Music BC is pleased to present ‘Fostering A Respectful Workplace’, a workshop designed to give participants tools to address issues of harassment and safety within their workplace. This workshop will run from 10am – 5pm, with coffee and lunch provided.

The seminar will begin with a ninety-minute presentation by Melanie Samuels (Partner, Singleton Reynolds) on understanding how to respond to and prevent harassment complaints, and an overview of law of harassment, discrimination and bullying.

Workshop Specifics
– Overview of law of harassment, discrimination and bullying
– Review of leadership and Board roles and responsibilities
– Effect of D&O insurance
– How to handle complaints
– Investigating and reporting
– Outcomes
– Prevention

Following Melanie’s presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to hear from Stacey Forrester (Co-Founder & Education Coordinator, Good Night Out Vancouver) and workshop their own internal policies on a respectful workplace. Topics will include:

Statistics of harassment & sexual assault in Canada
– Definitions
– Risks for perpetuation
– Strategies for mitigation in venues, licensed establishments & on the road
– Introduction to policy & procedure writing
– Navigating disclosures / documentation tools
– Evaluating
– Case Studies & Questions

Addressing these sensitive issues can often feel daunting, and is further compounded by the fact that there are few industry-specific examples to model after. Good Night Out recognizes this, and using an asset building approach, they offer easy-to-implement actions and tools to start a cultural shift in their organization /establishment and the industry at large.

Labels, agencies, management, publishers, promoters, studios and live music venues are encouraged to apply. Should you have any questions prior to reserving your spot, please email

This event is targeted towards companies with more than one employee. Labels, agencies, management companies, publishers, promoters, studios and live music venues are encouraged to apply.

We would also like to acknowledge and honour that this event is happening on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples – the sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) nations.

We thank our partners Creative BC and The Province of British Columbia for their support on this initiative.