Join the League of Leaders! Building on over fifteen years of parks systems leadership training, the Canadian Parks Council (CPC) and the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL) are pleased to present a suite of engaging online programs and services to support effective and equitable leadership for the entire parks and protected areas community. We expect to offer select in-person programming when the pandemic subsides.
Built on over ten years of parks systems leadership training, the CPCIL online and in-person collaborative programs hone core leadership skills by exploring specific issues facing parks and protected areas and applying them to real-world challenges with proven approaches and tools. We help you apply your leadership skills by exploring specific issues facing parks and protected areas and applying them to real-world challenges. We help you reconnect to the the natural world and your landscape through independent solo tasks while also building a collaborative pan-Canadian network of Parks and Protected Areas Leaders who can support each other—and their organizations—long after programs conclude.
Suite of Programs
Programs generate content for services
Parks & Protected Areas Research Network
Shared Development Resource Inventory
Innovation and Collaboration Tools
Services inform programs
All CPCIL programs explore the following core leadership themes, while also focusing on sub-themes in activities and field experiences.
Core Program Themes
CPCIL is honoured to collaborate with organizations such as PLENTY Canada, IISAAK OLAM, the Conservation Through Reconciliation Partnership, and others to co-facilitate sessions and programs that work toward two-eyed seeing and Reconciliation.
The Program builds skills in systems thinking to help park leaders address personal and organizational change management, knowledge mobilization (science, social science, and interdisciplinary inquiry), and managing unknowns by understanding your purpose.
Programs tackle the sustainability of parks and protected areas by considering the culture, resources, and mandate of the organizations responsible for them. A major focus of recent residencies has also been tools to support the mental health of conservation professionals.
Parks can succeed or fail based on the ability of leaders to facilitate transparent and effective dialogue. Activities and tasks throughout the Park Leaders Development program help participants write and speak persuasively with ethics, logic, and emotion.
While specific cohorts will dive deep into inclusion and accessibility, all programs are designed to incorporate diverse voices that demonstrate the importance of inclusion and empowerment in conservation and (re)connecting people to nature.
The CPCIL Park Leaders Development Program moves to different regions in order to explore different parks, heritage, and landscapes. Each participant is required to share relevant challenges that highlight their role in conservation and/or park management.
Inspired by the Parks for All Action Plan for Canada’s Parks Community, the Park Leaders Development Program celebrates “places reserved for conserving and experiencing Nature, with varying objectives but important complementary goals.”
Sub Program Themes
How can Park Leaders ensure parks and protected areas adapt to maintain relevance and effectiveness in the Anthropocene?
Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Conservation and Connectivity
Climate Change Adaptation.
How can Park Leaders articulate the value of parks and protected areas and improve their financial sustainability without compromising environmental and social integrity?
Understanding and Articulating the Value of Parks
Responding to Changing Resources and Priorities.
How can Park Leaders amplify the efforts of communities and work equitably with partners without losing sight of their conservation mandate?
Indigenous, Community, & Municipal Relationships
Non-profit Partnerships and Social Enterprise.
How can Park Leaders remove barriers and promote inclusion so parks and protected areas reflect Canada’s social diversity?
Accessibility and Barriers to Diversity
Women in Conservation Leadership
Responding to Changing Resources and Priorities.
How can Park Leaders create the conditions to reconnect people within nature-and as nature– through and beyond parks?
Broadening the Park Narrative
Customer Service & Visitor Experience
Education & Interpretation
Volunteer Management & Citizen Science
Transformational Leadership through Transformative Learning
From capstone projects, communities of practice, information sharing and training inventories, to providing opportunities to connect with colleagues across regions and jurisdictions, CPCIL programs are designed through a lens of transformative change.
We are committed to facilitating:
Our learning experiences are:
And incorporate techniques of:
Mezirow, J., & Taylor, E. W. (2009). Transformative learning in practice: Insights from community, workplace, and higher education. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. San Francisco.