Our Team

Driven by a team of experts and concerned, passionate people, Bee City Canada is made up by 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

Dedicated to deep nature connections Gillian shares the pollinator message of Love and Beauty. Since its creation she has helped Bee City Canada to align pollinator habitat and education initiatives. She sits on the City of Toronto Pollinator Working Group.  Creating new ways of living in harmony with nature she is lead landscape designer at Alter Eden. Beekeeping across the Great Lakes Basin has her enthralled with the intersection of pollinators, art and ecology.

Email: gillian@beecitycanada.org