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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.