2021 Rally – Victoria, Canada

Photo Credit: James Wheeler

Dear coaches and friends of the Conservation Coaches Network!

Approximately every two years we come together to connect, share innovations, sharpen our skills, and uplift our spirits to support conservation practitioners to do better, smarter conservation all around the world.

In response to community requests to hold our next event in North America after having had our last two in Spain and Australia, and recognizing the good work and growth in the use of the Conservation Standards and Healthy Country Planning in Canada, our board has decided to host our next global gathering in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada!

Our CCNet community gathering was planned for May of 2020, but was postponed due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, we do hope that in October of 2021 we will be able to meet! We are also working on virtual training sessions between now and our next community gathering, which we communicate through CCNet’s listserv, and we will also work on ways to offer some parts of the Rally as virtual events.

We understand these are times of high uncertainty, and we are adapting as best as possible. We will update program information on this site, and for your planning purposes we share a preliminary agenda and session list.

In the meantime, take care, stay healthy and we are looking forward to seeing you in Victoria in October 2021!

Your 2021 CCNet Rally Planning Team.

Where? We found a stunning venue, the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, located in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Check out the Oak Bay Beach Hotel. All reservations need to be made by CCNet through the Rally registration process, please do not contact the hotel directly.

When? The event will take place from October 18th – 22nd (plan to arrive on October 18th and leave in the early evening on the 21st (or noon on the 22nd if you are on the CCNet or CMP Board) – sessions will be held from October 19-21.

Program: We will share a final program later on, for now we share our preliminary agenda and session list.

How do I get there? Victoria is on Vancouver Island. You can arrive in Victoria, Canada, the airport code is YYJ. Or you can arrive in Vancouver, Canada, (airport code is YVR) and take a 4 hour ferry & transit ride to Victoria. Another alternative also is arriving in Seattle, USA, the airport code is SEA, and then take a bus (4-5 hours) or ferry (3 hours) + border crossing. Note that the Seattle option might be complicated for people with a single-entry visa to the USA. We will provide more detailed local transportation instructions in our Rally materials.

Visa: Depending on your citizenship, you might need either a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA), to come to Canada by any method of travel – plane, car, bus, train, or cruise ship. On this link you can find more guidance on visa requirements. Allow sufficient time for this process! If you need an invitation letter, Barbara Allison will be happy to help you. Make sure to send her: your full name, organization where you work and city and country where you are based.

Registration? Regsitration will open in February 2021.

Costs? Costs per person for the duration of the Rally (3 nights) cover lodging and taxes. The registration fee will be paid to CCNet, and lodging costs will be paid by participants directly at the venue.

The registration fee covers all meals during the Rally starting with dinner on October 18 and ending with afternoon snacks on October 21, workshop materials, and other event costs. Please note that the registration fee does not include any lodging costs, nor miscellaneous charges that are not part of the Rally at the hotel, participants will pay these costs directly at the hotel. Participants will also be responsible for covering their own travel expenses and incidentals.

You can pay your registration fee online. Once registration opens, we will provide links here.

We will work hard to raise funds to help coaches get to the Rally and your support will be crucial to achieve this.

Participants will also be responsible for covering their travel expenses and incidentals.

More info? Contact Cristina Lasch (clasch@tnc.org) if you have questions or would like to support the Rally or sponsor a coach.