Perspectives Newsletter Spring 2013

The 2012 Audit results from Thornton and Company have finally come to me and the results are a apparently a bit better than expected with a $24,729 loss for the year and a year-end account cash balance of $138,864 down from a starting balance of $150,748. The Deficiency of Revenue over Expenditure is larger than the Decrease in cash Flow due to the difference in accrual methods between fiscal year accounting and  Calendar year cash flow calculation methods.

Several budgeted items such as AIC dues and NABEC profit sharing on the AGM seem to have slipped off the list of Audited Expenditures but are likely hiding under another heading.  Some items were also deferred to 2013.

The proposed budget for 2013 is shown in the Statement of Revenue and Expenditures and projects a $13,600 loss with luck we may do better. With the Fee increase occurring in the fall of 2013 accruing to 2014 the outlook for the 2014 fiscal year will be a slight profit of $2000.

Summary of Thornton and company audited Finanacial Position for the 2012 Fiscal year starting in January 1 2012 and ending December 31,2012.


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AIC dues




Conferences and symposium  CSBE council Teleconference




Consulting fees Strive Report




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EIC Affiliation dues and directors Insurance




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Published in Treasurer Reports
Monday, 17 June 2013 11:06

Annual Report from Webmaster 2012-2013

In 2012-2013, there were a lot of changes on the CSBE-SCGAB website. The main objectives of these changes were to give to members, and future members as well, a better browsing experience regardless of which device was used, to make information more accessible, and to improve security with an up-to-date management system. The website was totally revamped during last fall and launched in January 2013.

During the 2012 Annual Meeting, the Council approved the motion to change our domain name to improve relevancy and search engine optimization (SEO). The new domain name adopted was www.csbe-scgab.ca, which is also the official acronym for the Society. The previous domain bioeng.ca will remain active and act as a forwarder. The hosting also changed for a better performing one.

Major changes at-a-glance:

  • The home page was revamped to show the latest information in a shorter page, including a dynamic slideshow.
  • A special section named “What is Bioengineering” was created to showcase our profession. Texts are excerpts from ASABE Resources Magazine Nov/Dec 2012 issue and many pictures showing bioengineering applications come from CSBE-SCGAB members.
  • The CSBE hosted online community is not maintained anymore. We invite people to get connected through our Facebook and LinkedIn groups. Note that user accounts on the old website were disabled and sensitive information has been withdrawn from our database.
  • Our publications directory hosts more than 800 peer-reviewed Journal papers and 1700 conference papers. The SEO has been improved to get higher exposure on search engines, especially on Google. We work continuously to improve the exposure of Journal papers.
  • A new event registration interface has been implemented to provide a better user experience and security.
  • Communication with members is vital for a Society like ours. A newsletter system has been configured to keep you up-to-date about Society activities.

I will be in Saskatoon next July for the CSBE technical conference, so if you want to discuss how the website can serve members, it would be a pleasure to meet you!

Published in Webmaster Reports

In October 2012, 62nd Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference was held in Vancouver, BC. CSBE Co-sponsored International Symposium of Biomass and Bioenergy, one of the symposium running parallel to the main conference. Dr. Shahab Sokhasnaj was the co-chair of this symposium. The symposium started from Monday October 15th to Wednesday October 17th with sessions on Resources and Supply Chain, Thermal Conversion, Feedstocks, Preparation and Pre-treatment, New Products and Bio-Carbons, Bio-oil Properties and Upgrading, Biological Processes, Building the Bio-economy, Wood Pellets, Biodiesel and Biofuel Upgrading.

A one-day Research Day has been planning from March 2013 for the students in Chemical Engineering Department at UBC. This event is to be held in September 2013. CSBE will participate in the event to promote the society. CSBE will have an information booth at the exhibition during the “Research Day”. The information booth will help to disseminate information on the Society to potential new members.

Biomass & Bioenergy Research Group (BBRG) members at the University of British Columbia who are mostly CSBE members are organizing a 1.5-day pellet workshop around the Wood Pellet Association of Canada AGM to be held this fall in Vancouver. During the past 10 years, BBRG has conducted extensive research on wood pellet production, storage, handling, life cycle analysis, and characterization of the new generation of torrefied pellets.

