Privacy Policy

1. Acceptance and modification

This policy contains conditions concerning protection of the personal information of visitors to this Internet site (the “Site”) operated by the Cercle des Grands entrepreneurs du Québec (the Site “Operator”) and the way in which personal information is used, processed and transmitted. This policy is an integral part of the General Terms of Use posted on the Site.

By deciding to access and use the Site, you agree to the Operator’s practices regarding the processing of and protection of your personal information (the “Policy”). It is therefore important that you read the Policy in order to be aware of your rights and obligations. In particular, you agree to the Site Operator’s collecting and use of personal information, it being understood that the Operator will comply with current legislation regarding personal information.

You accept and acknowledge that the Site Operator reserves the right to amend, change or update the Policy at any time. By accessing the Site, and by using it after any modification, you agree to be bound by and comply with the Policy. Consequently, it is incumbent on you to check whether any changes to the Policy have been made by referring to the date of last update, which appears at the bottom of the page.

If you do not accept this Policy or, as the case may be, the Policy as amended from time to time, the Operator will not allow you to access and use the Site, and you must therefore cease visiting and using the Site.

2. Data collection

Two types of data may be collected when you access the Site: personal information that you transmit voluntarily when you submit forms containing personal information to the Site, and anonymous data that is collected automatically by third-party tools.

2.1 Personal information

Subject to the Policy, the Site Operator will not gather any personal information on you unless you, at your entire discretion, decide to supply it voluntarily. You are free to access and use the Site, subject to the General Terms of Use, without personal information being collected. However, if you wish to receive information from the Cercle des Grands entrepreneurs du Québec or subscribe to a mailing list, you will be required to disclose certain items of information, including your email address, so that the Operator’s server can respond to your request or send you the requested information, as the case may be. These items of information are also gathered for the purpose of allowing subscriptions to the Operator’s mailing list and managing them (specifically including changes in the parameters of your subscription and removing your name from the mailing list), to facilitate the communication of relevant information to you and to better understand your profile.

The Site Operator processes and stores personal information in complete confidentiality, in compliance with applicable legislation. Personal information is not used except as provided for by applicable legislation.

You can access the personal information you have provided to the Site Operator and advise the Operator to update the information, or request the Operator to modify or delete certain items of information gathered by the Operator during your visit, by sending an email to [email protected] or by responding to messages sent to you by reason of your subscription to the Site Operator’s mailing list.

The Site Operator will enforce appropriate security measures to protect your personal information. When it deems it appropriate to do so, the Operator will use encryption or authentication tools, or both, as well as other methods to protect certain items of personal information originating from the Internet and stored on its servers. You acknowledge and accept that email messages you send to the Operator could possibly be intercepted before they reach the Operator’s servers.

Personal information gathered by the Site Operator will not be disclosed to anyone, except to its representatives who need the information to perform a function related to fulfilling the purposes stated in this Policy. You accept and acknowledge that the Operator is also authorized to use, disclose or communicate your personal information to the extent provided for or required by law, including under court orders or in the performance of a contract entrusted to a supplier. In the latter case, confidentiality clauses will provide adequate protection of personal information.

2.2 Information exchanged automatically

Although you can access and visit the Site without disclosing your identity or revealing any information about you, information will automatically be exchanged between your computer, smartphone, electronic tablet or other devices with which you may access the Site (each of which is hereinafter referred to as a “Device”) and the Operator’s servers when you access the Site. This exchange of information does not allow the Site Operator to identify you, or acquire your name or email address. However, this exchange does allow the Site operator to obtain the Internet domain name that you used to access the Site (for example, “xcompany.com” if you use a private Internet access account, or “university.edu” if you access the site via a university), your IP address (IP stands for Internet Protocol, a unique number assigned to your Device when it is connected to the Internet allowing documents to be transmitted to their intended recipient without error), the type of browser and the operating system you use to access the Site, the date and time when you access the Site, the pages you view and, if you are directed to the Site from another site, the address of that site (referring site).

