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Conference Code of Conduct

Conference Code of Conduct

The annual Canadian Conference on Global Health (CCGH) is dedicated to providing a positive, safe and harassment-free conference experience in which diverse participants may learn, network and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual respect.  

We recognize a shared responsibility of all participants (attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, organizers, and volunteers) at CCGH, and hotel staff, to treat others with respect and to foster that spirit to the benefit of everyone. Harassment in all its forms is strictly prohibited. 

Disrespectful behaviours will not be tolerated at CCGH-related events. To ensure a positive environment for all, we have defined unacceptable behaviour and harassment, outlined consequences for inappropriate behaviour and provided guidance on what to do if you witness or are subject to harassment. 

Unacceptable Behaviour 

These behaviours, in any form, will not be tolerated at the conference: 

  • Harassment (see full definition below) 
  • Intimidation, deliberate stalking or following 
  • Abuse  
  • Discrimination 
  • Use of dehumanizing language, images, or clothing. This includes presentations, slides, and speaker content. 
  • Possession of an item that can be used as a weapon causing harm to self and others 

Our Definition of Harassment Includes the following: 

  • Unwelcome or hostile behaviour, including verbal or written comments that intimidate, create discomfort or interfere with a person’s participation in the conference 
  • Unwelcome physical contact 
  • Unwelcome sexual attention 
  • Cyber-bullying 

If You Experience or Witness Unacceptable Behaviour  

We need your help to keep the conference community safe, accountable, and responsible. If you experience or witness unacceptable behaviour, please bring your concerns to the immediate attention of conference staff (who will be wearing CAGH name badges) or email us at

CCGH staff will be happy to assist anyone experiencing harassment during the conference.  

Consequences of Unacceptable Behaviour 

Participants asked to stop unacceptable behaviour are expected to comply immediately. Participants who violate the Code of Conduct may be expelled from the conference and related activities without a refund and banned from future events at the discretion of the CCGH organizers and CCGH Board of Directors.