Global pollinator declines are of urgent concern for maintaining food production and wild plant diversity. Understanding the range of environmental challenges faced by bees, butterflies and other insects is the focus of pollination conservation expert Nigel Raine. He joined the University of Guelph as the Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation in May 2014. Canada’s first research chair in pollinator conservation was endowed by The W. Garfield Weston Foundation in the name of Wendy Rebanks. As well as leading cutting-edge research programs, Raine takes on the pivotal role of informing public policy and training highly qualified conservationists and agriculturalists, both locally and globally.