About Us

About the

Canadian Parks Council

Canada has a long tradition of parks and protected areas establishment, and has earned a global reputation as a good steward of our natural, cultural and built resources. Canada’s national, provincial and territorial park agencies work together, through the Canadian Parks Council, to ensure that Canadians can continue to be proud of the role parks and protected areas play in in conserving and celebrating Nature’s contribution to our collective health and well-being.

Canadian Parks Council

Board Members

Bob Austad
Executive Director
BC Parks
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
Linda Vaillancourt
Parks & Special Places Department of Environment
Tracy Draper
Executive Director
Parks Division Department of Environment and Parks
Sophie Fournier
Strategic Advisor

Office of the Vice President, Operations

National Parks and Camping

Mike Etches

Parks Department of Environment

Matt Parker
Outreach & Service Delivery Division
Department of Lands and Forestry
Jennifer Johnson
Assistant Deputy Minister
Park Management Services Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport
Geoff Bailey
Parks Division Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation
Glen Holmes

Park Management Services Ministry of Parks, Culture & Sport

Michael Nadler

Vice-President, External Relations & Visitor Experience Parks Canada Agency

Jason Travers
Managing Director
Ontario Parks
Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Parks
Shane Arbing
Provincial Manager
PEI Parks Tourism
Prince Edward Island
Stephanie McCabe
Tourism and Parks
Industry, Tourism and Investment


Melanie Deveau
Parks and Attractions
Department of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

2020 - 2024

Strategic Plan Framework

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Canadian Parks Council


The CPC’s Annual Awards Program recognize excellence in the advancement of Park Programs. Individual Awards of Excellence recognize achievement of extraordinary significance by an employee, volunteer or contractor of a member agency of the CPC. Agency Awards of Excellence recognize achievement of extraordinary significance by a member agency of the CPC.  In 2019, the Micah Messent Young Professional Award of Excellence was established to recognize a young employee, intern, contractor or volunteer of a member agency who demonstrates leadership in ways that honour the memory of Micah Messent – a young BC Parks employee who lost his life in a tragic accident while pursuing his passion to serve and conserve Nature.  Nominations for CPC Awards are submitted through CPC Board representatives.

Let’s be better together

Collaborative space for Canadian Parks Council Member Agencies.