The Canadian Parks, Protected, and Conserved Areas Leadership Collective (CPCCL) is a boundary spanning initiative that aims to facilitate linkages between, within, and among organizations working in parks and protected areas.
Parks and Protected Areas Agencies
CPPCL 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.
The Canadian Parks Council (CPC) is a not-for-profit corporation representing the federal, provincial, and territorial park agencies of Canada. In 2018, the CPC entered a Partnering Agreement with Mount Royal University to establish the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership. CPPCL directly supports the Strategic Plan Framework of the CPC.
Parks Canada protects and presents Canada's national parks, historic sites and heritage areas across the country for current and future generations. In 2019, Parks Canada funded the development and establishment of a pan-Canadian parks and protected areas research network coordinated by CPPCL.
CPPCL 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.
The Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability (IRES) at the University of British Columbia (UBC) is the primary partner with the Canadian Parks Council (CPC) and leads delivery of the CPPCL project.
Professional and Continuing Studies was instrumental in developing the original CPC Parks System Leadership Program in the early 2000s and was a founding institution in the creation of CPPCL.
Indigenous Conservation Leaders
Indigenous Reconciliation is a priority for CPPCL 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.
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 CPPCL collaborate to share information, co-host learning opportunities, and to inform research and practice.
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 CPPCL 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.
In an effort to promote and celebrate ethical space, CPPCL invites meaningful ideas, participation, and co-facilitation from local, community, industry, and other groups.
Collaborate With Us
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.