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Friday, 12 December 2014 12:53

Five Ontario members to discover

Here’s news about a few Ontario members so readers can learn more about the wide range of what our members do and allow them to pass along some advice to other members

Hugh Fraser, MSc., P.Eng., (34 year member) received his agricultural engineering degree and masters in agricultural engineering at the U of Guelph. He is from a dairy farm in Quebec and works for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at Vineland. www.omafra.gov.on.ca  Hugh works in the engineering aspects of horticulture, especially crop protection and post-harvest handling. He has training in measurement and abatement of agricultural noise nuisance, and deals a lot in mediation of noise issues. Hugh’s advice to younger members: ‘Remember that no question is too stupid to ask, and don’t be afraid to think completely outside the box when trying to solve complex problems.’

Tyler Hilsden, P.Eng., (1 year member) works for Alo Canada Inc. in Niagara Falls www.alo.ca He first graduated from Niagara College, then from Lakehead University in Mechanical Engineering. Although a new CSBE member, he previously worked for 11 years in the development and support of agricultural equipment such as front end loaders and rotary cutters at John Deere.  Currently, he provides technical support for installation and repair of front end loaders, including hydraulic testing, troubleshooting, problem reporting and design improvement recommendations. His advice to younger members: ‘Time spent preventing a problem before it ever occurs is time well spent.’

Harry Huffman, P.Eng., (39 year member) received his agricultural engineering degree at the U of Guelph. He is from a dairy farm in the Quinte Region of Ontario and was an extension engineer with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at London for 29 years. He now operates an independent engineering practice to the livestock and poultry industry. He specializes in new and renovated barn ventilation design and ventilation system troubleshooting. Harry’s advice to younger CSBE members: ‘Try to break down complex engineering problems into several components or sections which can be more easily managed in stages.’

Kevin LaPaire, P.Eng., (12 year member) received his agricultural engineering degree at the U of Saskatchewan. He grew up in an urban setting, but worked on farms and ranches. He first worked for a short-line equipment manufacturer, then the design and building of railway maintenance equipment, then the structural steel industry in plant engineering, HR and sales/project management. Currently, he works for Container Design Services, Petrolia, specializing in custom racking, primarily for the automotive industry. A sister company Farm Energy has developed a modular anaerobic digestion system for the swine industry. Kevin’s advice to new grads: ‘Do not limit yourself too much in one engineering field; knowledge of other disciplines is key; do not be afraid of tasks unrelated to your education as this is the only way you will grow.’  www.containerdesign.com/

Kevin McKague,MSc., P.Eng., CPESC (32 year member) received his agricultural engineering degree and masters in water resources engineering at the U of Guelph. He considers himself fortunate to work in a ‘core agricultural engineering’ field of soil and water as there are not many of those jobs available. He grew up on a beef farm in SW Ontario and many of the skills he learned there, he still applies today. He works for the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at Woodstock on issues related to rural non-point pollution control, soil and water quality, green energy and climate change. www.omafra.gov.on.ca  Kevin’s advice to new grads: ‘When solving problems, try looking at how nature does it in her/his intelligent design…after mimicking a burdock plant, I bet the inventor of VelcroTM didn’t do too badly financially!’ 

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