Notices to Members

Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:44

New Council Members

For the 2017-2018 term, several elected and appointed positions were opened. The Society would like to thanks the candidates who volunteer to keep our Society active!


  • President-elect: Suresh Neethirajan
  • Vice-President Regional: Hugh Fraser
  • Vice-President Industry: Paul ONeill
  • Regional Director Alberta: Karen Yakimishyn


  • Webmaster: René Morissette
  • CIGR representative: Stéphane Godbout
  • Journal Editor: Ranjan Sri Ranjan
  • Awards Committee: Valérie Orsat and Lope Tabil
  • Nominating Committee: Israel Dunmade

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I recently attended our 2017 AGM and Technical Conference held jointly in Winnipeg with the Commission Internationale du Génie Rural (CIGR) Section VI: Postharvet Technology and Process Engineering. Attached is a trip report to fill you in on what I would classify as an excellent conference! Some of you may be receiving it for a second or third time, for which I do sincerely apologize.

The format of the technical conference was commendable. We had plenary and invited speakers (professionals, industry, government, non-academic researchers, etc.) every morning from Monday to Wednesday, followed by technical presentations (primarily graduate students from academic institutions) in the afternoons on each of those days. We also had an engaged undergraduate student presence. What a wonderful event!

You are more than welcome to share the report with your peers in engineering, agriculture, forestry, food processing, medicine, economics, and several other endeavours. It’s amazing to learn just how much we are interconnected, and the opportunities that exist towards exponential integration across disciplines, especially here in Canada! Incidentally, the most recent edition of ASABE’s Resource magazine lauds the benefits associated with bioengineers that are educated in “systems management”.

Hope you enjoy the report!


Yours truly,

Ike Edeogu 2016Ike Edeogu
VP Membership
Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE|SCGAB)

For the 2017-2018 term, several elected and appointed positions are opened and must be renewed. The CSBE / SCGAB received only one nomination per post, which leads us to a simple ratification vote during the AGM. Thanks to the candidates who volunteer to keep our Society active!

We look forward to seeing you at the CSBE/SCGAB AGM to be held on Monday, August 7, 12 p.m. at the Canad Inns Polo Park in Winnipeg.

Here are the candidates:

Elected Council Members


Suresh Neethirajan


“CSBE had a successful history and is currently sailing in rough seas. With grounded optimism, through engagement, purposeful dialogue and meaningful actions revitalization is possible. It is time for us to be disruptive and do things that are unconventional and bold. Let us push ourselves to avoid an exit strategy. It is impossible to say what will happen in the next few years, but the culture of CSBE has to be dynamic enough to face the future. Let us talk and walk the talk.”

Download the full bio


Vice-President Regional

Hugh Fraser

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Hugh Fraser is pleased to be CSBE VP Regional for the next two years. He received undergrad and master degrees from the University of Guelph in agricultural engineering. He retired after a 35 year career with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) at Vineland, where he was the provincial engineering specialist for horticultural crop protection and post-harvest handling. He’s been a member of CSBE since 1980 and recently was Ontario Regional Director in 2014-2015. He is from a dairy farm in the extreme southwest corner of Quebec along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River.

Hugh has authored 16 papers at CSBE/ASABE technical meetings; 25+ OMAFRA factsheets; was provincial co-lead for the 2017 Minimum Distance Separation (MDS) Document; is an international expert on wind machines for cold injury protection; and has appeared as an expert witness over a dozen times on issues dealing with normal farm practice and on-farm nuisance complaints. Hugh is the only person in Ontario who has witnessed first-hand the raising or producing of every single type of animal or crop grown in the province from alpacas to zantedeschia (calla lilies). In 2015, Hugh started the consulting business OTB Farm Solutions: Outside-the-Barn bright solutions for farming in the urban shadow. He has been busy, because it is difficult farming in heavily urbanized Southern Ontario.

