University of Manitoba Young Alumni Award for her work with Doctors Without Borders during the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone


Concurrent Technical Sessions

Session 1A:  Biopolymers:  Production & Properties
Session 1B:  Sustaining Water and Soil Quality
Session 1C:  Grain & Food Storage:  Infestation Management and Future Prospects
Session 2A:  Biomass as a Sustainable Feedstock for Solid Fuel
Session 2B:  Soil & Water:  Mitigating Environmental Impact
Session 2C:  Grain & Food Storage:  Fundamentals and Techniques
Session 3A:  Biodiesel, Biogas and Pre-treatment
Session 3B:  Soil & Water:  Modelling and Implications
Session 3C:  Agricultural Structures
Session 4A:  Bio-Fibre and Biomaterials:  Production and Characterization
Session 4B:  Functional Foods, Nutrition and Consumers
Session 4C:  Bioprocessing: Innovations in Food Processing
Session 5A:  Innovative Approaches to Bioenergy Production
Session 5B:  Biological Wastewater Treatment
Session 5C:  Agricultural Machinery and Technologies
Session 6A:  Animal Housing
Session 6B:  Food Safety in Traditional and Non-Traditional Sources of Protein
Session 6C:  Food Processing:  Thermal and Non-Thermal Approaches

Technical Tours to University of Manitoba

Richardson Centre for Functional Foods and Nutraceuticals (RCFFN)
Alternative Village
Canadian Wheat Board Centre for Grain Storage Research (CWBGSR)
Manitoba Institute for Materials (MIM)

Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsorship opportunities have been devised to allow you to both advertise your organization and send delegates to attend the conference. Booth space will be available at the conference as a means for industry to promote products and/or services or for recruitment purposes. Contact Don Petkau (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to learn more about the sponsorship opportunities that are available.

The date of the conference has been selected to coincide with Winnipeg’s famous Folklorama festival (www.folklorama.ca), the world’s largest and longest-running multicultural festival. We will facilitate a VIP tour for conference attendees on the Monday evening of the conference (not included in conference registration fee) as an opportunity for additional networking with conference attendees. Furthermore, we hope you might consider spending a couple of extra days in Winnipeg to attend other Folklorama venues, watch talented young athletes during the Canada Summer Games (www.2017canadagames.ca), or visit the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (www.humanrights.ca).


Get 10% discount on Winnipeg City Pass

To add to the enjoyment of your visit to Winnipeg, you may purchase a Winnipeg City Attractions Pass to take advantage of 8 top attractions within the city. We have arranged for conference delegates to receive free local delivery and 10% discount; please use coupon code 2017AGM to receive this special rate.


Winnipeg City Pass

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