Updated July 20, 2023

Privacy Policy

The Lise Watier Foundation (LWF) respects your privacy and is committed to protecting your personal information in accordance with applicable laws. This policy (the “Policy“) concerns the protection of personal information by LWF and is applied to all of its personal information collection and processing activities, including through websites owned and operated by LWF (the “Websites“), whether accessed by smartphone or computer, including the following Website: and its subdomains.

The terms “you” and “your” refer to the individual whose personal information is collected or processed by LWF. The terms “we”, “us” and “our” refer to LWF. The masculine gender is used in the Policy for the sole purpose of lightening the text.

The Policy is intended to help you understand how LWF collects, uses, processes, discloses, maintains and protects your personal information. It is important for you to read and understand the Policy as it establishes a contract between you and us. By providing us with your personal information, you agree to be bound by this Policy. The Policy is organized by theme, as follows:

  1. What categories of personal information do we collect?
  2. How do we collect your personal information?
  3. Why do we collect and use your personal information?
  4. To whom do we communicate your personal information?
  5. How do we protect your personal information?
  6. How long will we keep your personal information?
  7. Children under 14
  8. Your rights regarding your personal information
  9. Use of cookies
  10. Hyperlinks to other websites
  11. Modifications
  12. Questions

1 – What categories of personal information do we collect?

Privacy laws in Canada generally define “personal information” as any information about an identifiable individual. This includes information that can be used alone or with other information to identify, contact or locate a specific individual. Information from which all direct and indirect identifiers have been removed (i.e. anonymized personal information) is not personal information. 

We may collect, use, store and transfer the following categories of personal information:

  1. personal identity information, such as first name, surname, given name, gender, date of birth and title.
  2. personal contact details, such as e-mail address, postal address, zip code and telephone numbers.
  3. donation history, such as the names and contact details used to make a donation, and the amount and frequency of previous donations.
  4. financial information, such as credit card information used to make a donation.
  5. technical personal information, such as Internet Protocol (IP) address and geolocation information, cookies and other technologies on the devices you use to access this Web site.
  6. information on Internet activity, such as browsing history, search history and interactions with our Web site and online advertisements.

If you provide LWF with the personal information of another individual, you represent that you have obtained all necessary consents from that individual to authorize us to collect, use and disclose that personal information for the purposes set out in the Policy.

By providing us with this personal information, sending us an e-mail or visiting a Website, you are communicating with us electronically. You consent to receive non-commercial electronic communications from us via the Internet, e-mail or by posting notices on any Web Site in accordance with the Policy.

You agree that by sending you agreements, notices, information and other communications electronically, we are complying with any legal requirement that such communications be in writing.

2 – How do we collect your personal information?

We use various methods to collect your personal information, including the following:

A. Direct interactions. When you communicate with us, you may provide us with your personal information, such as the information you provide to us at the following times:

  • by subscribing to our newsletter;
  • by entering contests or draws administered by LWF;
  • by contacting us directly via a contact form available on our Website; or
  • when you make a donation through our Website.

B. Indirect Interactions. We collect certain personal information about you indirectly from our service providers with whom you also do business. Any indirect collection of your information is done in accordance with this Policy, any privacy policy of the service provider in question, and in accordance with applicable laws.

C. Automated technologies or interactions. When you interact with our Web Site, we will automatically collect technical personal information and Internet activity information about the computer equipment used to use our Web Sites and the and your browsing patterns. We collect this information using cookies, web beacons, server logs and similar technologies. We may also receive your personal technical information if you visit third-party Web sites that use our cookies.

3 – Why do we collect and use your personal information?

We may use your personal information for the purposes for which it was collected, in accordance with our Policy, for other purposes permitted by law or with your consent.

