2015 CPC-PSL Course Brochure_v.3
Why Focus on Leadership?
Leaders in park systems protect priceless public
trusts and need to make thoughtful, ethical
decisions. Drucker described management as
doing things and leadership as doing the right
Work in park systems is remarkably complex.
Leaders deal with interconnected human, social,
cultural, political, historical, financial and
biophysical systems. Since 2005, this course
has pioneered a focus on leadership and learning
for complex environments, and for the
development of leaders in all levels and branches
of each organization.
Leadership focuses on the future. Eﬀective
leaders will help to ensure parks play vital roles
int he health and wellness of our social and
Alice MacGillivray, PhD
Alice has park experience with Parks
Canada, BC Parks, and Alberta Parks. Her
action research MA in leadership from
Royal Roads addressed a complex
challenge in BC Parks. Her PhD research
explored how leaders from parks and other
fields work with boundaries. Alice consults,
writes, publishes, and supervises graduate
students from her straw bale home on
Gabriola Island, BC. For more information,
Canadian Parks Council
455 Hunter Street West
Peterborough, Ontario, K9H 2M7
For more information and to register for
the PSL Course visit:
Thanks to Ontario Parks for hosting!
Hikers walking granite rocks overlooking
Georgian Bay, Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario
Fall colours in Killarney Provincial Park, Ontario
Killarney Provincial Park
September 23-30, 2015
Calling for 2015 Course
The CPC strives to develop leaders who have the skills and ability to lead meaningful change at all levels of a park organization, whether urban, regional, provincial/territorial or national. The PSL Course is speciﬁcally designed for current and emerging leaders — at all levels and with diﬀerent styles — who want to enhance their leadership eﬀectiveness. There are no educational pre-‐
requisites. PSL Course Overview
Since 2005, the Canadian Parks Council (CPC) has oﬀered a professional and contemporary leadership course focused on current and future leaders’ in park agencies from across Canada and beyond. Building on a long-‐
standing commitment to learning and development, the course employs adult learning principles and techniques to resolve real and complex issues through a problem-‐based learning model. Course content is designed at a university graduate level and led by expert learning facilitators drawn from member agencies of the Canadian Parks Council and reputable consultants.
2014 PSL Class
“The PSL Course is an outstanding course -‐ challenging, thought-‐provoking and practical. The course gave me the opportunity to meet and work with a tremendous breadth of current leaders in Canada’s protected areas system, and build a network from across the nation with future leaders.” Katie Adare, Parks Canada, 2010 PSL Graduate.
A Killarney sunset
Canoeist portaging in Killarney
Timing, Cost & Location
This year’s course will look at the challenges of a wilderness park that is close to an urban population. How can Killarney Provincial Park strike a balance between the realities of revenue generation without compromising protection and ecological integrity? How do we manage the needs of the resources against the increasing needs of the visitors? Ontario Parks are the host of the 2015 course and have developed a problem-‐based learning challenge supported by ﬁeld trips that questions how to address the increasing demands of use while maintaining the wilderness park philosophy. In addition to leadership theory, major topics include future challenges, natural and cultural resource management, collaborating with partners and interest groups and the business of managing parks.
Part-‐time online coursework begins six weeks before the six full face-‐to-‐face days of September 23-‐30, 2015. The course is intense, highly rewarding and the on-‐site portion provides an opportunity to see ﬁrsthand the natural beauty and cultural history of northern Georgian Bay, Ontario. All participants are expected to register no later than June 30th on the course website: www.leadbynature.com. Rustic accommodation, all meals and ﬁeld trips, resource materials and instructional costs are included in the course fee of $3,500. The PSL Course is oﬀered in English with modest French support for bilingual Francophone participants.