Perspectives Newsletter Summer 2012
Saturday, 22 October 2011 22:13

A Few Words From President Ron MacDonald

Ron MacDonaldIt is always a pleasure to thank those who work so hard ahead of you. Shiv Prasher deserves thanks from the society for the effort he devoted over the past year,  particularly when we were without a secretary for the fall.  Thanks also (and hopefully temporarily) and good-bye from council to Saskatchewan Regional Councilor Bernardo.

Welcome to new Council Members President Elect Qiang Zhang and Saskatchewan Regional Councilor Joy Agnew. We are fortunate to have Grant Clark (Vice President Technical) and Valerie Orsat (Vice President Membership) remain on council by simply exchanging positions from last year.

“Every man (woman) owes a part of his (her) time and money to the business or industry in which he (she) is engaged.  No man (woman) has a moral right to withhold his (her) support from an organization that is striving to improve conditions within his (her) sphere.” By Theodore Roosevelt

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Saturday, 22 October 2011 22:12

Past President report

Shiv PrasherThe CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, was a very successful meeting. Please join me in congratulating the Local Organization Committee for doing such a splendid job. I would like to thank once again Doug Small, Chair of the Local Organization Committee, and Past-President, Dennis Hodgkinson, of DGH Engineering for their great help and support in taking care of the local arrangements. The field trips were very well organized and very interesting.

The time really flies. I had planned to do so many things for the Society. This is a friendly counsel to the incoming President, Ron MacDonald, to get going from day one. It may be worthwhile to examine the idea of having a two-year term for the Society President so that there is enough time to deliver on the promises and new initiatives.

The Joint ASABE and CSBE/SCGAB Annual Conference in Montreal in 2014 is on-track. The dates for the joint meeting, however, have not been finalized yet. We will be meeting with NABEC in 2012 in the County of Simcoe, Ontario, about one-hour north of Toronto. CSBE/SCGAB is also joining hands with the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) by co-sponsoring the Climate Change Technology Conference (CCTC) in Montreal in 2013, from May 27-May 29. Grant Clark is representing CSBE in the planning process for the conference. We have not finalized the venue for the 2013 CSBE Meeting. Did I here Saskatoon?

We accomplished a lot in the last year but significantly more work needs to be done. I want to thank all CSBE members for their confidence in my abilities and their unwavering support over the last year. Under President MacDonald’s leadership, I will continue to do my best for the good of our Society.

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Saturday, 22 October 2011 22:07

Secretary/Manager report

Many of you are aware that I am the Secretary-Manager for the Society. It is my great pleasure to serve in this position. I encourage you as a Society member to actively participate in the CSBE/SCGAB to ensure its continued growth and vitality. Please contact me if I can provide you with issues related to the Society. I am listing the complete formal duties of the Secretary-Manager of the Society.

Duties of the Secretary (Society Manager)...

Saturday, 22 October 2011 21:55

CSBE/NABEC 2012 Annual Meeting

nabec July 12-15, 2012 csbe

The 2012 Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference will be held in conjunction with the summer meeting of NABEC (Northeast Agricultural and Biological Engineering Conference- a community of ASABE). The location will be the new campus of Lakehead University at Orillia, Ontario.

Located an hour north of Toronto, this area between Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay, has long been one of Ontario's premier outdoor playgrounds. Here you will find:

More details, on paper submission deadlines and hotel early booking information will be provided on our website and in the December Perspectives newsletter.

Come join us in Orillia. We look forward to hosting you in 2012!


best-western Orillia campus
Best Western Mariposa Inn & Conference Centre
400 Memorial Avenue, Orillia, ON  L3V 6K8
Main Building, Orillia Campus 
Lakehead University


NABEC includes ASABE members from the Northeast United States & the Canadian Provinces from Ontario East.

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The Annual General Meeting of Members was held on Monday, July 7, 2011 from 12:00 to 14:00 CDT (Winnipeg time) in the Ballrooms, at Inn at the Forks Hotel.

Call to order (President Prasher)

Greetings and introductions

Participants list attached

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Saturday, 22 October 2011 21:39

A Few Words From The Journal Editor

Thanks to the funding provided by the CSBE/SCGAB Foundation, the uploading of Legacy papers is progressing well.  Volumes 1 to 30 (years 1959 to 1988) have been scanned and processed for upload.  They are available online here: Canadian Biosystems Engineering Journal. It is intended to upload the rest of volumes by the end of January, 2012. There are two sets of files available for download. The download "Full paper" link will give you the machine readable file that is text searchable. You should be able to search the entire paper with keywords.  The "Raw file" which is a scanned image of the paper is also available by clicking the title of the paper from the following link:


At present, Volumes 1 to 30 are online.  The "Raw files" are image files and not searchable. They were processed using an OCR software which may have substituted wrong characters while making the "Full file."  The "raw files" are provided to verify any errors in the "full files."


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In Fall 2001, Department of Biosystems Engineering welcomes 23 new undergraduate students and 7 new graduate students. With these new comers, department strength becomes 93 undergraduate and 50 graduate students.

Scholarship and awards

Warren Blunt was the recipient of the Faculty of Engineering Medal in Biosystems Engineering for highest standing in the Biosystems Program among graduating students.

Warren Blunt also received the Biosystems Engineering Undergraduate Thesis Award for the 2010- 2011 year for his thesis entitled “A novel method for online data acquisition for biofuel production using a titrimetric and off-gas analysis (TOGA) sensor.”

