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2017 Fall Meeting

Joint meeting with Ontario Beekeepers' Association out of Ontario Canada!

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017 8:30am - Sat, Nov 18, 2017 5:00pm

2017 Theme: North x NorthEast

Pre-registration and save, or register at the door, can't guarantee lunch or dinner will be available for at the door registrations, Pre-Register to save and guarantee meals. 

The ESHPA Fall Meeting will be held at:

Sheraton On The Falls Hotel
5875 Falls Ave, 
Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3K7
(You need passport or Enhanced License)

Preregister and SAVE!

2 Full days of Speakers and Beekeeping Presentations Featuring:

  • Live Auction, and Silent Auctions
  • Honey show with CASH prizes.
  • Mead Competition - start those carboys brewing now.

Optional Bus Tour Thursday, pick 1 of:
(See further down for me details.)

  • Parker Apiaries
  • Meade Tasting Workshop

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Advanced Integrated Pest Management Workshop
Register early, space is limited to 20 people!

10:00 am – 4:30 pm
Niagara College, Niagara-on-the-Lake (a short 15 minute drive from the Sheraton in Niagara Falls)

Please register for this Workshop directly here with OBA’s Tech-Transfer Program or call 519 836-3609.
Attendees will need to make their way to and from this workshop location on their own.

This small group, hands-on, full-day workshop for experienced beekeepers provides an intensive learning environment for understanding and successfully applying the latest pest management practices and techniques for beekeepers in the northeast.

The Advanced IPM workshop will extend your knowledge well beyond the content of the Tech-Transfer Program’s original IPM course.

Workshop attendees will learn, in detail, the biology and life cycles of honey bee pests and disease in respect to colony management. The nuances and diagnoses of important pests and diseases and their lifecycle throughout beekeeping seasons will familiarize beekeepers with pest and disease management both immediately and long term. Included are key biosecurity protocols to follow, how to reduce overall stress on colonies, and developing a long term rotation of treatments will also be emphasized in the workshop.

A lab component of the workshop will guide beekeepers through the microscopic analysis of dead bee samples and the identification of disease.

Finally, utilizing records, generating reports, and making use of information gathered throughout the season will be part of this advanced workshop. 


North x NorthEast Honey Buzz Tour – Register early, space is limited.

12:30 pm – 5:00 pm
This starts and ends at the Sheraton On The Falls Hotel, 5675 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6W7

Join fellow conference delegates for a sweet and unique Niagara Experience. Travel from the Sheraton to Parker-Bee Apiaries | Charlie-Bee Honey in Beamsville, the largest privately owned beekeeping operation in Ontario (with its two 120-frame Cowan lines), then to Niagara College in beautiful Niagara-on- the-Lake for a choice of two workshop options: a Mead-making Workshop OR Taste of Niagara (a guided ‘tour’ of the foods and beverages of the region). Pre-registration is required.

Mead-Making Basics for Beekeepers
2:30 – 4:30 pm

Join students and staff from Niagara College’s Commercial Beekeeping program for a learning- and tasting-rich class on how to make mead. You’ll also taste a range of meads and other honey beverages from Niagara’s breweries and wineries.

Tasting Tour of Niagara
2:30 – 4:30 pm

Join students and staff from Niagara College’s Commercial Beekeeping, Brewing, Wine-making and Culinary programs to sample some of the bounty of Niagara. Taste and learn more about the bites and beverages of the area – a foodie destination – with a focus on the products of the hive.

Honey House Tour @ Parker-Bee Apiaries

2:00 – 4:00 pm
3591 Mountain Rd. RR#2, Beamsville, On.

If you’re not on the Honey Buzz Tour, but you want to visit the largest privately owned beekeeping operation in Ontario (with its two 120-frame Cowan lines) on your way to the Conference, you’re welcome to drop in. No registration required.

Honey Labeling Clinic - Drop In

5:00 – 6:00 pm

To help you navigate the sometimes puzzling requirements of honey labeling in Ontario, join this clinic and bring your label or honey jar and your questions. Facilitated by Sarah Martz, Risk Identification and Management Coordinator, Foods of Plant Origins | Food Inspection Branch, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)

Hoppy Hour - Welcome to N x NE!

