Who We Are

Mission and Values

The mission of Miel Montréal Co-op is to develop and provide, within a concerted framework, educational services related to bees and more generally biodiversity in the city, as well as support to the beekeeping community.

More specifically, Miel Montréal intends to:

  • Promote biodiversity in urban and rural areas
  • Raise awareness within the urban population to the importance of the honey bee and indigenous pollinators
  • Create and maintain habitats favourable to urban pollinators
  • Perform ecological beekeeping respectful of bees, pollinating insects and the environment
  • Participate in the development of knowledge on urban apiculture
  • Be a network actor, i.e. a place of exchange, sharing and dialogue around beekeeping and the preservation of biodiversity in Montreal.

Activities

Our activities are based on 3 pillars:

Highlights

November 2011 - First ‘Month of the Urban Bee’ in Montreal

May 2012 - Installation of the first hive at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal

July 2012 - Constitution of Miel Montréal as an NPO

April 2013 - Miel Montréal becomes a non-profit solidarity co-operative

April 2015 - Miel Montréal is awarded a grant from the Montréal Island Youth Forum to develop an internship in "Urban Apiculture, Honey Horticulture and Eco-Citizenship", in which:

  • 13 people were trained (45 hours of theory and 105 hours of practice) and are now ambassadors of biodiversity in cities
  • 3 gardens for pollinators have been created (Tohu, Université de Montréal and Palais des Congrès)
  • More than 450 people have been sensitized through mainstream activities
  • The trainees have committed to concrete citizen actions such as the launch of the Alliance for the Prohibition of Systemic Pesticides (AIPS) 

Fall 2015 - Collaboration with the Harricana brewery for the creation of the first urban honey beer in Montréal

 
 

Crédit Photo : Manoushka Larouche, Samuel Cogrenne, Alexandre Gillez.