These items of information about your visit to the Site are collected automatically by the Site Operator’s operating system through the use of “cookies.” Cookies are small pieces of information stored by your browser on the hard disk of your Device that enable the Operator to recognize you when you access the Site. Cookies serve several purposes, such as making navigation from one page to another more efficient, storing your preferences and improving your visitor experience. Whenever you browse the Internet, cookies are used for the above purposes.

If you do not wish the Site Operator to gather information concerning your visit, you can choose to configure your browser to alert you when cookies are received, or to prevent cookies from being sent. However, some features of the Site may require cookies to function correctly.

These items of information are used by the Operator to track the number of visitors accessing the Site, the various pages that they view, and the average time that visitors spend on the Site, in order to compile other statistics about visitors to the Site in general. These items of information also enable the Operator to verify the performance of the Site, for systems administration purposes, in order to make the Site easier and more convenient to use and to report certain items of information, processed as a whole, to representatives who need to receive this information in order to carry out their duties.

The Site Operator uses analysis tools and other third-party technologies, such as Google Analytics and DoubleClick cookies, to collect non-personal information automatically when you use the Site and its services.

Anonymous information generated by Google Analytics cookies about use of the Site is transmitted to Google. This information is then used to compile statistical reports about activity on the Site. You can deactivate the sending of anonymous activity data to Google Analytics by installing the Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on. For more details on how information collected is used by Google, consult Privacy & Terms.

In order to ensure that the Site contains valuable content that is useful to you, the Site Operator has integrated the Google Analytics demographics and interest reporting features. These tools give access to anonymized statistical data about the gender, age and interests of visitors to the Site for the purpose of adapting content to better reflect visitors’ needs. Because this information is collected from the Google advertising preferences profile, it is supplied in a format that does not allow personal identification.

Unless obliged to do so by law, the Operator will not disclose, sell or rent any personal information supplied on this Site to any third party without permission. When a request is made by email on this Site, personal information that the request may contain will be provided only to Site Operator employees who need access to it in order to reply.

It is possible that the Site Operator may have to disclose certain personal data to a business partner in order to allow the execution of tasks directly related to the fulfilment of a service offered by the Site for which you have supplied information. Anonymized Google Analytics data may be shared with other Google services, which may use this data to contextualize and personalize advertisements in their own advertising network.

3. Audience lists

The Site Operator uses features to create remarketing audiences. These features use cookies. The Google advertising platform servers can thus deliver targeted advertising that is better adapted to visitors’ interests, depending on the content they view on the Site. This feature can be deactivated in Google Ad Settings.

4. General provisions

4.1 Definition

For the purposes of this Policy, the terms “you” and “visitor” mean the person who actually visits the Site and the person who authorizes the use of the Device or, as the case may be, browsing equipment.

4.2 Entirety

The Policy covers the entire agreement between you and the Site Operator regarding the processing and use of personal information by the Operator and replaces any previous verbal or written agreement between you and the Operator regarding the subject matter of these presents.

4.3 Interpretation

In the event of a discrepancy between the various language versions of the Policy, the French version takes precedence.

Headings of sections in these presents are inserted for convenience of reference only and cannot be used to interpret their content.

4.4 Applicable legislation

The Policy is governed by the laws of the province of Québec, the laws of Canada and any applicable legislation concerning the protection of personal information, notwithstanding any principles governing conflicts between laws. You agree to be bound by and to comply with the laws mentioned above. In addition, if you use or access the Site from another jurisdiction, you are responsible for ensuring that your access and use are legally permitted in that jurisdiction, and you undertake to comply with local laws insofar as they apply to you. In the event of a dispute related to the Site, the Contents or the Terms, you accept the exclusive competency of the courts of the province of Québec and the Federal Court of Canada. You agree to bring no legal action or proceedings regarding any such dispute anywhere other than Montréal, Québec (Canada).

