Apimondia 2019 Montréal, 8-12 September 2019
In 1999 Vancouver played host to Apimondia, the world’s largest beekeeping scientific symposium and trade fair. Up until that point, the event was large, attracting a couple thousand or so international visitors. But those involved with the Vancouver event strove to make things bigger and better, and so they did, attracting nearly 5000 participants and setting the stage for larger Apimondia events. Spring forward twenty years and the Canadian Honey Council is proud to once again host Apimondia, this time in Montreal at the Palais des Congres, September 8-12, 2019.
Since winning the bid to host the event in 2015 in South Korea, thousands of man hours have gone into preparation and planning of a world class event. The President of Apimondia 2019, Pierre Giovenazzo, is a renown professor at Laval University and has worked tirelessly at setting the groundwork. Dr Stephen Pernal, an internationally well-respected researcher in his own right, is the Apimondia 2019 Science Co-ordinator, while at the same time, working at his day job as Officer in Charge of the Beaverlodge Research Station for the Government of Canada.
This core team has expanded, getting volunteers from across Canada to look after workshops, tours, publicity, volunteers and science advisors. In addition, all the provincial associations have been asked to help out at various Apimondia contests. The Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturalists and the Board of the Canadian Honey Council are also playing key roles.
Its only February, but the keynote speakers have been confirmed and it is an extraordinary lineup. Thomas Seeley is the Horace White Professor in Biology at Cornell University, has written five books on honeybees and has received numerous prestigious awards. Rufus Isaacs is Professor and Extension Specialist at Michigan State University and has done extensive work on sustainable management for pollinators. Gene Robinson is a faculty member of the University Illinois and pioneered the application of genomics to the study of social behavior in honeybees. Finally, Peter Rosenkranz is a professor at the University of Tubingen in Southern Germany and has specialized his work in varroa control and honey bee communication.
In addition to the four keynote speakers, there will be well over 100 researchers and scientists speaking on topics set forth by the seven Apimondia Commissions. To “Canadianize” the program, there will be eight beekeepers from across Canada presenting on their operations, each with different specialties. Further to that, we have a number of evening workshops that, in part, supplement the science program. Sessions in apitherapy, honey tasting and urban beekeeping highlight these workshops.
The trade show will be the largest of its kind ever held in North America. At Api-Expo it is expected that over 250 booths focussing on all aspect of the industry will be participating. There should be something there for everyone no matter what size your operation or even if you are just trying to get information on how to start.
There are numerous contests in such areas as honey, meads, bee art, wax, and literature. Don’t be scared to enter! The are pre and post event tours the will surely fill up quickly. The opening ceremonies will feature a Juno nominated band from Iqaluit, the Jerry Cans. This will be sure to excite a few people as they do a mix of up-tempo roots-rock music and traditional Inuit throat singing.
Those in the beekeeping industry realize that early September may not be the most convenient time but Apimondia 2019 will probably represent a once in a lifetime opportunity to see and hear world class activities in our own backyard. To register, to book accommodation, and to keep appraised of updated activities and events, check the Apimondia 2019 website at http://www.apimondia2019.com.
Executive Secretary, Apimondia 2019