Monday, 14 September 2015 13:46

Meet Ontario engineers Ron, Harold, and John

Ron MacDonald, P.Eng. (34 year member) received his Agricultural Engineering degree at the University of Guelph. He works part time now as a contract consultant with AMEC Foster Wheeler (AMECFW) and Agviro Inc. The first 20 years of Ron’s career was a mix of mechanical and electrical engineering as it applied to agricultural/biological engineering, primarily in the energy and HVAC fields. Work morphed into food and industrial process engineering the last 15 years. Ron’s advice to younger members, ‘Stay in key areas of professional membership(s) and become involved, especially by attending national and international conferences. Until you become active, you will never believe the axiom “you get more out, that you put in”. For more information email Ron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Harold House, MSc., P.Eng. (37 year member) received Agricultural Engineering degrees at the University of Guelph. He recently retired from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs as dairy and beef engineering specialist. He planned new facilities, renovations or additions to existing facilities and advised on farmstead planning, barn layout, cow comfort, animal welfare, ventilation and manure handling. He took special interest in dairy farm automation, calf housing and ventilation and worked with veterinarians and other agribusinesses on troubleshooting. Harold plans similar consulting work through his new company StocTec in collaboration with DairyLogix www.dairylogix.com. Harold’s advice to younger members ‘Connect with other members in your field of interest as much as possible. You need someone to bounce ideas off of, collaborate with, be mentored by, and challenge you.’

John Ogilvie, PhD, P.Eng. (57 year member) is a charter member of CSBE, Fellow in both CSBE and ASABE and very active in Society matters during his long and distinguished career. He has been retired 20 years from the School of Engineering, University of Guelph, and is now Professor Emeritus. He had been Director at the School www.uoguelph.ca/~jogilvie. John received his BSc (Agr) in 1954, MSA from U of Toronto in 1960 and his PhD from Purdue U in 1971. Before retirement, John taught engineering design. (Hugh Fraser, former student remembers John’s computer skills being legendary long before virtually anyone knew what a computer even was!) John’s advice for younger members: ‘Keep up your attendance and participation at CSBE and ASABE technical conferences.’

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