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Leadership Development
eResidency Program

Apply transformative leadership to a complex park leadership issues and co-create a supportive pan-Canadian leadership community across jurisdictions.

This seven-month transformative leadership program centers on a two-week eResidency (half-days, online due to COVID restrictions) with guest presenters, breakout workshops, and service-learning panels mixed with nature breaks and opportunities to connect to local issues. Participants complete pre- and post-tasks, present cases from their organization, and develop a team capstone project aimed at advancing parks leadership. Each program focuses on core leadership themes with different sub-themes.

“Outstanding opportunity to learn, share, and strengthen interagency leadership in parks and protected areas.”
2018 Participant

Who is it for?

Ideal participants in the Leaders Development eResidency Program tend to be experienced leaders in decision-making roles in parks and protected areas. Diverse personal and professional perspectives enrich this transformative learning experience and are sincerely welcomed.

While each eResidency offers a specific sub-theme of parkanomics, climate change, connecting as nature, collaboration, and inclusion, overarching themes of Indigenous relations, conservation, connecting people to nature, systems thinking, and leadership are woven throughout the program and have relevance to all disciplines and work areas.

This program is delivered in English with one bilingual capstone team when possible. Tasks can be completed in your language of preference.

Program Timeline and Commitments

Three Weeks pre-Residency tasks (~ 2 hours per week): Participants will post an introduction on the online forum, record an informal short video (~2 minute) to share their landscape, and work with facilitator to develop a presentation for the eResidency on a current issue they face related to the CPCIL parks leadership knowledge framework or to the sub-theme of parkanomics (view framework here).

Two Week  eResidency (~23 hours per week for two weeks):
Participants must attend the eResidency, which runs part-time over two weeks between 11:15am and 3:45pm Eastern time. The eResidency comprises presentation (and workshopping) of participant issues, expert panels, breakout and team sessions, and independent tasks. Screen time is balanced by offline nature breaks and reflective tasks. We strongly recommend participants attend sessions from home or arrange acting coverage.

Six Month post-Residency tasks (~2 hours per week):
Participants will be placed in a cross-jurisdictional Capstone team and meet online weekly as a small group, and once per month with facilitator, to develop a project that advances parks leadership through collaboration. Participants will also work with the facilitator to further develop the issue they presented at the eResidency by posting a blog entry or resource, presenting to their agency, or designing a research project.


Participants require internet and webcam access and must commit to avoiding distractions during sessions, participating fully in independent tasks, and should try to have reasonable access to a nearby outdoor space for activities. Program resource material will be shipped in advance.

Registration Information

Registration is $2000 plus applicable taxes. Fee is inclusive of seven months of pre- and post-residency support and two-week eResidency.
Twenty spots are available in each cohort, with final selection approved by the Canadian Parks Council (CPC). Priority is given to CPC agencies until September 15th, after which remaining places are offered to Indigenous, community, industry, academic, and non-profit organization collaborators.
Agencies are encouraged to provide a list of alternate participants to avoid a 50% cancellation fee after September 15th. Unreserved spaces will be offered to CPC collaborators.
Contact CPCIL or the Canadian Parks Council to inquire about about participating in this program.

Calendar of Programs and Themes

For programs prior to 2018 visit the Leadership Alumni Page

ProgramSub ThemeStart







Oct. 15

Nov. 11 to 17

Mount Royal UniversityRocky Mountains



Partnerships and Collaboration

Mar. 15

May 5 to 10

York UniversityGreat Lakes



Inclusion and Equity

Oct. 10

Nov. 12 to 17

Royal Roads UniversityWest Coast



Connecting as Nature

Sept. 8

Sept. 21 to Oct. 1



Winter 2021

Climate Change

Feb. 1

Feb. 22 to

Mar. 5


Mount Royal University





Oct. 1

Oct. 18 to 29 (half-days)

York University

St. Lawrence



Partnerships and Collaboration

Oct. 1

tentatively Oct. 17 to 28 (half-days)

Royal Roads UniversityWest Coast

In light of the global pandemic, CPCIL has shifted to an online-only delivery model. We plan to resume face-to-face Leadership Development Programs Residencies when interprovincial travel restrictions are relaxed, and when public health directives can be met safely. We expect the program registration will increase to $3000 for face-to-face delivery in order to cover accommodation, food, and field experiences.  

Current Cohort Pages

Winter 2021 Cohort

Leadership and Climate Change eResidency

Fall 2021 Cohort

Leadership and Parkanomics eResidency