Park Leadership Primers

Explore Common Themes

Winter 2021 Primers

Explore–and connect with other leaders on–a selection of key topics affecting parks in Canada). These self-directed online leadership programs involve an exploration of case studies, applying new ideas, and dialogue with colleagues. Take just one or complete all three programs between January and April.

Each primer is limited to 24 spaces, first-come, first-served

Registrations Opens January 1, 2021

Programs begin February 1, 2021


Online twelve hours each between February 1 and April 30

Participants require internet access and must commit to participating fully in independent tasks, and to actively participating in online forums.

Registration $125 per primer

Parks, Representation, and Black History

Explore diversity, equity and inclusion in Canadian parks by focusing on Black people as they are the least likely to visit nature places, including national and provincial parks. The goal is to explore ways of making parks more welcoming for Black Canadians, and by extension other people of colour.

Created for CPCIL by Jacqueline L. Scott, BlackOutdoors

Collaborative Leadership for Innovation

The value of partnerships across public and private sectors can support collaboration and innovation in parks and protected areas. Explore the key concepts of social capital and boundary spanning and how to make this knowledge relevant for park leaders and practitioners in different fields.

Created for CPCIL by Sylvie Plante, Royal Roads University

Starting Conversations on Conservation Mental Health

Experiences in nature are increasingly connected with wellness, including mental health promotion. Park agencies can support connection with nature for themselves and among their own teams as part of a suite of tools to help passionate park leaders cope with challenges facing conservation and recreation.

 Created for CPCIL by Don Carruthers Den Hoed, CPCIL