Leadership Alumni

Since 2005, alumni of the 2005 to 2011 and 2014 – 2016 Park Systems Leadership Course have expressed interest in remaining connected, and many alumni have done so informally. Since 2018, the Leadership Development Residency Program has intentionally included programming aspects to build a lasting and growing community of leaders who can do more by working together.

Previous Program Participants

This list is provided to connect alumni through their profiles on the Canadian Parks, Protected, and Conserved Areas Leadership Collective. Note: Positions and Agencies listed were current postings at time of program. 

Alberta Tom Sutherland Conservation Officer
Alberta Terry Krause Planning Team Leader
British Columbia John Trewhitt Area Supervisor
British Columbia Bruce Petch Area Supervisor
Canadian Heritage Rivers Ian Smith
Canadian Heritage Rivers Colin Davis
Nova Scotia Emily Gratton
Nova Scotia David Williams
Nunavut Richard Wyma Mgr, Pk Planning and Establishment
Ontario Kathy MacPherson Natural Heritage Education Coordinator
Ontario Peter Briand Park Superintendent, Arrowhead Provincial Park
Parks Canada Erich Muntz Biologist?
Parks Canada David Rohatensky National Historic Site Manager
Parks Canada Ed Coulthard Manager of Resource Conservation-Wood Buffalo
Parks Canada Bill Hunt Acting Manager, Visitor Services: LL/Yoho/Koot
Saskatchewan Rena Laliberte Park Supervisor
Saskatchewan Brian Dressler
Yukon Dennis Kuch
Tim Reynolds
John Mercer
Alberta Don Carruthers Den Hoed Outreach Coordinator
Alberta Julie MacDougall Ops manager: Cypress & Writing on Stone
Alberta Norbert Rafael Heritage Protection Team Leader, NE AB Parks
British Columbia Vicki Haberl A/Regional Planner
British Columbia Janice Joseph
British Columbia Alex Green
Manitoba Wendy Creed Parks Business Systems Specialist
Newfoundland and Labrador Geoff Bailey Mngr Env Edu & Promo
Newfoundland and Labrador Sian French Director
Nova Scotia Bill English
Nova Scotia Oliver Maas Protected Areas Coordinator
Nunavut Lindsay Kulak
Ontario Tracey Snarr Superintendent
Parks Canada Marilyn Peckett Superintendent, Elk Island
Parks Canada Jeff Leggo Ecologist St. Lawrence Islands
Parks Canada Philip Lee Monitoring Ecologist Western and Northern Service Centre
Parks Canada Nadine Spence First Nations Program Manager PacRim
Saskatchewan Collette Schmalz Area Manager: NW
Saskatchewan Mary-Anne Wihak Heritage Protection Team Leader, NE AB Parks
Yukon Sharon Keaton
Yukon Alice McCulley Park Ranger: Tombstone Park
Laura Gorecki C/V/H Coordinator, Kluane
Alberta Scott Jevons GIS Specialist in Ecology
Alberta Travis Sjovold Senior Management Planner
Alberta Carey Booth Head of Visitor Services and Education
British Columbia Karen Wipond Conservation Lands Specialist
British Columbia Brett Hudson
British Columbia Greg Chin Planning Section Head
International Julia Boock
International Suzanne McRae Programme Assistant Conservation International
Manitoba Heather Gorrell Area Supervisor – Parks and Protected Areas/South Cariboo
New Brunswick Josh Tompkins Project Executive, Jack of all trades
Nova Scotia Sandy Anderson Planner
Ontario Rick Stronks Chief Park Naturalist of Algonquin Provincial Park
Ontario John Salo Southwest Zone Manager
Parks Canada Sean Sheardown (Kluane)
Parks Canada Kevin Bachewich Communications Officer-Riding Mountain
Parks Canada Marcia Morash Project Manager
Parks Canada Shannon Bollefer Comm’s, Visitor Services & Heritage Presentation Coord
Parks Canada Nadia Menard Biologist
Parks Canada Paul Perkison Mgr Client Services, Heritage Presentation, Communications
SEPAQ Mariane Tremblay
