Paul Kelly, The University of Guelph,
Honey Bee Research Centre, Research and Apiary Manager
Paul has managed the Honey Bee Research Centre for the past thirty years. His primary role at the centre is to manage honeybee colonies for research and teaching purposes. He provides research support for hive health science, training for students and beekeepers, coordinates and teaches beekeeping courses, conducts facility tours for the general public and hasn’t stopped talking about bees since taking his first apiculture course in 1980!
Paul worked in the Similkameen Valley for John Sladen of Orchard Blossom Honey in 1982. His interests include bee breeding, beekeeping tool design and manufacture, beekeeping video production (youtube.com/c/UoGHoneyBeeResearchCentre) medicinal use of hive products, and hive management techniques. He makes and sells Bee Belts, the tool belt for beekeepers.
Les Eccles Ontario Tech-Transfer Program Lead
Les started his agricultural career managing a 125 head dairy and beef herd, which included crop management, nutrition, and a genetic program. Les’s educational background includes both a Diploma in Agriculture from the Ontario Agricultural College and a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Guelph. Les developed his interest in beekeeping and research at the University of Guelph Apiculture Research Centre with Paul Kelly and Ernesto Guzman, and was instrumental in various research projects and presentations. Les returned to Ontario after spending two years in Mexico; working with beekeepers and development organizations to transfer beekeeping technology into the field and certify beekeeping operations for honey exportation to European markets
Dr. Leonard Foster – UBC Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
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 PhD in Toronto and 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 two 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 hygiene behaviour in honey bees. He is very active in extension and frequently engages the public on various aspects of honey bee biology.
Caroline Chiu, MFRE – Farm School Coordinator, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems,
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Caroline graduated from the Masters of Food and Resource Economics program at UBC. Before joining ISFS, she worked in the Statistics Unit with the BC Ministry of Agriculture. She has been a research associate since 2013 and since then, she’s been involved in the economic analyses for all ISFS projects. Her work includes data research, farm survey facilitation, report writing and business plan development. Since 2015, her role at ISFS has changed and is now managing the outreach programs at the Insitute, specifically the Farm School programs. She manages the administration, business and student coordination of the programs, while also assisting the Director in planning future farm school development. She also graduated from KPU’s Richmond Farm School Program in 2015 and is now an owner-operator of Riverside Farm in Richmond. She is acquiring additional skills and knowledge in sustainable farming and wishes to pursue further in farm business management and agriculture production field research.
Mike Campbell and his wife Judy Campbell are the owners of Campbell’s Gold Honey Farm and Meadery in Abbotsford, B.C.
They have been keeping bees since the last century. Over the last twenty years, they have partnered in a number of different scientific research projects aimed at improving bee health. In this project, we partnered with Dr. Cameron Lait of Kwantlen Polytechnic University to research nosema species affecting honey bees and explored various options for preventing nosema diseases.
Diane Dunaway, Bee Happy Honey
Diane has kept honey bees for over 20 years, took her first Bee Master course in 2001, and has been the Apiary Inspector for the Thompson – Cariboo region since 2015. Over the years she has run up to 100 colonies from her Bee Happy Honey farm in the Soda Creek Valley of the Cariboo. An active member of the BCHPA, Diane served as second vice president in 2003/04 and was the editor of the provincial quarterly journal BeesCene from 2006 to 2011. She received the BCHPA President’s Award for Service in 2008, and in 2013 Diane became a beekeeping instructor through the BCHPA Certified Instructor Programme. Diane also worked closely with retired BC Apiary Specialist Doug McCutcheon as Coordinating Book Editor on “A History of Beekeeping in British Columbia from 1950 to 2000” released in 2013. A strong believer in lifelong learning, Diane keeps active with bee-keen neighbourhood kids, her local bee club, and ongoing educational opportunities from near and afar. When she’s not chasing swarms around the countryside, Diane can be found at home with Dave, her husband of 28 years, and their menagerie of dogs, cats, horses, chickens, ducks, and rescue donkey Fanny. She looks forward to sharing some of the rich history and geographic beauty of BCs rugged Cariboo Chilcotin country, along with what it’s like to keep bees in the extreme climatic conditions of the Central Interior.