Warren Blunt, Jennifer Brown and Darren Hart received the John Shewchuk Engineering Design Award – Biosystems for 2011 for their project entitled “Design of a lab-scale hotbox for testing thermal properties of alternative building materials.”

The Dr. G.E. Laliberte and the Dr. N.R. Bulley Scholarships were created to honour

two former professors for the undergraduate students entering the Department of Biosystems Engineering. Recepients of 2011 Laliberte Scholarship are Carol Musoke and Japandeep Sethi. and Bulley Scholarship awarded to Ingrid Baragar and Samantha Symons.

Dr. Jason Morrison received the Biosystems Engineering Graduating Class Award for Excellence in Teaching; this award is selected by students in the graduating class.

2011 ASABE Quarter Scale Tractor competition – U of M finishes in Top Five

The University of Manitoba Quarter-Scale Tractor Team had a very successful showing at the 2011 IQS Competition in Peoria, Illinois. The competition is open to schools across the world and is hosted by ASABE. This year brought out 27 teams, with three from Canada, and the remaining from the US. Manitoba placed second in the tractor pull and second in design judging, finishing in 5th place overall, winning the Most Improved Award. The team also won Best Appearance and Best Craftsmanship for their work on Penelope 2.0. University of Manitoba was up against some tough competition with Kansas State University, University of Kentucky, Purdue University, and the University of Saskatchewan rounding out the top five positions.

UofM quarter scale


Dr. Digvir Jayas was elected as President of Agricultural Institute of Canada (AIC) Board of Directors, for the year 2011-2012. He joined the AIC Board on 2006, and re-elected in 2009.

Dr. Prabal Ghosh has been appointed Policy Analyst – Food for Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives, responsible for analysis and development of food policies, particularly those related to food processing sector development, agri-food product development and food safety.  Prabal is a 9-year member of CSBE.

Digvir Jayas enters Elite 300 club

Distinguished Professor Dr. Digvir Jayas is a father, husband, teacher, researcher, vice-president of research at the oldest university in Western Canada, and now he’s a member of the 300 club: his 300th refereed article has been approved for publication.

His first refereed article, “Finite element modelling of carbon dioxide diffusion in stored wheat”, was published in 1983 and appeared in the Canadian Agricultural Engineering. His 300th article, written just 25 years after he obtained his PhD, is titled: “Synchrotron based infrared imaging study of compositional changes in stored wheat due to infection with Aspergillus Glaucus”. It will be published in an upcoming Journal of Stored Products Research.

Published in Manitoba Regional News

Lope Tabil, Professor at the Chemical and Biological Engineering, UofS was a Visiting Professor at the Department of Agricultural Engineering at China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing between May 10 to June 2, 2011. While there he gave a series of seminars on "Biological Materials Handling" to graduate students and faculty. Dr. Tabil has on-going collaborative research with CAU in the area of Forage and Biomass Process Engineering.


Lope Tabil (center) with Ph.D. and M.Sc. students and Dr. Steven Wang (right) after the last lecture presentation at China Agricultural University.

Phani Phani Adapa successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis titled "Densification of Selected Agricultural Crop Residues as Feedstock for the Biofuel Industry" on July 27, 2011. He was co-supervised by Dr. Lope Tabil and Dr. Greg Schoenau of the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Saturday, 22 October 2011 20:37

1st Biotechnology World Congress


Eureka Science Ltd and the UAE Higher Colleges of Technology are pleased to invite the Canadian Society for Bioengineering to attend and exhibit at the 1st Biotechnology World Congress http://www.biotechworldcongress.com/ to be held in Dubai, UAE from 14th to 15th February 2012. This conference has the potential to become the leading Biotechnology event in the region, considering the great interest from participants from all over the world.

This 1st Biotechnology World Congress exhibition will feature a large exhibition area catering to a considerable number of booths. The booths will be in close proximity to the conference auditorium, the coffee station and the poster area, ensuring maximum exposure to the visitors. Displaying at BWC 2012 will provide a platform for you to introduce your company or exhibit your products and services to a wide audience of researchers and Biotechnology professionals.

For more information about the exhibition, please download the Sponsorship & Exhibition Prospectus and the floor plan or contact at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text77997+'<\/a>'; //--> . We anticipate your esteemed participation at the conference.  For meeting appointments in UAE contact us at +971-6-5575783.

Since a very limited number of booths are left with a large number of interested companies, all applications will therefore be considered on a first-come, first-served basis so please contact us today. You can also send the exhibition form in the Sponsorship & Exhibition Prospectus to us at the address mentioned below.

Organizing Secretariat, 1st BWC 2012
PO Box 121223, Saif Zone, Sharjah,
Tel: +971-6-5575783
Fax: +971-6-5575784
Website: http://www.biotechworldcongress.com/

Published in Notices to Members
Saturday, 22 October 2011 20:33

CIGR-AgEng 2012

Make plans to attend the International Conference of Agricultural Engineering which will be held at the Conference Centre of Valencia, Spain on July 8-12, 2012


The European Society of Agricultural Engineering (EurAgEng) and the The International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (Commission Internationale de Genie Rural) CIGR, will celebrate this joint International Conference on Agricultural Engineering in Valencia, Spain on July 8-12, 2012.

Information in Web pag.: http://cigr.ageng2012.org.

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