2022 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 2022 we will be able to meet! We will communicate updates through CCNet’s listserv and the CCNet News.

We understand these are times of high uncertainty, and we are adapting as best as possible. We will update program information on this site during the first quarter of 2022.

In the meantime, take care, stay healthy and we are looking forward to seeing you in Victoria in October 2022!

Your 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 17th – 21nd (plan to arrive on October 17th and leave in the early evening on the 20th (or noon on the 21st if you are on the CCNet or CMP Board) – sessions and general Rally activities will be held from October 18-20.

Program: We will share a program later on, during the first quarter of 2022.

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 and health requirements: 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, Cristina Lasch (clasch@tnc.org) 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. Due to the global health pandemic, it is possible that several countries and airlines might have specific health requirements. Please make sure to check and comply with those requirements. We will share links to Canadian regulations during the first quarter of 2022.

Registration? Registration will open in February 2022, and we will share information here on this page.

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. We are extremely grateful to the Oak Bay Beach Hotel, for maintaining the same costs as established for our event in 2020.

The registration fee covers all meals during the Rally starting with dinner on October 17 and ending with afternoon snacks on October 20, 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.

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