About the Canadian Mountain Network

the international mountain day initiative

In 2016, the Canadian Mountain Network brought together individuals and organizations from across the country and coordinated the first ever Mountain Festival at the University of Alberta. The 2016 Mountain Festival was the first of its’ kind; a Canadian festival celebrating International Mountain Day, a United Nations designated day. The Mountain Festival at the University of Alberta is now a yearly event organized by the Canadian Mountain Network, to celebrate the rich culture and unique environments found in mountain landscapes.


Working together to understand, manage and honour our mountains

The Canadian Mountain Network(CMN) is a voluntary alliance of partners from universities, governments, Indigenous communities, and businesses dedicated to the sustainability of mountain environments and communities across the country and around the world. The Canadian Mountain Network and its administrative centre is hosted at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Science.

Our Vision is for the Canadian Mountain Network to become a national and global leader in inclusive, co-designed, interdisciplinary mountain-research that recognizes the interconnectedness in mountain systems between the environment, economy, and society, and encourages an integrated approach for long-term sustainability and serving the needs of mountain communities.


A Mountain NCE

Established in 2016, the CMN is in the process of establishing a forum for collaboratively addressing the diverse challenges facing mountain regions by harnessing existing capacities and seeking new resources.  As a part of establishing this network, the CMN will lead the preparation of a Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) proposal.

Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) is a federal government program, established in 1989, to provide funding to educational institutions, industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations for the purpose of establishing large-scale research networks. The NCE program bestows long-term funding (renewable for up to 15 years) for academically led multi-disciplinary research into issues of strategic importance to Canadians.

NCE funded research benefits Canadians by supporting the growth of Canada’s multi-disciplinary research capacity, generating new knowledge and innovative applications, providing training opportunities to develop a diverse and qualified workforce, and encouraging national and international collaboration between academics, government, non-government organizations, private businesses, and community partners.

For more information about the NCE planning process, click here.