Pssst… have you heard? There are bees on the MaRS roof and they’re slowly waking up to the sounds of spring.

That’s right! Last summer, the MaRS Centre Heritage Building had two beehives installed on its rooftop, joining the Fairmont Royal York Hotel and the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts as the latest Toronto organization to take on urban beekeeping.

The MaRS Social Committee undertook the beekeeping initiative for three main reasons:

  1. To increase awareness of colony collapse disorder — the increasingly serious decline in the North American honeybee population.
  2. To provide a fun, educational and uncommon team-building activity for MaRSians.
  3. And, last but not least, to produce and consume delicious honey. Yum!

As we roll into our second year with the bees we hope to bring you regular updates on our progress. In the meantime, check out some pictures from last summer, including the night we installed the hives.

More shots can be found on our Flickr page.

Amrutha Simon

Amrutha works with MaRS Media to deliver high quality digital assets to clients for their marketing and business needs. Previously she was the Senior Program Associate for the Business Acceleration Program and provided support to entrepreneurs through the Regional Innovation Centres in the ONE network. She is also the Chair of the MaRS Social Committee and leads the team on organizing various events for MaRS staff. See more…