Program

The Conference program includes an incredible line-up of English, French and bilingual presentations demonstrating the diversity of interests, expertise and the contributions parks offer to our health and wellbeing. The preliminary program is now available with as much information as possible based on confirmed presentation authors and we will continue to update details as soon as they become available. We look forward to seeing you in October!

*** Note: the program is subject to change

The program is built around 4 major themes to create meaningful opportunities of dialogue within the parks community and also with partners from related sectors such as tourism, education, health and industry:

COLLABORATING and building relationships that ignite the powerful benefits of Nature
CONNECTING with and fostering a love for Nature through a diversity of experiences
CONSERVING and supporting the diversity of life to meet the needs of all species
LEADING by supporting professional development and performance excellence

Detailed program (PDF)

Monday October 7th

9:00 am – 4:00 pm Pre-Conference Workshops
5:00 pm Conference opening
Grand evening to celebrate the official opening of the 2019 Canadian Parks Conference, showcasing the Indigenous Host Nation and the 11 First Nations of Quebec.
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm Exhibitors’ Fair
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm OPENING CEREMONY
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Florence Williams – Your Brain on Nature: how being outside makes us happier, healthier and more creative

7:30 pm – 9:00 pm OPENING EVENING including hors-d’oeuvres service and a performance by an Indigenous artist

Tuesday October 8th

6:00 am – 7:00 am Early Bird Morning Activity
7:00 am – 5:30 pm Exhibitors’ Fair
7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Alan Latourelle – Facing Challenges and Opportunities for Parks with Leadership

9 :30 am – 10 :00 am Break: Networking & Exhibitors’ Fair
10:00 am – 11:00 am STREAM SESSION #1

A) COLLABORATION TO IMPROVE LAND RELATIONSHIPS
Working together to enhance the land preservation

B) HEALTH CONNECTIONS
The powerful benefits of Nature on human health across 3 cases

C) BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION
Key biodiversity areas, conservation measures & private land conservation

D) CULTIVATING YOUTH LEADERSHIP
Green Careers: Successes and challenges in building the next generation of green leaders and environmental stewards

E) EXPERIENCING PARKS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
“Outsider” views on the future of parks and trends covering nature economy, communication and innovation in visitor experience

11:00 am – 11:30 am Break: Networking & Exhibitors’ Fair
11:30 am – 12:30 pm STREAM SESSION #2

F) INCLUSION
Collaborating to increase access and inclusion

G) NATURE IN THE CITY
The value and management of park offerings in urban settings

H) CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION
I) LIGHT POLLUTION
An update on climate change adaptation in Canada’s parks and protected areas & 2 cases of starry sky protection

J) COLLABORATIVE MANAGEMENT IN THE NORTH
Significant collaborative management examples and leadership involving Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples

K) THE MAKING OF A NATURE TOURISM DESTINATION
Nature tourism branding in Finland: An integrated tourism management approach in National Parks management

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch: Buffet and Exhibitors’ Fair
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm SPECIAL SESSIONS

AA) INDIGENOUS-LED GUARDIAN PROGRAMS IN CANADA
Shared experiences and perspectives from a panel of Canadian Guardians Program leaders on the importance of having caretakers on the land, in protected areas and beyond.

BB) EDUCATION AND PARKS
How can the parks/protected areas and education sectors collaborate to create meaningful opportunities for children to learn in and about nature

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break: Networking & Exhibitors’ Fair
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm STREAM SESSION #3

L) RESPECTING WORLD VIEWS
Building collaborative and inclusive engagement processes by respecting Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of knowing

M) YOUTH CONNECTIONS
A special session designed by and for young leaders

N) CLIMATE CHANGE FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES
Economic, environmental and social benefits of natural infrastructure through a variety of “unusual suspect” case studies

O) EXCELLENCE IN OPERATIONAL MANAGEMENT
Front line operational issues & opportunities in 2019

5:00 pm – 5:15 pm Transition Break
5:15 pm – 7:00 pm CANADIAN PARKS FILM FESTIVAL

In collaboration with A for Adventure, the CPFF is an event to showcase and celebrate short films that promote people and cultures, organizations, groups and/or communities that highlight the many benefits of parks and protected areas from the following four perspectives: CONNECT, CONSERVE, COLLABORATE AND LEAD. Along with refreshments and popcorn, a series of selected short films representing the diversity of Canada will be broadcasted, highlighting regions from coast, to coast, to coast.
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7 :00 pm DINNER ON US

The 2019 Canadian Parks Conference and the Quebec City Convention Center will offer a dinner voucher program with outstanding local restaurants to provide delegates an organized opportunity to dine in reserved nearby spaces. A process for selecting local cuisine options, without the fuss of worry of payment or reservations, will be managed upon arrival.

