The Langara Research Ethics Board (LREB) ensures that all research involving human subjects conducted at the College is in accordance with nationally accepted ethical standards. The LREB is an independent committee that operates free of influence, and its review process is guided by the following core principles: respect for persons, concern for welfare, and justice. Research at Langara is supported through the Langara Research Ethics Board and a commitment to quality assurance. For more info, write to


Langara Research Ethics Workshop: Topic - AI in Research: Blowing Up Traditional Notions of Privacy

On April 30, 2021, Langara held a Research Ethics Workshop. Holly Longstaff, Director, Privacy and Access, at Providence Health Services Authority presented on artificial intelligence in research.

Langara Research Ethics Workshop: Topic - Genomics Research Challenges and Additional Considerations for Indigenous Participants

On September 21, 2018 Langara held a Research Ethics Workshop. Patricia Birch, Clinical Associate Professor, Medical Genetics, at UBC presented on "Genomics Research Challenges and Additional Considerations for Indigenous Participants".

The discussion was moderated by Dr. John Russell, Langara Research Ethics Board.

Langara Research Ethics Workshop: Topics - Research Confidentiality; Quality Assurance and Research

On October 13, 2017, Langara held a Research Ethics Workshop to discuss quality assurance and legal issues around confidentiality in a post-secondary setting.
The topics discussed were:

  • Administrative Inertia in Addressing Legal Threats to Research Confidentiality

    Presenter: Aaren Ivers, Criminology, Simon Fraser University

  • Is This Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement, Research… or Both? The Post-Secondary Context

    Presenter: Eugenie Lam, University of Victoria Research Ethics Board

The discussion was moderated by Dr. John Russell, Langara Research Ethics Board.

Panel on Constructing Ethical Surveys and Research Questionnaires

On April 27, 2016, a panel of experts provided an overview of challenges and solutions to ethical problems that arise in creating and disseminating research surveys and questionnaires. The issues discussed included:

  • Dealing with socially and personally sensitive topic
  • Protecting privacy and confidentiality, including avoiding indirect identification of research participants and issues raised by online survey platforms
  • Gender-inclusive and gender-sensitive data collection
  • Recruitment for online and other surveys
  • Recognition of participants' research contributions

The panel was moderated by Dr. John Russell (Langara). The presenters were Terry Howard (Positive Living BC/Langara), Jean Ruiz (UBC), and Dina Shafey (SFU).

Ted Palys Talk on Research Confidentiality

On October 16, 2015, Dr. Ted Palys visited Langara College to present a fascinating talk on recent developments in Canadian case law and ethical issues regarding the protection of confidentiality when it comes to research information provided by research participants.

Dr. Palys is a professor in the School of Criminology and an associate member of the Department of First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU). His most recent publication is a 2014 book co-authored with John Lowman called, Protecting Research Confidentiality: What Happens When Law and Ethics Collide.

The event was organized by Dr. John Russell, Chair of the Langara Research Ethics Board, in partnership with Langara's Scholarly Activity Steering Committee. We encourage Langara faculty and researchers to share the video, especially those who are teaching students in the area of research ethics.