The Alberta Beekeepers Association

Annual General Meeting and Convention 2003

Fantasyland Hotel Ballroom and Conference Centre

November 3-5, 2003.


Monday, November 3, 2003

7:00 – 8:30 a.m.

Breakfast for all registered delegates Chianti Room #6.


8:00 – 9:00 a.m.

Registration:  Level Three Lobby Area.


9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Call To Order.

Welcome Greetings, Introductions, Announcements.

Minutes of the 2002 AGM

Review of the 2002 Resolutions

Committee Reports:

Green Certificate Program.

Importation Committee.

Alberta Crop Industry Development Fund.

Classroom Agricultural Program.

Financial:  2003 Financial Statements and Review of the 2004 Proposed Budget.

CHC Report:  COFFS:              Tim Townsend

CFIA:              Don Wismer CFIA



10:00 a.m.  Ladies Auxiliary Meeting, location will be posted in the Registration Area.


10:30 to 11:00 a.m.  Coffee in the Exhibits Hall.


11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Betty Vladicka, AAFRD, Food Safety Specialist.  Alberta On-Farm Food Safety program to horticulture producers, farmers markets and organic producers.


11:30 to Noon

Darryl Armstrong.  Pioneer Hi-Bred Production Ltd., Canola Commercial Seed Manager.

‘New Opportunities for Canola Pollination.’


Noon to 1:15 p.m. Lunch for all: Chianti Room #6.


1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Dr. Medhat Nasr, Alberta Provincial Apiculturist. 

Alberta Beekeeping:  State of the State.


2:15 – 3:00 p.m.

Bayer Corporation:  Mr. Richard Hack, M.Ag. Medical/Veterinary Entomology.

 ‘Proper Use of CheckMite:  Resistance Management Learning from the Past.’


3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Coffee in the Exhibits Hall.


3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Keynote Speaker:  Pat Heitkam.  Package and queen producer. Has been keeping bees since 1975 operating approximately 4000 hives in Orland, California for queen package production and honey.  Heitkam Honey Bees places about 9,000 colonies in almonds, 5,000 of these are handled for other beekeepers from Minnesota, Washington and Oregon.  Other crops pollinated include sunflowers, vine feeds, kiwi and clover.


4:30 p.m.

Peggy Marce, AAFRD, Business Development Officer responsible for working on improving the competitiveness of food processing businesses operating in the dairy, honey and confectionery industries.


Adjourn to reconvene on Tuesday, November 4, 2003 9:00 a.m.


Dinner on your own.


7: 30 p.m.  to closing. Hospitality Night in the Exhibits Hall.  Entertainment, Ladies Auxiliary, Silent Auction, Toonie Bar.



Tuesday, November 4, 2003


7:30 to 9:00 Breakfast in Chianti Room #6.


9:00 - 9:50 a.m.

Beaverlodge Research Station: 

"Residues associated with experimental applications of tylosin and
lincomycin in honey bee colonies" by Stephen Pernal (30 min)
 "Laboratory methods for the detection of antibiotic residues in
honey." by Tom Thompson and Gary Gensler, AAFRD. (30 min).


Mr. Steve Pernal: 

"Residues associated with experimental applications of tylosin and
lincomycin in honey bee colonies" 


9:50-10:30 p.m.


Exchange Beekeeper Profile from Saskatchewan.  Mr. Tim Wendell, Roblin, Manitoba.  Tim is a commercial honey producer and raises his replacement bees.


10:30-11:00 a.m.  Coffee in the Exhibits Hall.


11:00 a.m.

Mr. Len Fullen, AAFRD Manager, Projects and Policy Agricultural Products Marketing Council.


Noon to 1:45 p.m.  President’s Lunch

Detailed agenda will be provided. 



1:45-2:15 p.m.


Mr. Wesley Johnson, AAFRD.  Agri-preneur Action Unit- Added Value Products.


2:15- 3:00 p.m.


Dr. Medhat Nasr, Provincial Apiculturist.

 Current and future management practices for Alberta Beekeeping. 


3:00-3:30 p.m.  Coffee in the Exhibits Hall.


3:30-4:30 p.m.


Keynote Speaker:  Pat Heitkam.  President of the American Beekeeping Federation and has held the position of President of the California Queen Breeders and the California State Beekeepers.  ‘Politics and Beekeeping.’


4:30-5:00 p.m.


Beekeeper Profile:  Bastura Apiaries, Stan and Judy operate 4500 colonies in the Taber area for pollination services and honey production.


5:00-5:20 p.m.


Beaverlodge Research Station:  Mr. Don Nelson: 

"Progress on breeding for hygienic behaviour with Alberta producers"

Dinner on your own.


8:00 – 9:00 Cash Bar Open in the Meeting Room.


9:00 p.m. the Mad Trapper in the Meeting Room.  Tickets included with your registration fee. A kind old fellow who is not really mad….just a few jingles short of a good sleigh bell.  He has many stories to tell about farming, trapping, politics, children, etc. as he has lived a very full life.  His unique wardrobe and trademark smile makes this, ‘gentleman’ an unusual but flavourful character!



Wednesday, November 5, 2003


7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Hockey Scrimmage Game at the Ice Palace with the ABA Drones. 


8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Breakfast in Chianti Room #6.

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Tim Ball.  Special Guest Speaker. 

Title of presentation will be "Wither the Weather and Water-The Resource
of the 21st Century"

11:00 – 11:15 am Coffee in the Exhibits Hall.





11:15 am – Noon


Beekeeper Profile.  Peter Jessing and Robert Dickson, Mighty Peace Honey, run 2500 colonies and raise their own queens in the Peace River area.


Noon to 1:00 p.m. Lunch for all in Chianti Room #6. 


1:00 p.m. to Adjournment. 

Continuation of the Business Meeting.

Approval of the Proposed 2004 Budget.

Election of Officers/Directors.

$100 Club Prize Draw.