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Canadian Mountain Network Reports

Below are all of CMN's public reports. Click on the headings below to access each report in English or French.

The Annual Report details our successes and achievements over the last year, the Strategic Plan explains CMN's vision, goals and action plan over the next three years, and the Operational Plan provides detailed activities and targets to achieve the objectives set out in the Strategic Plan.

Annual Report and Strategic Plan

Read the Canadian Mountain Network’s first* Annual Report and Strategic Plan! Learn about our work and mission, and how our diverse partners from universities, governments, Indigenous communities, businesses and the not-for-profit sector are contributing to the sustainability of mountain environments and communities across the country and around the world.

*As CMN launched in January 2019 and its fiscal year ended in March, no annual report produced for that year. 

Annual Report

Strategic Plan

Operational Plan 2021-22

CMN Annual Operational Plan Cover Page

Despite a year of unprecedented challenges on the global scale, the Canadian Mountain Network (CMN) has continued to move forward on its mission and mandate developing novel governance structure and processes and conducting research to better understand how braiding Indigenous and Western knowledge systems can advance our collective understanding of mountain systems, peoples, and their collective sustainability.

The Operational Plan for 2021-22 is a governance best practice and a requirement for the Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) Program. This report outlines the progress made in 2020-21, performance relative to metrics, and the “go forward” plan for 2021-22 for the strategies identified in the Network’s Strategic Plan (Research, Training, Knowledge Mobilization, Networking and Partnerships, and Excellence in Management and Governance). Key highlights in 2020-21 for the CMN strategic areas include:

Research

Research

Training

Training

Knowledge Mobilization

Knowledge Mobilization

Networking and Partnerships

Networking and Partnerships

Management and Governance

Management and Governance

On balance, performance in 2020-21 met or exceeded targets for metrics in each strategic area demonstrating the alignment of the Network’s investments with its goals and objectives.

The approved budget for 2020-21 was $4,425,876. Considering actual expenditures from Q1 to Q3 and forecasted spend to the end of March 31, 2021, the anticipated variance between the total approved budget for 2021-22 and the forecasted annual expenditures is ($227,014) or -5%. Given the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, this variance is anticipated and considered low risk.

As we look forward, 2021-22 is lining up to be a year to be proud of! Areas of emphasis will include streamlining governance administration, accelerated research through a series of new Knowledge Hubs across Canada, and increased connection across our existing research programs, the new Knowledge Hubs, the Co-Research Director grants, and the vision of the Arctic Inspiration Prize to advance research, training, monitoring, knowledge mobilization and communication of the work we do. In addition, Strategic Planning will be critical for the future including crafting of a vision for the next phase of the CMN after 2024.

Expenditures will grow from $4.20 million in 2020-21 to $5.36 million in 2021-22, reflecting the scale up of several activities including:

  • Research (e.g., Knowledge Hubs) with increased funding from $2.26 million in 2020-21 to $3.30 million in the 2021-22 fiscal year;

  • Networking (e.g., anticipated in-person Annual Meeting) scaling from $405,000 in 2020-21 to $575,000 in 2021-22; and

  • Training (e.g., Land-based Learning program) scaling from $333,000 in 2020-21 to $472,000 from 2021-22.

The CMN has covered a lot of ground in a very short time and due to the commitments and excellence of its staff, volunteers, Board of Directors, and Committees, Host Institution, and supporting partners and communities is well positioned for the years ahead. Strong values, consistent action, solid and novel governance, excellence in knowledge and research of mountain systems and peoples, and a strong dedication to advancing the understanding and braiding of Indigenous and Western knowledge systems is unmatched in Canada and a model for the international community.

The 2021/22 CMN Operational Plan was approved by the Board of Directors on March 31st, 2021.

Contact us at [email protected] for further info or a copy of the plan.

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