Your registration for, and attendance at, any IMPAC5 in-person event or online event indicates your acknowledgement of, and agreement to adhere to, IMPAC5’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Statement and to abide by IMPAC5’s Code of Conduct.

The Fifth International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC5) is being hosted in Vancouver, Canada and will provide a venue for MPA practitioners and managers from around the world to share best practices and innovations for advancing and effectively managing a global network of MPAs that will help to restore and protect biodiversity into the future.

IMPAC5 organizers and hosts expect all participants, both in person and virtual, to help create a welcoming and respectful environment that is safe, collaborative, supportive and productive for all attendees, including speakers, moderators, facilitators, exhibitors, media, sponsors, volunteers, contractors, service providers, employees and all others that may be involved.

To ensure everyone will have the opportunity to benefit from their attendance at IMPAC5, we will provide a congress experience in which diverse participants may learn, network and enjoy the company of colleagues in an environment of mutual human respect without discrimination and, in particular, as prescribed in the Canadian Human Rights Act, without discrimination based on:

race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, family status, genetic characteristics, disability and conviction for an offence for which a pardon has been granted or in respect of which a record suspension has been ordered.

Canadian Human Rights Act

We recognize a shared responsibility to create and maintain this environment for the benefit of all, where everyone feels welcome to participate, speak up, ask questions, and engage in conversation. The expectation is for participants to be intentional and thoughtful in their interactions to ensure the event is a culturally safe environment for all, that is, to ensure someone’s culture is not discussed in ways that are harmful or is described through the lens and experience of another culture. To that end, we expect all IMPAC5 participants to adhere to the DEI Statement and to abide by the Code of Conduct at all congress venues whether in-person or virtual, on social media, and at all congress-related social and extension events.

Failure to adhere to the DEI Statement and to abide by the Code of Conduct may result in the IMPAC5 organizers taking any action they deem appropriate, including but not limited to: warning the offender or expulsion from the conference with no refunds, reporting the incident to the offender’s local institution or funding agencies, or reporting the incident to local law enforcement.