Steve Pernal received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Manitoba and was a postdoctoral fellow at Simon Fraser University. Since 2001, he has been employed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as a Research Scientist in Beaverlodge, Alberta where he leads Canada’s federal apiculture research program and also serves as Officer-in-Charge.
His work has been diverse and has included the detection, control and management strategies for AFB, chalkbrood, Nosema ceranae, as well as emerging parasites of honey bees. Steve has also been an integral member of three successive Genome Canada projects evaluating markers for resistance to bee diseases and Varroa destructor. He formerly served as President of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists and is a contributing member to international bodies related to honey bee health. In 2017, he was awarded AAFC’s Gold Harvest award for Innovation, Collaboration and Service Excellence. In 2019, he served as the Scientific Program Chair for Apimondia 2019 in Montreal, Canada.
My name is Ian Steppler, married to Sandy, father of 5. I farm with my family near Miami Manitoba Canada. We are third-generation farmers started by my grandfather and carried forward by my parents. Nearly 10 years ago, my 3 brothers, parents and I restructured the farm into a company and have since expanded into a large grain, cattle and beekeeping operation. We crop 3500 acres of land, calve 5-600 head of purebred Charolais cattle and manage a 1200-1500 hive apiary. Since I bought my first 4 hives 20 years ago I have dedicated my life passion towards beekeeping. I credit the current standing of my apiary to others on whom I have leaned on over the years to help guide me through many management, logistical and husbandry issues. I am a big believer in paying it forward which motivates me to share my successes and failures with others. I share my farm experience and offers advice through social media and our website at www.stepplerfarms.com/StepplerHoney
As the chief beekeeper for Hives For Humanity, one of Canada’s only social enterprises that marries the therapeutic culture of beekeeping with mentorship based programming, Common has helped build a not-for-profit organization with deep reach into Metro Vancouver’s urban neighbourhoods. Hives for Humanity started as a project to connect with people living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside but now has even broader goals and programs throughout the region. Common’s common-sense approach to beekeeping has also paid dividends in extraordinarily healthy bees, with overwintering success everyone would want to emulate.
Founder and Executive Director - Bee Girl Organization
Using her engaging personality and love of bees to try and effect greater change, Red-Laird formed the Bee Girl organization with a mission to educate and inspire communities to conserve bees, their flowers and our food. The organization, founded by Sarah Red-Laird, aims to conserve our bees by educating people, especially kids, on bees’ importance through our programs focused on community classes and events. We have also formed unique and important partnerships with universities, public land managers, and private companies to conduct bee health and habitat research. Sarah and the Bee Girl team engage with communities across the nation, and the globe, spreading knowledge and bringing a sense of wonder from the hive to the people.
University of Maryland, College Park | UMD, UMCP, University of Maryland College Park · Department of Entomology
Bee researcher and former editor of both American Bee Journal and Bee World. Like many key researchers, she is a post-doctoral graduate of Dennis van Engelsdorp’s bee lab at the University of Maryland. She specialized in research on how pesticides impact honey bee health. She will offer several talks on everything from varroa management to simple basic beekeeping to easy queen breeding for the hobbyist.
Kirsten received the prestigious German Chancellor Scholarship from the Humboldt Foundation in 2006-2007, annually awarded to ten American leaders in their field. She drove over 50,000 miles throughout Western Europe to study the differences between European and American beekeeping, reporting her findings through 50+ published articles in national and international magazines. At the same time, she interviewed scientists and medical doctors, gathering information for her book: Two Million Blossoms: Discovering the Medicinal Benefits of Honey.
Fascinated with the social complexity of a honey bee hive, Kirsten earned her PhD in biology from Arizona State University. While a grad student, she spent almost a year in Avignon, France in the lab of Dr. Yves Le Conte as a Fulbright Fellow. She then investigated how pesticides impact honey bee health as a post doc at the University of Maryland in the lab of Dr. vanEngelsdorp. From 2015-2017 she edited Bee World, published by the International Bee Research Association. She edited American Bee Journal, a monthly magazine published since 1861 that is devoted to educating beekeepers. She’s currently a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Germany.
Executive Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the University of California at Davis
Executive Director of the Honey and Pollination Center at the University of California at Davis. Harris has developed a unique specialty in determining descriptive flavours in honey. She offer courses in sensory determination of honey and mead.
Pedersen is a fifth-generation beekeeper whose family runs Pedersen Apiaries in Saskatchewan. Operating a small commercial apiary, the family has successfully learned to winter hives outdoors in single boxes. Pedersen also selectively breeds high-quality queens for use in her operation. Her pragmatic, low-key advice will be appreciated by both hobbyist and commercial beekeepers.
Dr. Medhat Nasr, Former Alberta Provincial Apiculturist. Currently. Currently, he is President of “Bee Culture Solutions Ltd”. He is a highly regarded apiculturist, educator and regulator with over 50 years of experience in both the public and private sector. His expertise encompasses a wide diverse range of skills including bee breeding, nutrition, and Management of bee diseases and pests with emphases on Varroa mites and Nosema. He established the first Bee Technology Transfer program in Ontario, Canada. Medhat has a passion for teaching. He has conducted many seminars and workshops. He presented his research outcomes and gave numerous presentations at many conferences and meetings throughout Canada, United States, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Argentina, UK, Switzerland, Germany, and Ukraine.
He has also received numerous awards for his contributions to the apiculture field in Canada and USA. In 2019 he was awarded Willie Baumgartner Memorial Award. In 2018 he was awarded Outstanding Service Award by the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA). He was awarded “Roger A Morse Teaching, Extension, Regulatory Award” by the Eastern Apiculture Society, in the USA in 2015 and he was also awarded “Fred Rathje Memorial Award” by the Canadian Honey Council in 2010. He has been awarded a life membership in several beekeeping associations across Canada and USA. Most recently, Medhat served as President of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists from 2013 to 2017.
He was graduated from Cairo University, Giza, Egypt with degrees in Entomology- apiculture (B. Sc. and M. Sc.) and from University of California, Davis with a Ph. D. degree in Entomology- Apiculture.
Suddes runs Roberts Creek Honey on the Sunshine Coast, a small-scale commercial apiary. She’s also past-president of the Sunshine Coast Beekeeping Association. She has many small and large pragmatic ideas to share. She’s also a budding mead-maker with goals to tap into the very young B.C. mead industry.