This policy deals only with personal information handled by The Board. Personal information is information about an identifiable individual, excluding business contact information. The following explains how The Board handles personal information. The Board reserves the right to change this policy and it may be updated periodically. These changes may affect our use of your personal information. Accordingly, please check for changes regularly.
- e-mail, at
- telephone, at 604-640-5458
- fax, at 604-681-0437
- mail, at #400-999 Canada Place, Vancouver, British Columbia V6C 3E1
Any questions about The Board's handling of personal information should be directed to the privacy officer. Please see below for more information about the process for referring questions about The Board's handling of personal information.
Purpose of Personal Information
The purpose for which The Board collects personal information will be identified at or before the time the information is collected. The Board may collect personal information for the purposes of:
- administering Board membership and providing member services;
- registering for Board events;
- purchasing various Board products or services including, but not limited to, document certification, publications;
- participation in VBOT committees and task forces, and
- processing and administering the above or other purposes as necessary.
The Board will not use personal information for any other purpose than identified at or before the time of collection.
The Board may collect employee contact information from its members in order to:
- send out newsletters and other relevant information;
- inform members of upcoming Board events;
- send out invoices and otherwise administer Board membership.
This contact information is voluntarily provided by Board members. Members may, at any time, be taken off The Board's mailing lists at their request.
Through external merchants, The Board offers various services to its members. Members who chose to participate in these programs should refer directly to the privacy policies of the sponsoring companies. The Board does not collect, use or retain any personal information from these programs.
The Board seeks consent for all personal information it collects, uses and discloses through information provided to individuals prior to collection, or at the time of collection.
Limits for Collecting, Using, Disclosing and Keeping Personal Information
The Board does not collect, use or disclose personal information of individuals except when individuals give consent and provide the information on a voluntary basis. There may be occasions where more specific personal information is necessary for us to proceed with a request for information, or provide you with a product or service. In such cases, we will provide you with a description on the information we need. In all cases, The Board limits the amount and type of information collected to only the personal information that is required to provide the individual with the requested information, product, or service. We collect only information that is voluntarily provided by you and undertake that such information will be kept strictly confidential.
The Board will not use or disclose personal information without the knowledge or consent of the individual except as authorized by applicable law.
The Board retains personal information only as long as is necessary to provide the individual with the requested product, service or information. In some cases, however, legal reporting and retention requirements necessitate that The Board retain information for a specific amount of time. In general, The Board retains information for a period not longer than seven years in secure storage.
Any personal information that The Board retains is kept in such a manner as to ensure its security and confidentiality at all times.
Safeguarding Personal Information
The Board respects the privacy of its members, partners, potential web site visitors and Internet users and will protect that privacy as vigorously as possible. We store personal information in electronic and physical files that are secure. Our security measures include secure locks on filing cabinets, using industry standard techniques such as firewalls, encryption, intrusion detection and restricted access to records and to equipment, including computers. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, we cannot ensure or warrant the security of any information you transmit to us or receive from us electronically. This is especially true for information you transmit to us via e-mail. We have no way of protecting that information until it reaches us. Once we receive your transmission, we make our best efforts to ensure its security on our servers.
Accuracy of and Access to Personal Information Collected
The Board makes every effort to keep personal information as accurate, complete, current and relevant as necessary for the identified purposes.
Upon request of an individual, he or she may view or edit their personal information as collected by The Board. The Board will inform them of what personal information it has about the individual, what it is being used for and, in cases where it has been disclosed, to whom it has been disclosed. There may be exceptional circumstances as provided by the CSA Model Code under which The Board may not be able to give an individual access to the personal information about her or him held by The Board. In this case, The Board will explain the reason for this lack of access, as provided by the CSA Model Code.
To make a request, please send a letter, e-mail or fax addressed to our privacy officer at the address indicated above. In your request, please include the following information:
Name, contact details, membership number (where applicable), the nature of your request, including whether you wish to view and/or edit information or inquire regarding use and/or disclosure.
The Board will reply to your request in no later than 30 days after receipt of the request, or if we are not able to respond within this time period, we will send you a notice of extension. If we are not able to disclose all the personal information we hold on you, we will give you a reason for our inability to do so, unless prohibited by law.
Use of The Vancouver Board of Trade Web Site
This Privacy Statement may be updated periodically to reflect enhancements to The Board's web site that may affect the use of personal information. Accordingly, please check back periodically.
Information on this Web Site
Information which includes all facts, data and other information, collectively the "Information" in the pages of this web site is of a general nature, is intended only for informational purposes, is subject to change without notice, and is not intended to be relied on by visitors as binding legal advice on any particular matter.
Individual information provided to The Board to gain access to any feature of this web site will not be sold or made available to any third party, except where information processing is outsourced by The Board in the course of its regular administrative procedures.
The Board reserves the right to perform statistical analyses of aggregated user behaviour and characteristics, in order to measure interest in and use of the various sections of its site so as to improve design and navigation and to gather information for marketing purposes. Only aggregated data from these analyses, not individual data, will be used for this purpose.
"Cookies" are only used with the Members' Area and the shopping cart. A "cookie" is a piece of data that is stored on the hard drive of a computer that contains information about use of the web site. The only cookie that remains after a user session on www.boardoftrade.com is the one on the checkout page, which saves the user's data for the next time they checkout. Cookies are not used to track any personal/user information or browsing patterns other than the site statistics from the web server.
Accuracy of the Information on this Web Site
The information is believed to be accurate, complete and current when posted, but The Board cannot guarantee that it will remain accurate or complete or that it will be current at all times.
The Board is not responsible for direct, indirect, special or consequential damages, regardless of the cause, arising out the use of this web site.
Accuracy of Information on Linked Web Sites
Through the links to other sites found on The Board's web site, the user may enter domains that are beyond the boundaries of The Board and, once there, The Board is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of these web sites. The Board has no control over the accuracy, completeness or relevance of the information on these sites and provides links to these sites solely for the information and convenience of visitors to our web site.
Copying Information from this Web Site
Any questions or comments about The Board's handling of personal information should be directed to our privacy officer.