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The Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL) is a boundary spanning initiative that aims to facilitate linkages between, within, and among organizations working in parks and protected areas. We invite new and creative practical, scholarly, and transformative collaborations that can improve conservation of biological diversity and the (re)connection of people with nature.

Parks and Protected Areas Agencies

CPCIL is directly funded and indirectly supported by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial parks and protected areas agencies. We also collect registration fees for leadership development programs which serve the professional and personal development needs of parks and protected areas leaders.

Canadian Parks Council

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. In 2018, the CPC established a Partnering Agreement with Mount Royal University to provide base funding for the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership. CPCIL directly supports the Strategic Plan Framework of the CPC.

Parks Canada

Parks Canada protects and presents Canada's national parks, historic sites and heritage areas across the country for current and future generations. They collaborate with a variety of Indigenous, academic and community partners to achieve their goals in conservation, connecting Canadians, and visitor experience. In 2019, Parks Canada funded the development and establishment of a pan-Canadian parks and protected areas research network coordinated by CPCIL.


Parks Division
Department of Environment and Parks

British Columbia

Ministry of Environment
and Climate Change Strategy


Park Management Services
Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport

New Brunswick

Parks and Attractions
Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Newfoundland and Labrador

Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

Northwest Territories

Parks & Tourism
Department of Industry, Tourism & Investment

Nova Scotia

Outreach & Service Delivery Division
Department of Lands and Forestry


Parks & Special Places
Department of Environment


Ministry of Environment,
Climate Change and Parks

Prince Edward Island

Tourism Prince Edward Island


Société des établissements de plein air du Québec


Park Management Services
Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport


Department of Environment

Academic Institutions

CPCIL was founded by Mount Royal University, York University, and Royal Roads University. Our programs and services are designed and delivered in collaboration with a pan-Canadian group of academic institutions. We also collaborate with multiple universities, research institutes, and individual scholars on a project-by-project basis.

Mount Royal University

The Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) supports interdisciplinary research dedicated to improving environmental health and sustainability. IES is founded on the three pillars of Research and Scholarship, Student Learning, and Community Engagement. In 2018, IES led the founding of the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership and remains the primary partner of the agreements with the Canadian Parks Council and Parks Canada.

University of British Columbia

The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is a problem-focused and curiosity-driven interdisciplinary research institute and graduate program, with interest and expertise in a wide range of topics under the realm of environment and sustainability. In 2020, IRES became a collaborator on the CPCIL project and is the primary partner on program delivery and our work on youth engagement and equity, diversity, and inclusion in parks and protected areas.

Royal Roads University

and Continuing Studies

York University

Faculty of Environmental
and Urban Change

Canadian Mountain Network

Networks of Centres of Excellence

University of Alberta

Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

University of Guelph

Department of Geography, Environment, and Geomatics

University of Northern British Columbia

School of Planning and Sustainability

University of Moncton

Continuing Education

Western University

Human Environments Analysis Lab
Department of Geography and Environment

Wilfrid Laurier University

Department of Geography
and Environmental Studies

Indigenous Conservation Leaders

Indigenous Reconciliation is a priority for CPCIL and our collaborators and we actively seek opportunities to learn from Indigenous conservation leaders. We strive to apply the wisdom shared in the Indigenous Circle of Experts We Rise Together Report.

Conservation Through Reconciliation

The Conservation through Reconciliation Partnership (CRP) is a seven-year initiative that aims to critically investigate the state of conservation practice in Canada and support efforts to advance Indigenous-led conservation in the spirit of reconciliation and decolonization. CRP and CPCIL collaborate to share information, co-host learning opportunities, and to inform research and practice. CPC team members sit on the Knowledge Mobilization Working Group and the Ethical Space Stream of the Conservation Through Reconciliation Partnership.

IISAAK OLAM Foundation

IISAAK OLAM Foundation (IOF) programs and collaborations support Indigenous leadership in the conservation of biological and cultural diversity, the development of sustainable and resilient communities, reconciliation between Indigenous and newcomer societies, and innovative solutions for (re)connecting people with their environment. IOF has generously guided CPCIL in program design and has brought their knowledge to parks and protected areas leaders in order to build capacity for ethical space in conventional protected areas.

Iyarhe Nakoda

Stoney Tribal Administration

Pacific IPCA Innovation Centre

Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas Innovation Centres