CAPS Mission: To raise the profile and professionalism of our members

CAPS Vision: To be the association of choice for experts who speak professionally

CAPS Guiding Philosophy:

Single words don’t tell stories, and rarely convey intentions well. These phrases and descriptions serve as a guiding philosophy to express the values of CAPS. They should never be considered in isolation, but always as a combined philosophy.

Members First

Focus on delivering value that meets the community needs, wants, and diversity of our membership.

Experts who Speak

Attracting experts, in any given field, and delivery through the spoken word in front of an audience.

Generosity of Spirit

Helping others in our profession and in our communities through selfless contribution.

Money for the Mission

Making financially sound decisions for the sustainability of our association.

Build the CAPS Brand

Everything that we do should bring credit and value to the profession of speaking in the eyes of prospective clients, members, and others in the meetings industry.

Agility and Vision

Understanding that our vision is only as strong as our ability to evolve and act within the context of a changing world.

Code of Professional Ethics (en français)

To establish and maintain public confidence in the professionalism, honesty, ability and integrity of the professional speaker is fundamental to the 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 they recognize the vital need to preserve, encourage and support fair and equitable practices among all who are engaged in the profession of speaking.
Violations of this Code shall be determined in accordance to the bylaws, policies and procedures of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. Disciplinary actions shall be instituted by CAPS in accordance with Bylaws and 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 or staff.

  • Article 1. Representation
    The CAPS member shall accurately represent qualifications and experience in all oral and written communications.  The CAPS member shall not exaggerate his/her qualifications or experience.  Promotional materials in any format must include descriptions that are based in truth and fact.
  • Article 2. Professionalism
    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. Intellectual Property
    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. Professional Courtesy
    The CAPS member shall treat other professional colleagues with the highest standards of professional courtesy, dignity and respect.
  • Article 5. Confidentiality
    The CAPS member shall maintain and respect the confidentiality of all business or personal affairs of clients, agents and other speakers.
  • Article 6. Unfair Practises
    The CAPS member shall be vigilant against fraud or unfair practices and shall endeavor to eliminate from the speaking profession all practices that might bring discredit to the profession.
  • Article 7. Marketplace Access
    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.

If matters involving unethical behavior arise, we offer a formal ethics complaint process. All ethical cases are taken seriously and are investigated by the Ethics Committee on behalf of the CAPS Board of Directors. The Ethics Committee is authorized to resolve and end all ethics cases brought to the Association, and to order disciplinary or remedial actions.

View the procedures that apply for processing a possible CAPS ethics violation