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Northern Lights Beekeeping

2023 WAS/CDBA International Conference  |  Calgary, Canada |  September 29 - October 1, 2023

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Join us for dynamic speakers, cutting-edge research
and beekeepers from around the globe.​​

Inspired by our Northern Lights beekeepers, this year's conference celebrates WAS members located in and near Alaska, Yukon, British Columbia, the Canadian prairies, Washington, Idaho, and Montana. Beekeepers from all around the world will explore the strengths and challenges of beekeeping in this region of the Northern Hemisphere, and the unique beekeeping techniques used in lands where dark, rich soil, vast fields of clover, and long summer days result in enormous honey crops.
Beekeeper at Work


Day 1

Friday, September 29 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Bees at Work


Day 2

Saturday, September 30 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Day 3

Sunday, October 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Conference Experience

Immersive and Varied

In addition to outstanding educational workshop options, conference attendees can choose from two concurrent streams of presentations over two days led by an assembly of esteemed speakers and panelists. Topics will include management best practices, hive health, queen rearing, urban beekeeping, over-wintering and much more.

Welcoming and Fun

There will be something for everyone, new and seasoned beekeepers alike. Conference attendees will enjoy networking opportunities and casual time to connect with other beekeepers. And everyone will want to visit the vendor floor area to shop a broad selection of beekeeping tools and equipment. 

Trade Show

Is it time to update your tools and techniques?


Stay current! Check out the latest equipment and technology at our Trade Show.



Our Trade Show Vendors  

Honey Show

The Honey Show will occur throughout the conference. Participants will register their honey on Friday, September 29 and awards will be announced on Sunday, October 1.

Honey Show Rules

Awards Banquet

Attend the Awards and Celebration Dinner on Saturday, September 30. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and Dinner will begin at 7:00 p.m. 

Register for the Banquet

Monday Tours

Wrap up your conference experience by joining one of two tours, offered simultaneously on Monday, October 2.



Register for a Tour

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Speakers will range
from scientists and tech transfer specialists to hobbyists and commercial keepers.


Prepare for Your Stay in Calgary, Canada

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Thank You to Our 2023 Conference Sponsors

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The WAS/CDBA welcomes sponsors, vendors, partners and donations. Questions? Email

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