October 21, 2021: IRES Faculty Seminar with Don Carruthers Den Hoed

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall

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Transforming parks and protected areas leadership by linking practitioners, researchers, and knowledge holders


The Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL) is a pan-Canadian initiative aimed at revealing, connecting, and transforming an inclusive community of parks and protected areas leaders, scholars, community partners, and Indigenous knowledge holders. This presentation will outline the history and core programs of CPCIL and share opportunities for the academic community to get involved with real-world wicked problems, such as decolonizing parks, equity and diversity, conservation burnout, climate adaptation, and organizational sustainability – particularly tensions in financing protected areas. We will also introduce and invite participation in the Pan Canadian Parks and Protected Areas Research Network, a new element of the CPCIL project aimed at improving knowledge mobilization for parks and protected areas decision-makers.


Don Carruthers Den Hoed

Research Associate, IRES


After nearly thirty years as a provincial park educator and land manager — who was an academic “on the side” — Don Carruthers Den Hoed left public service to complete his doctorate and lead the Canadian Parks Collective for Innovation and Leadership (CPCIL). Now a Research Associate at IRES, Don remains an academic practitioner, focusing his research on intersections between parks and reconciliation, conservation, inclusion, and sustainability. He supports hundreds of federal, provincial, and territorial park staff with leadership programs and resources, and he collaborates with parks and protected areas academics and Indigenous conservation leaders on a variety of interdisciplinary research projects.