Hugh’s hobbies include; walking 2000 km annually with his wife; playing hockey; curling; and constructing/selling hockey-themed duct tape wallets (yes..a goofy hobby, but Leaf fans will buy anything). He will publish a book in 2018 entitled; Swing Beam Barns of Niagara: Stories about 50 barns built over 50 years between 1825 and 1874 by 1st and 2nd generation United Empire Loyalists, late-Loyalist Americans, and immigrants from the British Isles.


Vice-President Industry

Paul ONeill


My name is Paul ONeill, P.Eng.  I grew up on Vancouver Island, this was a wonderful experience. As a teenager and early 20’s I worked Sawmills and Pulpmills. With an interest in engineering and agriculture I attended University of Alberta, graduating with a degree in Ag Engineering in 1990. After graduating I worked at the U of A for Dr. Ken Domier and Dr. Lars Bach as a research engineer working on flax straw and OSB panels. In 1992 I started working for Beaver Plastics as a Research Engineer and in sales, becoming the Manager of Grower Products in 1994.

Beaver Plastics is recognized leader in reforestation growing blocks, Styroblock containers, and in alfalfa seed production Megablock nest. Using these products as base has allowed me to direct work in other important North American commercial agriculture industries. Some of the successful new developments include new growing blocks for field transplant vegetables, Hortiblock growing trays, new and improved Lettuce Rafts for hydroponics and aquaponics and recently RFID tagged EPS Langstroth Brood Boxes and Produce Boxes.

I enjoy spending time with my wife of 27 years Patricia and my daughter Monica. I only lost my wedding ring once while working with flax straw. To keep sane I ski, swim, walk, mountain bike and play classical guitar, recently bought an accordion.   

Life has taught me to listen and focus on the task at hand.


Regional Director Alberta

Karen Yakimishyn (pending her acceptance)

Karen Yakimishyn




René Morissette
Accepted to renew for a 2-year term.

CIGR representative

Stéphane Godbout
Accepted in anticipation to renew until the CIGR conference in 2020 (Québec City).

Journal Editor

Ranjan Sri Ranjan
Accepted to renew for a 1-year term.

Committee Membership

Awards Committee (2 members)

Valerie Orsat

Lope Tabil

Nominating Committee (2 members)

Israel Dunmade

Harry Huffman (pending his acceptance)

Wednesday, 15 March 2017 11:47

2017 Awards and Fellows Nomination Period


As you can see from the following list of awards, our Society offers awards that cover a variety of interest areas. Let’s make sure that these awards are presented next summer in Winnipeg. Please refer to our Website for more details.


Deadline to submit nominations to Ying Chen (Awards Chair) is
March 15, 2017.

Maple Leaf Award
Given to honor members who have distinguished themselves as leaders in the profession. It is the highest award made by the Society. Given for outstanding personal qualities, society activities, and professional abilities.

Young Engineer of the Year Award
Given to encourage younger members of the Society who are under 40 years of age. This award recognizes outstanding contributions through design and development, extension and management or research and teaching

John Turnbull Award
This award is given to a member who has produced outstanding work in the animal housing field in industry, teaching, research or extension.

Industrial Award 
The basis for selection of the award may include, but not be limited to, the ingenuity, significance and entrepreneurship involved and the contribution to society and to the profession. 

John Clark Award
This award, in memory of John Clark, is given to the member who has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research or extension in one or more of the fields of Energy, Electric Power, Processing, or Food Engineering".

Glenn Downing Award
This award is presented to the member who has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research or extension in the area of Power and Machinery.

Jim Beamish Award
This award, in memory of Jim Beamish, is given to the member who, has produced outstanding work in industry, teaching, research and extension in the area of soil and water. 

Students Awards
The CSBE/SCGAB recognizes student by granting scholarship for academic excellence and for the participation in various competitions.

More details on our website:



Let’s make sure that a number of our members are recognized for their longstanding service in Winnipeg.

Deadline to submit nominations to Ramesh Rudra (Fellows Chair) is
March 15, 2017.  

