Speakers

Shelley Hoover

International Speaker –  Dr. Shelley Hoover 

Dr. Shelley Hoover is an Apiculture and Pollination Scientist at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta, Canada. Previously, Shelley was the Head of Apiculture for the Alberta Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. She is the current President of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists and a Past President of the Entomological Society of Alberta. Her research focuses on honey bee breeding, management, and nutrition, and pollination. Shelley completed her PhD on worker ovary development at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. Following that, she was a Research Associate with the University of British Columbia and the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Beaverlodge Research Farm, and an National Science and Engineering Research Council postdoctoral fellow at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

 

 

Dennis vanEnglesdorp

International Speaker –  Dr. Dennis vanEngelsdorp

Dr Dennis vanEnglesdorp is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland with a broad interest in pollinator health.  The focus of his current work involves the application of epidemiological approaches to understanding and improving honey bee health. Dennis was the founding president of the Bee Informed Partnership which attempts to provide a platform to collect “big data” on the state of managed honey bee colony health. Analysis of these data is providing important insights into the role management practices and environmental factors (such as landscape, pesticides, and climate) have on colony health.    Dennis has traveled extensively studying speaking on bee health.  His lab helps run several honey bee health monitoring programs including US national honey bee disease survey.  His work has been featured in numerous documentaries, and in print and electronic media.

Randy Oliver

International Speaker –  Randy Olive

Randy Oliver owns and operates a small commercial beekeeping enterprise in the foothills of Grass Valley in Northern California. He and his two sons manage around 1500 colonies for migratory pollination, and produce queens, nucs, and honey. He has over 50 years of practical beekeeping experience, plus holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences. Randy analyzes and digests beekeeping information from all over the world, as well as performing field research of his own, in order to not only broaden his own depth of understanding and knowledge, but to develop practical solutions to many of today’s beekeeping problems, which he then shares with other beekeepers through his various articles in bee magazines, his speaking engagements worldwide, and on his website: www.ScientificBeekeeping.com

Patricia Wolf-Veiga

International Speaker –  Patricia Wolf-Veiga 

Patricia Wolf-Veiga has been working at the National Bee Diagnostic Centre, Alberta since June 2012, and as manager for the centre since 2018. She was been working with the beekeeping industry and the scientific community to develop and deliver diagnostic tests for honey bee diseases. Patricia has been involved in several applied research projects including the “Evaluation of Imported and Domestic Queens“, “National Honey Bee Health Survey (2014-2017)” and “Foulbrood in the Canadian Prairies”. She grew up in Brazil and was introduced to honey bees in an early age in her family’s farm working with Africanized honey bees.

Dr Tom Mulholland

Dr. Tom Mulholland

Dr Tom Mulholland is an Emergency Department Physician at Auckland Hospital, a lecturer in Psychological Medicine at Auckland clinical school, founder of the Healthy Thinking Institute and developer of global wellbeing App KYND (Know Your Numbers Dashboard).

With more than 25 years of clinical experience, he’s written two internationally best-selling books on Healthy Thinking including ‘Healthy Thinking – How to Turn Life’s Lemons into Lemonade’ and ‘The Power of Healthy Thinking – To Change Your Attitude and Your Life’.

An expert on workplace stress, emotional control, productivity, Dr Mulholland has given over 1,000 keynote presentations to international clients like Google, Microsoft, and Hilton. For the last three years has been touring and speaking around New Zealand in his retro Chevy V8 ambulance.

Damien O'Connor

Hon. Damien O’Connor

In the 2020 Labour Government, Damien O’Connor was appointed Minister for Trade and Export Growth, Minister of Agriculture, Minister for Biosecurity, Minister for Land Information, and Minister for Rural Communities.  Damien’s background in farming and adventure tourism drives his view that we need well-paid, sustainable jobs and industry growth to improve our future. He is a passionate advocate for rural communities and for a thriving agricultural sector. Damien was first elected to Parliament in 1993 and has served as a Minister in both the fifth and sixth Labour Governments, and spokesperson in Opposition for a variety of roles, including Agriculture, Biosecurity, Food Safety, Tourism, Immigration and Health.

Steve Chadwick

Mayor Steve Chadwick

The Hon Steve Chadwick has been Mayor of Rotorua since October 2013. Steve’s career previous to the Mayoralty started in the health sector before moving into the local and national political arena.

Since becoming Mayor of Rotorua, Steve has been a strong influence on Rotorua Lakes Council’s new way of doing business through the Rotorua 2030 Vision. Under her leadership, significant programmes are underway to encourage sustainable living, revitalise the inner city, create economic growth, provide outstanding places to play and support Rotorua’s creative communities.

Jay Bennett

Jay Bennett

Jay Bennett is the owner and mead maker at Beehave Craft Meadery. Bees have driven Jay to drink.   After 8 years of beekeeping Jay has now built a meadery on land at the northern end of Lake Taupo.   Here he creates a range of meads, specialising in carbonated session meads.  Jay’s presentation will cover setting up a meadery – the equipment and legal requirements; making good mead and tips on where to gain more information. The goal is to share information so that we can all benefit from more mead being available to the consumer.

