Special General Meeting

The Manitoba Beekeepers Association (MBA) will hold a  Special General Meeting February 24, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Canad Inn, Polo Park Winnipeg. The purpose of this meeting is to approve a change in the MBA fiscal year from August 1- July 31 to January 1 – December 31. This change in fiscal period will allow the MBA to hold the Annual General Meeting (AGM) during the Annual Convention; satisfying our By Law to hold an AGM within 6 months of the fiscal year. All Voting Members are encouraged to attend.



Welcome to the 2017 MANITOBA BEEKEEPERS’ ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONVENTION hosted at the Canad Inns Polo Park Hotel, 1425 St. Matthews Ave., Winnipeg, Manitoba on February 24 and 25, 2017. The Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association invites all beekeepers to celebrate its 110th Annual Convention this year.


Convention begins Friday February 24 2017 at 8:30 am with registration time before the session.  Research Symposium and Tradeshow events will be held both Friday and Saturday. Updates will be posted to the MBA Website www.manitobabee.org See registration form for details on registration costs and hotel information.


CONVENTION THEME:                 Sustainability



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Fall 2016 Newsletter

MBA Fall 2016

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111th MBA Annual General Meeting Resolutions

At the November 17, 2016 Annual General Meeting the following Resolutions were passed. If you have any questions or comments concerning these resolutions, please speak with a Board Member or email the Secretary at d.l.wright@shaw.ca


1)            Provincial Apiarist and Provincial Pollination Specialist

WHEREAS there are many changes in legislation and research taking place that have implications for the honey bee industry,


WHEREAS our Provincial Apiarist, Rheal Lafreniere, and Provincial Pollination Specialist, David Ostermann, spend many hours in meetings within the Ministry of Agriculture, on the phone, reading, collecting data and presenting at conferences and meeting to answer the questions of beekeepers and the general public to keep everyone up to date and educated,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association extend its sincere thanks to Rheal and David for their work in apiculture and pollination.


2)            Research

WHEREAS the world around us is constantly changing, presenting problems and challenges for the survival of the bees with which we work,


WHEREAS beekeepers need solutions to these problems and challenges, many of which come from researchers such as Dr. Robert Currie and his graduate students,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association extend sincere thanks to Dr. Currie and his graduate students for his continuing research and for his support for the Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association.


3)            Bee Health

WHEREAS the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Forestry compiled a list of recommendations on Bee Health contained in their 2015 report, http://www.parl.gc.ca/Content/SEN/Committee/412/agfo/rms/02may15/Report-e.htm


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Manitoba Beekeepers Association support these recommendations, and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Manitoba Beekeepers Association work towards the implementation of these recommendations within the province of Manitoba.


4)            Bee Health Monitoring

WHEREAS the 2016 House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food has been discussing bee health monitoring,


WHEREAS the federal and provincial Ministers of Agriculture have been attempting to work together to develop and implement recommendations related to these discussions on bee health monitoring,

BE IT RESOLVED  that the Manitoba Beekeepers’ association continue its support of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-food for their study on Bee Health Monitoring in Canada.


5)            Wax Rendering Handling

WHEREAS wax rendering is occurring in multiple locations in Manitoba and there is no standard of checks and balances in place,


WHEREAS these wax rendering facilities are receiving and handling possibly diseased comb and wax,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association research and work with the provincial government to establish handling requirements for wax rendering facilities to help protect the health of the industry.


6)            Floral Sources of Honey

WHEREAS there are many floral sources of Canadian honey with each of these types of honey unique in their makeup,

WHEREAS there is a requirement to undertake a thorough baseline study on the sugar profile and pollen makeup to current scientific standards for new testing procedures (i.e. NMR testing),

WEREAS the Canadian Honey industry is under financial duress due to illegal honey  through transshipment  and honey adulteration and all domestic honey movement needs to be monitored for this activity

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Manitoba Beekeepers’ Association lobby Canadian Honey Council, Keystone Agriculture Producers  and the Canadian and Provincial governments to conduct a thorough study of Canadian honey for the chemical makeup and pollen profile so that honey trading can be regulated and honey fraud minimized.


7)    Skunks and rabies

WHEREAS beekeepers are inherently in contact with skunks,


WHEREAS as a high number of skunks are suspected to be infected with rabies,


WHEREAS beekeepers have limited options for skunk control and the use of live traps in increasing in use, thus increasing the risk of rabies transmission,

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Manitoba Beekeeper’s’ Association lobby the Province to provide beekeepers the opportunity for free access to the rabies vaccine.


Summer 2016 Newsletter

MBA Spring 2016

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If you have a honey bee swarm that you would like to have a beekeeper remove, please make contact with a beekeeper in the following ways.

If you live in or near Winnipeg, you can find contacts through the local association at http://www.beekeepingmanitoba.com/

If you live in rural Manitoba, contact your local beekeeper directly.

