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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.

Canadian Parks Council

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

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.


Parks Division
Department of Environment and Parks

British Columbia

Ministry of Environment
and Climate Change Strategy


Park Management Services
Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport

New Brunswick

Parks and Attractions
Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

Newfoundland and Labrador

Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation

Northwest Territories

Parks & Tourism
Department of Industry, Tourism & Investment

Nova Scotia

Outreach & Service Delivery Division
Department of Lands and Forestry


Parks & Special Places
Department of Environment


Ministry of Environment,
Climate Change and Parks

Prince Edward Island

Tourism Prince Edward Island


Société des établissements de plein air du Québec


Park Management Services
Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport


Department of Environment

Academic Institutions

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.

University of British Columbia

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.

Mount Royal University

Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES) is a founding institution of CPPCL and the original host institution.

Royal Roads University

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.

York University

The Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change (EUC) is a lead on the PanCanadian Parks and Protected Areas Research eSummit and was a founding institution in the creation of CPPCL.

University of Alberta

Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

University of Guelph

Department of Geography, Environment, and Geomatics

University of Northern British Columbia

School of Planning and Sustainability

University of Moncton

Continuing Education

Western University

Human Environments Analysis Lab
Department of Geography and Environment

Wilfrid Laurier University

Department of Geography
and Environmental Studies

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.

Conservation Through Reconciliation

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

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.