Our Team

Driven by a team of experts and concerned, passionate people, Bee City Canada is made up of a team of researchers, educators, beekeepers, farmers, ecologists, community leaders and many other committed individuals across Canada.  We strive to help all Canadians better understand our close connection with pollinators and their critical link to the health of the planet. Our goals are to give direction and encouragement on the actions we can all take to help all pollinators.

Photo courtesy Stephanie Lam

Shelly Candel


Shelly started Bee City Canada back in early 2016 inspired by the success of Bee City USA and the brilliance of its founder, Phyllis Stiles. Shelly studied agriculture at the University of Guelph and became passionate and concerned about pollinators shortly after she started a farmers market at the Toronto Botanical Gardens.

Email: shelly@beecitycanada.org

Gillian Leitch

Program Director

Gillian designs native pollinator habitats and rain gardens with her company Alter Eden. She currently manages 10 hives in Southern Ontario and is a lead designer and trainer with Toronto Green Community’s RAIN project. She is interested in the intersection of Pollinators, Art and Ecology.

Email: gillian@beecitycanada.org