Dr Denise Conroy

Dr Denise Conroy

Dr Denise M Conroy is a Senior Scientist and Team Leader of Stakeholder and Consumer Intelligence at Plant and Food, Auckland.  Denise is a research psychologist, specialising in understanding the attitudes, emotions, values and cognitions that motivate people to consume specific products, brands or experiences, or to reject these offerings.  Much of Denise’s research is Asia focussed and, as the Consumer Insights Leader for the High Value Nutrition National Science Challenge, her team are exploring how Chinese consumers construe their relationships between food and health. After working for 20 years at the University of Auckland’s Business School, Denise joined Plant and Food Research in 2019 to better indulge her passion for applied research, with concrete deliverables, to support New Zealand SMEs advance, shape, and develop their businesses.

Barry Foster

Barry Foster

Barry Foster has over forty years’ experience as a commercial beekeeper.  Barry has been involved in various positions of governance within the apicultural industry since 2002 including NBA President from 2011 to 2013 and over that time has been part of many of the positive changes that have shaped our industry. He is currently Chairman of the ApiNZ Science & Research Focus Group and a Trainer under the AFB PMP. Barry is also a Trustee of the NZ Honey Trust.  Barry has a real passion for the need for more research within our industry not only to sustain it against the challenges we face but to take advantage of the opportunities that a well-funded research program would deliver for the future.

Dr Megan Grainger

Dr Megan Grainger

Dr Megan Grainger is a Senior Lecturer in Analytical Chemistry at The University of Waikato. Megan has conducted research in the honey field for the past 15 years. Initially, she was part of the research team at Waikato University that isolated methylgloxal from mānuka honey. She developed one of the first forecast models to predict the final MGO concentration of an immature honey, and has investigated the phenomenon of mānuka honey failing the C4 sugar test. Megan spent four years at Analytica Laboratories in a variety of roles before moving into academia in 2017. She is currently investigating why some mānuka honey has low diastase activity. Recently Megan was awarded a Marsden Fast-Start grant to research the effect that heavy metals have on bees.

Clifton King

Clifton King

Clifton is the National Compliance Manager at the Management Agency, American Foulbrood Pest Management Plan.  He is a veterinarian and senior biosecurity professional, specialising in surveillance and disease response. He worked for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in various roles for a 12-year period from 2000 to 2012. During this time he worked on the 2000 Varroa incursion response, the design of the South Island Varroa surveillance programme, the 2001 outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the UK, and the foot and mouth disease hoax on Waiheke Island in 2005.  He was responsible for the development of FarmsOnline – a comprehensive register of all New Zealand’s farms to enable MAF to quickly identify and contact New Zealand’s farms in the event of an exotic disease outbreak and led the transformation of MAF’s incursion response systems.

Ricki Leahy

Ricki Leahy

Ricki Leahy is passionate about bees and has spent his beekeeping career as a commercial beekeeper based in Murchison operating hives successfully throughout the Buller region.  Ricki is an ApiNZ board member representing the commercial beekeeper sector. He is active on the ApiNZ Standards Compliance and Regulatory Focus group, the ApiNZ Publications Committee, is Co-Chair of the Biosecurity and GIA Focus Group and member of the ApiNZ Conference 2021 Steering Committee.

Dr Phil Lester

Dr Phil Lester

Dr Phil Lester is an academic and researcher at Victoria University of Wellington. A key strand of his group’s research involves the development of safe and effective control options for pest species such as Varroa. This research includes work on bee populations that show resistance to Varroa. We also work on next-generation approaches that include the potential of double-stranded RNA for targeted mite control.

Dr Richard Hall

Dr Richard Hall

Dr Richard Hall is a senior scientist at Biosecurity New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries. He is based at the Animal Health Laboratory in Wallaceville, Upper Hutt. He works on the laboratory detection of diseases and pests affecting honey bees. Richard has a diverse scientific background, having worked on livestock genetics, genomics, and the study of infectious diseases in humans and animals, especially viral disease. He has a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Otago, and is also a registered Medical Laboratory Scientist. Richard is passionate about doing science for the betterment of honey bee health in New Zealand.

Betty Murie

Betty Murie

Betty Murie is Global Compliance Manager for Wedderspoon Organic, and is based in North Canterbury.  Betty has over 20 years international experience in compliance management, encompassing health and safety, social justice, as well as regulatory and international standards compliance involving automotive aftermarket, food contact packaging, and food.  Betty is a member of both the Apiculture New Zealand Biosecurity and Government Industry Agreement committee and the 2021 ApiNZ Conference committee, and is a former member of the Executive Management committee of the Canterbury Hub.  She has represented the apiculture industry in a number of MPI working committees, and internationally on committees updating global food safety and quality standards.

Hayley Pragert

Hayley Pragert

Hayley Pragert is a senior advisor at Biosecurity New Zealand, Ministry for Primary Industries. She is part of the Surveillance and Incursion Investigation group based in Auckland. Hayley’s work is centred on bee health and bee pests and diseases. Hayley has worked in Australia in bee biosecurity and has a MSc in entomology featuring varroa control. Hayley is passionate about bettering bee health in New Zealand.

Jen Scoular

Jen Scoular

Jen Scoular is Chief Executive of New Zealand Avocado. Her primary role is to set and implement a strategy to grow the New Zealand avocado industry in value and capability.  The industry vision is to optimize sustainable grower profitability. Jen has raised the visibility of the industry while promoting collaboration across the whole value chain.  Industry returns have moved from $60m in 2012 to over $200m in 2021 and the industry is on track to meet its ambitious goals. Prior to her current role, Jen was Consul General and Trade Commissioner heading the New Zealand Consulate in Hamburg, Germany. Jen had earlier roles as Treasurer at Zespri and Barclays Bank in the UK.