SEPAQ Francois Guillot Director
Saskatchewan Chris Potter Head, Heritage Interpretation
Saskatchewan Loreen Friskie Park Program Coordinator
Saskatchewan Byron Davis
Alberta Luc Nowicki Dist Team Leader/Cons Officer
Alberta Philipp Hofer Manager, Dinosaur PP
Alberta Jeanette Brooks Team Leader – Heritage Appreciation
British Columbia Jim Hesse Area Supervisor – Prince George
British Columbia Judy Millar Mtn Pine Beetle Specialist
British Columbia Tom Blackbird Area Supervisor – N. Fraser Area
International Nicholas Ngece Project Officer
International Pasang Dolma Sherpa Project Officer
KRG Nathalie Girard Manager of Education and Conservation for Nunavik Parks
KRG Annie Baron Parks Management Trainee
Manitoba Bruce Mineault Park Superintendent
Manitoba Kelly-Anne Richmond Manager Planning & Development
New Brunswick Greg Dion Manager, Sugarloaf PP
Nova Scotia Peter Labor PA Policy & Program Coordinator
Nova Scotia Merryl Bustin District Supervisor-Cape Breton
Nunavut Cameron DeLong Manager Park Facilities and Operations
Ontario Susan Grigg Park Planner – SE Zone
Ontario Greg Wake Prov Park Management Supervisor
Parks Canada Lindsay Rodger Senior Advisor, Recovery
Parks Canada Dave Tovell Visitor Experience Officer
Parks Canada Shanna Fiddler A/Manager, Treaty Negotiations and First Nation Issues
Parks Canada Theresa Bunbury Site Supervisor
Parks Canada Sophie Borcoman Communications and Client Services Manager
Parks Canada C. Locke Marshall Manager, Resource Conservation
Saskatchewan Dean Cattell Park Supervisor
Saskatchewan Larry Schiefner. Park Supervisor
SEPAQ David Dubreuil Manager , Auberge Gîte du Mont-Albert, PN de la Gaspésie
SEPAQ Hugues Tennier Manager of Conservation & Education
Yukon Pierre Foisy Park Officer
AlbertaMargot HervieuxVisitor Services Supervisor
AlbertaTrevor TarnowskiSenior Park Facilities Planner
InternationalDiego Francisco Flores ArrateProfessional: Ministry of the Environment
InternationalAlberto BordeuHead, Advisory and Environment Office
ManitobaElisabeth OstropManager of Recreation and Education Services
ManitobaKelvin KowaskiDistrict Park Supervisor
ManitobaSue AtkinPark Specialist-Lac duBonnet
New BrunswickMarcel RichardManager Parlee Beach and Murray Beach Provincial Park
Nova ScotiaAlan WhitePark Technician
OntarioRob DavisSr Protected Areas Prog Coordinator for Science and Info
OntarioRoss HartNorth East Zone Manager
Parks CanadaJarred PicherA/Manager, Corporate Identity and Image Collection Management
Parks CanadaPippa ShepherdSpecies at Risk Coordinator W&N
Parks CanadaJudy GlowinskiTourism Advisor
Parks CanadaSheldon KowalchukResource Conservation Manager-N MB
Parks CanadaGary BaikieVisitor Experience Coordinator-Torngat
Parks CanadaDan MazerollePark Ecologist-Fundy
SaskatchewanKathie McFarlandSenior Business Analyst
SaskatchewanJanice CrawfordPark Supervisor-Fort Carlton
SEPAQPascal LévesqueResponsable du service à la clientèl-Parc national de la Gaspésie
YukonAfan JonesPark Planner
AlbertaLaura GrahamSenior Planner (Cons & Rec)
AlbertaWendy WheatleyDistrict Team Leader
AlbertaPeter SwainHead Visitor Services
Parks CanadaKathie AdareSenior Advisor – HQ
AlbertaElizabeth DriverSnr Planner (Policy & Lnd Use)
SEPAQSylvie-Anne MarchandVisitor Services Manager
ManitobaDarlene PerrettW Region Park Superintendent
ManitobaDon HallettChief Park Operations
New BrunswickAlain BasqueDirector Tourism Operations
Nova ScotiaDoug OliverPlanning Technician
Nova ScotiaMichael MacDonaldArea Supervisor
Newfoundland and LabradorJeri GrahamMngr Natural Areas
OntarioDavid CoulasPark Superintendent
OntarioJason BlierAssistant Superintendent
