Team Members

Melanie Kempers, B.Sc.

Special Projects Admin/Specialist

Melanie Kempers grew up on a dairy farm in Prince Edward County. It was her love of agriculture that brought her to Guelph to obtain a BSc in Agriculture. Not really knowing much about bees, she applied for a summer student job with the “Bee Girls” and stood amongst a swarm in her first week on the job. With that amazing experience, she was hooked. She’s the only TTP member to not have bees outside of work, but that’s because she’s busy with sports, her friendly sidekick Violet and the gym. Melanie loves that beekeeping is never dull and keeps her on her toes!

Daniel Borges, M.Sc

Research Technician

Dan Borges received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Toronto. His passion for insects and entomology led him to the University of Guelph, where he completed a master’s degree under the supervision of Dr. Ernesto Guzman. His master’s work focused on the treatment of Nosema ceranae using natural compounds and probiotics. Dan also teaches at Niagara College, disseminating knowledge about bee biology and entomology. Dan is from the Tri-Cities area and currently lives in Kitchener. He runs a small bee operation, selling honey and nucs.

Glenys Robinson, B.A.

Research Technician
Glenys Robinson, like many others, fell in love with bees while doing her undergrad at the University of Guelph, where she studied International Development (specializing in rural and agricultural development). After graduating, she decided to dive into beekeeping head first, and took the Commercial Beekeeping program at Niagara College. In addition to bees, Glenys is interested in plants and fungi, and likes to play around in the kitchen with canning and fermenting.