Code of Conduct

BookNet Canada is committed to creating a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and accessible conference experience for all attendees. This is accomplished only when all participants uphold the following guidelines and rules of etiquette.

Accordingly, we expect attendees, staff, and speakers to follow our Code of Conduct at all BookNet Canada events by following these guidelines and rules of etiquette:


BookNet Canada events function with a spirit of inclusiveness and we celebrate all participants, including all races, ethnicities, a full spectrum of genders, a full spectrum of sexual identities, and persons with a range of abilities and ability challenges. We believe that a diverse range of experiences and perspectives is absolutely necessary in building a thriving and healthy industry.


All attendees must be aware of how actions and words affect others. Do act accordingly.


Harassment will not be tolerated. No attendee shall harass an event guest, staff member, volunteer, attendee, or any other individual in attendance. Harassment can be a series of events or a single event with a lasting impact on the other individual. Any such behaviour may lead to expulsion from the event. BookNet Canada or its event representatives reserve the right to remove any materials it considers offensive or any individuals acting in disagreement with its policies and philosophy, including any promotion of hate, religious/anti-religious proselytization, unauthorized solicitation, anti-feminism, or similar.

Anonymity & right to privacy

Respect other individual when sharing photos, videos, or quotes online by asking permission first and removing any content if you’re asked to do so.

Downloading, taking screen shots, photographing, or recording video and/or audio of presentations and slides is prohibited.

Registration constitutes consent to audio and visual recording (and use and alteration of the recording) by BookNet Canada for non-commercial purposes aligned with their mission.

Pronouns & gender neutrality

When possible, attendees are encouraged to self-identify their pronouns by adding them to their display names on the event hosting platform. If you are aware of someone’s pronouns or gender identity, make sure to always address them appropriately by using correct pronouns. If you are unaware of someone’s pronouns or gender identity, and are unable to ask, use the gender neutral terms “they/them” (rather than “he/him” or “she/her”).

Violations of this Code of Conduct may result in BookNet Canada representatives, at their full discretion, monitoring the incident, administering a warning, or expelling the offender (without issuing a full or partial refund), and/or restricting the offender’s attendance at future BookNet Canada events, including at in-person events.

Questions or suggestions?

If you have any questions or suggestions about BookNet Canada’s Code of Conduct, please get in touch.

Reporting a violation

If you witness or experience inappropriate conduct, you should report such conduct immediately to a BookNet Canada staff member at the event or by using our contact form.

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