Wednesday October 9th

6:00 am – 7:00 am Early Bird Morning Activity
7:00 am – 2:00 pm Exhibitors’ Fair
7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 am – 9:30 am KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Sheila Watt-Cloutier – Environmental Issues and Challenges of Indigenous Peoples in the Arctic: An Enlightening Interconnection

9 :30 am – 10 :00 am Break: Networking & Exhibitors’ Fair
10:00 am – 11:00 am STREAM SESSION #4

P) INTEGRATING PARKS WITH LOCAL COMMUNITIES
Partnerships with local communities and municipal actors to support parks and protected areas

Q) PARKS AS CLASSROOMS
Successful initiatives to connect students with the land

R) NATURE CONSERVATION
Nature conservation through three lenses: urban nature, environmental impacts of tourism, and Quebec national parks and their peripheral areas

S) FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY
A workshop and dialogue to explore the financial challenges and future opportunities for parks and protected areas

T) SOCIAL IMPACTS OF PARKS
U) REACHING A DIVERSITY OF CANADIANS
A review of Quebec’s newly researched social benefits and impacts of Sépaq followed by a presentation on ways to expand the diversity of Canada’s parks community

11:00 am – 11:30 am Break: Networking & Exhibitors’ Fair
11:30 am – 12:30 pm STREAM SESSION #5

V) COLLABORATING TO CONNECT WITH AND TAKE PRIDE IN NATURE
Working together to inspire and facilitate contact with Nature

W) TECHNOLOGIES IN PARKS
Using technologies to connect more Canadians to Nature

X) INDIGENOUS-LED CONSERVATION
Demystifying Indigenous views of parks and Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs)

Y) MUNICIPAL PARKS LEADERSHIP
Interactive workshop on the issues and measures that matter in municipal parks operation and administration

Z) BEING OUTSIDE IN A DIGITAL AGE
Enjoy an outdoor walk while learning about the history of walking in a digital age!

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Lunch: Buffet and Exhibitors’ Fair
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm SPECIAL SESSION

CC) BEYOND 2020
An action-oriented interactive plenary dialogue to showcase the “why and how” global efforts in conservation are underway to set a new path forward towards a vision of “Living in Harmony with Nature”.

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break: Networking
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm CLOSING PLENARY

DD) CREATING A STRONGER VOICE FOR PARKS IN THE 21ST CENTURY
With a goal of imagining parks and protected areas of the future, this plenary will bring together diverse critical thinkers and “unusual suspects” to synthesize progressive or surprising ideas heard over the week.

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm CLOSING CEREMONY
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm 5 À 7 : Networking reception
7:00 pm Conference closing

Closing celebration with all delegates to share a festive evening highlighting new relationships, our love for Nature and a shared vision for action.

7:00 pm – 12:00 am CLOSING EVENING — Details to follow

Thursday October 10th

Site visit #1 — OLD QUEBEC & PARC DE LA CHUTE MONTMORENCY

Enjoy and Old Quebec visit including an introduction to the presence and evolution of Quebec's defensive system and an opportunity to visit various military components of the city. The visit will end at the Artillery Park, discovering among other things the 1806-1808 relief plan of Quebec.

Lunch at the Manoir de la Chute-Montmorency, where you will be welcomed with a delicious 3-course meal while enjoying breathtaking views on the waterfall.

Finally, end in a visit of the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency with a cable car ride and several spectacular viewpoints to admire the 83 meter high waterfall.

Site visit #2 — WENDAKE

An immersive journey within First Nations culture!

Visit the Huron-Wendat Museum to learn more about the history, culture and arts of the Wendat Nation and other First Nations.

Lunch at the restaurant La Traite to enjoy a 3-course meal of Indigenous-inspired cuisine.

Then visit the traditional Huron Onhoüa Chetek8e site—a unique opportunity to discover the history, culture, dances and lifestyle of the Hurons of the past and of today.

Site visit #3 — PARC NATIONAL DE LA JACQUES-CARTIER

The Jacques-Cartier River dominates the landscape of this territory, occupied for centuries by Indigenous peoples, explorers and loggers. Today, the moose, beaver, osprey, brook trout and many other species are masters and kings of this magnificent region.

You will have a chance to explore this National Park by choosing one of these three activities:

a) Hiking in the heart of the Valley (guided activity), where you’ll see rich and diverse fauna, a generous forest with green undergrowth carpeted in moss, a majestic river that bears witness to a long history and unforgettable landscapes.

b) ”Shelters under rock” (guided activity) - Shelters or caves? On a 1 km course, come explore a fascinating and surprising environment. Discover an intriguing hundred-meter long passage surrounded by gigantic boulders, cool corridors and moss carpets!

c) Rabaska canoe (guided activity) – Travel by a rabaska canoe over the water to experience the spectacular valley of moose, beaver, salmon, brook trout and great herons.

A boxed lunch is included in this site visit.