Startup Edmonton Code of Conduct

Startup Edmonton is dedicated to providing a safe, harassment-free environment for all events.

We invite you to help us make this space a place that is welcoming and respectful for all participants, regardless of race, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, national origin, ethnicity, or religion.

We expect all participants — attendees, speakers, sponsors, exhibitors, organizers and volunteers — to treat others with respect and abide by the following Code of Conduct at all times. This includes social events at off-site locations, online activities and social media before, during and after the event itself.

Unacceptable Behaviours

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

  • Harassment

  • Intimidation

  • Abuse

  • Discrimination

  • Use of sexualized language, images, or clothing. This includes presentations, slides, and speaker content.

  • Possession and/or use of illegal substances

  • Possession of an item that can be used as a weapon causing harm to others

Our definition of harassment includes:

  • Unwelcome or hostile behaviour, including verbal or written comments that intimidate, create discomfort, or interfere with a person’s participation at the event

  • Unwelcome physical contact

  • Unwelcome sexual attention

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 event and related activities without a refund and/or banned from future events at the discretion of the organizers.

If You Experience or Witness Unacceptable Behaviour

We need your help to keep the community safe, accountable and responsible. If you experience or witness any forms of unacceptable behaviour, please bring your concerns to the immediate attention of Startup Edmonton staff or contact directly.

The entire Startup Edmonton team is dedicated to resolving issues promptly and confidentially. If you have a concern regarding sexualized language, unwelcome sexual attention, or sexual harassment and would prefer to speak directly to a female staff person, please contact Stephanie Enders, Marketing Communications Manager, at

Thank you for help keeping Edmonton Startup Week and the larger startup and tech community safe, welcoming and respectful for all. 

Credit: Thank you to Traction Conference for sharing their Code of Conduct with us to build from.