8:00 – 11:00 pm
Niagara Brewing Company, Right next to the Sheraton.

Join fellow beekeepers at the Niagara Brewing Company for a glass of honey beer and a light snack at this light-hearted, informal pre-conference gathering. Let us know whether you plan to attend, so we can order enough snacks in this private 2nd floor room right next to the fermenting tanks.

NBC is located right in the Sheraton on the Falls complex, steps to your room.

2017 Agenda for our Fall Meeting

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

9:00 am to Noon -  OBA Board Meeting (OBA Board only)

12:30 - 5:00 pm - Parker Bee Apiaries Tour, Meade-Making Basics for Beekeepers, Tasting Tour of Niagara.

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Honey Labeling Clinic  

6:30 - 7:30 pm - ESHPA Board Meeting (open to ESHPA members only)                              

7:00 - 8:00 pm - Registration Open. Please drop off your items for the honey & mead show, along with any items for the silent and live auction at the conference registration area.

8:00 - 11:00 pm - Happy Hour- “Welcome to North x Northeast”!!!

Friday November 17th, 2017

8:00 am - Registration Open. Please drop off your items for the honey & mead show, along with any items for the silent and live auction at the conference registration area.

8:30 am - Welcome by OBA President- Jim Coneybeare and ESHPA President- Mark Berninghausen.

8:45 am - Speaker: Dr. Christian Krupke, Purdue University, topic to be announced.

9:15 am - The Dr. Rodger Morse Honey Competition & Meade Show judging begins (closed to the public).

9:30 am - Speaker: Dr. Rob Currie, University of Guelph, topic to be announced.

10:15 am - BREAK

10:30 am - Speaker: Dr. Scott McArt, Cornell University, “Pesticides, Parasites, and Research update from the Dyce Lab”

11:00 am - Speaker: Les Eccles, Ontario Tech-Transfer Team Lead, topic to be announced

11:30 am - Speaker: Emma Mullen, Cornell University, “Successful Beekeeping”

12:15 pm - LUNCH

1:15 pm - Speaker: Valerie Fournier, Université Laval, topic to be announced

2:00 pm - Speaker: Dr. Jon Lundgren, Blue Dasher Farms, “Reminding bees how to be bees”

2:45 pm - Speaker: Aaron Fisher, “NUC Making in the Field”

3:15 pm - BREAK

3:30 pm - Speaker: Nigel Raine, University of Guelph, topic to be announced

4:15 pm - Speaker round table.

5:00 pm - Adjourn

5:00 pm - Silent Auction opens for bidding


6:00 pm - Silent Auction closed to all bidding.

7:00 pm - BANQUET - Entertainment during dessert by William Roman /Rosewood Estates Winery & Meadery. Silent Auction/Live Auction/Awards.
                                     After the Banquet please go to the registration area to pay and pick up your items.


Saturday, November 18th, 2017

8:15 am - Michele Colopy - Pesticides wintering in your hives

9:00 am - Speaker: Dr. Jon Lundgren, topic to be announced.

10:15 am - Speaker: Les Eccles, topic to be announced.

10:30 am - Speaker: Michele Colopy, Program Director, Pollinator Stewardship Council, “How beekeepers can take action for local, state, and national issues.”

11:15 am - Speaker: Paul Kozak, Provincial Apiarist Ontario, “Ontario Honey Bee Inspection.”

12:00 pm - LUNCH

1:00 pm - Speaker: Christian Krupke, topic to be announced.

1:45 pm - Speaker: Chris Hiatt, “A Year with Hiatt Honey.”

2:30 pm - Speaker: Dr. Rob Currie, University of Manitoba, topic to be announced.

3:15 pm - BREAK

3:30 pm - Speaker: Mary Kate Wheeler, NYS Tech Team, “Healthy Bees & Healthy Businesses; the NYS Beekeeper Tech Team approach to research and extension with beekeepers.”

4:00 pm - ADJOURN