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Parks and Protected Areas Research Network
2023 eSummit

We invite you to participate in the third annual PanCanadian Parks and Protected Areas Network eSummit, to be held online on half-days from Monday, February 27 to Thursday, March 2, 2023.

This event combines online collaboration with opportunities to connect with nature wherever you are. Holding a virtual event allows us to remain committed to reducing our carbon footprint and increasing accessibility for participants, and incorporating nature breaks and reflective activities helps us support place-based leadership.

Visit the Legacy Pages of the 2021 eSummit and 2022 eSummit

Scroll down for more information about the 2023 eSummit.

Call for Proposals Now Open
Selection Process Begins November 15

eSummit Registration Fee $80-$150
Registration Opens in December
Limited to 250 Participants

Know. Do. Learn.

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

The CPCIL Parks and Protected Areas Research Network will only succeed if it represents diverse people equitably (e.g. Indigenous, BIPOC, LGBTQ2IA+, Francophones, or persons with disabilities). We encourage anyone who can help us increase equity, diversity and inclusion to join the eSummit as presenters, attendees, or moderators. Please contact to make a connection. 

2023 eSummit
Call for Proposals
The eSummit will include a series of plenary presentations, panels, workshops, short rapid talks, interactive breakout sessions and self-directed nature breaks that will encourage time away from the screen in nearby nature (field trips together but separately). 

Themes and topics will explore how academics, practitioners, knowledge holders, and students can work together to improve parks and protected areas research, knowledge mobilization, and the development of advice for evidence-based decision-making. 

We are accepting submissions for session presenters until November 15, 2022.  Late submissions may be considered but are not guaranteed to be screened.
2023 eSummit
2023 eSummit Regional Challenge
Re-engaging Canadians (and Other Visitors) in Stewardship and Environmental Ethics Post-COVID.
This year, we are integrating the emerging priorities of CPCIL leadership program participants with the eSummit by facilitating an Applied Regional Workshop. These productive sessions will be held in small group formats before and after each day of the eSummit based on time zone.

2023 Challenge
Over the past two years, parks and protected areas across Canada have experienced high levels of visitation and often low levels of compliance and overwhelming negative behaviour among those visitors. Overflowing garbages were the tip of the iceberg for park staff--all of whom were also coping with the challenge of a global pandemic.

Since 2020, multiple capstone projects and solo challenges have questioned the best way to promote environmental stewardship among visitors and whether a panCanadian approach would be best. The 2023 Applied Regional Workshop will bring together experts and eSummit participants to work through this challenge and develop possible ways forward.

Participation in the Regional Challenge is included as part of the eSummit registration.
2023 eSummit Regional Challenge

Research Network Dates

Research eSummit February 27 to March 2, 2023​
The eSummit runs February 27 to March 2, 2023 from 11:15am to 3:30pm Eastern with one hour pre- and post-discussion groups for regional workshops within your time zone. You must register for the eSummit to participate in this interactive event.

Registration will be ~$150/person and will include 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 ($75) registration fees for students, non-profits, and others who may face barriers to participation.

Registration opens in 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 at