Hosted by CRBA
Victoria BC, Canada

by EMail

  • BCHPA Business Meeting
  • Social evening
  • Conference
  • Banquet
  • Honey, Wax & Mead Competition
  • Companion Program
  • The Union Club of BC, 805 Gordon Street,  Victoria BC
  • Vendors with displays of proven and cutting edge wares for Apiculture

at The Union Club of BC
805 Gordon Street
Victoria, BC
October 26, 27 and 28

Thanks to Jeff Lee for securing guest speakers for our conference. Additional guest speaker information will be added as they become available.

Marta GuarnaMarta Guarna
Blueberry Pollination Study Results

Dr. Marta Guarna is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC).  Prior to joining AAFC, Marta was Scientific Director of the Bee IPM project at UBC, working on honey bee breeding and proteomics. She is originally from Argentina and obtained a doctoral degree from New York University.  Marta’s collaborative research focuses on honey bee queens, emerging pathogens, and on bee health & pollination.

Shelley HooverDr. Shelley Hoover

Dr. Shelley Hoover is the Apiculture Unit Lead for the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. She is the current President of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists and is a Past President of the Entomological Society of Alberta. Her current research focuses on honey bee health, breeding, management, pest management, and nutrition, as well as canola pollination. In addition, she has conducted research on other managed bees including bumble bees and leafcutter bees. Dr. Hoover completed her PhD on honey bee worker ovary development, nutrition, and behaviour at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. Prior to her current position, she was a Research Scientist with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, a Research Associate with the University of British Columbia and the AAFC Beaverlodge Research Farm, and an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

A Comparison of Protein Patties

Which protein patty gives bees the best boost? Shelley Hoover, Apiculture Unit Lead for Alberta's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, undertook a study of spring build-up with different pollen patties this spring. She examined commercially available products as well as other potential options. Her ongoing research will provide beekeepers with much needed information to which protein supplements are best for their bees.

Trapping Pollen For Profit

There’s an art to effectively trapping pollen for sale. It can be a minefield. You need the right equipment, to know when to put it on and take it off without depriving the colony of necessary resources, and what colonies to trap and when. Shelley Hoover will take beekeepers through this lucrative, but under-utilized area of beekeeping using canola pollination fields as an example.

Anicet Desrocher Anicet Desrochers

Anicet Desrochers sees apiculture through the eyes of a anthropologist, the mankind relation with honeybees. He s kept bees for over 20 years, and with his partner in crime, Anne-Virginie runs around 1500 hives in northern Quebec for certified organic honey production, queen bee production and added value honey lines byproducts. He travel around the world in search of a better bee but mostly to share with beekeepers and their culture.


Quebec Nordic Beekeeping and Queen Breeding:

An overview of 15 years of improvement in bio-intensive queen bee and honey production.


Meils d'Anicet - Business Strategies


A financial security model in unpredictable beekeeping production.

Jeff Pettis Dr. Jeff Pettis

As former research leader of the USDA-ARS Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, MD and now an independent consultant, Dr. Pettis has focused on improving colony health by limiting the impact of pests, diseases and pesticides on honey bees. His research areas include; IPM techniques to reduce the impacts of parasitic mites and disease, effects of pesticides and pathogens on queen health and longevity, host-parasite relationships and bee behaviour. Dr. Pettis serves on several international committees including the Office of International Epizootics (OIE) and is President of the Bee Health Commission of Apimondia, He is frequently interviewed by the media for his opinions on worldwide pollinator declines and honey bee health. Dr. Pettis received undergraduate and MS degrees from the University of Georgia and his doctoral degree in Entomology from Texas A&M University in 1992. He now operates his own consulting company, Pettis & Assoc. LLC

Keynote Speech Saturday
Why we keep bees

This talk will focus on humans and their association with bees, how that relationship has changed over time and into our modern ways of beekeeping.  aditionally, the talk will explore the use of bees in art and warfare.  Lastly, it will explore the fascination that many of us feel when working with bees and how that connects us to nature.  So why do we keep bees?  Over the years we keep bees for many and varied reasons but, the bees are still the same.

Sunday Workshop
B Talks: AFB, EFB and SHB

Come hear about these three diseases and pest and how they may or may not affect you.  Can you identify all three?  AFB yes probably, EFB?  it can look like many other things, and SHB, well it is new to most of Canada.  Come get some practical insights into these three things that can affect your success as a beekeeper.  Free AFB samples to be given out to the first 100 in attendance.

Zac LamasZac Lamas

Zac Lamas brings to the B.C. Honey Producers Association AGM a wealth of practical knowledge about small-scale and commercial beekeeping, as well as research work he is doing as a PhD student at the University of Maryland. He works part time as a technician at the USDA Beltsville lab, researching how physiological changes on the individual level can change social behavior on the colony level. He is currently investigating this by targeting brood with fungicides, and looking at the physiology and behaviour of these individuals. Additionally, Zac studies mite preferential feeding. He worked for Michael Palmer at French Hill Apiaries while running his own migratory operation in upstate New York and North Carolina. His talks for the BCHPA are centred around practical beekeeping methods.

Winter Prep Begins Mid Summer

Effective preparation of colonies for the fall doesn’t start in the fall! It begins long before. Lamas will describe how, at his Sun Hill Farm and at Michael Palmer’s French Hill Apiaries, the work begins far earlier in the season. He’ll cover five important topics: The queen in the colony, population and how not all bees are equal, winter stores and stores during dearth periods, appropriate body cavity and clustering, and mites. The talk explains the inter-relatedness of these five things.

Making Queens and Nucs, Another Way

After working with Michael Palmer at French Hills Apiary in making queens and nucs, Zac Lamas has modified his methods to fit his own operation at Sun Hill Farm. He’ll give a session on lessons learned in making mating nucs, introducing queens with cells, catching those queens, and how they are then supered at the last catch to overwinter.

Practical Requeening

Getting a colony to accept a queen is sometimes difficult. It can be frustrating to open up a newly-requeened hive and discover they’ve rejected your choice. Zac Lamas will delve into the how, when and why of effective requeening. A practical talk for both hobbyist and sideliner.

Gerry Rozema
Gerry is beekeper from the Comox Valley with a penchant for paying attention to detail.

Understaning Colony Growth

A discussion of the honeybee life cycle for a spring / summer colony with talking points about limitations.

-  Interactive graphing tool that puts all the math together to show colony growth potential with various timeframes and start conditions, ie wintered colonies vs spring starts vs splits.

-  A discussion on the life cycle of the varroa mite

-  Another section using the interactive tool, but this time including mite growth combined with bee colony growth

Understanding Splits

A short discussion of the components of a healthy bee colony, ie queen, brood, house bees, foragers, and comb resources. A slightly deeper discussion of how each of those components fits into various splitting options.

Some discussion of various 'well known' named types of splits, ie walk-away, cut down, etc, and how these splits differ in manipulating colony resources.

Use of colony growth model to show how harvesting split resources will affect the donor colony, and how various start conditions can grow over time.

-  Put it all together by utilizing five year charts of scale data that show flows, and how to co-ordinate split strategies with flows to maximize effective honey production.

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