Summit Presentations

Canadian Parks Summit 2016

The first-ever Canadian Parks Summit brought together invited leaders and experts, including land managers, service and retail providers, governmental affairs specialists, and program developers. These professionals examined strategic challenges facing parks, and discussed opportunities that could enhance their growth and impact at the national, provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal levels.

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The Summit was a collaboration between the Canadian Parks Council, Parks Canada, and the Parks Task Group of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, as well as other organizations. 


Final Address - Brian Johnston

This presentation sums up understanding, commitment to a vision, benefits that parks deliver, and commitment statements.

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It's Called Outside - Nature, Parks and Health - Trevor Hancock

This presentation looks at the 100/90/80 rule and shares research about the benefits of a strong connection with our environment, arguing that beauty, such as we find in nature, is really a fundamental determinant of health. Attendees were urged to acknowledge and address inequalities to access facing parts of our populations noting that to ensure connectedness for all we must "preferentially build beautiful spaces in low-income areas".

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Nature Needs Half - Harvey Locke

This presentation looks at the Nature Needs Half conservation movement, which, as First Nations people have always known and science also proves true, says that for a healthy, sustainable planet, we at least need half of our lands and waters protected. It notes movement from the current commitments of 17% for wild lands and 10% for water currently being used by policy makers as a first step towards solid conservation efforts and states that parks have a crucial role to play in supporting the Nature Needs Half movement.

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Nature's Place in Sustainable Communities- Megan Meaney

This presentation looks at the work of ICLEI in mobilizing cities, looking at why cities matter, urban biodiversity, moving beyond barriers, and more.

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Leadership and Sustainability

What can we do to meet international commitments - Nik Lopoukhine

This presentation looks at: 1.Management effectiveness; 2.Fiscal sustainability; 3.Infrastructure management. It provides the IUCN definition of protected areas as: “A protected area is a clearly defined geographical space, recognised, dedicated and managed, through legal or other effective means, to achieve the long term conservation of nature with associated ecosystem services and cultural values.”

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Why Be Normal - Phil Gaines

This presentation looks at issues of leadership, including the presenter's PHILosophies: Becoming Relevant in people lives; Engagement; I love my job when...; It’s in the small stuff; Empowerment; Difference Makers; Work in the triangle (accountability, sustainability, and results).

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Wired for Innovation: Tapping the Full Potential of Millennials and Gen Z - Ilona Dougherty

This presentation looks at how can we tap into the full potential of young people. It defines the terms Young People, Millennials, and Gen Z, and Innovation, describes what makes an innovator and why young people are wired for innovation.

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Success Through Collaboration - Pam Veinotte and Mike Bender

This presentation looks how Rouge National Urban Park is a protected area like no other, the park vision, tradition and objectives of collaboration, role of the Toronto and Region Conservation organization, and more.

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The Future of Parks in Canada

Hipcamp - Alyssa Ravasio

This presentation looks at the work of Hipcamp, whose mission is to get more people outside, with three focus areas - public, private, and health.

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