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Park Leaders Development Program

About the Park Leaders Development Program

Built upon ten years of parks systems leadership training, the CPCIL eight-month online and in-person collaborative program hones core leadership skills by exploring specific issues facing parks and protected areas and applying them to real-world challenges. The program also aims to build a pan-Canadian network of Park Leaders who can support each other—and their organization—long after the program concludes. 

The program involves online pre- and post-residency solo-tasks, a five-day face-to-face residency, and an applied team capstone project that will address a real-world challenge facing parks and protected areas in Canada.

Core Program Themes

Each session is built on exploring fundamental aspects of effective and equitable park leadership, including:

  • Indigenous Relations and Ethical Space
  • Leading Organizational Change and Stability
  • Managing Healthy Organizations
  • Effective Leadership Communication
  • Inclusion and Equity
  • Ecosystem and Cultural Resources Management
  • Continuum of Parks and Protected Areas

Sub-Program Themes

Current and Upcoming Park Leader Programs

CohortSub-Program ThemeRegistration
Fall 2018
Leadership and Parkanomics
Mount Royal University
Calgary, Alberta
Learn More
October 7November 11-17
Spring 2019
Partnerships and Collaboration
York University and
Killbear Provincial Park
Toronto, Ontario
Learn More
March 5May 5-10
Fall 2019
(registration open)
Inclusion and Equity
Royal Roads University
Victoria, British Columbia
October 7November 12-17
Spring 2020
(registration open)
Connecting People as Nature
University of Moncton
New Brunswick and PEI
March 9 April 20-25
(may shift
one week)
Fall 2020
(in planning)
Climate Change and Biodiversity
October 5November 9-14
Spring 2021
(in planning)
Leadership and Parkanomics
March 8April 19-24
Fall 2021
(in planning)
Partnerships and Collaboration
October 9November 14-19

Participate in the Park Leaders Development Program

Each CPC Member Agency has a number of priority placements in each intake 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 expression of interest as there may be spaces available.

Registration Fee $3060 per participant

  • Registration fee is inclusive of eight months of pre- and post-residency support and five days of residency accommodation, ground transportation, and meals.

The CPCIL is committed to diversity and inclusion, and encourages Park Leaders of all abilities to consider this program. We will work together to accommodate all participants.