Stay tuned for our 2020 Symposium Information

but Save the Date - March 14, 2020


2019 Symposium was SOLD OUT!

Local Actions and Partnerships for Pollinators – Bee Part of our Community

Pollination Guelph's 12th Annual Pollination Symposium

Saturday, March 9, 2019 

Guelph Curling Club, 816 Woolwich St, Guelph

2019 Schedule and Information **stay tuned for an updated 2020 schedule**

Our next annual symposium, Local Actions and Partnerships for Pollinators – Bee Part of our Community, is a full day of learning, networking, displays, and more!  Featuring a keynote presentation by Annie White, PhD, about the value of cultivars versus native plants for pollinators, as well as a variety of other talks, it is the place to be if you have any interest in pollinators or pollinator-friendly plants.  It also includes presentations from different members of the Bee City Canada Family, a Q & A with native plant growers, macro photography tips, an introduction to horticultural therapy, a look into butterfly conservation, and more.  As always, there will also be displays, a seed swap, sale table, photo contest voting, and still more! Lunch and three refreshment breaks are included in your registration.

Download a copy of the schedule here or see below.  Register online before February 24 and save!  (**We're currently SOLD OUT but you can join our waiting list in case a space opens up**)

Are you a high-school, university, or college student?  We will be able to offer a limited number of subsidized registrations on a first-come first-served basis again this year thanks to generous sponsors such as Escape Designs.   Please select student admission when registering.

Accessibility: Please note that although the entrance of the Guelph Curling Club is accessible by wheelchairs, there is currently no large wheelchair accessible washroom stall, although there are washrooms on the main floor.  Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access to the basement where additional displays and brainstorming opportunities may be hosted.

Outline of the Day


Event Sponsor: Bird Elinesky Schuett Private Wealth  Management

  • 9am Registration and Refreshments

    • Sponsored by Not So Hollow Farm

  • 9:30am Karin Davidson-Taylor & Alison Maxwell, Pollination Guelph - Welcome

  • 9:35am  Victoria MacPhail, Pollination Guelph - Updates from Pollination Guelph

    • Sponsorship still available

  • 10am Shelly Candel, Bee City Canada; Ashleigh White and Doug Whiteside, Tredway Woodsworth Public School - Bee City Initiative in Canada

    • Sponsored by Grand Moraine Growers

  • 10:08am Dave Beaton, City of Guelph - Guelph - A Royal Bee City

    • Sponsored by B Sweet Honey Nature Co.

  • 10:16am Cathy Dykstra, Kortright Hills Elementary School - Bee-coming a Bee School

    • Sponsored by Meridian Credit Union

  • 10:24am Samantha Casey, University of Guelph - Ways to Bee A Bee Campus

    • Sponsorship still available​​​

  • 10:32am Shawn Booth, In Our Nature Gardens -  Values to Beeing a Bee Business

    • Sponsorship still available​​

  • 10:40am Q&A with Bee City Family presenters

  • 11am Refreshment Break

    • Sponsored by rlb​ Chartered Professional Accountants

  • 11:20am Annie White - How Native Plant Cultivars Affect Plant-Pollinator Interactions (Keynote)

    • Keynote sponsored by Dougan & Associates Ecological Consulting and Design

  • 12:20pm Lunch

    • Sponsorship still available​​​

  • 1:20pm Ray Lavender, Photographer - Through the Eyes of a Pollinator

    • Sponsored by RWDI

  • 1:40pm Nancy Lee-Colibaba, Royal Botanical Gardens - Horticultural Therapy -How Gardening is Good for the Birds and Bees and You!

    • Sponsored by Escape Designs

  • 2pm Andalyne Tofflemire, Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory - Are Butterflies at Risk, and How Should we Best Attract and Conserve Them?

    • Sponsored by RWDI

  • 2:20pm Refreshment Break

    • Sponsored by Wild Birds Unlimited

  • 2:40pm Panel: Rick or Marion Robertson of B Sweet Honey Nature Co.; Viki or Ian Reynolds of Not So Hollow Farm; Stefan Weber of St. Williams Nursery & Ecology Centre; Jim Dougan of Grand Moraine Growers - A Q&A with Native Plant Nurseries - Get an inside look at their operations, hear about their favourite plants, and ask your own questions

    • Sponsored by Nature Guelph, Pollinator Partnership, and the Ontario Beekeepers Association

    • One sponsorship still available​​​

  • 4pm Karin Davidson-Taylor & Alison Maxwell, Pollination Guelph - Wrap-Up


Throughout the Day: Sale Items, Display Booths, Photo Contest, Seed Exchange (don’t forget to bring your own seeds; donations in lieu of seeds are also accepted for swapping), Networking, and More! 

We will have our Pollinator Habitat Signs available for sale (see the article by the Guelph Mercury Tribune here) during online registration and at our event.  Be sure to pick up one for yourself and more for friends, family, and neighbours!

Copies of books by our 2016 keynote, Heather Holm, "Bees: An Identification and Native Plan Forage Guide" (published February, 2017) and "Pollinators of Native Plants"  will be available for sale at the event as well as during online registration.  All proceeds go to Pollination Guelph.

While we hope to offer the ability to pay by credit card at the the event, cash or cheques for your registration fee (if not already paid online during registration) and for any purchases (e.g. of books) that you may wish to make are preferred and will not incur an additional transaction charge.  Cash may also be needed for purchases made at other vendor tables and for our seed swap table.  Thanks for your understanding.

We are now seeking sponsors for our 2019 Symposium and Photo Contest.

If you are interested in sponsoring all or part of the day, visit our Event Sponsorship Page,

download our 2019 Sponsorship Package, and/or contact us here.

View our Twitter feed at, 

Instagram feed at and our Facebook feed to see highlights of the day.

Event Sponsor 2019

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