Perspectives Newsletter Spring 2020
Vol. 43, no.1 / Posted on June 15, 2020

In consultation with the Editor and Managing Editor of our Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal, a decision has been made to issue a Call for Papers for a Special Issue of our Journal focusing on the topic of engineering education within our discipline, with a specific focus on the needs of educating engineering students for the sustainable production of food, bioproducts, and bioenergy. Papers are requested that relate to any of the following topics:

  • engineering education in bioengineering,
  • graduate attribute strengths & challenges in the bioengineering curriculum,
  • trends in bioengineering graduate programs,
  • lessons learned from past program closures,
  • challenges with recruitment of bioengineering students,
  • challenges facing bioengineering graduates, and
  • emerging opportunities for introducing bioengineering education within Canada’s post-secondary education system.

Within our Canadian universities, the discipline of bioengineering (and its’ predecessor agricultural engineering) has been contracting for the past several decades despite ongoing societal challenges related to the sustainable production of food, bioproducts, and bioenergy. The goal of this Special Issue is to allow us, as a technical society, to focus our attention on the various issues associated with the education of bioengineers in Canada. By sharing ideas we can promote best practice in bioengineering education within our existing programs and possibly even generate ideas to reverse this state of contraction within the Canadian context.

Papers for this Special Issue are to be submitted to the Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal using the established manuscript submission process. January 15, 2021 has been set as a submission deadline for this Special Issue to enable the various submissions to proceed through the review process simultaneously. During his current sabbatical, Dr. Danny Mann (Head, Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba) has agreed to provide assistance to the Editor and Managing Editor related to this Special Issue.

Submit a paper

Greetings CSBE/SCGAB members from your President Joy Agnew. 

This year our Annual General Meeting will be held in virtual mode on Tuesday July 21, 2020 Time: Noon Alberta Time. 
We have included all the documents in the 2020 Annual Report and have added a 2020 Bylaws file indicating our proposed Bylaw changes.  Both files are available at the following link. We will announce our Students Awards and the recipients of our Society Awards.

Members, look at your inbox for the Webex meeting link.

We look forward to seeing you at the AGM !

John Feddes
Society Manager

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At the beginning of my tenure as CSBE-SCGAB president, I made a rough plan for the content I intended to share with each of these messages. Then the calendar turned to 2020 and all bets were off. All learning shifted to online, employees worked from home, and nearly everyone became an overnight expert with Teams, Meets, WebEx, and Zoom. Events were cancelled and postponed, safety measures were deployed (and enforced!) at grocery stores, and protocols and contingency plans were established for all essential services. If I’ve learned one thing from the pandemic, it’s that when everyone turns themselves toward a common goal, we can achieve almost anything.

We are pleased to announce that CIGR 2020 event is postponed to May 10 to 14 2021 and it will be possible to submit new abstracts until February 1, 2021. The program already in place will be maintain and abstracts already submitted (over 600 accepted) will remain in the system so authors don't need to re-submit.

Registration will re-open on September 1st 2020. To withdraw your contribution or to cancel your registration, please refer to our Continuity plan.

For more information, visit the website:

Congratulations to one of our members Yves Choinière. Yves was one of 52 new Fellows elected into the Canadian Academy of Engineering.

Well deserved Yves.

Press release of the Canadian Academy of Engineering:

Ottawa – (15 June 2020) – President Yves Beauchamp welcomed 50 new elected Fellows and two new International Fellows to the Canadian Academy of Engineering on 15 June 2020. Due to the complications with the COVID-19 pandemic, new Fellows were welcomed virtually, in conjunction with the Academy’s 2020 Annual General Meeting.

The official Induction Dinner for 2020 Fellows has been postponed and will take place at the 2021 Annual General Meeting and Symposium in Halifax, NS.

To view the official press release, click here.

choiniereYves Choinière is Project Leader, Research & Development with Consultants Lemay & Choinière Inc. Yves Choinière, engineer and agronomist, B.Sc. (1983), M.Sc. (1991).   As a member of CSBE/SCGAB, he has  received the Grade of Fellow in 2015, Young Engineer of the Year Award in 1991, the John Turnbull Award in 2003, the Industrial Achievement Award in 2010. Yves served as our President 2004-2005.  Yves Choinière led the design of several research centres in animal production (McGill, Guelph, Saskatchewan, Agriculture Canada and others). Its notoriety has been established thanks to the multiple innovations and developments for modern agricultural buildings. Consultants Lemay & Choinière Inc., founded in 1995, now employs 45 people; including 25 project managers, making it the largest agricultural engineering firm in Canada.