We may use the information collected for the following purposes:

PurposeType of personal information
To provide access to our Web Sites and enhance your convenient use of them.– Personal technical information
– Information on Internet activities
Reply to your messages and requests, including complaints or comments.– Personal identity information
– Personal contact information
– Donation history
Manage contests, prize draws and surveys, and promote the LWF.– Personal identity information
– Personal details
– Donation history
– Personal technical information
– Internet activity information
Allow you to make a donation online or in person, by phone or email, and provide you with updates on the status of your donation.– Personal identity information
– Personal contact information
– Donation history
– Financial information
Nous conformer à des obligations imposées par une loi applicable.– Personal identity information
– Personal contact information
– Donation history

4 – To whom do we communicate your personal information?

LWF discloses your personal information to third parties in the following circumstances:

  • to our service providers who help us fulfill the purposes for which your personal information was collected, including server hosting providers who help us store your personal information;
  • to comply with our obligations under any law or regulation, investigation by a government authority, subpoena or order of a court or other administrative or governmental authority;
  • to a law enforcement or government agency in connection with an investigation of actual or potential fraud, a violation of a law, regulation or the terms of use of the Websites, or for the protection of the rights, property or safety of LWF, our customers/users or our partners; and
  • to an acquiring entity in connection with the consummation or proposal of a business transaction (including liquidation, realization, foreclosure or repossession), concession, merger, business combination or any other type of acquisition, liquidation, transfer, translative contract or financing of LWF, in whole or in part, or of any property, stock, asset, share or business of LWF.

We require all third parties to respect the security of your personal information and to treat it in accordance with the law. We do not authorize our third-party service providers to use your personal information for their own purposes and we only authorize them to process your personal information for specific purposes and in accordance with our instructions. 

When you provide us with personal information, you acknowledge and agree that your personal information may be transferred to other jurisdictions for processing and storage, including to servers located across Canada. Where required by applicable law, we conduct Privacy Impact Assessments to evaluate the risk associated with the transfer of personal information outside your province of residence. Please note that privacy laws in other provinces may differ from those applicable in your province.

5 – How do we protect your personal information?

LWF has implemented reasonable physical, electronic and administrative measures to protect your personal information against accidental loss and unauthorized access, use, modification and disclosure.

To prevent unauthorized access to your user profile on a Web Site, please maintain the accuracy and integrity of the personal information associated with your user profile and ensure that such information is used appropriately.

While LWF makes every effort to ensure that no unauthorized third party will access or obtain your personal information through the Websites, complete confidentiality and security cannot yet be guaranteed over the Internet. Communications via the Internet are subject to possible interception, loss or alteration. You acknowledge and agree that LWF shall not be liable for any damages resulting from the transmission of confidential or personal information over the Internet and that such communications are at your own risk.

6 – How long will we keep your personal information?

Your personal information is stored securely, both on our premises and on the servers of our service providers.

We will retain your personal information only as long as permitted or necessary under applicable laws and our data retention policies. In certain circumstances, we may anonymize your personal information so that it can no longer be associated with you. We reserve the right to use such anonymized and de-identified data for legitimate business purposes without informing you or obtaining your consent.

7 – Children under 14

The Websites are not intended for children under the age of 14. No one under the age of 14 may provide personal information on the Websites. We do not knowingly collect personal information from children under the age of 14. If you are under 14, please do not use or provide any information on a Website or through any of its features, make any purchases from our Websites or provide us with any information about yourself, including your name, address, telephone number or e-mail address. If we learn that we have collected or received personal information from a child under the age of 14 without verification of parental consent, we will delete that information.

8 – Your rights regarding your personal information

Under certain exceptions, as permitted by law, you have the following rights with respect to your personal information held by us:

A. Your right of access

You have the right to access your personal information held by us and to receive a general account of our use of that personal information. Upon receipt of a written request from you, we will provide you with a copy of your personal information, although in certain limited circumstances we may not be able to make all relevant personal information available to you, for example, where that personal information also relates to another individual. In such circumstances, we will, upon request, provide you with the reasons for such refusal. We will endeavour to process all requests for access to personal information in a timely manner.