Parks CanadaDrue KendrickVisitor Experience Mngr – BC
OntarioLori WaldbrookSnr Marketing Specialist
Parks CanadaBirch HowardPark Warden Supervisor- Yukon
Parks CanadaAndrew MaherRes Mgt & Public Safety Spec-Nunuvut
Parks CanadaSharon HayesMngr Resource Conservation – Ont
Parks CanadaChristine HamiltonTech Srvcs Officer – Sask
Parks CanadaDwight BourdinEnvironmental Assessment Spec AB
Parks CanadaPatti VickersEntry Gates and Information Centres AB
Parks CanadaKirby TulkPark Ecologist – NL
AlbertaJared PrinsProgram Analyst
AlbertaAngela PerryLand Use Officer: NW
AlbertaDavid HumphreyDistrict Conservation Officer
AlbertaBart CristDistrict Team Leader: NE
KRGPierre PhilieVisitor Experience Officer
ManitobaRichard RomaniukChief Park Operations – HQ
ManitobaShawn LambRegional Park Operations Supervisor
ManitobaRodney ForbesDistrict Parks Supervisor
OntarioVicki BradfieldA/Parks Management Specialist NE
OntarioWade MurrantPark Superintendent
Parks CanadaCorey ClarkeResource Management Officer-Fundy
Parks CanadaDiane WilsonAdvisor to the Director General
Parks CanadaGéraldine ArsenaultMngr External Relations-Kouchibouguac
Parks CanadaKylie DayVisitor Services Team Leader-Elk Island
Parks CanadaRay BoudreauManager-Lake Superior NMCA
Parks CanadaSalman RasheedManager, Resource Conservation – Calgary & Vancouver
Parks CanadaAllison StoddartEnvironmental Assessment Specialist
Parks CanadaKaren EstarteHead of Asset Management
Parks CanadaDoreen McGillisExternal Relations Manager-Waterton
SaskatchewanBrant SeifertPark Supervisor Cypress Hills
SaskatchewanSonnet McGuirePark Program Coordinator-Prince Albert area
SaskatchewanNatasha MerrimanPark Program Coordinator-Lac La Ronge PP
SEPAQMyshka SansoinVice-Présidence Parcs Québec
SEPAQPatrick GraillonConservation Coordinator
Alberta Caroline CrellRegional Planner
AlbertaHeather LambertParks Wayfinding Specialist
AlbertaJoey YoungSenior Parks Planner
KRGAlicia AragutakTursujuq Park Director
KRGCharlie MunickKuururjuaq Park Director
ManitobaDavid JonesRegional Parks Specialist – Western Region
Nova ScotiaCarrie L DrakePlanner, Parks & Recreation Division
Nova ScotiaPeter BushProtected Areas Coordinator – Central Region
Northwest TerritoriesBenji StrakerManager, Parks Operations
NunavutLeesee PapatsieManager Parks: Heritage Appreciation
OntarioJohn  SwickNorthwest Zone Manager
Parks CanadaMarc JohnsonInternational Programs
Parks CanadaDavid MurraySenior Planner: New Northern Parks
Parks CanadaMonica OsterhoutA/Promotion and Non-Personal Media Officer-Prince Albert
Parks CanadaSusan KjartansonManager, Financial & Business Management Advisory Services Branch
Parks CanadaDany Lebrun Acting Superintendent-Mingan Field Unit
Parks CanadaValerie BlazeskiCorporate Communications Advisor
Parks CanadaDarroch WhitakerSpecies Conservation Specialist – Atlantic Parks
Prince Edward IslandKevin MacLarenProgram and Operations Supervisor
SEPAQBenoit DubeauResponsable du service de la conservation et de l’éducation
SEPAQMylène Pronovost Conseillère à l’expérience du visiteur
SaskatchewanDave BjarnasonPark Supervisor
AlbertaMichael RoycroftArea Manager, Specialized Facilities & Trails, Kananaskis Region, Alberta Parks
AlbertaRobin SchmidtSenior Parks Planner
AlbertaBryan SundbergDistrict Conservation Officer
ManitobaScott NickelHead of Cottage Planning
Nova ScotiaClinton PinksLandscape Architect
Nova ScotiaHeather OlivellaProtected Areas Coordinator
Northwest TerritoriesTara TompkinsManager, Parks Operations
OntarioJosie GrenierAssistant Park Superintendent
OntarioDave PriddleAssistant Park Superintendent
OntarioJohn FisherPark Superintendent
OntarioRhonda CardPark Superintendent
