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We provide state of the science workshops and networking for all those interested in protected areas, with an emphasis for solutions based on social, natural, and physical science for best practices in all types of protected areas.

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Bridging the gap between knowledge generation and mobilization, science literacy and evidence-based decision-making

CASIOPA 2023 Annual Conference

The Centre for Applied Sciences in Ontario Protected Areas (CASIOPA) is pleased to announce the theme for the Annual Conference:

Bridging the gap between knowledge generation and mobilization, science literacy and evidence-based decision-making

October 5 2023 | 0900-1530
Federation Hall, West Ring Road, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON

Schedule for the Meeting

0900-0905 Brief opening remarks

0905-0950 Aleksandra Dolezal

0950-1035 Leonardo Cabrera

1035-1100 Break

1100-1145 Courtney Robichaud (via Zoom)

1145-1245 Lunch

1245-1330 Jeff Bowman

1330-1415 Deborah McGregor (via Zoom)

1415-1445 Break

1445-1525 Discussion of what attendees see as being priorities for research in Ontario protected areas and how attendees would like CASIOPA to facilitate research and communications.

1525-1530 Brief closing remarks


This is a Hybrid Meeting – In Person Attendance and Online Participation
For those in person, AM and PM breaks and lunch will be provided
We anticipate participants will not be charged any attendance fees

Given the commitments arising from the Kunming-Montreal 2022 meeting, parks and protected areas in Ontario will play an outsized role in meeting our international commitments to conservation and restoration of biodiversity.

The challenge for institutions – including those related to Parks and Protected Areas – is how knowledge transitions from curiosity or proof-of-concept based work to action on the ground.

Whether you are an experienced professional or early-career professional or student, we seek your participation.

We also plan a facilitated set of smaller round-table discussions amongst attendees to give everyone a chance to engage in the topic and make suggestions.

This meeting is attended by those who make these decisions and report to others that do as well, the outcomes of CASIOPA typically get translated into actions.

Our keynote speakers confirmed are:

  • ​Aleksandra Dolezal - rare Charitable Research Reserve, Cambridge ON. Long Term Monitoring to Inform Management Decisions and Opportunities in Research at rare Charitable Research Reserve.

  • ​Courtney Robichaud – Liber Ero Post-Doctoral Fellow, Carleton University. Embracing Uncertainty: Knowledge, community, and advocacy in conservation.

  • ​Leonardo Cabrera - Parks Canada (Rouge National Urban Park). Promoting Human-Wildlife Coexistence as a Driver of Landscape Conservation in Rouge National Urban Park.

  • Jeff Bowman -  OMRNF & Trent University. Development of a connectivity indicator for parks and protected areas in Ontario.

  • Deborah McGregor - Associate Professor & Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University.

Queries can be sent to Stephen Murphy, School of Environment, Resources & Sustainability, University of Waterloo,

We regret to say that registration is closed as we are at full capacity.

We've had the largest registration in CASIOPA's 35 year history. We are at in person capacity and at remote online capacity. The conference is being recorded and will be available on our YouTube channel a couple of weeks after the conference.  

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