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 Candel

Founder

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.

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Gabriel Slater

Gabriel Slater

Creative Director

Gabriel joined Bee City Canada in the summer of 2016. A lifelong believer in animal rights, he understands the importance of raising awareness of the threats facing pollinators and how their survival is crucial to our ecosystem. A graphic designer and web developer for over 20 years, he’s helped bring Bee City Canada’s vision to life.

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Jordan Phelps

Jordan Phelps

Program Coordinator

Jordan Phelps has recently joined the Pollinator Partnership Canada (P2C) team as the Bee City Program Coordinator. His passion for pollinators was sparked as an undergraduate at Western University where he studied animal cognition.

Jordan is delighted to bring this passion to Bee City Canada, where he looks forward to working with cities, towns, indigenous communities, schools, and other partnering organizations to take meaningful action on pollinator conservation.

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 Ashleigh White

Ashleigh White

Bee School Ambassador

I am elementary teacher who is working to build educational resources that will serve to build, preserve and protect pollinator habitats through experiential learning. I aim to bring authentic learning outside and to help students connect with nature in an urban environment

Vicki Wojcik

Vicki Wojcik

Executive Director

Vicki has always believed that cities can be great homes for bees, and all pollinators; you just have to plant with the bees in mind. She completed her Ph.D. in urban pollinator ecology and has been working in conservation for over a decade. During this time she has had the opportunity to work in agriculture, policy, ecosystem restoration, and of course Bee Cities!

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