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Code of Conduct

Symposium 2024
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Canada’s Drug Agency welcomes everyone with an interest in evidence-based decision-making about drugs, medical devices, and health systems to our events for productive, meaningful, respectful discussion and dialogue.

This code of conduct outlines the expectations for staff from Canada’s Drug Agency, attendees, speakers, sponsors, and volunteers (collectively termed “participants”) at the annual Symposium and other events hosted by Canada’s Drug Agency including associated activities such as social events and in the use of Twitter or other online media.

By registering for an event from Canada’s Drug Agency, you agree that harassment or disrespectful conduct do not belong at any of our event. Examples of such behaviour may include: 

  • unwelcome behaviour that demeans or embarrasses a person for any reason
  • offensive or inappropriate remarks, gestures, material, or behaviour
  • sustained disruption of a speaker
  • inappropriate jokes or cartoons including racial or ethnic slurs
  • grouping or isolating
  • yelling, belittling, or reprimanding in the presence of others
  • aggressive behaviour
  • sexual harassment or unwelcome attention
  • damaging gossip or rumours
  • unwarranted or unwanted physical contact
  • social media disparagement
  • reprisals as a result of making a complaint under this code.
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If a participant engages in harassment or disrespectful conduct, Canada’s Drug Agency may take any action it deems appropriate, including warning the offender, expulsion from the event without a refund at our discretion, and/or contacting venue security or local law enforcement. Offenders may be excluded from attending future events.

By registering to attend our event, you are hereby agreeing to this Code of Conduct.

Contact Us to Report an Incident 

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact our staff member immediately. Complaints made under this code of conduct will be taken seriously, handled with care, and thoroughly investigated. We will be happy to help participants contact venue security or local law enforcement, provide escorts, or otherwise assist those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.