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Conference for Interdisciplinary Engineering and CSBE/SCGAB AGM, Saskatoon, July 7-10, 2013

Working together to develop sustainable solutions


You are invited to the Conference for Interdisciplinary Engineering which will be held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan July 7-10, 2013. The conference will provide the opportunity to share professional research, experience and insights with colleagues from Canada and beyond. The conference is presented by the CSBE/SCGAB and will be held in conjunction with the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the CSBE/SCGAB. 

Paper and poster presentations in the following subject areas will be presented:

● Sustainable engineering solutions  ● Bio-processing & food engineering  ● Information technologies  ● Structures & controlled environments  ● Biomedical & bioinstrumentation  ● Power & machinery  ● Standards  ● Soil & water  ● Waste management  ● Renewable energy & energy management  ● Environment  ● Industry & academia collaborations  ● Teaching and extension innovations


Workshop #1: Sharpening your Technical Communication Skills

Never underestimate the power of a well-written document. Writing is one of the most crucial skills we can learn and the ability to be clear, concise and complete is essential. Whether it is used to exchange ideas, describe a complex concept, report on progress or analyze test results, communication is fundamental in our professional lives. Sharpen your communication skills in this hands-on workshop presented by the Graham Centre for the Study of Communication.

Workshop #2: Modeling Crop & Soil Flow Using Discrete Element Method

Learn the fundamentals of the discrete element method for modeling crop and soil flow in this workshop presented by New Holland Saskatoon and DEM Solutions. Refer to linked brochure for more details.

Workshop #3: Renewable Energy: Solar PV and Solar Thermal Systems

This workshop will present the “state of the technology” of solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems, system sizing considerations, economic analysis, and examples, including costs and performance from actual case studies in Alberta. This work shop will be presented by Rob Baron, P. Eng. from the Centre for Sustainable Innovation at Lakeland College, Vermilion Alberta.  The College is currently in year 3 of a 5-year applied research project studying multiple integrated renewable energy systems and lessons learned about combined renewable energy systems will be shared.

Workshop #4: Renewable Energy: Biomass

This workshop will feature several presenters giving their experience producing renewable energy from various forms of biomass, including biomass combustion, biogas from feedlot manure, and pyrolysis for biochar and bio oil production.

Technical Tours

Technical Tour #1: Irrigation in Saskatchewan

This tour showcases the main irrigation area in Saskatchewan, the heart of which is the Gardiner Dam and Lake Diefenbaker on the South Saskatchewan River near Outlook Saskatchewan. Gardiner Dam is one of the largest earth fill dams in the world, creating a 200 km long reservoir which supplies water for irrigation, industrial, municipal and recreational uses. Half of the people in Saskatchewan derive their water from Lake Diefenbaker. This tour will visit the dam and spillway, the hydro plant, the East side pumping station and travel along the M1 Irrigation canal and other irrigation infrastructure. There will be a tour of the Canada-Saskatchewan Irrigation Diversification Center at Outlook which conducts applied research on irrigated crop production and irrigation technology and there will be visits to local farms that grow crops under irrigation. A boxed lunch will provided and the bus will pick up at the Parktown Hotel and the University.

Technical Tour #2: Pound Maker Feedlot and Ethanol Plant - Western Beef Development Center - Cargill Canola Crushing Plant.

This tour will first visit the Poundmaker AgVentures Feedlot near Lanigan, Saskatchewan. It is a 28,500 head commercial feedlot with a 12.5 million liter/yr ethanol plant on site. The distiller’s grains are fed to the cattle in the feedlot. The next stop will be the Western Beef Development Center near Lanigan. The center, a part of the Prairie Agricultural Machinery Institute (PAMI) features a pilot scale solid state anaerobic digester used to produce biogas from solid beef cattle manure. The last stop will be the Cargill Canola Crushing Plant near Clavet, Saskatchewan. It is a modern 4,500 tonne per day canola processing facility that produces canola oil and canola meal for the domestic, North American and international markets and is the largest canola crushing plant in North America. A boxed lunch will be provided and the bus will pick up at the University and the Parktown Hotel.

Technical Tour #3: Canadian Light Source (CLS) – CNH Saskatoon Plant – New U of S Dairy Barn

This tour will stop first at the Canadian Light Source (CLS) which is Canada’s national synchrotron research facility. It is a critical research tool in areas of natural sciences, including biology, agriculture and environmental science. The second stop will be to the CNH (Case New Holland) Saskatoon Plant. It is CNH’s manufacturing center of excellence for planting, tillage and seeding equipment and combine headers. It is one of 26 worldwide CNH manufacturing plants and the only Canadian plant of 11 in North America. The final stop will be to the new dairy research and teaching facility just recently constructed at the University of Saskatchewan. It is a “state of the art” dairy barn for 120 head of milking cows that features tie stall, milking parlor and robotic milking systems. A boxed lunch will be provided and the bus will pick up at the University and the Parktown Hotel.

Social activities and Guest tour

Visit the Program section for more information.

Important Dates

April 2nd, 2013 Online registration opening
April 15, 2013 Notification of acceptance
June 7, 2013 Early bird registration ending
June 28, 2013 Paper submission deadline


Local Organizing Committee Chair: Joy Agnew, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (306) 682-5033 ext. 280

Scientific committe: Grant Clark, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (514) 398-7784

Student Competitiom: Joy Agnew, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (306) 682-5033 ext. 280

Registration: Lope Tabil, 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., (306) 966-5317



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!


The Annual General Meeting of Members was held on Monday, July 7, 2011 from 12:00 to 14:00 CDT (Winnipeg time) in the Ballrooms, at Inn at the Forks Hotel.

Call to order (President Prasher)

Greetings and introductions

Participants list attached

Saturday, 22 October 2011 21:55

CSBE/NABEC 2012 Annual Meeting

nabec July 12-15, 2012 csbe

The 2012 Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference will be held in conjunction with the summer meeting of NABEC (Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference- a community of ASABE). The location will be the new campus of Lakehead University at Orillia, Ontario.

Located an hour north of Toronto, this area between Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay, has long been one of Ontario's premier outdoor playgrounds. Here you will find:

More details, on paper submission deadlines and hotel early booking information will be provided on our website and in the December Perspectives newsletter.

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


best-western Orillia campus
Best Western Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre
400 Memorial Avenue, Orillia, ON  L3V 6K8
Main Building, Orillia Campus 
Lakehead University


NABEC includes ASABE members from the Northeast United States & the Canadian Provinces from Ontario East.

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting of Members of
The Canadian Society for Bioengineering
La Société Canadienne de Génie Agroalimentaire et de Bioingénierie

held 2009 06 14 Monday 12 00 to 13 30 EDT (Quebec time) in Room 206B, Convention Centre

You can download the minutes here:


Monday, 05 July 2010 10:14

Notice of Meeting - June 14, 2010

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

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