In the event of a discrepancy between any of the conditions set out in the Policy and a specific condition stated on a page of the Site regarding a particular item of personal information, the specific condition will take precedence.

4.5 General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union (EU) regulation aimed at strengthening and standardizing data protection for all EU residents. As part of its activities, the Site Operator may process personal data (“Personal Data”) covered by the GDPR. The Operator intends to comply with the requirements of the GDPR.

Personal Data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable physical person.

a) Purposes of processing

The Site Operator undertakes to gather Personal Data only for determined, explicit, legitimate purposes, and to process them subsequently in a way that is consistent with these purposes.

The Site Operator is likely to process Personal Data as part of its human resource management.

The Operator will always base its processing of Personal Data on one of the following: clear consent from the person concerned, compliance with a legal obligation, performance of a contract to which the person concerned is party, or fulfilment of legitimate interests.

b) Recipients, transfer and storage

The Operator’s authorized employees are recipients of Personal Data. The Site Operator may turn to subcontractors for the processing of Personal Data, entirely or in part, to the extent necessary for the fulfilment of the tasks and in compliance with instructions given beforehand.

The Site Operator will process and store Personal Data in a secure environment for the time necessary to fulfil the purposes for which it was gathered. 

c) Your rights

You have certain rights concerning the processing of your Personal Data:

  • The right to request access to your Personal Data
  • The right to request that your Personal Data be rectified or updated
  • The right to request, for legitimate reasons, that your Personal Data be deleted or restricted
  • The right to object to the processing of your Personal Data

To exercise one or more of these rights, you must apply to a representative by email at the following address: [email protected].

General Terms of Use

1. Acceptance and modification

The purpose of this Policy is to inform you of the conditions for accessing and using this Internet site (the “Site”) operated by the Cercle des Grands entrepreneurs du Québec (the “Site Operator”). By deciding to access and use the Site, you agree to be bound by and to comply with all the conditions set out in these presents governing access, use of, content and functioning of the Site, including the Privacy Policy and other policies, rules and conditions covering the Site that are posted on the Site from time to time (collectively, the “Terms”). It is therefore important that you read the Terms in order to be aware of your rights and obligations.

You accept and acknowledge that the Site Operator reserves the right to amend, change or update the Terms at any time. By accessing the Site, and by using it after any modification, you agree to be bound by and comply with these Terms. Consequently, it is incumbent on you to check whether any changes to the Terms have been made by referring to the date of last update, which appears below.

If you do not accept these Terms or, as the case may be, the Terms as amended from time to time, the Operator will not allow you to access and use the Site, and you must therefore cease visiting and using the Site.

2. Site content

Unless otherwise indicated, the entire content of the Site, in particular all texts, documents, data, graphics, photographs, images, illustrations, audio and video clips, software, tools and all trademarks, service marks and trade names used on the Site, together with the selection and arrangements thereof (collectively, the “Content”), is subject to intellectual property rights. Except as expressly provided herein, no licence or property right in the Content is given to you.

Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the domain name www.cercledesgrandsentrepreneurs.com is reserved for the Site Operator, and no appropriation of the domain name through Hyperlinking (as defined below), framing, or registration of related domain names will be tolerated.

The Operator’s corporate name and logos used on the Site may be commercial designations or trademarks (including registered trademarks) of the Operator. Such corporate names and logos may not be copied, imitated or used, entirely or in part, except in compliance with these presents.

You acknowledge and accept that any retransmission, copying or modification and any unauthorized downloading of the Site or the Contents, entirely or in part, may contravene laws, particularly laws relating to intellectual property, including trademarks, industrial drawings or copyright, and could render you liable to legal proceedings. Except as necessary for browsing the Internet and unless otherwise indicated, it is strictly forbidden to copy, download, publish, distribute, reproduce, republish, store on any medium, retransmit, display or modify all or part of the Site or the Content, to create derivative works from all or part of the Site or the Content, to sell or to participate in the sale of all or part of the Site or the Content, to use in any way all or part of the Site or the Content or to make public or commercial use thereof, in any form whatsoever. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, you may not print or copy the HTML code or any other computer code that may be viewed on the Site.