OntarioAnne CraigSr. Marketing Specialist
Parks CanadaMelissa BanovichActing National Historic Sites Manager
Parks CanadaNicolas MiquelonProgram Advisor, Federal Heritage Buildings Review Office
Parks Canada Alexandra TalbotSr. Advisor and Manager of the Executive Correspondence Office
Parks CanadaCamille Girard-RuelExternal Relations Manager
Parks CanadaBrady HighwayVisitor Safety and Fire Operations Coordinator
Parks CanadaAlana PlummerActing Trails Project Manager
SEPAQDany GareauNational park director
SEPAQRaphael GouletConservation and Education Officer
SaskatchewanDominique ClinckePark Planner
YukonPamela BrownSupervisor, Park Officer program
AlbertaCeiridwen RobbinsVisitor Services Coordinator
AlbertaDaynika WhiteConsultation and Engagement Advisor
AlbertaJennifer OkrainecPlanner
AlbertaKieran DowlingTeam Lead – William Watson Lodge
AlbertaLogan Van ImschootDistrict Conservation Officer
Canadian Parks and Recreation AssociationMurray KoppDirector, Parks Services, Regional District of Central Okanagan
City of CalgaryValerie VeenstraEnvironmental Planning Supervisor
Nature Conservancy of CanadaErica ThompsonSenior National Director, Conservation Engagement & Development
Nova ScotiaDavid BlairEngineer
Nova ScotiaKermit deGooyerProtected Areas Planner
OntarioJim MurphyPark Planner
OntraioNancy DaiglePark Superintendent
Parks CanadaAlannah PhillipsSenior Advisor to the Executive Director, Atlantic
Parks CanadaAndrea McNeilCanadian Heritage Rivers System Advisor
Parks CanadaChad BuchnerManager of Canal Operations Trent Severn Waterway
Parks CanadaJed CochraneFire and Vegetation Specialist
Parks CanadaJerome LussierVisitor Experience Manager
Parks CanadaLinaya WorkmanPark Site Manager/Superintendent Kluane National Park & Reserve
Parks CanadaMichèle LeblondExternal Relations Manager Quebec Field Unit
Parks CanadaNick PhillipsHighway Operations Manager
Parks CanadaLaurie WeinImplementation Manager, Species Conservation and Management
SaskatchewanPaul JohnsonExecutive Director, Park Operations
SEPAQDaniel GroleauDirector of two national parks
SEPAQMyriam LavalléeDirectrice / Superintendant
YukonLolita HughesPark Ranger / Operations Manager
Alberta ParksTazim NazaraliManager, Parks Investment
British Columbia ParksSarah FennellRecreation Business Specialist
British Columbia ParksVolker MichelfelderPlanning and Operational Section Head,
Canadian Wildlife ServiceGarry DonaldsonActing Director, Atlantic Region
Government of the Northwest TerritoriesDarin BagshawConservation Areas Advisor, Environment & Natural Resources,
Manitoba ParksJP PerreaultPark Operations and Infrastructure Planning,
Parks CanadaDan MulrooneySenior Research Officer – Socio-economist
Parks CanadaAbdullah AfzalLaw Enforcement Policy Advisor
Parks CanadaBilly DixonManager Western and Northern Canada, Contracting & Procurement Operations
Parks CanadaChristine DrakePark Superintendent, Pukaskwa NP,
Parks CanadaCindy SchatkoskiAccounting Operations Officer, Banff National Park
Parks CanadaCraig McKinnonRegional Conservation Manager, Kluane
Parks CanadaDanish SyedSenior Policy Adviser
Parks CanadaKelly DeveauxManager, Visitor Experience
Parks CanadaStéphanie CloutierAdvisor, Business and Program Affairs, Executive Directorate, Quebec & Nunavut
Parks Canada AgencyPaul DyckNegotiations Manager, Indigenous Affairs Branch
Saskatchewan Provincial ParksJesse SakiresManager, Strategic Planning and Policy
SEPAQCamille-Antoine OuimetResponsable des services de la conservation, de la maintenance et des infrastructures,
SépaqSamuel MoreauResponsable du service de la conservation et de l’éducation, Parc national du Lac-Témiscouata
