Perspectives Newsletter Summer 2017
Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:46

Message from President Danny Mann

danny mann2016Greetings!

It is my pleasure to offer this message as your new President. For the past year, my efforts were focused on providing leadership to the Local Arrangements Committee at the University of Manitoba to oversee the 2017 Annual General Meeting which was held last month in Winnipeg.

Published in Editorial
Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:44

New Council Members

For the 2017-2018 term, several elected and appointed positions were opened. The Society would like to thanks the candidates who volunteer to keep our Society active!


  • President-elect: Suresh Neethirajan
  • Vice-President Regional: Hugh Fraser
  • Vice-President Industry: Paul ONeill
  • Regional Director Alberta: Karen Yakimishyn


  • Webmaster: René Morissette
  • CIGR representative: Stéphane Godbout
  • Journal Editor: Ranjan Sri Ranjan
  • Awards Committee: Valérie Orsat and Lope Tabil
  • Nominating Committee: Israel Dunmade

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I recently attended our 2017 AGM and Technical Conference held jointly in Winnipeg with the Commission Internationale du Génie Rural (CIGR) Section VI: Postharvet Technology and Process Engineering. Attached is a trip report to fill you in on what I would classify as an excellent conference! Some of you may be receiving it for a second or third time, for which I do sincerely apologize.

The format of the technical conference was commendable. We had plenary and invited speakers (professionals, industry, government, non-academic researchers, etc.) every morning from Monday to Wednesday, followed by technical presentations (primarily graduate students from academic institutions) in the afternoons on each of those days. We also had an engaged undergraduate student presence. What a wonderful event!

You are more than welcome to share the report with your peers in engineering, agriculture, forestry, food processing, medicine, economics, and several other endeavours. It’s amazing to learn just how much we are interconnected, and the opportunities that exist towards exponential integration across disciplines, especially here in Canada! Incidentally, the most recent edition of ASABE’s Resource magazine lauds the benefits associated with bioengineers that are educated in “systems management”.

Hope you enjoy the report!


Yours truly,

Ike Edeogu 2016Ike Edeogu
VP Membership
Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE|SCGAB)

Published in Notices to Members
Thursday, 14 September 2017 13:00

Student Awards

ASABE  ¼ Scale Tractor Student Design Competition

Design and construction of a four-wheel-drive tractor taking into consideration the rules specified by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)

Université Laval, Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering, Équipe ULtrac 
Clovis Courchesne, Louis-Étienne Lessard, Pierre-Olivier Michaud, Nicholas Lefebvre, Valérie Chabot (Leader), Vincent Grégoire, Frédérik Daigneault

McGill University, Department of Bioresource Engineering
Francis St-Aubin (Leader), Maxime Leclerc, Connor Miller, Rachelle Prudhomme, John Weilenmann, Stephania Tatiachenko, Shamus McGuire, Danny Amon, Alex Audi, Marco Centa, Mark Cool, Pierce Dias Carlson, Lizzy Filine, Aidan Guttormson, Leo McGuire, Mahdi Mia, Ariele Pieters, Ann Pile, Jasmine Roberts, Youssef Saeed, Jonathon Salama-Siroishka, Victoria Tseng Paepcke, Stephen McGuire (Advisors: V. Adamchuk; H. Akbarzadeh)

University of Saskatchewan, Department of Mechanical Engineering - Sled Dogs
Jason Cousins, George Dodds, Keith Halcro, Charley Sprenger, Cory Bart, Austin Pizzey, Dane Steen, Tyler Reaser, Matthew Lashyn (Advisor S. Noble)

University of Manitoba, Department  of Biosystems Engineering,  UMATT  (University of Manitoba Association of Tiny Tractors)
Tristan Saloranta (Captain), Raymond Davis, Colin Berard, Anthony Dziedzic, Bruce Felsch, Mykel Gallajones, Bill Heard, Alan Huynh, Scott Symons, Don Petkau (Advisor)


CSBE/SCGAB FOUNDATION  Undergraduate Scholarship

Recognizes academic excellence among student members of the Society.  The Scholarship is awarded each year to the student member of the Society with the highest GPA in the preceding semester.