As a follow up, the BBRG is organizing a 1.5 day Workshop in conjunction with WPAC's Annual General Meeting to be held November 18-22 in Vancouver. The BBRG Workshop is organized in two parts. Part 1 will consist of lectures and visual electronic boards (electronic posters) on Monday November 18, 2013 at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle, the venue for WPAC's meeting. Part 2 will be held on the afternoon of Wednesday November 22, at UBC, where attendees will participate in research on aspects of wood pellets and feedstock engineering, including the new biomass gasification plant on campus. 

CSBE AGM and Technical Conference

Saskatchewan CSBE members helped organize the CSBE AGM and Technical Conference which will be held at the University of Saskatchewan July 7 – 11, 2013. The theme was Interdisciplinary Engineering: Working together to develop sustainable solutions in agriculture and biosystems and the event showcased successful collaborations between industry and academia. The conference included workshops, technical tours and networking events such as an opening reception, BBQ and banquet. The technical program included over 80 oral presentations and over 30 poster presentations.

Visit the website for more information.

U of S ¼ Scale Tractor Team Highlights

university of saskatchewan

The 16th Annual International Quarter Scale Tractor Student Tractor Design Competition was held May 30 to June 2 in Peoria, Illinois.

The team from the University of Saskatchewan again impressed the industry judges and representatives with top finishes in:

  • Campbell Scientific Award for best use of test methods and data acquisition (1st)
  • Design Judging (by 25 industry engineers) (3rd overall)
    • Serviceability (5th)
    • Safety (3rd)
    • Ergonomics (3rd)
    • Test and Development (3rd)
    • Sound (3rd)
    • Maneuverability (3rd – top two tied for 1st)
    • Team Presentation (4th)

Based on the team’s success over the years, the team secured strategic sponsorship agreements with CNH, Bourgault, Brandt, Kramer, strong support from APEGS, as well as support from Macdon, Hitachi, John Deere and others.


CBE New Graduates

During the 2013 Spring Convocation, Elizabeth George received a M.Sc. in Biological Engineering while Ka Po Catherine Hui and Majid Soleimani Baghsorkhi received a Ph.D. in Biological Engineering. Six undergraduates received their B.Sc. in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering (Allison Graham, Sheldon Gregoire, Burt Lozinsky, Carolyn Osborn, Beverly Rodowski and Shaun Turner). Beverly Rodowski was the recipient of the Oliver L. Symes Memorial Award and Carolyn Osborne earned the Clinton L. Armstrong Memorial Award. 


Manitoba Region membership 2012-13 roster consists of 137 members, out of which 82 are student members (71 under-graduate and 11 graduate students).



Manitoba section of CSBE/SCGAB jointly organized a “membership information session” for graduate and under graduate students along with Biosystems Engineering Graduate Students’ Association (BEGSA) and Department of Biosystems Engineering at University of Manitoba on March 1st, 2013. Totally 28 graduate and under graduate students attended this session. Dennis Hodgkinson, President, DGH Engineering, and Vice- President (Industries), CSBE, Dr. Qiang Zhang, Professor, Department of Biosystems Engineering, and President, CSBE,  Dr. Danny Mann, Head, Department of Biosystems Engineering attended this season, and explained about the benefits of CSBE membership, professional networking through CSBE for professional development potential employment opportunities and importance of continuing with our society after graduation. Students were actively involved in the conversation about our society’s role in their career development, and expressed that regular events from CSBE will help them to engage more with the society. Four graduate students submitted their new member application forms in this information season and they obtained their CSBE and ASABE membership on May 7, 2013.

As a part of creating awareness about biological engineering to school students, CSBE/SCGAB Manitoba section sponsored two awards at the Manitoba Schools Science Symposium 2013. Tooba Razi (grade 7) and Keisha Mendoza (grade 11) won this year's CSBE/SCGAB awards in the intermediate and senior categories, respectively.

Department of Biosystems Engineering Highlights

Dr. Myron (Ron) Britton, a long time member of CSBE, officially retired as a Professor in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba on December 31, 2012. He was appointed as a Senior Scholar in the Faculty from January 1, 2013, which provides him with an on-campus office and allows him to maintain his involvement with teaching and research.

The University of Manitoba Quarter-Scale Tractor Team placed 4th in pulling, 7th in maneuverability, and 13th in design judging at the 2012 IQS Tractor Competition which was hosted by ASABE in Peoria, Illinois on May 31- June 3, 2012.

