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CPCIL Leadership Programs at a glance

PARK LEADERS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

Transformative leadership
Shared issues
Team Learning
Cohort based
Experiential
20 Participants
8 Months
100 Hours
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PARK LEADERS ACCELERATOR

design thinking
individual problem
peer feedback
expert panel
24 Participants
6 Months
30 Hours
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PARK LEADER PRIMERS

self-directed
three topics/year
peer interaction

24 Participants
1 Months
10 Hours each
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STANDALONE COURSES

facilitated
specialized topics
run by affiliated
universities
10-20 Participants
112Months
40 Hours


CPCIL Services

Programs generate content for services

Innovation and Collaboration Forum

Training and Resource Inventory

Parks & Protected Areas Research Network

Services inform programs

Developing Effective and Equitable Park Leaders

Park Leadership Programs Details

The Canadian Parks Council (CPC) and the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL) are pleased to present a revised suite of programs and services to support effective and equitable leadership for the entire parks and protected areas community.

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. All CPCIL programs are designed to build a pan-Canadian network of Park Leaders who can support each other—and their organization—throughout their entire career.

“We all have the exact same problems, we just call them different things”​
2019 Park Leader
Collaboration
“Outstanding opportunity to learn, share, and strengthen interagency leadership in parks and protected areas.”
2018 Park Leader
Parkanomics
“Amazing and empowering! We were not just taught about leadership but practiced it, experienced it and shared it.”
2016 Park Leader
Park Systems


Park Leaders Development 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.

The sub-theme for 2021 is the value of parks and financial sustainability in conservation.

~two hours per week October 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022
eResidency half-days from October 18 to 29, 2021

Contact CPC Executive Director to request a space for the next program.

Deadline for CPC agencies to reserve a space: SEPT. 15, 2021

Deadline to confirm participant names: OCT. 1, 2021

Ideal participants in the Park Leaders Development Program tend to be experienced, mid-career leaders in decision-making roles in parks and protected areas.

While the fall 2021 eResidency sub-theme focuses on Parkanomics (the value of parks and financial sustainability), overarching themes of Indigenous relations, conservation, connecting people to nature, systems thinking, and leadership are relevant to all disciplines and work areas. Diverse personal and professional perspectives benefit this transformative learning experience and are sincerely welcomed.

Program runs in English with one bilingual capstone team when possible.

October 1st to October 18th 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).

October 18th to 29th  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.

October 30th to April 30th 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.

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.

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.

CPCIL plans to resume face-to-face Park Leadership Development Program Residencies when interprovincial travel restrictions are relaxed, and when public health directives can be met safely. The program registration will increase to $3000 for face-to-face delivery in order to cover accommodation, food, and field experiences.  

Calendar of Park Leaders Development Programs

for programs prior to 2018 visit the Park Leaders Alumni Page

ProgramSub ThemeStart

Residency

Host

Region

Fall

2018

Parkanomics

Oct. 15

Nov. 11 to 17

Mount Royal UniversityRocky Mountains

Spring

2019

Partnerships and Collaboration

Mar. 15

May 5 to 10

York UniversityGreat Lakes

Fall

2019

Inclusion and Equity

Oct. 10

Nov. 12 to 17

Royal Roads UniversityWest Coast

Fall

2020

Connecting as Nature

Sept. 8

Sept. 21 to Oct. 1

n/a

Maritimes

Winter 2021

Climate Change

Feb. 1

Feb. 22 to

Mar. 5

(half-days)

Mount Royal University

Rockies

Fall

2021

Parkanomics

Oct. 1

Oct. 18 to 29 (half-days)

York University

St. Lawrence

Fall

2022

Partnerships and CollaborationtbdtbdRoyal Roads UniversityWest Coast


Park Leaders Accelerator

Apply leadership and design thinking tools and share ideas with others to make progress on a complex challenge or opportunity faced by your organization.

This focused, practical program begins with work defining a real issue facing each participants’ organization, followed by learning skills and accessing experts and resources to support the development of a way forward. Participants engage in directed learning, active participation in online forums, and live guest workshops, all tailored to issues facing the group. Participants will collaborate with peers from other agencies to exchange ideas. At the conclusion of the program, participants will present a proposal to a diverse panel of park leadership experts for feedback and to spark action.

 

~online two hours per week December 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022
Monthly half-day workshops January through April, 2022

Contact CPC Executive Director to request a space for the next program.

Deadline for CPC agencies to reserve a space: SEPT. 15, 2021

Deadline to confirm participant names: OCT. 1, 2021

Participants considering the Park Leaders Accelerator Program should be experienced leaders in decision- making roles in parks and protected areas who are currently facing complex challenges or opportunities in their work and could benefit from a structured development process enhanced by external knowledge and resources and cross-jurisdictional collaboration.

This program builds upon concepts from the Park Leaders Development Program such as interdisciplinary knowledge, design thinking, and social capital and applies them to the issues facing each individual and their organization. Participants will create an action-oriented proposal for their chosen challenge or opportunity and present it to a panel for feedback—not to solve the problem but to better understand how they might lead through it. Diverse personal and professional perspectives will enrich this process and are sincerely welcomed.

Program runs in English with simultaneous interpretation of workshops available if required.

October 1st to December 1st pre-Accelerator preparation (~ 4 hours total): Participants will meet and work with facilitator to define their challenge or opportunity so CPCIL can coordinate useful and relevant resources.

December 1st to April 30th Accelerator activities (~2 hours per week):
Participants must attend an online launch meeting and one accelerator workshop each month, complete regular milestone activities such as design steps and reflections, participate in online forums and peer-review sessions, and attend informal weekly online check-in meetings with the group and facilitator.

May 1st to May 30th Accelerator proposal and revisions (~2 hours per week):
Participants will present a proposal for action on their challenge or opportunity to a panel and will provide feedback to the proposals of other Accelerator participants. They will also work with the facilitator to refine their proposal for presentation to their own agency.

Registration is $900 plus applicable taxes. 

Ten spots are available in each accelerator, 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.

Participants require internet and webcam access and must commit to avoiding distractions during sessions, participating fully in independent tasks. Projects will be based on real-world challenges and opportunities and confidentiality among the cohort is expected. Program resource material will be shipped in advance.


Park Leaders Primers

Explore crucial topics affecting parks and protected areas in Canada through self-directed activities, case studies and readings/videos, and dialogue with other participants. Upcoming topics include:

Parks, Representation, and Black History

Created by Jacqueline L. Scott, BlackOutdoors

Collaborative Leadership for Innovation

Created by Dr. Sylvie Plante, Royal Roads University

Research and Knowledge for New Park Decision-Makers

Created by Dr. Charlotte Gorloy, Royal Roads University

Online twelve hours each primer between October 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022

Free for CPC Agency Staff and Collaborators

Open Access - link coming in October


Knowledge Framework

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
Ecological Economics
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
Commercial Partnerships
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
The League of Park Leaders

Park Leaders Alumni Community

Nearly 300 past participants in Canadian Parks Council-supported leadership development belong to the growing Park Leaders Alumni Forum.

We Invite You To Participate in the CPCIL Park Leadership Programs

Each Canadian Parks Council Member Agency has a number of priority placements in each program, selected through internal processes. CPC Member Agency staff should contact their representatives for information. Parks and protected area partners are encouraged to consider attending and should submit an application as there may be spaces available.

The CPCIL is committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage Park Leaders of all abilities to consider this program. We will work together to accommodate all participants. Contact CPCIL for more information.