Don Carruthers Den Hoed
Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL)
Don combines professional and academic perspectives to generate inclusion and collaboration in parks across Canada. Over 26 years as a provincial park educator, program designer, and team lead—including as land manager of two of Canada’s largest urban parks—he completed a Master’s degree on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in parks and a PhD in interdisciplinary studies on wellbeing and the role of parks in the Anthropocene. Don has moved on to a post-doctoral fellowship in environmental sustainability and leads a pan-Canadian collaboration focused on leadership development in parks and protected areas. He has free-range kids and chickens.