Ethics Committee

The Association of Canadian Archivists' (ACA) draft Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct (CEPC) is open for general comment on Google drive until 11 June 2017. A PDF version of the draft Code is also posted here on the ACA website. Click here for the ACA's current Code of Ethics.

In preparing this CEPC, the Committee integrated comments and suggestions made by leaders in Indigenous record keeping, open government, access to information and protection of privacy, and archival theory and education, as well as the results of the recent survey, of course.

Comments made on the posted document (above) are welcome. Emailed comments should be addressed to

In addition to online comments, the Ethics Committee will present the draft CEPC at the Reporting and Members' Input Session on June 8 at the upcoming ACA annual conference. Please note, however, that time for the CEPC will necessarily be limited.

Following June 11, the Ethics Committee will consider comments received in the preparation of a final draft for recommendation to the ACA Board. If satisfactory, a final draft will be published for approval by the membership (means to be determined but possibly via electronic voting).

ACA Ethics Survey Report: Here are the results of the recent survey by the ACA Ethics Committee. The Committee is reviewing the results. It will seek further input upon the publication in late April or early May of a draft Code for comment. View the survery results here.

Ethics Committee Survey

The Association of Canadian Archivists seeks your input to help with revising its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. The goals for the revised Code are to:

  • Embed recent influences into the principles and application of the Code;
  • Make the Code more relevant to everyone involved in the archival endeavour;
  • Make the Code understandable to those outside of the archival and record keeping fields.

This short survey (21 questions) was developed following a review of existing Codes (in English). The revised Code will benefit from the knowledge and insights of respondents from around the world. It will be posted for three weeks and compiled results will be published by the ACA.

The survey will not collect IP addresses of respondents. All questions are optional and no personal information is requested in any case. For additional privacy information, please see SurveyMonkey’s privacy policy.

We hope you’ll take a few minutes to complete the survey.

Jim Suderman, Chair
ACA Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee reviews and advises the Board of Directors on ethical matters faced by the Association and reviews the Association's Code of Ethics on a regular basis.

List of Committee Members

Name Position
Jim Suderman Chair
Myron Groover Member
Greg Kozak Member
Corinne Rogers Member


Code of Ethics - PDF