Real Life Conference
Harassment Policy

Policy Index

  1. Zero-Tolerance Policy & Definition of Harassment

  2. Enforcement

  3. Reporting & Anonymous Reporting

  4. Staff Contact Info

  5. Ambassadors

  6. Sensitive Topics

  7. Commitment

1. Zero-Tolerance Policy and Definition of Harassment

We operate a zero tolerance approach towards harassment at the Real Life Conference in any form.

Harassment occurs when a participant of the Real Life Conference is subjected to unwelcome verbal or physical conduct because of race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status or sexual orientation.

Examples of harassment that will not be tolerated are: verbal or physical abuse, threats, derogatory remarks, jokes, innuendo or taunts related to any participant's race, religious beliefs, colour, gender, gender identity, gender expression, physical disability, mental disability, age, ancestry, place of origin, marital status, source of income, family status or sexual orientation.

2. Enforcement

Participants asked to stop any harassing behavior are expected to comply immediately.

Any participant of the Real Life Conference including exhibitors, volunteers, vendors, sponsors, staff, attendees etc. are subject to the anti-harassment policy.

If a participant engages in harassing behaviour, event organizers retain the right to take any actions to keep the event a welcoming environment for all participants. This includes warning the offender, mediation or expulsion from the conference with no refund. Event organizers may take action to redress anything designed to, or with the clear impact of, disrupting the event or making the environment hostile for any participants. We expect participants to follow these rules at all event venues and event-related social activities. We think people should follow these rules outside event activities, too!

For any reported incidents that are not criminal in nature, the following procedures will apply:

  1. Once a complaint is received by Real Life Conference Staff, it will be kept strictly confidential. Appropriate action will be undertaken immediately to deal with the allegations. Action taken may include mediation.

  2. A Real Life staff member will talk to you as well as the alleged harasser and any individuals who may be able to provide relevant information related to the allegations. All information collected will be kept in confidence.

  3. If appropriate, Real Life will attempt to resolve the complaint by mediation with the consent of the victim. If mediation is not successful, an investigation will be undertaken and removal may occur.

  4. With the goal of everyone proceeding to be at the conference, all parties must agree to moving forward to remain harmonious at the remainder of the event.

3. Reporting

If someone makes you or anyone else feel unsafe or unwelcome, please report it as soon as possible. Conference staff can be identified by special badges. Harassment and other code of conduct violations reduce the value of our event for everyone. We want you to be happy at our event. People like you make our event a better place.

You can make a report either personally or anonymously:

  • Anonymous Report

You can make an anonymous report here that DOES NOT require an email address to submit.

* We can't follow up an anonymous report with you directly, but we will fully investigate it and take whatever action is necessary to prevent a recurrence.

  • Personal Report

You can make a personal report by:

  • Phone or Text: (403) 688-9915. This phone number will be continuously monitored for the duration of the event. However, it will be on do not disturb from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. daily. If your report is urgent, and you need immediate assistance you can call the listed number twice to break through the do not disturb setting.  Outside of those times, please email your report to

  • Contacting a staff member, identified by a special name badge.

*When taking a personal report, our staff will ensure you are safe and cannot be overheard. They may involve other event staff to ensure your report is managed properly. Once safe, we'll ask you to tell us about what happened. This can be upsetting, but we'll handle it as respectfully as possible, and you can bring someone to support you. You won’t be asked to confront anyone and we won't tell anyone who you are.

Our team will be happy to help you contact hotel/venue security, local law enforcement, local support services, provide escorts, or otherwise assist you to feel safe for the duration of the event. We value your attendance.

4. Contact Info

Police Emergency: 911
Police Non-Emergency: (403) 678-5516
Hotel: (403) 812-0680
Email address for organizers:
Phone number for organizers: 403-688-9915 (Callandra), 403-763-7401 (Erika)
Canmore Taxi Company: (587) 361-2882

5. 2018 Real Life Ambassadors

We want to make attendees feel they can approach others safely if they choose to make a report of harassment (anonymous or otherwise). We offer totally independent individuals if you don’t feel appropriate to approach conference staff directly. We’ve put together a team of ambassadors who you can safely approach, who have agreed to deal with any reports seriously and discreetly.

Kat -
Erin -
Felicia -
Kaidra -
Heather -
Zoë -

6. Sensitive Topics

The Real Life Conference is committed to guiding the dialogue about women and marginalized groups in photography, this community chooses courage over comfort. We choose to listen to the lived experiences of marginalized groups, and will not insert ourselves, or centre ourselves in these conversations.

The Real Life Conference may address the following topics: social justice, trauma, racism, sexism, ableism, death, queer identities, discrimination.

We know some of these topics are uncomfortable for some. As such, we will issue a trigger warning for sensitive topics before the morning break. This will help you to self-regulate your experiences. Warnings will be issued for discussions about sexual assault or abuse.

7. Commitment

The organizers of the Real Life Conference commit to take immediate and appropriate action to report or deal with incidents of harassment of any type, whether brought to their attention or personally observed. Under no circumstances should a complaint be dismissed or downplayed, nor should the complainant be told to deal with it personally.

Real Life seeks to provide a safe, healthy and rewarding environment for all participants. Harassment will not be tolerated.