How One GPRC Scientist is Travelling the World and Saving the Bees

How One GPRC Scientist is Travelling the World and Saving the Bees

Many residents of the Peace Region are surprised to learn that one of the most important hubs for bee research and innovation in Canada happens to be in their own backyard. GPRC’s National Bee Diagnostic Centre (NBDC), a Technology Access Centre located in Beaverlodge, performs diagnostic services for beekeepers across the country. The centre is so well-known that it’s not uncommon for the scientists at NBDC-TAC to receive requests to share their expertise with others.

GPRC NBDC-TAC Laboratory in Beaverlodge, AB.


That’s what happened in May when NBDC Manager and Applied Scientist Dr. Carlos Castillo received a request from Peru asking him to lend his expertise to another diagnostic and research facility. Hosted by Peru’s National Institute of Agricultural Innovation (INIA) Dr. Castillo spent two weeks in the Peruvian capital city of Lima, with occasional trips to the High Jungle where he was able to assist with field research. “It was really valuable to see another reality, and to understand how they keep bees in other countries,” said Castillo.

Castillo offered advice about diagnostic processes and protocols, including equipment purchase, maintenance and sampling practices. He hopes that his advice will prove valuable to the folks at INIA, especially as bee diagnostic services are becoming more and more crucial.


GPRC NBDC-TAC Manager and Applied Scientist Dr. Carlos Castillo.



Bee health is suffering in Canada and in many other countries around the world with bee populations declining in recent years. This decline is due to a combination of factors, including habitat destruction, climate change, pathogens and pesticides. Farmers rely on bee pollination for many of their fruit- and nut-based crops to survive, meaning that a decline in bee health can have disastrous consequences for food production. Diagnostic services like the ones Carlos provides at NBDC-TAC can help beekeepers manage the health of their hives and encourage bee populations to flourish.

Saving the bees via international cooperation is all in a day’s work for Dr. Castillo and his team at NBDC-TAC. “My message to beekeepers is that we are here to help them,” said Castillo. “We are always open to listen to them and to try to work with them. We are here for them.”

To learn more about the NBDC-TAC, visit our website.



Come meet us in person! We’ll be at this year’s Beekeepers’ Field Day at the AAFC Research Farm in Beaverlodge on June 23, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This event is open to the public and free to attend. We hope you can join us! Event details.


Bee sample at GPRC NBDC-TAC.
GPRC Instructors and Researchers invited to speak at 2017 CICan Conference

GPRC Instructors and Researchers invited to speak at 2017 CICan Conference

Check out the awesome roles our GPRC Instructors and Researchers are playing in college and community partnerships!


Dr. Connie Korpan, Principal Investigator and Dr. Michelle Yeung, Applied Scientist, of  GPRC’s Research & Innovation Community Enhancement Research team were selected to speak at the 2017 CICan Conference, Celebration on their continued work for the Grande Prairie Police and Crisis Team (PACT) research project. A project being done in dynamic collaboration between GPRC, the RCMP, Alberta Health Services and the City of Grande Prairie.

The conference will take place April 30 – May 2, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario. 

Dr. Korpan and Dr. Yeung will be highlighting the role of effective stakeholder partnerships in instrument development and data collection. The current project findings will continue to inform recommendations for responder training, program delivery improvements, and also have broader implications for future mental health policy development in rural communities.


Learn more about PACT.

Learn more about GPRC Research & Innovation projects

Student Job Opportunities

Student Job Opportunities

GPRC is looking for hardworking, dedicated students to join the college team in a number of job opportunities.

GPRC Research & Innovation is looking to hire multiple students as Research Assistants, Summer Lab Assistants and Research Interns throughout 2017.

GPRC is also looking to hire three Student Success Officers. Two for our Grande Prairie campus, and one for our Fairview campus. These students will be champions for Student Success at our GPRC School of Arts, Science & Upgrading and our School of  Health, Wellness & Career Studies (Grande Prairie) and GPRC School of Trades, Agriculture & Environment (Fairview). The successful candidates will work to provide ongoing support for our Students as well as implement recruitment and retention strategies for the future.

Apply today!

A Partnership to Better the Experience of GPRC Students

A Partnership to Better the Experience of GPRC Students

GPRC definitely has something to smile about.


Entering into a new partnership with Ironstone Resources Ltd. will open up a whole new world of possibilities for GPRC students, and our region.

This collaborative partnership will bring opportunities to Continuing Education, Research & Innovation and the Trades Industry.

If you’re interesting in reading more about this, check out the news release or the album on Facebook.








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GPRC Research & Innovation: Serving Students

GPRC Research & Innovation: Serving Students

Hey fellow students,

Have you met  Dr. Andrew Dunlop?









GPRC Research & Innovation’s latest member. His exact title is Manager of Scholarship, Innovation, Research and he’s here to help all of us get the best possible experience out of our time at GPRC.

GPRC Research & Innovation offer a lot of opportunities for students by connecting us to industry and real-world professionals that we can learn from and network with.

Check out the article on Andrew Dunlop to learn more about what he hopes to bring to GPRC.


To learn more about GPRC Research & Innovation, head over to their website: