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Pan-Canadian Collaboration

The Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL) is funded by the Canadian Parks Council and delivered in partnership with Mount Royal University’s Institute for Environmental Sustainability, in collaboration with Royal Roads University, the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University, and Université de Moncton.

CPCIL Collaborators

For over ten years, the Canadian Parks Council (CPC) supported over 200 park leaders through the Parks System Leadership Course. In 2017, the CPC invited proposals from academic institutions across Canada to create a nationally-relevant, accessible, modern, and research-based approach to supporting parks and protected areas professionals. Building on the legacy of the previous CPC Parks System Leadership Course, the desire was also to coordinate mentorships and facilitate access to technical training, foster communities of practice, and connect research and practice.

Founding Academic Institutions

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PanCanadian Park Agencies

The Canadian Parks Council (CPC) is a collaboration of all federal, provincial, and territorial park agencies across Canada. Their mission is collaboration to engage people with nature and to continuously improve the effective management and stewardship of Canada’s parks and protected areas.

CPCIL Knowledge Framework

Park Leaders Development Program themes and topics are drawn from the Parks for All Action Plan and collaboration with the CPCIL Advisory Group. Core themes form a foundation for all CPCIL programming.

Leadership Themes

Leading Organizational Change and Stability
(Systems Thinking)
Personal and Organizational Change Management
Park Research (Knowledge Mobilization)
Science, Social Science, and Integrative Inquiry
Ethical Space and Traditional Knowledge
Managing Unknowns
Managing Healthy Organizations
Succession and Mentoring
Recruitment, Training, and Retention
Personal and Organizational Mental Health
Supporting Diverse and Remote Teams
Effective Leadership Communication
Dialogue & Facilitation
Technical Writing (e.g. BNs)
Written and Spoken Persuasion
Working in a Political Context
Social and New Media

Conservation Themes

Conservation of Biodiversity
Ecosystems and Connectivity
Cultural Resource Management
Climate Change
Ecosystem Services
Cultural Monitoring
Continuum of Parks and Protected Areas
Specific Ecosystems and Processes
Specific Parks and Protected Areas
Urban Protected Areas and Nature Interfaces
Historical and Future Contexts of Parks in Canada
Social/Recreational Planning and ManagementSustainable Ecotourism, Events, and Recreation
Public Use Impacts and Capacity
Conservation Enforcement and Behaviour Change
Human Wildlife Conflict Prevention

Connection & Engagement Themes

Inclusion and Equity
Accessibility and Barriers
Women in Conservation Leadership
Youth Engagement in Parks and Protected Areas
Indigenous Leadership
Honouring Ethical Space
Partnerships and CollaborationIndigenous and Community Relationships
Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas
Inter-jurisdictional Collaboration
Commercial Partnerships
Non-profit Partnerships and Social Enterprise
Municipal Relationships
Effective Agreements and Negotiations
Connecting People as Nature Through ParksBroadening the Park Narrative
Benefits Beyond Boundaries/ Healthy by Nature
Canada Parks in an International Context
Continuum of Public Engagement
Customer Service and Visitor Experience
Education and Interpretation for Stewardship
Volunteer Management & Citizen Science

Management Themes

Activating the Value of ParksUnderstanding the Value of Parks
Strategic Environmental Sustainability
Ecological Economics
Responding to Changing Resources and Priorities
Standalone: The Business of Doing ParksMetrics and Quality Assurance
Revenue Generation and Cost Recovery
Leases and Dispositions
Standalone: Operational park management skillsAsset Management
Greening Parks
Risk Management (and managing unknowns)
Utilities and Services Standards
Implementing and Evaluating New Technology
Disaster Management, Recovery, and Adaptation
Public Safety