At the March CSBE-SCGAB Council meeting, I announced my intention not to renew my appointment as the Manager/ Secretary of the Society and its

Foundation. I will step down after the 2013 AGM in Saskatoon. I feel privileged to work with the Council as well as membership over the past two years. So, this will be my last NEWSLETTER. Dr. John Feddes will be the incoming Secretary/Manager of the CSBE-SCGAB.

I encourage you as a Society member to actively  participate in the CSBE/SCGAB to ensure its continued growth and vitality. Please contact Dr. John Feddes, the incoming CSBE-SCGAB Secretary/Manger, for you feed back and concerns. I am listing the complete formal duties of the Secretary-Manager of the Society.

  • Serve as the office liaison with affiliate societies.
  • Report election results to Council and the annual business meeting.
  • File an annual summary with the Minister of Consumer and Corporate Affairs Canada.
  • Preserve all documents of the Society except those assigned to other officers or committees.
  • Carry out general secretarial duties including keeping of committee lists, bringing appropriate documents to meetings and correspondence.
  • Record the minutes of Council meetings and the annual business meeting and distribute the minutes to Council members within one month of the meeting.
  • Provide committee chairs with a list of their committee members and any necessary papers and instructions.
  • Carry on correspondence for the Society.
  • Serve as the office liaison with ASABE office.
  • Report to Council and the Annual Business Meeting on election results.
  • Receive reports from all committee chairs.
  • Publish the PNL only, no written contributions expected.
  • Pay Society expenses.
  • Arrange for preparation of auditors report for AGM.
  • Receive all By-law changes but not responsible for making the changes.
  • Publish and supply in quantity the Awards Booklet to the AGM.
  • Publish the CBEJ (Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal) when finalized by the Editor
  • Deliver the CBEJ and invoice the authors for page charges, and serve as Secretary-Treasurer for the CSBE/SCGAB Foundation


AGM 2012 Minutes

The minutes of the 2012 AGM are reported in my Annual Report and are posted on the web site as well.

Downolad the AGM 2012 Minutes.

AGM 2013

As you are aware, the next AGM and Technical Conference will be held in Saskatoon from July 7 to 10, 2013. The Local Organizing Committee has worked very hard to organize  an interesting and timely technical program, workshops and  technical tours. I encourage you to attend.


CSBE-SCGAB Awards for 2013-2014

As you are aware, CSBE-SCGAB Society  and CSBE-SCGAB FOUNDATION offer several awards every year. Please see below for more information. Applicants must be a student member of the Society.

The CSBE/SCGAB Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship is to recognize academic excellence among student members of the Society. The Scholarship can be awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester (based on a minimum of 12 credit hours and the GPA must qualify the recipient to appear on the Dean’s Honor List). The Department Head or his/her designate will select one scholarship recipient per year per department.

The CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Thesis Award is to recognize excellence in undergraduate student research in fields represented by the Society. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award. These names will be sent for recognition at the annual banquet.

The CSBE/SCGAB Undergraduate Design Project Award is to recognize excellence in the development of engineering design skills in solving problems related to biological systems. Individual or team projects are eligible. Each eligible university will identify their recipient of the Award.

The CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (M.Sc. Category) is to recognize excellence in graduate student research in fields represented by the Society. The award will be presented in recognition of M.Sc. Theses.

The CSBE/SCGAB Graduate Thesis Award (Ph.D. Category) is to recognize excellence in graduate student research in fields represented by the Society. The award will be presented in recognition of Ph.D. Theses.

In 2012, the Foundation established a new program. To help our students with their travel to our CSBE-SCGAB Technical Conference and AGM, the CSBE-SCGAB Foundation will pay the fees for base conference registration and admission to the CSBE/SCGAB Awards Banquet for the winner(s) of student awards. In addition, the Foundation will provide $100 per student to a maximum of $400 per academic unit (biological/bioresource, biosystems,... eng. programs), to be used to defray the costs of travel and accommodation for attending the conference. The students must be members in good standing of the CSBE-SCGAB in order to be eligible for the awards, fee waivers, and travel support. Eligible academic units (biological/bioresource, biosystems,... eng. programs) are asked to contact the CSBE-SCGAB Foundation (basically me and next year John Feddes) by June 1st of each year, and provide the name, CSBE-SCGAB membership number, and project or thesis title of each winning student who are planning to travel to the conference site. I (next year John Feddes) need a copy of base conference registration receipt for each student who is requesting support. I (next year John Feddes) will issue a cheque to each student in Saskatoon during the annual meeting.

