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Parks and Protected Areas Research Network
2022 eSummit

With Parks Canada and the Canadian Parks Council and guidance from Indigenous elders and colleagues, CPCIL is excited to host the second pan-Canadian Parks and Protected Areas Research eSummit from February 22 to 25, 2022 along with a complementary year-long webinar and dialogue series.

By holding a virtual event, we can decrease our carbon footprint, increase accessibility for participants, and support social distancing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The CPCIL Parks and Protected Areas Research Network will only succeed if it represents diverse people equitably. If you feel you or
someone you know can help add missing perspectives to the summit agenda as moderators, presenters or attendees (e.g. BIPOC, LGBQT+, or persons with disabilities) we would appreciate your/their help as we try to foster an inclusive parks and protected areas research community. Please contact to make a connection.

Read our recap of the inaugural 2021 Virtual Summit. Visit the 2021 Virtual Summit Legacy Page.

Know. Do. Learn.

The virtual eSummit will bring together “Knowers” (scholars/knowledge keepers), “Doers” (practitioners), and “Learners” (students, new hires) from across the country to make personal connections and build a network of passionate individuals in the parks and protected areas field.

More than simply sharing information, the Research eSummit will include a series of plenary presentations, panels, workshops, short rapid talks, interactive breakout and regional working groups, and self-directed experiential sessions that will encourage time away from the screen in nearby nature (field trips together but separately).

With the continued theme “Know. Do. Learn.” we plan to highlight cases where external researchers or knowledge holders have contributed to decision making in parks and protected areas, have productive conversations about inclusion in parks and protected areas research, and spark action to improve representation and collaboration throughout the parks and protected areas research network.

Research Network Dates

Research eSummit
February 22 to 25, 2022

The eSummit runs February 22 to 25, 2022  from 11:15am to 3:30pm Eastern with one hour pre- and post-discussion groups for making regional connections within your time zone. You must register for the eSummit to participate in this interactive event.

Registration opens in mid December.

First Thursday
Webinar Series

The CPCIL First Thursday Webinar Series presents a variety of research topics related to Parks and Protected Areas on the first Thursday of each month at 1pm Eastern time. View the webinar schedule and archived recordings here.

Second Wednesday
Regional Networking Calls

CPCIL invites you to join an informal online call on the second Wednesday of each month at 1pm Eastern time to connect with colleagues in your region or territory. These open calls begin with a general introduction, after which we will offer series of breakout rooms for collaboration. Regional Calls are listed on the CPCIL Events Calendar.

Registration now open

eSummit registration now open. Only 200 spots available.

Register by February 4th to receive your physical eSummit package before Feb. 22.

Registration is $140/person and includes full access to the Virtual Research Summit, a physical summit package, and ongoing opportunities to connect with the PanCanadian Parks and Protected Areas Research Network. We are committed to including diverse participants and are offering a limited number of lower-cost ($80) registration fees for students, non-profits, and others who may face barriers to participation.

2022 Selection Committee

We are grateful for the assistance of colleagues to curate the best possible eSummit schedule. Please join us in thanking the following individuals.

Allison Bishop

Conservation Through Reconciliation Partnership

AJ Wray

Doctoral Student, Geography & Environment
Research Assistant, ParkSeek Canada
Human Environments Analysis Lab

Chris Lemieux, PhD

Wilfred Laurier Univesrity and Canadian Council on Ecological Areas

Christine Persohns

Protected Areas Establishment and Conservation
Parks Canada

CJ Blye, PhD (candidate)

Instructor, Recreation Management Program
Health and Human Performance

Connie Van der Byl, MBA, PhD

Academic Director, Insttitute for Environmental Sustainability
Associate Professor, Bisset School of Business

Craig Paulson

Recreation Section Head
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Delano Lewis

Black Field Scientist

Peter Larivière

Special Advisor
Indigenous Affairs Branch

Don Carruthers Den Hoed, PhD

Senior Fellow, CPCIL
Research Associate, Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability
University of British Columbia

Erica D'souza

Independent Tourism Consultant and Strategist

Garry Donaldson

Atlantic Region, Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Heather Knowles

River Valley Coordinator, River Valley Parks & Facilities
City of Edmonton

Jessica Elliot

Yukon Parks and Canadian Council on Ecological Areas

Kathie Adare

Transiion Manager
Canadian Parks Council

Mkhabela Masuku

Development Officer
Town of Norman Wells

Olaf Jensen

Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Pam Shaw

Director, Master of Community Planning Program Research Director
Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute
Vancouver Island University

Paul Wilkenson, PhD

Professor Emeritus
York University Faculty of Urban and Environmental Change

Peter Soroye

PhD Student

Samantha Knight

Program Manager, Weston Family Science
Nature Conservancy of Canada

Sonya Jakubec RN, PhD

Professor, School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health, Community and Education

Tara Sharma

Protected Areas Establishment and Conservation
Parks Canada

Victoria MacPhail, PhD

Senior Doctoral Student, CPCIL
York Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change