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Royal Roads partners to support parks and conservation
A joint proposal prepared by Royal Roads University, Mount Royal University and York University has resulted in the creation of the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL). CPCIL is a pan-Canadian centre for excellence created to develop and connect emerging leaders and scholars in effective, inclusive and sustainable stewardship of Canadian parks and conservation areas.
The successful proposal was submitted in response to a 2017 invitation from the Canadian Parks Council to more than 40 academic institutions to propose research-based approaches to support parks and protected areas professionals.
The CPCIL will launch four programs for mid-career and emerging leaders from CPC member park agencies and partners over the next year. The Parks Leadership Development Program will be offered twice a year for 25 participants.
“Leadership sustainability, protecting our natural resources and environmental stewardship all align with our inherent values at the university,” says Dr. Zoe MacLeod, Royal Roads Professional and Continuing Studies director. “We see value in collaborating with other universities in this pan-Canadian collaborative approach.”
Royal Roads is part of the CPCIL Advisory Group and participates in curriculum design and delivery of the program.
The initial five-year agreement commits $250,000 to support the CPCIL.