At the 2012 CSBE-SCGAB Banquet, for the first time, framed certificates were prepared for the winners of these awards.

Full details for these awards are described on the web site at www.csbe-scgab.ca/csbe/awards


Depuis deux ans, je m’étais fixé deux objectifs principaux, soit augmenter les liens avec l’Association des ingénieurs en agroalimentaire du Québec (AIAQ – www.aiaq.qc.ca) et m’impliquer dans une éventuelle redynamisation du département en génie agroalimentaire de l’Université Laval.

Au cours de la dernière année, j’ai donc accentué ma collaboration avec l’AIAQ afin d’augmenter la visibilité de la profession. Quatre membres de la SCGAB (Patrick Brassard, Sébastien Fournel, Joahnn Palacios,  Stéphane Godbout) siègent sur l’exécutif de cette association. En plus d’avoir solidifié les liens avec l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, 

l’exécutif de l’AIAQ a organisé deux symposiums. Le premier se déroulait à l’automne 2012 en collaboration avec le CQVB à Drummondville et plus de 100 ingénieurs du secteur agroalimentaire étaient présents. Le second se déroulait le 15 mai 2013 dans les locaux de l’Institut de Recherche recherche et de développement en agroenvironnement (IRDA) à Québec et plus de 40 ingénieurs étaient présents. Lors de ces symposiums, certains membres de la SCGAB CSBE présentaient leurs travaux (Frédéric Pelletier, Patrick Brassard, Sébastien Fournel). L’ensemble des actions a permis de plus que doubler le membership et j’espère que cela aura également un impact sur le membership de la SCGAB.

Au cours des deux dernières années, en collaboration avec les membres de l’exécutif de l’AIAQ, j’ai participé à faire des actions pour augmenter la capacité d’accueil du programme de génie agroalimentaire de l’Université Laval.  À ce jour, plusieurs rencontres ont été tenues avec, entre autres, les instances du département et de la faculté. Toutefois, malgré tous nos efforts, la survie du programme n’est nullement assurée.

Mes dernières années d’expérience me permettent de constater que l’avenir autant de la SCGAB que de l’AIAQ est lié à la compétence et à la crédibilité des membres. C’est pourquoi je suis d’avis que notre société s’implique d’avantage dans la formation continue des membres.

Finalement, je profite de l’occasion pour remercier sincèrement tous les membres de la SCGAB qui m’ont supporté dans ma tâche de directeur régional tout au long des dernières années. Je quitte la fonction de directeur régional mais compte toujours m’impliquer dans les activités et actions de la SCGAB. De même, je continuerai à représenter la société auprès de la CIGR.

English version

Over the past Since two years I had two main objectives: increase the link with the Association des ingénieurs en agroalimentaire du Québec (AIAQ – www.aiaq.qc.ca) and collaborate to renew the Agricultural Engineering department Department at Université Laval.

During the last year, I collaborated to with the AIAQ works to improve the visibility of our profession. Four CSBE members are involving involved on in the executive committee of this association (Patrick Brassard, Sébastien Fournel, Joahnn Palacios, Stéphane Godbout). Through these works allow toefforts we established a stronger link with the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ). We organized also two symposiums. The first one in fall 2012 was in Drummondville with the collaboration of the CQVB and more than 100 engineers were present. The second one was at the Research and development Development institute Institute for the agriAgri-environment Environment (IRDA) located in Quebec and more than 40 engineers were there. A few of the speakers were CSBE members (Frédéric Pelletier, Patrick Brassard, Sébastien Fournel). The success of the AIAQ activities during the past two years allow doublinged the membership. I hope this increase will have an positive impact on the CSBE membership in the next future.

Also, jointly with the AIAQ executive board of directors, we continued the to work to do someon actions to improve the capacity of the Agri-food engineering program at Université Laval. So far, many few meetings have been held by with the AIAQ president and different some other engineers representatives of the University at different levelssuch as the head of department and the faculty dean. However, despite of all these efforts, the future of this program is not guaranteed.

In my opinion, one key of the future of our society is the professional development of the members because the competence and credibility of our members is the heart of the society. Finally, I would like acknowledge all the members that supported me during this last years as regional director. Even though I will quit leave this position; I will continue to be involved in the different society activities and to represent the society on the CIGR board.

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