Please refer to our Website for more details about nomination and to consult the CSBE/SCGAB Fellows list.

The designation "Fellow" shall have honorary status, to which members of distinction may be elected, but for which they may not apply. A Fellow shall be a member of outstanding and extraordinary qualifications and experience in the field of agricultural, food, and/or biological engineering, and shall have met all the requirements for the grade of member. A Fellow shall have been a member of the Society for ten years, and have twenty years of active practice in the profession. 




Don't miss the upcoming CSBE/SCGAB AGM and Technical Conference that will be held in Halifax during July 3-6!

The conference will provide great opportunity to share professional research, experience and insights with colleagues from Canada and beyond. The Local Organizing Committee is pleased to announce that more than 90 oral presentations/posters will be in the final program, which is now available online.  Currently over 90 conference delegates have registered for the full conference.  There will also be over 30 students participating in a new “roadtrip” initiative this year which includes attending some of the social conference events.

We are excited to present our program with keynote speaker, Dr Adam Fenech, director of the Climate Research Lab at the University of Prince Edward Island.  He has worked extensively in climate change and shared in the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize as a member of the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Our panel discussion will be on “the impact of climate change on sustainable food production: minimizing on-farm climate related risks” with panellists from Dalhousie University, University of New Brunswick and Industry.  The technical tour will showcase Dalhousie University’s Agricultural Campus, including the Bio-Environmental Engineering Centre (BEEC), aquaculture center and extension/business incubator (Perennia) and dairy/biogas farm.

Our FREE workshop on “Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Commercialization promises to be very interesting.  It will be presented by Kevin Dunn, the Director of the Industry Liaison and Innovation office at Dalhousie University, and also by Paul Richards from Innovacorp, Nova Scotia's early stage venture capital organization. This workshop, to be held on Sunday afternoon, is free of charge and open to all – please indicate your interest in attending this workshop by clicking on the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/GTfOBQUvo3Pm1El03

There will be plenty of opportunity to mingle and socialize, with the events that are organized, starting with the Sunday Opening Reception in the 8th floor Summit Suite of the World Trade Convention Center (WTCC) with beautiful harbour views. The Monday Evening Social/BBQ will be held at the Austinville Owl’s Club, located right on Lake Banook in Dartmouth, where picnic games will be organized.  The Tuesday Evening Awards Banquet at the WTCC will feature entertainment by local musicians, Mike “Cam” Campbell and Gordie Roach, presenting “Fiddle n’ Drum”, a musical event featuring traditional maritime and classic popular music.

posterinmypocketAlso, we are delighted to announce that the Canadian Society for Bioengineering CSBE/SCGAB 2016 Conference will be able to offer poster presenters the option of extra exposure of their posters via the new Poster in my Pocket App! This App is available FREE from the iTunes App store and Google Play Android store. As a poster presenter you can share your research with conference attendees and the rest of the world.  Many thanks to Elsevier for sponsoring this new feature.

Please visit our website for more information.  Our early-bird deadline has now passed, but you still have up until June 24th to register for the conference and events. 


The Local Organizing Committee is excited to welcome everyone to Halifax – we hope to see you soon! 

Su-Ling Brooks
Local Organizing Committee Co-Chair
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 12:31

Executive Council elections

Dear CSBE-SCGAB member:

This year we are very fortunate to have a full slate of candidates for the Executive Council positions that are up for renewal. Nearly all of these positions are contested, which requires that you cast your electronic ballot in this year’s election to choose that people that will represent you on the Council. For a very few there might be only a single candidate, in which case your ratifying vote is required. Active elections are exciting because they are an opportunity for us to directly influence the governance and renewal of our Society.

You will receive a voting token early next week from the Electionbuddy mailing system. Please carefully consider the candidates that are presented and vote early! The poll will close at the AGM in Halifax and the new Council will be announced at that time.

Thank you in advance for your participation in your Society’s electoral process!


Grant Clark
CSBE-SCGAB Past-President

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