Parks and Protected Areas Research Network
Virtual Research Summit

March 9-12, 2021​

The Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL)—with support from Parks Canada and the Canadian Parks Council–hosted a Virtual Research Summit. By holding a virtual event, we aim to decrease our carbon footprint, increase accessibility for participants, and support social distancing during the pandemic. Plenary sessions and at least one concurrent session will be offered with simultaneous French/English interpretation. 

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Registration is $140/person and includes full access to the Virtual Research Summit, a physical summit package, and ongoing opportunities to connect with the PanCanadian Parks and Protected Areas Research Network . We are committed to including diverse participants and are offering a limited number of lower-cost ($80) registration fees for students, non-profits, and others who may face barriers to participation. 

Know. Do. Learn.

We invite you to participate in CPCIL’s first PanCanadian Parks and Protected Areas Network Virtual Research Summit, to be held online on half-days from March 9-12, 2021.  

The Virtual Research Summit will bring together “Knowers” (scholars/knowledge keepers), “Doers” (practitioners), and “Learners” (students, new hires) from across the country to make personal connections and build a network of passionate individuals in the parks and protected areas field. 

More than simply sharing information,  the Virtual Research Summit will include a series of plenary presentations, panels, workshops, short rapid talks, interactive breakout and regional working groups, and self-directed experiential sessions that will encourage time away from the screen in nearby nature (field trips together but separately). 

Themes and topics will explore how academics, practitioners, knowledge holders, and students can work together to improve parks and protected areas research, knowledge mobilization, and the development of advice for evidence-based decision-making. 

Registration open. 

We also invite collaborations to support this event financially or through in-kind services.

The CPCIL Parks and Protected Areas Research Network will only succeed if it represents diverse people equitably. If you feel you, or someone you know, can help add missing perspectives to the summit agenda as presenters or attendees (e.g. BIPOC, LGBQT+, or persons with disabilities) we would appreciate your/their help as we try to foster an inclusive parks and protected areas research community. Please contact research@cpcil.ca to make a connection.

Virtual Research Summit Schedule

Sessions run from 11:00am to 3:45pm Eastern on March 9-12 with some pre-recorded content made available in advance.  Participants will also be assigned to smaller Regional Task Groups for 60-minute workshopping sessions before and after main sessions (afternoons for Pacific, Mountain, and Central Time, mornings for Eastern, Atlantic, and Newfoundland Time zones).

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Program in French | Le programme en Français

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Virtual Research Summit Abstracts & Presenters

French Translation Pending

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Tuesday March 9

0830h PST | 1130h EST
Plenary Session 1
0915h PST | 1215h EST
Nature Break and Activity
1000h PST | 1300h EST
Concurrent Session 1.1
Concurrent Session 1.2
Concurrent Session 1.3
1045h PST | 1345h EST
Nature Break and Activity
1130h PST | 1430h EST
Virtual Beverage Breakout Groups
1200h PST | 1500h EST
Rapid Talks
1235h PST | 1535h EST
Closing and Regional
Small Group Instructions
1300h PST |
Regional Small Groups (Pacific, Mountain, and Central only)

Wednesday March 10

| 1000h EST
Regional Small Groups (Eastern and Atlantic only)
0815h PST | 1115h EST
Welcome and Recap
0830h PST | 1130h EST
Plenary Session 2
0915h PST | 1215h EST
Nature Break and Activity
1000h PST | 1300h EST
Concurrent Session 2.1
Concurrent Session 2.2
Concurrent Session 2.3
1045h PST | 1345h EST
Nature Break and Activity
1130h PST | 1430h EST
Virtual Beverage Breakout Groups
1200h PST | 1500h EST
Rapid Talks
1235h PST | 1535h EST
Closing and Regional
Small Group Instructions
1300h PST |
Regional Small Groups (Pacific, Mountain, and Central only)

Thursday March 11

| 1000h EST
Regional Small Groups (Eastern and Atlantic only)
0815h PST | 1115h EST
Welcome and Recap
0830h PST | 1130h EST
Plenary Session 3
0915h PST | 1215h EST
Nature Break and Activity
1000h PST | 1300h EST
Concurrent Session 3.1
Concurrent Session 3.2
Concurrent Session 3.3
1045h PST | 1345h EST
Nature Break and Activity
1130h PST | 1430h EST
Virtual Beverage Breakout Groups
1200h PST | 1500h EST
Rapid Talks
1235h PST | 1535h EST
Closing and Regional
Small Group Instructions
1300h PST |
Regional Small Groups (Pacific, Mountain, and Central only)

Friday
March 12

| 1000h EST
Regional Small Groups (Eastern and Atlantic only)
0815h PST | 1115h EST
Welcome and Recap
0830h PST | 1130h EST
Plenary Session 3
0915h PST | 1215h EST
Nature Break and Activity
1000h PST | 1300h EST
Regional Groups Task Reporting
1045h PST | 1345h EST
Synthesis of Event and Closing

Selection Committee

The CPCIL Parks and Protected Areas Research Network Virtual Research Summit warmly thanks the selection committee for compiling a diverse and captivating schedule of presentations to help make this event informative and engaging.

Alexander Wray

Human Environments Analysis Lab (HEAL), University of Western Ontario

Alison Howson

Ontario Land Trust Alliance

Andrew Paul

IISAAK OLAM Foundation

Brenda Jones

Parks Canada

Christine Persohn

Parks Canada

Chris Lemieux

Department of Geography & Environmental Studies Wilfrid Laurier University

Canadian Council on Ecological Areas (CCEA)

Dawn Carr

Canadian Parks Council

Canadian Committee for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature

Don Carruthers Den Hoed

Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, University of British Columbia

Institute for Environmental Sustainability Mount Royal University

Ebany Carratt

Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership

Eli Enns

IISAAK OLAM Foundation

Elizabeth Halpenny

Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta

Erica Flora D'souza

Independent Consultant

Hameet Singh

Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership

Heather Knowles

City of Edmonton

HyunHo Cho

Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership

Jessica Elliott

Yukon Department of Environment, Parks Branch

Karly Upshall

Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership

Monica Shore

IISAAK OLAM Foundation

Nicole Olivier

Canadian Mountain Network

Pam Shaw

Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute

Vancouver Island University

Paul F. Wilkinson

Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University

Rachel Goldstein

Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership

Scott Slocombe

Department of Geography & Environmental Studies Wilfrid Laurier University

Tera Swanson

Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership

Victoria MacPhail

Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change, York University

Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership

Supporting Opportunities

The Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership welcomes collaboration from anyone who wishes to support the Virtual Research Summit goals, either financially or through acts of service and in-kind efforts.

Financial support will be directed toward removing barriers to participation in the Virtual Research Summit, increasing capacity, and developing other activities of the PanCanadian Parks and Protected Areas Research Network.

The Network cannot prosper without the service and in-kind support of individuals and organizations such as through serving on the Selection Committee of moderating sessions.

For more information, or to contribute to the Virtual Research Summit, please contact research@cpcil.ca 

Collaborators

Founding Universities of CPCIL are Mount Royal University, Royal Roads University, and York University Faculty of Environmental and Urban Change.