Category Archives: Beekeepers Events

Meetings, conferences, workshops and other events for beekeepers

2012 Canadian Beekeeping Convention slated for Winnipeg, Manitoba

Held in conjunction with the annual meetings of the Canadian Honey Council and Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists, the 2012 CANADIAN BEEKEEPING ANNUAL CONVENTION will take place on January 26-28, 2012. The convention and symposium will be hosted by the Manitoba Beekeepers Association at the historic Fort Garry Hotel in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Convention Theme:
Healthy Environment – Healthy Bees – Healthy Honey

Keynote Speakers

  • Marion Ellis – Professor and Extension Apiculture Specialist, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA
  • Jerry Hayes – Apiary Inspection Assistant Chief, Florida Department of Agriculture Services, Gainesville, Florida, USA
  • Danielle Downey – Apiculture Specialist, Hawaii Department of Agriculture, Hilo, Hawaii, USA

All interested beekeepers and related industry people are invited to come out to hear what is happening in the Beekeeping Industry across Canada and USA. The 2012 Canadian Beekeeping Convention is held in conjunction with the Canadian Honey Council (CHC) and Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) Annual Meetings, and thus should provide an action packed week for all attendees. In addition, CHC will be hosting special meetings earlier in the week for their members and guests.

Agenda details, hotel information, registration form, convention costs, and other important information can be found on the Manitoba Beekeepers Association website (

2011 Maritime Bee Tour Agenda

This year’s Maritime Bee Tour will be hosted by the Nova Scotia Beekeepers’ Association, held in the Truro are on the weekend of  22-23 July 2011.

You’ll find information on registration, accomodation and meals in our previous Bee Tour announcement ; and now here is the agenda.  Check out the program of events for this exciting weekend — and especially, check out those great Guest Speakers!


2011 Maritime Bee Tour Agenda

Friday, July 22, 2011
6:30 pm             Registration at Jenkins Hall, NSAC

7:00 pm             Guest Speakers:

8:00 pm             Participant Reception with finger food and cash bar
Saturday, July 23, 2011
6:30 – 8:30 am             Buffet Breakfast at Jenkins Hall, NSAC

8:30 am             Bus will depart to visit points of interest in the Maitland area:

12:30 pm             Lunch at Paul and Lori Kittilsen’s in Debert

1:30 pm             Tour of the Kittilsen’s cranberry bog and beekeeping facilities

2:00 pm             Optional tour of the Masstown Market for those not who are not bee inclined

3:30 pm             Bus will depart for return to NSAC

5:00 pm             Pre-banquet social at Jenkins Hall, NSAC

6:00 – 7:30 pm             Banquet at Jenkins Hall

7:30 – 9:30 pm             Presentation by Dr. Ernesto Guzman “Stemming honeybee loss”

For more information or to register for the 2011 Maritime Bee Tour, please contact Shelly MacKenzie at the Agri-Commodity Management Association 902-893-7455 or


2011 Maritime Bee Tour – You’re Invited!

Every summer after the main honey flow eases up, beekeepers in the Maritimes Provinces of Canada get together for a social and educational weekend known as the “Bee Tour” of the Maritimes Beekeepers Association. Well, it’s that time again – and you’re invited!

2011 Maritime Bee Tour

Hosted by: Nova Scotia Beekeepers’ Association
Where: Truro, Nova Scotia
When: 22-23 July 2011

Cost to register is $65 and will include all receptions, meals and tours. Participants will be responsible for their own accommodations.

Registration forms may be downloaded here (DOC or PDF), or contact Shelly MacKenzie at the Agri-Commodity Management Association 902-893-7455 or to register or for more information.


A block of 20 rooms has been reserved at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College’s Fraser Hall. Single rooms are available for $37.32 (inc. HST) and double rooms for $49.00.  To reserve a room at the NSAC, please call Caitlyn Dixon at 902-893-4122.  Deadline for booking is 9 July 2011 and can be paid for with cash, debit or credit card upon arrival.

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Best Western Glengarry (Willow Street, Truro) at a reduced rate of $116.  To receive the tour rate, these rooms must be booked by 2 July 2011 by calling 1-800-567-4276; a credit card will be required and you must state you are with the “Maritime Beekeepers.”


The full Agenda for the 2011 Maritime Bee Tour will be posted on the CBA website very shortly.

Banquet Menu

When registering, please make sure to indicate your meal choice. If you have any special dietary requirements, please let the Tour organizers know in advance so they can make appropriate arrangements.