University of Guelph - Meghan Fragis

University of Manitoba Department  of Biosystems Engineering - Alain Lagasse

University of Manitoba Department  of Biosystems Engineering - Sarah Slagerman

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering - Brandon Bonan

Université Laval,  Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering - Frédérik Daigneault

University of Prince Edward Island, School of Sustainable Design Engineering - Daniel Emery

Dalhousie University, Engineering Department, Faculty of Agriculture - Karen Esau


University of Guelph

University of Guelph - Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Ryan Berthelot for his thesis entitled' Harnessing Electrical Energy for Anti-biofilm Therapies: Conductivity of Opportunistic Pathogens and the Effects of Electrical Stimulation on Cell Morphology and Motility'  (Advisor: S. Neethirajan)

University of Guelph - Undergraduate Design Project - Award Connor Ormsby for his project entitled “BioTattoo - A Sweat Biosensing Platform for Animal Health Applications” (Advisor S. Neethirajan)

University of Guelph Undergraduate Thesis Award - John Buozis for his thesis entitled'Strep D-Tec: A Non-Invasive Streotococcus Diagnostic Tool' (Advisor: G. Hayward).

University of Guelph  - Undergraduate Design Project Award - Robert Hunter, Parker Bondi, Amelia French, Amit Tah for their project entitled “Non-Invasive Monitoring of Glucose in Blood" (Advisor: S. Neethirajan)


University of Manitoba

University of Manitoba,  Department  of Biosystems Engineering,  Undergraduate Design Project Award - Mirette Barsoum Athanasios, Jesnico Gonzales, Nicole Lanchuske and Taylor Livingston for their project entitled “Bin up the stairs” (Course Instructors:  K. Dick, B. Porth and J. S. Cicek)

University of Manitoba Department  of Biosystems Engineering, Undergraduate Thesis Award - Craig Heppner for a thesis entitled “Effect of different row spacings and seeders on yield and speed of emergence for corn” (Advisor: Y. Chen)

University of Manitoba Department  of Biosystems Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Rong Yue for a thesis entitled “Modeling pore structures and airflow in grain beds using discrete element method and pore-scale models” (Advisor: Q. Zhang)


McGill University

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Jillian Leah Treadwell for her thesis entitled “Phosphorus and organic waste management: Investigating the potential for phosphorus recovery and recycling” (Advisors: G. Clark and E. Bennett)

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Dr. Ogan Iheanacho Mba for her thesis entitled “Deep-fat frying characteristics of blends of palm and canola oils” (Advisors: M. Ngadi and M. Dumont)

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering - Undergraduate Thesis Award - Nicole Peletz-Bohbot, Mitch Steel, Mahdi Mia Matthew LeGrandfor a thesis entitled “Solar Greenhouse Heating” (Advisor: V. Raghavan)

McGill University - Department of Bioresource Engineering - Undergraduate Design Project Award - Nicolas Buxbaus, Sam Eichhorn, Tristan Chauvin-Bosse for a project entitled “Straw Sterilizer for Fungal Culture” (Advisor: M. Dumont and V. Adamchuk)


Université Laval

Université Laval,  Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering, Undergraduate Design Project Award - Marie-Michelle Caron, Florence Marquis, and Véronique Poulin for their project entitled : Conception d'une ligne de production de lait dans une région du Nord du Québec/ Design of a milk production unit in a northern Quebec region (Advisor: M. Aider)

Université Laval,  Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Thierry Villeneuve for his thesis entitled: Intégration de l’électro-activation dans le procédé de conservation des légumes : Analyse de l’efficacité du procédé par SuperPro Designer / Integration of electro-activation in a canning process of vegetables: Analysis of the process efficiency by SuperPro Designer (Advisor: M. Aider)

Université Laval,  Department of Soils and Agri-Food Engineering Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Marianne Crépeau for her thesis entitled: Optimisation de la récolte, de l’entreposage et du pressage du millet perlé sucré et du sorgho sucré cultivés au Québec pour la production de bioéthanol / Optimization of the harvesting, storage, and pressing of sweet pearl millet and sweet sorghum grown in Québec for the production of bioethanol (Advisors: M. Khelifi, A. Vanasse, M. Aider)


University of Saskatchewan

University of Saskatchewan - Chemical and Biological Engineering—Graduate Thesis Award (PhD) - Daeung Yu for his thesis entitled “Radio frequency (RF) assisted disinfestation of red flour beetle in stored canola seeds” (Advisor O. Baik)


University of New-Brunswick

University of New Brunswick,  Mechanical Engineering, Undergraduate Design Project Award - Jordan Lander and Kieran Cameron Ellis for their project entitled “Biocomposites manufacturing using pultrusion methodology” (Advisor: G. Saha)

University of New Brunswick,  Mechanical Engineering, Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Lucas Kenneth Bowlby for his project entitled “Evaluating the potential of biochar as reinforcing element in fiber-reinforced polymer composites” (Advisors: G. Saha and M. Afzal)


University of Prince-Edward-Island

University of Prince Edward Island, School of Sustainable Design Engineering - Undergraduate Design Project Award - Ryan Myette, Angela Court, Peter Doiron, Tristan Dawsonfor their project entitled “Recycled Water Cleanliness Improvements” (Advisors: A. Hsiao and G. McSorley)

