Montréal is abuzz for Apimondia 2019! 🐝
During our lush, green summers, it’s easy to spot busy bees throughout Montréal, pollinating the city’s flowerbeds, parks and producing honey – even on the rooftop of our convention centre the Palais des congrès de Montréal. And this September 8-12, 2019, Montréal’s Palais des congrès plays host to the 46thApimondia International Apicultural Congress.
The place to bee
Since 1897, Apimondia’s conferences have been held regularly throughout the world (last held in Québec at Québec City in 1924), and the 2019 Montréal edition will continue the tradition of bringing together the world’s beekeepers and apicultural experts to exchange ideas, combat issues and connect international teams face-to-face. Keynote speakers include Professor in Biology at Cornell University Dr. Thomas D. Seeley, a specialist on the behaviour of honey bees, and Dr. Peter Rosenkranz, Director of the Apicultural State Institute at the University of Hohenheim, Germany, as well as a coordinator of the German Bee Monitoring Project keeping tabs on colony losses across the country.
A hive of activity
Apimondia 2019 will also shine a spotlight on beekeeping in Canada, with a two day symposium focused on both the industry and research projects and teams active in the country. The full program of presentations and workshops is aimed both at beekeepers and scientists alike, ensuring continued collaboration, while the ApiEXPO lets exhibitors shows off their latest and greatest. Last but not least, the World Beekeeping Awards on September 9, 2019, offers prizes for medicine, beauty products, innovative uses of bee products and the Carl and Virginia Webb Honey Bowl bestowing the title of Best Honey in the World.
Honey, I’m home!
Québec’s honey production industry includes 425 beekeepers in the province, overseeing more than 60,400 colonies. 2018 production figures reached 2,029.3 metric tonnes of honey, an increase of 20.1% from just a year previous, and 2018 honey sales reached $16.7 million in the province, a 10.1% increase from 2017. And that’s what we call sweet success!