Border Free Bees is a long-term public art initiative headed by Dr. Cameron Cartiere, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Culture + Community at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Nancy Holmes, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at The University of British Columbia, Okanagan, in collaboration with numerous strategic partners. The initiative’s mission is to raise awareness of the plight of wild pollinators, empower communities to actively engage in solutions for habitat loss, and transform under-utilized urban sites into aesthetically pleasing and scientifically viable pollinator pastures.

Border Free Bees consists of several related projects in partnership with scientists, specialists, community groups, businesses, and municipalities. Their work is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Vancouver and Richmond Team


Cameron Cartiere

Principal Investigator; Richmond Lead


Brian Campbell

Consultant; Bee Master and Seed Specialist


Megan A Smetzer

Project Manager


Geoff Campbell

Research Assistant and Information Tsar


Jaymie Johnson

Project Assistant


Evan Hutchinson

Industrial Designer


Elizabeth Elle

Collaborator – Advisor in Community and Evolutionary Ecology


Holden McIntosh

Research Assistant

Kelowna Team


Nancy Holmes

Co-investigator; Kelowna Lead


Fionncara MacEoin

Writer in Residence, Kelowna’s Public Art Pollinator Pasture “InkSwarm blog”


Bao Linh Le

Undergraduate Research Assistant with the Public Art Pollinator Pasture


Emily MacMillen

Undergraduate Research Assistant with The Eco Art Incubator

S Megan Hunter

S. Megan Hunter

Undergraduate Research Assistant with The Eco Art Incubator

Oak Park Fieldhouse Team


Cameron Cartiere

Fieldhouse Lead / Associate Professor Emily Carr University of Art + Design


Ashley Guindon

Fieldhouse Project Manager


chART Collective

Rotating group of artists, designers, and creative individuals committed to socially engaged public art and ecology.