Meet the Team

Eliese Watson


Eliese is the founder and master beekeeper of ABC Bees. Since founding ABC Bees in 2010, it has become the leading beekeeping education company in Canada. Over her career, Eliese has taught beekeeping across North America, been featured in Forbes Magazine, and represented small scale beekeepers to the Canadian Senate. Eliese has developed strong beginner, intermediate, and advanced beekeeping programming that has been shared with thousands of students. Eliese also teaches small-scale apiary production in a 5-week course online to other farmers, hobbyist, and enthusiasts from around the world through the Level One Beekeeping Course

Ashley Baes

Marketing and Community Coordinator

Ashley joined ABC Bees as the Marketing and Community Coordinator in December 2020. With a background in communications and new media, she works behind the scenes to make sure that our community of passionate beekeepers are staying connected and up to date with ABC Bees through newsletters and social media channels. Ashley has been key in implementing some of our virtual programs including LIVE from the HIVE. Outside of ABC Bees, Ashley is an avid gardener, marching band enthusiast, an ardent creative, and an aspiring ceramist.

Juliane Bell

Online Instructional Design Specialist

Juliane plays an essential role transforming, developing, and delivering the ABC Bees curriculum. Prior to her role with ABC Bees, Juliane spent seven years as an elementary school teacher with a passion for environmental and ecological education. Juliane was drawn to the field of instructional design because she loves sharing high quality teaching practices with others. Juliane’s favourite part about working with ABC Bees is the ability to build confidence and community among beekeepers and bee enthusiasts of all levels. Her second favourite thing is getting to spend every day working alongside her two rescue dogs, Dolly and Gus. When she’s not designing innovative new learning experiences for ABC Bees, you’ll find Juliane spending time outside, active, or creative; happiest when doing all three!