Instructor: Alain Pericard

Description:  The training aims to transmit to future beekeepers information and sources of information to enable them to acquire the knowledge, techniques and skills required to deal independently – and in an ecological manner –with a small apiary located in urban, suburban or rural context.  It will also aim to promote exchanges and solidarity between urban beekeepers, and between urban and rural beekeepers around the issues related to the bee and its role in the environment. The course will be given given in a bilingual context,  using both French and English documents and references.

This course is intended to provide the necessary information and resources for beginner beekeepers.  To acquire  hands-on skills it is highly recommended that anyone taking this course get involved with a beekeeping group during the summer.  There are many community and collective hives in and around Montreal (more details will be provided in the classes).  For any Concordia students, staff or faculty interested in helping out with the hives at Concordia, please check this box in the application form.


Details:  This course will be hosted over 6 consecutive weeks during the winter, with one follow-up course to take place in August.  The main topics for each class are as follows

  1. January 21st – Biology of honey bees and hives, their needs and interactions with the environment
  2. January 28th –  Beekeeping  Equipment and Suppliers – assembly, maintenance and manipulation
  3. February 4th – The queen, the brood and the prevention of swarming.
  4. February 11th – Pests and Diseases – principle parasites, diseases and predators (varroa, american foulbrood, nosema) symptoms, preventions and organic treatments
  5. February 18th – Products from the hive: harvesting, conservation, standards practices and transformations
  6. February 25th – Practical aspects of managing a hive with & guest lecturer  Nicolas Tremblay – Le conseiller en apiculture pour CRSAD and closing party
  7.  August TBA – this class will take place at Alain’s Apiary Rucher Apis – Winterizing Hives / Hands-on demonstrations
  • Dates:  Wednesdays 6-9pm, starting January 21 ending February 25th (6 consecutive Wednesdays).
  • Time: 6-9pm
  • Location:  Loyola Campus (7141 rue Sherbrooke O) SP building – exact room TBA
  • Cost:  $100 due on first day of class ( if this cost is an impediment for your please contact us, there are a few spots available for work-trade)
  • Recommended Resources:    Le Traité Rustica de l’apiculture ou Honey Bee Biology and Beekeeping  – it will be possible to order these books at a discounted price at inscription, for a $30 deposit.

    Instructor Bio

    AlainPericardAlain Pericard –  Ancien journaliste et professeur, Alain Péricard est aussi apiculteur certifié bio depuis une trentaine d’années près de Richmond (Estrie) ( et apiculteur urbain depuis les années 1980. Il a conçu les premiers cours d’apiculture urbaine donnés à Montréal et à Sherbrooke. Il accueille chaque été des stagiaires, amis et wwoofers à son rucher pour compléter les volets pratiques de la formation.



     Guest Speaker Bio

    Nicolas Tremblay Depuis 2006, l’agronome Nicolas Tremblay offre des services-conseils à l’ensemble des apiculteurs de la province. Chaque année, le conseiller encadre plus de 80 entreprises apicoles aux quatres coins du Québec. Bien implanté dans le milieu, le conseiller est une référence dans le domaine répondant aux questions des médias et rédigeant de nombreux écrits.  Le conseiller est en contact constant avec la recherche et l’ensemble des spécialistes apicoles canadiens. Il organise aussi des activitées collectives qui sont toujours d’excellentes occasions pour échanger sur les enjeux de la production et de discuter des nouveautés touchant la production apicole.