University of Prince Edward Island, School of Sustainable Design Engineering - Undergraduate Thesis - Award Laura Whelan for her project entitled “Automized Self-Checkout Kiosk for the UPEI Library”  (Advisors: A. Farooque and B. Acharya)


Dalhousie University

Dalhousie University, Engineering Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Undergraduate Design Project - Award Karen Esau for her project entitled “Effective use of a variable rate blower fan on a mechanical low bush blueberry harvester” (Advisor: Q. Zaman)

Dalhousie University, Engineering Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Graduate Thesis Award (MSc) - Salamat Ali for his project entitled “Effect of harvesting time on berry losses during mechanical harvesting of wild blueberries” (Advisor: Q. Zaman)

Published in Student Awards
Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:29

Lakeland College – New Dairy Learning Centre

On August 26th, Lakeland College, located in Vermilion, Alberta, opened its new Dairy Learning Centre. The Dairy Learning Centre replaces the college’s previous dairy facility which was built in the 1980’s and will provide Lakeland students the opportunity to learn in a state of the art facility.

The 47,000 ft2 facility will house 120 Holstein milk cows and their associated replacement heifers and young stock. 

This extra-large space also provides additional area for educational uses and a public viewing mezzanine.

Some additional features include:

  • Robotic and a conventional parallel milking parlour
  • Automated feed system with robotic delivery
  • Herd navigator technology
  • Water and electricity metering for consumption will be comparison between milking systems
  • Automatic calf feeders
  • Manure separation system
  • Manure scrapers programmed to run several times a day
  • LED lighting with auto dimming to reflect actual daylight for the time of year
  • Skylight to reduce lighting loads during daylight hours
  • Ventilation efficiencies
  • Plate exchanges to lower the temperature of milk from the udder and transfer that heat for other purposes.

The total cost of $9.5 million included funds from the federal Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund and Alberta’s Growing Forward program. 

More information can be found on their website: http://www.lakelandcollege.ca/about-lakeland/capital-construction/dairy-learning-centre.aspx


Published in Alberta Regional News
Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:22

News from University of Saskatchewan

Profs. Oon-Doo Baik and Lope Tabil of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Prof. Scott Noble of the Department of Mechanical Engineering together with their graduate students and researchers attended the Annual General Meeting and Technical Conference of CSBE in Winnipeg, MB on August 6-10, 2017. There were 10 graduate students (Charley Sprenger, Obiora Agu, Shola Kareem, Jason Cousins, Shuyao Dong, Shamim Ahamed, Roland Macana, Tolen Moirangthem, Saeed Ghanbari, Jingjing Cabahug) and 2 researchers (Majid Soleimani and Bagher Emadi) in the group.

SK news sep 2017

Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:20

News from Manitoba

Greetings CSBE Members!

Summer in Manitoba seemed to fly by as always, with many different activities and events going on throughout. One of the key highlights of the summer was being able to attend my very first CSBE conference, hosted this year in my current hometown of Winnipeg. It was a great opportunity to finally meet many of my fellows CSBE colleagues, which I have only had the chance to speak with over conference calls and via email. It’s always wonderful to finally put a face to a name, and get to meet in person. Timing of the conference couldn’t have been better, coinciding with both the Canada Games, as well as Folklorama, a city favourite which is held every August. The conference focusing on “Food, Fuel, and Fibre for a Sustainable Future”, was fortunate to include a diverse group of engaging speakers & presentations, from industry and researchers across the globe! Thank you again to everyone for taking the time to participate and contribute to this event. I hope everyone who was able to attend this year enjoyed themselves as much as I did, and was able to get the chance to explore a little of Winnipeg as well! In the upcoming months, as I am relatively new to CSBE, I look forward to getting better acquainted to my role as Manitoba Regional Director, and learning more about this great society and its members!


Keri Bouchard

Published in Manitoba Regional News
Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:16

News from McGill University

Students from the Bioresource Engineering Department of McGill (Ann Pille, Maxime Leclerc, Connor Miller, Mark Cool and Francis St-Aubin) went to the 2017 ASABE International 1/4 Scale Tractor Student Design Competition. They won awards in manufacturability, serviceability and craftsmanship. In addition they won the second position for the marketing presentation. The top three marketing presentations get an award as well as the opportunity to present at the ASABE conference in Spokane. Overall, the McGill team was ranked 11th out of 30 teams.