Spring 2016 Newsletter

MBA Spring 2016

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2017 Manitoba Bees For Sale

Manitoba Bees for Sale – 2017

BeeProject Apiaries > 204-990-4381 > Gimli/Winnipeg, MB > 4 frame Nucs > available late May/early June > contact Chris Kirouac, chris.kirouac@beeproject.ca

Interlake Honey Producers Ltd > 1-800-990-1390 or 204-372-6920 > Fisher Branch, MB >   3 Frame Nucs > available mid-May pick or arranged delivery to Winnipeg) > $180 – contact Paul Gregory, PaulG@interlakeforageseeds.com

Will Clark > 204-724-2373 > Brandon, MB > Singles on 4 way pallet or single bottom, 4 frame Nucs, frames of bees and brood without queen > available after May 15th > contact Will, willmarthoney@gmail.com

Leithen Rubbelke > 204-333-2998 > Gimli/Winnipeg, MB > Doubles, Singles, 4 or 5 frame Nucs > available May 15th – contact Leithen, leithen3@yahoo.com

Destiny Road Inc > 204-513-0529 > Gunton, MB > 3 or 4 frame Nucs with new queens > available this spring – contact Jake Maendel, jake@destinyroad.ca

Steppler Farms > 204-435-2491 > Miami, MB > approx 200 Singles (4-5 frames of brood and bees, box, cover and bottom board) > available beginning of May > $225, comes with option to buy supers at $65 per box > contact Ian Steppler, stepplerfarms@hotmail.com

Durston Honey Farms > 204-590-9441 > Dauphin, MB > Singles (full 10 frames) with new queen > available late Mall > contact Allan Campbell, allan@durstonhoneyfarms.com

Ron Loewen > 204-381-4529> Steinbach/Brandon, MB > Doubles with 2016 queens, Singles with 2017 and 5 frame Nucs with 2017 queens > all hives on 2 way pallets > available late May > Delivery available or pickup in Brandon area – contact Ron, rtloewen@hotmail.com

Andy Loewen > 204-381-7993 or 204-346-9701 > Steinbach, MB > Hives and Nucs > contact Andy, andyloewen@hotmail.com

Western Honey Bee Producers/Bee Outfitters > 204-783-2240 (ext 228) > Brandon/Winnipeg, MB > 5 frame Nucs in jester bee boxes > contact Bee Outfitters, mgordon@beemaid.com

Earl Dueck > 204-855-3165 > Oaklake > Nucs, Singles, Doubles > Mid to late May > contact Earl, oaklakehoneyfarms@yahoo.ca


Please note that only beekeepers with no restrictions for selling bees will be posted on the list.  Any beekeeper with a history of AFB within the last three inspection years or beekeepers with moving bees or equipment restrictions due to exotic pests (e.g. small hive beetle (SHB)) will not be added to this list.


** For beekeeper auctions – check Fraser Auction’s website at www.fraserauction.com (upcoming auctions) **


Your ad could go here. Free for MBA members, $10 for non members contact d.l.wright@shaw.ca for info..


Winter 2016 Newsletter

MBA Winter 2016

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Bee Maid Honey Limited will consider project proposals in any area of apiculture, hive health or honey production.  Preference will be given to the area of honey quality and good practices of producing pure quality Canadian honey in the Canadian beekeeping industry.

Proposals for projects must be submitted to the Bee Maid Honey Research Committee by February 29, 2016.  Projects are expected to be completed within one year of funding, although renewal applications will be considered.
Proposal Procedures and Criteria Cover Page


à        Principal Investigator:  Name, address, phone, FAX, e-mail, signature

à        Collaborating Individuals/Institutions: Names, addresses, phones, fax numbers, e-mail addresses, signatures

à        Title of Project

à        Total of proposed budget for each year

à        Names and signatures of relevant administrative persons, if any

à        Summary – Provide a brief summary of the objectives and potential benefits of the proposed research

Project Description
Please describe the proposed research, in no more than 4 pages.  The proposal should describe clearly the:

à        Objectives of the project

à        The methods used to meet the objectives

à        The economic or other benefits that will result

à        Where the results might be published

à        How transfer of new technology to the beekeeping industry will be accomplished

List the proposed annual budget for each category below for each year requested:

à        Salaries and benefits

à        Equipment (non-expendables)

à        Supplies (expendables)

à        Travel

à        Other (specify)

Describe and justify the expenses. Overhead, institutional overhead, administrative costs, and the purchase of long-term capital assets are not eligible for funding.


Please include:

à        A detailed work plan

à        Specific milestones to meet the objectives of the project

à        Resources and personnel available for the project

à        Responsibilities of each collaborator

à        Location of work, etc.

Matching Funding
Projects with additional or matching funding will be preferred.


à        The funding that you or your institution will contribute to the project

à        List other funding for which you have applied or will receive towards this project

Please attach:

à        Curriculum vitae for the principal and collaborating applicants

à        Other information relevant to the proposed research (i.e., reprints of completed relevant research, other grant applications, supporting letters, etc.)


A requirement of the Bee Maid Honey Limited, Research Committee is that the successful applicant must provide an abstract of their results to the Bee Maid Honey Limited office by November 30th of the year in which the grant was awarded. A final report must be submitted by March 15th.

By February 29, 2016, please send application and five hard copies to:

Bee Maid Honey Limited

Attention: Guy Chartier

Research Committee

625 Roseberry Street,

Winnipeg, Manitoba R3H 0T4          

Please forward an electronic version of the application to: guychartier@beemaid.com.