The purpose of the CAPS Code of Professional Ethics is to establish and maintain public confidence in the professionalism, honesty, ability and integrity of a CAPS professional speaker. The Code of Professional Ethics is fundamental to the future success of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers, its members, and the profession of speaking.

To this end, members of the Association have adopted, and as a condition of membership, subscribe to this Code of Professional Ethics. By doing so, the members give notice that they recognize the vital need to preserve and encourage fair and equitable practices among all who are engaged in the profession of speaking.

Violations of the obligations of this Code shall be determined in accordance with the bylaws, policies and procedures of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Disciplinary actions shall be instituted by the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers in accordance with the bylaws, rules and regulations established by the Association. Any such disciplinary action shall be final and binding upon the CAPS member and without recourse to the Association, its officers, members and staff.

Article 1. The CAPS member shall accurately represent qualifications and experience in all oral and written communications. The CAPS member shall not exaggerate his/her qualifications and experience. Promotional materials in any format must include descriptions that are based in truth and fact.
Article 2. The CAPS member shall conduct his/her business in a professional manner and will not use language or materials that would be offensive to others or discredit the speaking profession.
Article 3. The CAPS member shall not use the intellectual property of another unless granted written permission by the originator and/or owner of the material, save and except for where the fair usage of material applies under copyright laws.
Article 4. The CAPS member shall treat other professional colleagues with the highest standards of professional courtesy, dignity and respect.
Article 5. The CAPS member shall maintain and respect the confidentiality of all business or personal affairs of clients, agents and other speakers.
Article 6. The CAPS member shall be vigilant against fraud or unfair practices and shall endeavour to eliminate from the speaking profession all practices that might bring discredit to the profession.
Article 7. The CAPS member shall not participate in any agreement to unfairly limit or restrain the access of others to the marketplace, in accordance with the rights and freedoms guaranteed by Canadian law.

Members of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers are dedicated individuals sincerely concerned with the interests of all who come in contact with the profession.

To this end, CAPS members subscribe to this Professional Pledge.

  • I pledge myself to honesty and to honour my commitments; to continuously advance my professional expertise to ensure service to my clients shall always be maintained at the highest possible level.
  • I pledge myself to seek and maintain an equitable, honourable and cooperative association with fellow members of the Association, its partners, and with all others who may become a part of my business and professional life.
  • I pledge myself to comply with the standards of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers as set forth in its Bylaws and this Code of Professional Ethics.

Revised March 2004

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