BC Parks Dave Richmond Recreation Section Head
BC Parks Elyse Curley Community Liason Officer
Canadian Wildlife Service Eden Thurston Protected Areas National Coordinator
Manitoba Parks Elvira Roberge Head, Park System Planning and Ecology
Nova Scotia Protected Areas Branch Sally Steele Regional Planner
NU Parks Mkabela Masuku Manager Parks Program Development
NWT Parks Kelly Stein Conservation Areas Management Planner
Ontario Parks Jeff Brown Senior Marketing Specialist
Ontario Parks Ryan Gardner Park Superintendent
Parks Canada Alain Nantel Manager, Visitor Safety, Service, Activities and Visitor Use Mangement
Parks Canada Ashley Wruth Interpretation Officer/Coordinator III
Parks Canada Chelsey Dawes External Relations Manager
Parks Canada Maria O’Hearn External Relations Manager
Parks Canada Melanie Dompierre Senior Advisor
Parks Canada Tara McNally MacPhee Manager of Visitor Experience, PEI National Park
Parks Canada Travis Halliday Manager, Law Enforcement Operations (Prairies and North)
Parks Canada Virginia Sheehan Manager, Terrestrial Archaeology
Saskatchewan Parks Jennifer Szakacs Director – Capital Program Design & Delivery
SEPAQ Chloe Bonnette Responsable au partenariat
SEPAQ Isabelle Croteau Director of Parc national de Plaisance
Alberta Parks Daniella Rubeling Interpretation and Education Team Lead
BC Parks and Conservation Karen Mohr Recreation Services Officer
BC Parks and Conservation Gina Bugslag Recreation Officer – West Coast
Nova Scotia Parks Sandra Fraser Parks Promotion and Development Officer
Parks Canada Elizabeth Nelson Science Advisor, Conservation & Climate Change
Parks Canada Christie Thomson Partnering and Engagement Officer
Parks Canada Denis Dufour Manager, Management Planning Policy and Operations
Parks Canada Christian Vezeau Manager, National Celebrations
Parks Canada Rennee Lamontagne Manager, Indigenous Workforce Strategies Team
Parks Canada Allison Fleischer External and Indigenous Relations Manager
Parks Canada Jonathan Sheppard Site Superintendent
Parks Canada Kim Weir Product Development Officer
Parks Canada Erika Taves Senior Advisor to the Executive Director for Ontario and Waterways
Parks Canada Natalie-Anne Bussiere Manager, Heritage Programs
Parks Canada Gary Baikie Superintendent,Torngat Mountains National Park
Saskatchewan Parks Deanna Jacobs Director Visitor Experience and Public Programming
SEPAQ Annie Morrisseau Director – Centre touristique du Lac-Simon
SEPAQ Nathaél Bergeron Directrice, Parc national du Mont-Mégantic 
Project Learning Tree Donovan Blair Student
SépaqCarine BergeronOperations Manager
SépaqMireille BoulianneNatural Environment Technician
Alberta ParksKayla CampbellArea Manager
Saskatchewan ParksTrevor FinlayPark Manager
Nova Scotia ParksTara CrandlemereManager Parks & Recreation
New Brunswick ParksMichel MalletPark Manager
Northwest Territories ParksStephanie McCabeManager, Park Operations
Kentville, NS. Municipal ParksRachel BedingfieldDirector of Parks and Recreation
Canadian Wildlife ServiceAndrew BoyneHead, Protected Areas
Parks Canada Nicole CrerarAsset Management Advisor
Parks CanadaJason CrockettSenior Realty Advisor
Parks CanadaChristy GustavisonExternal Relations Manager
Parks CanadaLori PayneManager, Promotions
Parks CanadaCatherine CournoyerActing Manager, Cultural Heritage Policies
Parks CanadaAnna Lee-CarswellClimate Change Advisor
Parks CanadaJennifer StewartActing External Relations Manager
Parks CanadaJennifer DuquetteStrategic Advisor, Georgian Bay and Ontario East Field Unit
Parks Canada Jackie ZingerExternal Relation Manager, Yukon Field Unit




