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Declaration for Members of NSERC Standing and Advisory Committees

Ethics and Conflict of Interest

I have read, understood, and agree to abide by the roles, duties and responsibilities set out in the Code of Ethics and Business Conduct for Members of NSERC Standing and Advisory Committees, the NSERC By–Law II, the Guidelines on Conflict of Interest for Members of NSERC Standing and Advisory Committees, and the This link will take you to another Web site Conflict of Interest and Confidentiality Policy of the Federal Research Funding Organizations, and observe their provisions throughout my mandate on the Committee.

I agree that in carrying out my roles, duties and responsibilities I will always act and behave in a manner that will avoid any real, perceived or potential conflict(s) of interest.

I declare that, at present:

  • I do not have a real, perceived or potential conflict of interest with respect to my roles, duties and responsibilities as a member;

Or

  • by reason of one or more of my personal, family, financial, professional, employment or other relationships, affiliations, associations or activities, I have a real, perceived or potential conflict of interest, as follows (attach separate sheet if necessary):










I declare that I have resolved and will continue to resolve any conflict of interest as disclosed above in favour of the public interest including, where necessary, recusing myself from NSERC committee meetings, activities, discussions and/or decisions about the matter with which I have a real, perceived or potential conflict of interest.

Should a real, perceived or potential conflict of interest arise with respect to my role, duties or responsibilities as a member, I will immediately disclose such conflict to the Corporate Secretary, President or delegate in writing, who will advise the Committee Chair, and where necessary I will recuse myself from NSERC Committee meetings, activities, discussions and decisions about the matter with which I have a conflict.

Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure

I understand that documentation provided by NSERC to members may contain personal information and confidential technical information and that such information may be subject to the Access to Information Act, the Privacy Act and the This link will take you to another Web site Policy on Government Security.

I understand that documents, communications and information that I provide to anyone in my official capacity as a member may be considered records under the control of NSERC and may be subject to the Access to Information Act, the Privacy Act and the This link will take you to another Web site Policy on Government Security.

I understand that I must treat such documentation confidentially, and I will ensure that NSERC documents in my possession are stored in a secure manner to prevent unauthorized access.

I understand that when these documents are no longer required I must destroy them in a secure manner by deleting their electronic data files, shredding their paper copies or arranging for their return to NSERC in a secure manner.

I understand that Committee deliberations are confidential. Comments made by individual members during meetings must never be discussed or disclosed outside of Committee meetings.

I understand that on occasion, as a committee member, I may be asked by NSERC to participate in a committee that is reviewing an application or nomination for funding. I understand that peer review documentation provided to members must be used only for the purpose for which it was originally collected, i.e., assessing NSERC applications and making funding decisions, and that it must not be used for any other purpose or discussed with or disclosed to non-committee members.

I understand that breaches of confidentiality and privacy are a serious matter. I agree to take personal responsibility for complying with these requirements.

I will review and update the information provided pursuant to this Declaration on an annual basis.

I understand that the information provided herein will be retained in the files of the Council’s Secretariat, the President or delegate with access limited to the Corporate Secretary, and the President or delegate.

Name of Standing or Advisory Committee:
Name Signature
Date


It is mandatory that you return this form upon appointment to:

(Name and title of Corporate Secretary, President or Delegate)
NSERC
350 Albert Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 1H5

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