February 12-15, 2024

CPPCL eSummit

The call for submissions is currently open!

We are seeking diverse speakers for three presentation formats:

  1. 45-minute Plenary Presentations
  2. 15-minute Panel Presentation as part of a session on a theme
  3. 5-minute Snapshots (Speed Talks or Virtual Posters) to highlight a current project or an emerging knowledge gap

As an interdisciplinary summit, we invite useful and relevant evidence-based presentations from a wide range of knowledge systems. We encourage presenters from diverse backgrounds and knowledge systems, ideas and experiences to apply. Creative proposals are welcome, including arts- based, oral, and nature-based presentations. Contact research@cppcl.ca with questions.


Screening and selection begins December 15

Late submissions may be considered as space allows

Connecting Knowers, Doers, and Learners!

The CPPCL Collective's fourth annual Parks and Protected Areas Research Network eSummit combines online sharing and collaboration with interactive nature breaks and a year-long webinar series to bring together Knowers, Doers, and Learners!

Our goal is to narrow the gap between research and action by sharing interdisciplinary knowledge and build an inclusive, intergenerational, collaborative network of parks and protected areas organizations and individuals.

The eSummit invites scholars and knowledge keepers (Knowers), government, Indigenous, non-profit, and community organization practitioners (Doers), and students, researchers, or new hires (Learners) to join us for four half-days of plenary presentations, panels on related themes, snapshots of research-in-progress and research needs, nature-breaks, and virtual tea talks to connect in small groups with peers from your region.

eSummit Topics and Themes

While the eSummit invites a broad range of topics, some specific issues we hope to explore during the 2024 eSummit include:

  • (Re)Connecting People to Nature: what are the obstacles and solutions to encouraging more equitable access to Nature?
  • Climate Change and Biodiversity Innovations: how can parks and protected areas become innovators in environmentally sustainable best practices that integrate climate change mitigation?
  • Workforce for the Future: what needs to change for parks and protected areas organizations to attract and retain a diverse and creative workforce?
  • Management Best Practices: how can decision makers engage and collaborate with people inside and outside their organizations?

Special Sessions on Conservation Financing (Plenary Series)

Thanks to a collaboration with the Canadian Council for Ecological Areas (CCEA), CPPCL is pleased to offer a stream of plenary speakers to present on Conservation Financing With a Special Focus on Parks and Protected Areas. Planned topics include:

  • Financial Sustainability and Revenue in Parks and Protected Areas
  • Indigenous Conservation Financing
  • Project Finance for Permanence
  • Conservation Financing in Canada and Globally: Issues and Opportunities

These sessions are open to all eSummit attendees and will guide a face-to-face CCEA workshop in late March on "Systems and Management Planning with Conservation Finance in Mind"

As a virtual event, the eSummit helps reduce our carbon footprint and increase accessibility for participants. All sessions are offered with simultaneous French/English interpretation.

Collaborators and Supporters

The CPPCL Collective's eSummit is supported by the Canadian Parks Council and Parks Canada and delivered in collaboration with University of British Columbia, Mount Royal University, York University, and other collaborators.

  • Canadian Parks Council
  • Parks Canada
  • Canadian Council for Ecological Areas
  • University of British Columbia
  • Mount Royal University
  • York University


Online event

Registration period

September 1, 2023 - 00:00 until February 12, 2024 - 00:00

Submission period

November 1, 2023 - 21:06 until December 31, 2023 - 18:00

Contact us

If you have any questions, please contact don.cdh@ubc.ca .

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