Parks Canada

Brendan Buggeln

St. Catherine’s, Ontario

Asset Manager

Parks Canada

David Argument


Resource Conservation Manager, Jasper

BC Parks

Hayley Datoo


Planning Section Head, BC Parks’ West Coast Region

Parks Canada

Jennifer Burnell


Travel Trade Advisor, Outreach and Marketing Branch

Ontario Parks

Tobi Kiesewalter

Stittsville, Ontario

Learning and Discovery Program Coordinator for Ontario Parks

Ontario Parks

Rachel Windsor


Assistant Park Superintendent, Presqu’ile Provincial Park

Parks Canada

Sylvie Laneuville


Manager, Conservation Sciences and Preventive Conservation, Collections, Curatorial and Conservation

Saskatchewan Parks

Thuan Chu


Senior Park Landscape Ecologist

Parks Canada

Jo-Anick Proulx

Québec City

Manager, Cultural Resources, Québec

BC Parks

Kim Haliburton


Park Enhancement Fund Advisor, Community Engagement & Education

Alberta Parks

Kieran Maxwell


Issues Advisor, Assistant Deputy Minister’s Office

Nunavut Parks and Special Places

Caroline Ipeelie-Qiatsuk


Heritage Appreciation Coordinator, Qikiqtaaluk region

Parks Canada

Colleen Arnison


Ecologist Team Lead, Western Arctic

Ontario Parks


Kendra Gibson

Goulais River

Park Superintendent, Algoma Signature Site Parks

Parks Canada

Sarah Boyle


Project Manager, Protected Area Establishment

Ontario Parks


Benjamin Dasti

Wasaga Beach

Assistant Park Superintendent, Wasaga Beach Provincial Park

Sépaq/Quebec Parks

Marie-Eve Deshaies

Lévis, Québec

Ecologist, Environmental Indicator Monitoring Program

Capstone Projects

Since 2018, participants in the Leadership Development Program have worked in cross-jurisdictional groups to design, develop, and make progress on a project that had the potential to improve parks and protected areas leadership. The projects also helped foster stronger connections across agencies and across Canada.

Capstone projects ranged in topic and  addressed topics within the CPPCL themes of management, leadership, connection, conservation, and Reconciliation.

Fall 2018: Parkanomics (Canmore/Kananaskis)

How can Park Leaders build relationships with communities around parks by telling stories of success?

  • Infographic on Social Capital for Park Leaders
  • Case study of the use of social capital to solve problems/manage outcomes (interview with Peter Swain, Alberta Parks)

How can Park Leaders create better partnerships by understanding their own needs and the needs of the potential partners?

  • Checklist for maintaining good partnerships
  • Organizational Self-Assessment Tool for partnerships

Things would be better if CPC/CPCIL could host a Protected Areas Indigenous Partnerships & Projects Catalogue, a living database to compile examples of parks working with Indigenous communities across Canada.

  • Designed database based on CPC aboriginal best practices case studies
  • Populated spreadsheet with sample case studies

How might we use design thinking to address visitor use/impact and management using Joffre Lake as a case study?

  • Advised BC Parks participant during VUMF process and provided feedback on various tools

Spring 2019: Collaboration (Toronto/Killbear Provincial Park)

Our team will support CPCIL in developing a bridge between the academic world and park leaders by designing a forum/matching process with Indigenous environmental institute, CPCIL academic partners, site specific questions, etc.