B. Your right to rectification

If your personal information held by us is inaccurate or incomplete, you have the right to have it rectified. Where appropriate, this corrected personal information will be provided to the parties to whom we are authorized to disclose your personal information. We will endeavour to process all requests for rectification of personal information in a timely manner.

C. Your right to erasure

You may ask us to delete or withdraw your personal information in certain circumstances, for example when we no longer need your information to fulfil the purposes for which it was collected, or if you withdraw your consent (where applicable as your consent forms the legal basis for our processing of your personal information). If you have a right to erasure of your personal information and we have disclosed it to third parties, we will take reasonable steps to inform them where possible and where this would not require a disproportionate effort. If you so request, where possible and lawful, we will also inform you of the identity of third parties with whom we have shared your personal information so that you can contact them directly.

D. Your right to the portability of personal information

You may have the right, in certain circumstances, to obtain the personal information you have provided to us (in a structured, commonly used and computer-readable format) and to re-use it elsewhere, or to ask us to transfer it to a third party of your choice.

E. Your right to withdraw your consent

If we rely on your implied or express consent as the legal basis for processing your personal information, you have the right to withdraw it at any time. However, such withdrawal will not affect the lawfulness of any processing carried out before you withdrew your consent. If you withdraw your consent, we may not be able to provide you with certain products or services. We will inform you if this is the case at the time you withdraw your consent.

9 – Use of cookies

We may use cookies to track your preferences and activities on the Websites. These cookies on the Websites may be generated, analyzed and managed by Google Analytics, Google Search Console, Google Tag Manager, SEOmorz, Inc. and Ahrefs Pte. Ltd. and Facebook Pixels. By using and visiting any Website, you consent to our use of cookies on and off that Website.

Cookies are small data files that are transferred to your computer’s hard drive by a Web site. They store your preferences so that your subsequent visits to the Web Site can be more efficient. Cookies can store a variety of information, including the number of times you visit a Web Site, your registration information and the number of times you visit a page or other element of the Web Site. We use cookies on the Web Sites to:

  • improve online customer service and the functionality of the Websites;
  • customize the content of the Websites;
  • adapt and measure advertising; and
  • offer a safer experience.

Most browsers are designed to accept cookies, but they can easily be modified to block them. Your browser’s help files contain information on blocking cookies, detecting cookies sent to you and disabling cookies.

You can also choose the exclusion option by clicking on the following link: www.optout‧ ou

You can also prevent the transfer and processing of analysis information by Google Analytics by downloading and installing the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on, available at the following link:

However, it is important for you to know that without cookies, you will not be able to access some of the functions of a Web Site and therefore will not be able to take full advantage of them.

10 – Hyperlinks to other websites

The Websites may contain hyperlinks to enable users to visit other websites operated by other entities. LWF has no control over sites operated by other entities and assumes no responsibility or liability whatsoever for the listing of such sites on the Websites. Any information you transmit to Web sites operated by other entities will be subject to the privacy policies applicable to those Web sites.

Icons leading directly to social media accounts (collectively “Social Media”) (such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube) will be accessible on the home page of the Websites. The Social Media accounts are managed by LWF’s internal communications team. LWF will use reasonable efforts to respond to any comments or questions on Social Media in a timely manner.

11 – Modifications

LWF reserves the right to modify the Policy at any time without notice. You may view it at any time on the Web Sites.

We will notify you of any material changes to the Policy by posting an updated notice on the Websites. Your continued use of any Web Site after a new version of the Policy has been posted will constitute your acceptance of and agreement to be bound by such changes. It is your responsibility to regularly review the Policy and any changes thereto.

12 – Questions

If you have any questions about our privacy practices, this Policy, or to exercise any of your rights with respect to your personal information, please contact LWF’s Privacy Officer as follows:

Attn : Privacy Officer
2170, René-Lévesque West boulevard,
Suite 201Montreal (Quebec) H3H 2T8
514 507-6881


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