Grant Clark and Chandra Madramootoo won $3M support from AAFC Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Program for two projects related to reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Grant’s project is about the application of biosolids from wastewater treatment plants to agricultural fields. Chandra’s project is about best practices for irrigation and water management to reduce GHG emissions. Here are the details:

Project 1:

Principal Investigator: Grant Clark   - Affiliation: FAES – Dept. of Bioresources Engineering
Project title: Management strategies for nutrient use efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions reduction from biosolids-amended soils in Canada.
Agriculture and Agrifood Canada Program: Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program AGGP2-033
Amount awarded:  CDN $1,366,961 (2016-2020)
Collaborations: University of Dalhousie and University of Alberta and Industries
Description of the Project:This project aims to investigate management practices for use of municipal biosolids as a crop fertilizer and to quantify the effect of these practices on GHG emissions. Biosolids are a by-product of wastewater treatment plants and contain appreciable quantities of organic and inorganic nitrogen, as well as other plant nutrients (e.g., phosphorous, potassium, calcium, magnesium), making them a valuable fertilizer for crop production.
Objectives and deliverables (milestones): The main objective of this project is to assess the effect of biosolid pre-treatment and application methods on N use efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, and C sequestration, under three distinct climatic conditions in Canada: Humid continental (Montreal), Atlantic maritime (Nova Scotia) and semi-arid Prairie (Edmonton). The collaborative and inter-regional nature of the project and the attention to comprehensive knowledge dissemination will result in best management practices of national and international utility.

Project 2:

Renewal of the initial project funded from 2010-2015
Principal Investigator: Chandra Madramootoo - Affiliation: FAES – Dept. of Bioresources Engineering
Project title: An Integrated Socio-economic and Biophysical Framework for Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions under Agricultural Water Management Systems in Eastern Canada
Agriculture and Agrifood Canada Program: Agricultural Greenhouse Gases Program AGGP2-020
Amount awarded:  CDN $ 1,608,712 (2016-2020)
Collaborations: University of Guelph, University of Dalhousie, University of Saskatchewan, AAFC Research stations in Harrow, Guelph and Saskatchewan and Industries.
Description of the Project: The project aims to investigate the effects of different beneficial water management systems in Eastern Canada on GHG emissions and the adoption of these BMPs by farmers in the region.
Objectives and deliverables (milestones): The principal objective is to identify, develop and disseminate information for beneficial water management practices which simultaneously reduces GHG emissions, increases agricultural productivity and produces environmental co-benefits.

Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:12

News from Université Laval

International visitors at the Soils & Agri-Food Department (SGA), Université Laval

Mr Christian Morel, research engineer at the Agronomy and Environment Department of the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA, France), will visit the Soils & Agri-Food Department (SGA) from August to December 2017 to perform research activities and graduate student supervision in soil fertility and environmental chemistry. Among other research activities, he will develop the literature review, characterize the soil phosphorous fraction available for the plants, and the analysis of research data for the future of phosphorous in cultivated, plowed and fertilized agro-systems (Québec vs France).

Also, the Dean and Vice-Dean (teaching) of the Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias (Universidad de Cienfuegos, Cuba), Mr Enrique Rafael Parets Selva and Mr Reinaldo Perez Armas, will visit the Soils & Agri-Food Department (SGA) during the last two weeks of September to participate in the development of the cooperation project MRIFQ Québec-Cuba ‘Food Security and fruit development in the region of Cienfuegos: production, transformation and conservation’. During their stay, they will visit Quebec fruit production and transformation farms, as well as greenhouses, and they will participate to project evaluation and planning meetings.


Visites internationales au Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire, Université Laval

Monsieur Christian Morel, ingénieur de recherche rattaché au Département Environnement et Agronomie de l’Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA, France), visite le Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire (SGA) du mois de d’août jusqu’en décembre 2017 pour réaliser des activités de recherche et d’encadrement en fertilité et chimie environnementale. Les diverses composantes du travail de recherche incluent la revue de littérature, la caractérisation de la fraction disponible pour les plantes du phosphore du sol, et l’analyse de données de recherche sur le devenir du phosphore dans des agrosystèmes cultivés, labourés et fertilisés (Québec vs France).

Aussi, le Doyen et Vice-Doyen (formation) de la Facultad de Ciencias Agrarias de l’Universidad de Cienfuegos (Cuba), M Enrique Rafael Parets Selva et M Reinaldo Perez Armas, seront en visite au Département des sols et de génie agroalimentaire durant les deux dernières semaines de septembre dans le cadre du projet de coopération MRIFQ Québec-Cuba ‘Sécurité alimentaire et développement fruitier dans la région de Cienfuegos: production, transformation et conservation’. Durant leur séjour, ils réaliseront des rencontres, des visites des fermes québécoises de production et transformation fruitière et des serres, ainsi qu’ils participeront à des réunions d’évaluation et de planification du projet.

Bienvenus à tous!

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