  • Team supported 2019 Parks Research Network Workshop

Our team will increase alumni info sharing by reaching out to PSL alumni and helping them connect with common issues and objectives with the CPCIL website profiles.

  • Created CPCIL/CPC PSL Alumni Directory

  •  Creation of Alumni Community of Practice

Our teams will explore the concept of conservation burnout among parks, NGOs, and Indigenous organizations by doing a series of interviews, researching the topic, doing an analysis and presenting our results.

  • Co-hosted webinar on conservation mental health
  • Interviewed colleagues about mental health resources


Our team will design and pilot a peer-to-peer support to help combat park leader burnout by doing creating a mental health community of practice on the CPCIL website.

  • Compiled mental health resources
  • Designed instructions for CPCIL Challenge Coin program

Our team will look at accountability and conservation in a different way when a crime has been committed by doing a jurisdictional scan, interviews with people who have been through the process, and students (law school or otherwise).

  • Designed and circulated a survey on restorative justice
  • Wrote a blog post about Restorative Justice

Fall 2019: Inclusion and Equity (Victoria)

To mobilize collective action that acknowledges the importance of accessibility and inclusion in all Federal, Provincial and Territorial protected cultural and natural areas and provide a draft position statement for consideration by the Canadian Parks Council.

  • Create a draft position statement on inclusion for CPC

  • Present to CPC directors

To create an online directory of inclusion-focused agencies and resources that Park Leaders can access and use to connect to community champions

  •  Directory designed with a focus on ability, Indigenous peoples, and new Canadians
  • Sample resources gathered for posting to new CPCIL site

How to connect people to remote parks that they may not be able to visit ever in their lifetime.

  • Designed “sensory experience by mail” for Torngats National Park
  • Revised to blog post about approaches to connecting people during COVID

To compile online resources about inclusion and present them to CPCIL users in a quiz format so park leaders can reflect on their own level of inclusiveness.

  • Compiled videos and created pilot quiz format for hiring to diversity, LGBTQ2+ language, ability, and Indigenous perspective

Fall 2020: Connecting as Nature (eResidency)

Things would be better if parks across Canada had standardized effective messaging to promote environmental ethics among new visitors (especially during COVID)

  • Created a survey on impact of COVID visitation in parks

  • Designed initial model for a shared “keep parks clean” campaign

How can Park Leaders support schools in connecting kids to nature by removing barriers to accessing parks?

  • Created a bilingual survey for parks to use to understand barriers to accessing parks for educators in their area
  • Created a bilingual infographic and template letter to explain the value of nature experiences to teachers

Creating a tool to ensure all park staff (not just resource conservation/ecology) realize climate change is their business.

  • Created an infographic to help park staff understand climate change, nature-based solutions, and mitigations
  • Presented as a service-learning panel to the 2021 eResidency

How can parks learn from this pandemic to be better prepared for future global challenges? Should parks be considered essential services and how can they support access to nature?

  • Infographic on preparing park agencies for future global issues based on learnings from the pandemic

Winter 2021: Climate Change (eResidency)

Can we create a learning opportunity that will help more park agency staff understand ethical space in a parks and protected areas context?

  • Identify sources of information on ethical space
  • Frame it for park users
  • Present it in a useable format through CPCCL.ca

Can we create a toolkit of resources to help park agency staff and leaders understand cultural competency?

  • Review current approaches to sharing resources
  • Compile resources
  • Present it in a useful way on CPPCL.ca

What decision-making tools exist that could benefit park leader in complex issues (e.g. caribou, finance, cultural resource protection)?

  • Identify decision-making tools
  • Apply to several example challenges
  •  Share insights to help others use these tools

How can park leaders better engage youth in recruitment and retention? Can we create a youth advisory council or inform the CPPCL knowledge gatherers program?

  • Pilot survey of seasonal and youth staff
  • Design of youth advisory community for CPPCL

Alumni Leadership Stories & Blog Posts

As part of the program, some participants create blog posts and other online resources to share with the CPPCL community. Blogs are often written in collaboration with a partnered knowledge gatherer.