Bor­der Free Bees is a long-term pub­lic art ini­tia­tive head­ed by Dr. Cameron Cartiere, 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

Fabián Cid Yáñez

Fabián Cid Yáñez

Grad­u­ate Research Assistant

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.