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Bee Health Roundtable

In addition to honey production, honey bees play a vital pollination role in the yield and quality of Canadian crop production. With a goal to ensure a sustainable future for both beekeeping and crop agriculture, the Bee Health Roundtable was established to provide a national dialogue to identify actions to be taken to address risks and opportunities related to bee health. This roundtable is intended to complement, but not duplicate, work already underway at the provincial level and within and between industry sectors.

Bee health is a multi-dimensional, complex issue and is affected by many factors including:

  • parasites
  • pests and pathogens
  • habitat loss and food supply
  • queen bee quality
  • weather
  • general hive management
  • exposure to pesticides

Evidence suggests that bees are increasingly stressed by combinations of these factors so solutions require coordinated, multi-faceted, multi-jurisdictional, science-based approaches. Individual additional contributions to bee health are being provided by researchers, governments, and the apiculture and agriculture value chains.

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Working groups

Some working groups facilitate a variety of research projects, and others provide best management practices for beekeepers. This roundtable has eight working groups that are very active throughout the year:

  1. Varroa Mite Control
  2. Control of Pesticide Exposure
  3. Minor Use
  4. Research
  5. Communications
  6. Habitat and Surroundings
  7. Nutrition
  8. Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Upcoming meeting

The next Roundtable meeting will take place in 2020.

Meeting summary



  • Rod Scarlett – Canadian Honey Council
  • Kathleen Donohue – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada


  • Kevin Nixon – Canadian Honey Council
  • Scott Plante – Canadian Honey Council
  • Stan Reist – Canadian Honey Council
  • Lindsey Ehman – Grain Growers of Canada
  • Glyn Chancey – Canadian Seed Growers' Association
  • Pierre Patelle – CropLife Canada
  • Maria Trainer – CropLife Canada
  • Debra Conlon – Grain Farmers of Ontario
  • Brain Innes – Canola Council of Canada
  • William Van Tassell – Féderation des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Québec
  • Ashley St. Hilaire – Canadian Organic Growers
  • Medhat Nasr – Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists
  • Shelley Hoover – Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists
  • Howard Mains – Association of Equipment Manufacturers
  • Jack Hamilton – Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd.
  • Rebecca Lee – Canadian Horticulture Council
  • Andrew Morse – Flowers Canada Growers
  • Cary Gates – Flowers Canada Growers
  • Brian Gilroy – Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association
  • Anju Gill – British Columbia Blueberry Council
  • Dave Carey – Canadian Seed Trade Association


  • Ernesto Guzman – University of Guelph
  • Rob Curie – University of Manitoba
  • Victoria Wojcik – Pollinator Partnership

Provincial governments

  • Lynda MacSwain – Prince Edward Island Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Jason Sproule – Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
  • Chris Maund – New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture
  • Julie Ferland – Quebec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
  • Kelly McAslan – Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food
  • Rhéal Lafrenière – Manitoba Department of Agriculture
  • Geoff Wilson – Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
  • David Feindel – Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
  • James Calpas – Alberta Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
  • Paul van Westendorp – British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture
  • Debbie Watsyk – Northwest Territories Department of Industry, Tourism and Investment

Federal government

  • Connie Hart – Health Canada – Pest Management Regulatory Agency
  • Lindsay Hanson – Health Canada – Pest Management Regulatory Agency
  • Leslie Farmer – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada – Pest Management Centre
  • Steve Pernal – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Connie Rajzman – Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Anita Gilmer – Canadian Food Inspection Agency


Honey Bee Best Management Practices

This project addresses the need for a single compendium of BMPs for maintaining healthy honey bees. Organizations that may have BMPs related to bee health include the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the provincial and territorial Ministries of Agriculture, crop insurance programs, and federal and provincial beekeeping associations.
Author: Canadian Honey Council
Date: March 2015

Roundtable research reports are available by special request by writing to The Industry Engagement Division reserves the right to withhold documents that contain sensitive or proprietary information.

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