Code of Conduct


I.                    Our mission

The Emera ideaHUB at Dalhousie is an advanced business incubator that empowers innovators, entrepreneurs, and startups to create and build the next generation of world-class technology companies making physical products in areas such as ocean tech, clean energy, food science and more. It strengthens Atlantic Canada’s innovation culture, building networks between universities, companies, governments, entrepreneurs and investors.

II.                 How the Code Applies

First and foremost, the Emera ideaHUB is a community.  Our community is comprised of many participants, including students, alumni, faculty and staff of Dalhousie University, visting professors from Dalhousie and other leading educational institutions, mentors, advisors, coaches and other persons who are permitted to participate in our programs and supports.

This Code applies to all Emera ideaHUB Participants. Participants are responsible for familiarizing themselves with this Code and complying with it in all respects regarding their participation in the Emera ideaHUB.

A number of other agreements, codes and policies may also apply to Participants depending on their broader relationship with Dalhousie. For example, Emera ideaHUB Participants who are Dalhousie Students are subject to the Code of Conduct, which are policies of Dalhousie’s senate.  Similarly, Dalhousie’s faculty members may be governed by the relevant provisions of the Dalhousie Faculty Association Collective Agreement or by employment agreements.  Nothing in this Code replaces or supercedes any written agreement to which Dalhousie is a party or any other Dalhousie policies or codes, which will continue to apply.

This Code does not limit the rights available to Dalhousie to seek redress for any wrongdoing in accordance with civil or criminal law.  Failure of a Participant to comply with the requirements of this Code may lead to the Participant’s privileges being revoked and/or other consequences.

III.               Our Standards for Conduct

All Participants are required to:

a.       Conduct themselves in an honest, collegial and ethical manner that is respectful of the rights and safety of themselves and others;

b.       Comply with the letter and spirit of all applicable laws and regulations and all applicable Dalhousie agreements, codes, guidelines, procedures and policies;

c.       Act with honesty, integrity and conduct themselves in a way that promotes and maintains the public’s trust and confidence in Dalhousie as an institution of higher learning, with a focus on supporting its students and alumni; and

d.       Support, and be seen to support, Dalhousie’s student and alumni Participants and the Emera ideaHUB.

IV.               Responsibilities and Prohibitions

a.       Relations Among Bridge Participants

It is the responsibility of every Participant to maintain productive, cooperative, collegial and civil relations with all other Participants and Emera ideaHUB and Dalhousie staff.

b.      Performance Reviews

The Bridge is the residency program which incubates startups on the third floor of the Emera ideaHUB. Each Participant in the Bridge residency program, either as an individual, as a part of a Bridge Team, or both, shall participate in regular reviews of their participation in the Bridge which will be carried out by the Bridge’s Administration from time to time.  If the Bridge agreement between the Bridge Participant and Dalhousie does not specify when such reviews will take place, they shall occur at such times as are determined by the Bridge Administration.  The Bridge Participants being reviewed shall provide a status report to the Bridge administrator in a form and content required by the Bridge Administration use in their review.  Such reviews shall afford the Bridge Participants being reviewed an opportunity to provide their input on the matter.  Of, based on a such a review, the Bridge Administrator considers the performance of that Bridge Participant or his or her team to be insufficient, the Bridge Administrator may issue direction to that Bridge Team or Bridge Participant(s) which may include suspension or termination of Bridge privileges.

c.       Confidential Information and Intellectual Property

Each Participant acknowledges the Emera ideaHUB provides an open, collegial atmosphere.  The collaborative nature of the Emera ideaHUB must be balanced by each Participant taking care at all times to protect the confidential information and other intellectual property that they, and their Team, bring to the Emera ideaHUB Site.  It is each Participant’s responsibility to protect their own confidential information from unauthorized disclosure and use.  Each Participant should avoid leaving confidential information unattended at the Emera ideaHUB and should ensure confidential documentation and materials left at the Emera ideaHUB are securely stored. As part of their activities at the Emera ideaHUB, Participants may receive access to or become aware of other Participant’s confidential information.  Participants shall not use any such confidential information for any purpose, or disclose any such confidential information to any person, except as explicitly permitted by the person who disclosed that confidential information to them.  Participants shall return all unauthorised confidential information to its rightful owner upon request and shall certify to that person that the Participant has not retained any copy of the information.

For the purposes of this Code, confidential information means information held or disclosed at the Emera ideaHUB’s site or through its communications equipment that is not generally available to the public (except due to the breach of this Code or some other legally binding obligation).  Confidential information does not include information that becomes subsequently generally available to the public through no breach of this Code and no breach of any other legally binding obligation, information that was obtained by the recipient from a third party free of any duty of confidence, information that was independently developed by the recipient, or information that is required to be disclosed by law, government regulation, or court order.

d.      Specific Prohibitions

The following is a list of some, but not all, behaviour that constitutes an offence under this Code:

·         Harassment, bullying or intimidating others;

·         Discrimination based on race, gender, disability or sexual orientation;

·         A person holding himself or herself out as an agent of Dalhousie or the Emera ideaHUB, or making promises or statements on behalf of Dalhousie or the Emera ideaHUB except where they are specifically authorized to do so;

·         Using any equipment or facilities provided by the Emera ideaHUB or Bridge for any purpose other than the particular work authorized by Dalhousie in the Bridge Participant’s Action Plan in respect of the Bridge;

·         Bringing any equipment to the Bridge Site that is not approved by Bridge Administration (if in doubt, Bridge Participant should provide a list of their equipment to the Bridge Administration for approval);

·         Knowingly making false, frivolous or malicious complaints about any other Participant under this Code or otherwise;

·         Behaving in ways that unduly disrupt the productive experience of others at the Emera ideaHUB;

·         Enter the Bridge, or permit others to enter the Bridge, without authorization;

·         Wilfully damaging the property of Dalhousie or others at the Bridge or elsewhere; and

·         Not complying with directions of employees of Dalhousie acting in the legitimate performance of their duties.

V.                 Enforcement

This Code will be enforced by the Bridge Administrator and his or her delegates who are Dalhousie employees.  In following paragraphs, “Bridge Administrator” includes his or her delegates who are employees or contractors of Dalhousie.  Together, these individuals form the Emera ideaHUB Administration.

Where any act or omission that breaches this Code or dispute among Participants is brought to the attention of the Bridge Administrator, the Bridge Administrator may decide whether to pursue the matter in his or her sole discretion.  If the Bridge Administrator decides to pursue the matter, he or she will make a reasonable opportunity available to each Participant who is directly involve din the matter to make relevant submission to the Administrator on the matter.  Provided such opportunities are given, the Bridge Administrator may make such directions as he or she sees fit in response to the breach of this Code.  Without limitation, the Bridge Administrator’s resulting directions may include suspension or termination of a Participant’s privileges, in whole or in part, at the Bridge Site.

In cases where the Bridge Administrator considers it appropriate, a Participant’s privileges may be immediately suspended and/or the Participant may be required to vacate the premises.  The suspension of such privileges may continue thereafter as an interim measure as determine by the Bridge Administrator. At an appropriate time, as determined by the Bridge Administrator in his or her sole discretion, the Participant’s privileges shall either be reinstated, or the procedure for the Bridge Administrator making directions or resolving a dispute, as outline above, will be carried out as applicable.