About Us

Our Mission

Working together, national, provincial and territorial park agencies deepen relationships with Nature through collaboration, connection, conservation and leadership.

Our Vision

To be a global leader in effective and innovative collective action for parks.

Our Guiding Principles


Recognition and support of Indigenous rights and responsibilities


Accommodation of different perspectives, experiences, values and priorities


Active outreach and engagement to grow the voice of parks in Canada


Intention to optimize the complimentary goals of all parties


Openness with assumptions, plans, decisions, actions and results


Active curiosity and willingness to consider creative solutions

Evidence-based Decisions

Honouring different knowledge systems

About the

Canadian Parks Council

The Canadian Parks Council exists to connect and coordinate action among Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial park agencies.

Since 1962, park agency leaders have served the Canadian Parks Council as board members to convene and advance collective action for the purpose of making each park agency more effective at achieving their respective goals.

Together, the Canadian Parks Council represents the interests of 14 governments, over 2,700 parks, and a shared mandate to enhance the environmental, social and economic values of national, provincial and territorial parks throughout Canada.

Canadian Parks Council

Board Members

Bob Austad

Executive Director

BC Parks
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

Patrick Graillon


Parks & Special Places Department of Environment

Tracy Draper

Executive Director

Parks Operations Division
Forestry, Parks and Tourism

Sophie Fournier

Assistant General Manager

Tourism Establishments

Shannon Trott


Parks Department of Environment

Tara Crandlemere

Director of Parks and Outreach

Natural Resources and Renewables

Jennifer Johnson

Assistant Deputy Minister

Park Management Services Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport

Geoff Bailey


Parks Division: Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation

Glen Holmes


Park Management Services Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport

Robert Lemmon


Parks Programming and Planning
Department of Tourism Heritage and Culture

Jason Travers

Managing Director

Ontario Parks
Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Parks

Kevin MacLaren

Provincial Manager, PEI Parks

Tourism Prince Edward Island

Stephanie McCabe


Tourism and Parks
Industry, Tourism and Investment


Christine Loth-Bown

Vice President

External Relations & Visitor Experience

2020 - 2024

Strategic Plan Framework

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Let’s be better together

Collaborative space for Canadian Parks Council Members.