Fresh Mixed Mesculin Salad with Garden Herb Vinaigette

Main Course

Option #1

Chicken Cordon Bleu stuffed with Black Forrest Ham and Cheese served on a Bed of White Wine Mushroom Sauce with wild rice and Steamed Fresh Broccoli.
Served with Fresh Baked White and Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls and Butter.

Option #2

Top Sirloin Atlantic Roast Beef with Jost Red wine au Jus served with Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Sour Cream and Fresh Vegetable Medley.
Served with Fresh Baked White and Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls and Butter.


New York Style Cheesecake with Oxford Blueberry Topping with Whipped Cream.
Freshly Brewed Columbian Coffee and Orange Pekoe Tea

For more information or to register for the 2011 Maritime Bee Tour, please contact Shelly MacKenzie at the Agri-Commodity Management Association 902-893-7455 or

SENB Beekeepers’ Field Day 18 June 2011

Southeast New Brunswick Beekeeper’s Association will be holding a field day on Saturday, 18 June 2011 — rain or shine. Registration and coffee will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Salisbury Baptist Church, Main Street, Salisbury, New Brunswick.  If weather permits, the afternoon session will take place at the Country Fields/ Dore Honey apiary in Upper Coverdale, hosted by George and Ruth Wheatley.

Here’s the event notice from organizer Ann Vautour, President of SENB, below:

Southeast New Brunswick Beekeeper’s Association will be holding a Field day, Saturday, June 18th. Registration and coffee will be at 9:30 a.m. at the Salisbury Baptist Church, Main Street, Salisbury, N.B.

All beekeeper’s are welcome and we will have a very interesting and fun program for the day. This day will mainly be directed to helping new beekeepers or those who have been in beekeeping a short time. We will also have events for the more seasoned beekeepers. Everyone is welcome to attend!

I have invited two beekeepers from Nova Scotia, Tony Phillipps and Jerry Draheim to share their beekeeping knowledge with us and our Chief Apiary Inspector, Fletcher Colpitts and Mary Colpitts will also be there to answer any bee health questions you may have. We will have a indoor session early morning at the church and then we will move to George and Ruth Wheatley’s apiary where hives will be opened and analyzed. The ability to open a hive with experienced beekeepers is such a valuable opportunity to learn.

Please bring your lunch with you! Beverages and sweets will be supplied. If you don’t want to bring lunch, there is a Pizza place close to the church in Salisbury. Please bring your lawn chairs, bee jackets etc. There will be a $10 registration fee for non members.

If you think you want to become a beekeeper, come out and enjoy the experience. If you wish additional information, email me ( or phone me at (506) 388-5127.

The full field day Agenda (PDF format) is available via Country Fields Beekeeping Supplies website.

Bee Tour 2010 in New Brunswick

The New Brunswick Beekeepers’ Association will host the 2010 Maritime Bee Tour on the weekend of 23-24 July at St. Thomas University Conference Centre in Fredericton. If you plan to attend, please note that the deadline for registration is 2 July 2010.



Guest Speakers

  • Jerry Hayes, Chief of the Apiary Section for the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida. He has compiled the “Classroom” in the American Bee Journal for the past 25 years.
  • Dwayne Mitchell, Apiculture Specialist, Ministry of Agriculture, Canada, currently working in Fredericton, NB.

Accomodations & Reservations

St. Thomas University Conference Centre
368 Forest Hill Road
Fredericton New Brunswick
Free parking on site.

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Room rates: Single occupancy is $47.85 per night tax included.  Double occupancy is $62.86 tax included. Both include a continental breakfast.
Room reservations must be made by 22 June 2010 and can be made by calling 506-460-0328 or by email


Registration fee is $65 per person. Please make cheques payable to the New Brunswick Beekeepers’ Association. Deadline for registration is 2 July 2010.

Click here to download the registration form (Word doc).


For more information, contact Ann Vautourat 506-388-5127 or by email at

Onsite co-ordinators are Central Beekeepers Alliance members Dan and Mae Richards. They can be reached by email at or by phone at 506-455-4922.

Beekeeping Field Day 12 June 2010

Country Fields Beekeeping Supplies Ltd.

George and Ruth Wheatley of Country Fields Beekeeping Supplies, will be hosting a field day for new beekeepers on Saturday, 12 June 2010, at their site in Upper Coverdale, NB.

This event is put on by the Southeast New Brunswick Beekeepers’ Association and will be focussed on helping the beginning beekeepers, but all are welcome to attend.  For details, please contact Ann Vautour at

Updated: 7 June 2010

If you wish to make purchases at the Country Fields Beekeeping Supply store on Saturday, please place your order with Ruth or George before Friday and you may pick up your items on Saturday after the beekeeping session ends, approximately at 3 p.m.