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Welcome to Our Fall Meeting!

We live in a world of connections.  As beekeepers we're connected too; through our association, our clubs, our suppliers and industry partners, to our communities, to our researchers, and maybe most important, to our bees.  As we gather again this fall, we hope to celebrate our connections.  Over three days we will conduct our annual business, elect new board members, learn from experts, particpate in a friendly honey & hive product competition, celebrate our annual banquet, connect with trades and renew friendships.  Please join us in Vernon or online.

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Featured Speakers


Dr. Medhat Nasr

Technology Adaptation Program (TAP) Lead

Saskatchewan Beekeeping Development Commission 

Dr. Medhat Nasr is a highly regarded apiculturist, educator and regulator with over 45 years of experience in both the public and the private sector.  In Alberta, he served as Alberta Provincial Apiculturist from 2002-2019. During this period, he extended the regulatory-program to include applied bee research and extension activities. In 1994 he introduced and established the first “Bee Tech-Transfer program” in Ontario. He served as Ontario Beekeepers Tech_Transfer program lead from1994-2000. This program was the first in North America that was used as a vehicle to do applied research and directly transfer technology to beekeepers. He worked as Assistant Professor and Extension Apiculturist at Rutgers University, NJ, USA from 2000-2002.

Dr. Nasr expertise encompasses a wide diverse range of skills including bee pest management, beekeeping management, bee breeding, nutrition, bee diseases and pests, and technology development, adoption and transfer.  Medhat has passion for teaching. He has conducted many extension courses, training programs and workshops.  Most recently, Dr. Nasr served as “President of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA)” from 2013 to 2017. Currently, he is a member of the executives of CAPA,

Dr. Nasr graduated from Cairo University, Giza, Egypt with B. Sc. and M. Sc. degrees in Entomology. He earned a Ph. D. degree in Entomology from University of California, Davis, USA.

Dr. Rob Currie

Senior Scholar, Department of Entomology - University of Manitoba

Rob Currie is a Professor and former Department Head in the Department of Entomology at the University of Manitoba. He teaches a wide range of courses in the Diploma, Degree and Graduate programs within the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. These courses have included, an online and in-person course on beekeeping, Pollination Biology, Pest Management and Farm Insects, Physiological Ecology of Insects, World of Bugs, Advanced Entomology and Advanced Pollination Biology.

His research interests focus on issues related to the biology and management of bees (honey bees, leafcutting bees and native pollinators) and the crops that they pollinate. A major focus of his research relates to how parasites, disease and other stressors such as nutrition interact to bee health and winter survival of honey bees.

Jose Uribe

California Beekeeper


Jose Uribe is a leader in beekeeping and queen breeding, with over 14 years of extensive experience in migratory commercial beekeeping, managing 3500 hives under his former employer and traveling to the Midwest annually for the honey crop. Now owner and founder of Uribe Honey Bees, he places sustainability at the center of his business, growing to 800 hives plus 4000 queen mating nucs within four short years.

In 2020, he launched The California Beekeeper on YouTube. Garnering nearly 17 million views and a growing tribe of 27k subscribers, he aims to make critical information widely available through this accessible platform while building an engaged community of passionate people devoted to protecting nature’s most vital pollinators: honeybees.

Jose's values of integrity, faith, family, and hard work are the backbone of Uribe Honey Bees. He takes great pride in mentoring veterans and youth in the beekeeping industry. He is also committed to advocating for change in agriculture policies and regulations through the farm bill, ensuring the livelihoods of farmers and the food we consume.

Based in the heart of Northern California, Uribe Honey Bees offers exceptional commercial almond pollination, brokering services, and high-quality mated queens. Jose focuses on nurturing healthy colonies through advanced genetics, ethical practices, and continuous learning from research initiatives. His vision is to make a lasting impact by ensuring the success of our customers through strong communication, unwavering support, and honeybee education. Let’s protect and nurture these remarkable creatures for generations to come!

Dr. Elizabeth Elle

Professor, Community and Evolutionary Ecology

Simon Fraser University

Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Simon Fraser University. A pollination ecologist, Elizabeth researches both plant mating strategies and pollinator biodiversity and conservation. As a member of the Canadian Pollination Initiative she studies the contribution of native bees (we have perhaps 500 species in BC!) to pollination services in both wild and agricultural ecosystems, how our land-use practices impact pollinator biodiversity, and how we can preserve pollination services to wildflowers and crops in the face of pollinator losses.

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Dr. Leonard Foster

Professor - Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia

Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Foster comes from a family of beekeepers and got his introduction to academic bee research at Simon Fraser University while doing his Bachelor’s degree in biochemistry – at SFU he worked with Drs. Winston and Slessor on honey bee pheromones, particularly the components of queen mandibular pheromone. He then did a Ph.D in Toronto a post-doctoral studies in Denmark before starting his current position in 2005. The first independent operating grant that Dr. Foster secured was to study how bee pathogens were able to manipulate the protein machinery within bee cells. Since that time he has led three very large-scale projects that have investigated some of the molecular mechanisms behind disease resistance in bees. This effort has recently moved into trying to apply this knowledge by using the information they have learned to guide selective breeding for hygienic behavior in honey bees. He isvery active in extension and frequently engages the public on various aspects of honey bee biology. He currently lives in Richmond and keeps bees himself.

Dr. Steve Pernal

Officer-in-Charge, Beaverlodge Research Farm

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada / Government of Canada

Dr. Pernal received his MSc and PhD in Entomology from the University of Manitoba. His doctoral work concentrated on honey bee nutrition and the influence of pollen quality on foraging strategies in honey bees. Since 2001, he has been a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, where he leads a national honey bee research program. His work has focused on the detection and management of honey bee diseases and parasites, the detection of antibiotic and pesticide residues in hive products, and the development of markers for breeding resistance to diseases and the parasitic mite Varroa destructor. He previously served as President of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists, and is a member of several national and international advisory committees. Dr. Pernal was the Scientific Program Chair of the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress (2019).

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James & Max Macdonald

Armstrong Apiaries - Armstrong BC

The Venue

Prestige Vernon Lodge

3914 - 32nd Street
Vernon, BC V1T 5P1


Book Directly at 1-250-545-3385

Group Block: BC Honey Producers'

Group ID: 7328

Room rates starting at $139.95/night

The Prestige Vernon Lodge and Conference Centre provides a warm, inviting atmosphere for all guests. Affectionately known as the "The Lodge" by locals, the hotel incorporates the nearby creek as a key element of its design, offering a constant flow of natural water streaming in from outside. The creek and garden atrium have since become guests’ favourite part of their hotel experience. Today, there are hundreds of plants in the atrium, and the atmosphere is both calm and inviting.


Featured Amenities

• Conference Centre   • Meeting Spaces   • Pool    • Sports Lounge   • Restaurant 

• Free Parking  • Complimentary WiFi    • Guest Laundry    • Fitness Room   

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Tickets starting at $69.00

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