3. Permitted use

You may access the Site and the Content and use them solely in compliance with laws and the Terms. Subject to the Terms, the Site Operator grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable and revocable licence allowing you to access the Site and the Content and to use them solely for the purposes of display and saving on your Device (as defined below), and to download and print copies of texts, documents and data available on the Site (collectively, the “Documents”) for internal or personal non-commercial purposes; nevertheless, any copy or reproduction of a Document must display all Document copyright notices or other proprietary notices and you may not modify the Document in any manner whatsoever.

Any other use of the Site and the Content is strictly prohibited. For the purposes of clarity, the Documents are an integral part of the Content.

4. Hyperlinks

The Site contains links, references and icons that allow you to access sites operated by third parties (collectively, the “Hyperlinks”). The Hyperlinks are made available to you for your convenience only, for the purpose of providing you with a more intuitive and more enjoyable browsing experience. The existence of a Hyperlink in no circumstances constitutes implicit or explicit support of the site concerned, of its content, or of other sites attached to it, and the Site operator cannot be held liable for their content in any way. The operator gives you no explicit or implicit warranty regarding information, products or services provided by third parties, even if such information, products or services are mentioned in, included in, accessible from, or linked to the Site.

The Site Operator is at all times free to add, remove or change any Hyperlink appearing on the Site. The Operator assumes no liability regarding the choice of Hyperlinks supplied, possible viruses, or the compatibility of a Hyperlink with your Device, smartphone, electronic tablet or other devices with which the Site can be accessed (each of which is hereinafter referred to as a “Device”).

The Site Operator expressly forbids any person to authorize or set up a Hyperlink from the site of a third party to the Site, or to use the technique of framing, mirror sites or any other similar method without the prior consent of the Site Operator. The existence of unauthorized Hyperlinks to the Site in no way constitutes consent of the Operator or a waiver of its rights and remedies. The Operator accepts no liability on account of any unauthorized Hyperlink to the Site. The access provided by Hyperlinks on the Site to other sites in no way constitutes support, sanction or other recognition of the content of such sites.

5. Disclaimer of warranty and limitation of liability

Access to the Site and the Content is given to you for information purposes only, and the Site and the Content may contain inaccuracies, omissions and errors. The Operator and its representatives make no representation or warranty as to the accuracy, quality, reliability, currentness, completeness, timeliness, merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose, non-infringement or non-violation of intellectual property or related rights of the Site or the Content. The Site Operator reserves the right to correct any inaccuracy, omission or error and to update the Site and the Content at its entire discretion. However, the Operator and its representatives assume no liability for inaccuracies, omissions, errors or updates of the Site or the Content.

You access and use the Site and the Content at your own risk. The Operator and its representatives make no representation or warranty that the Site or the Content is compatible with Devices and computer systems or that the Site or the Content is or will be free from viruses or contaminating or destructive elements or elements that could have adverse consequences. In addition, the Site Operator in no way warrants that the Site will operate uninterruptedly or without error, nor that there will be no delay, omission or loss of information transmitted to or from you. You are solely responsible for installing devices and software to protect the security and integrity of your Device or computer system, and for all costs related thereto, that may be necessary for your use of the Site.

The Contents and the Site are provided on an “as is” basis with no declaration, warranty or condition, whether express, implied or accessory. To the fullest extent permitted by the law, the Site Operator and its representatives accept no liability based on a contract, civil liability or other legal theory in respect of damages of any nature, whether direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, punitive, exemplary, special, for personal injury or of any other nature (including, but without limiting the generality of the foregoing, damages to business, loss of profits, savings or revenue, interruption of business, to a Device, or to a computer system, and loss of information, programs or other data on your information processing system) caused by use of or inability to use the Site or the Content, whether or not the Operator or any of its representatives have been notified of the possibility of such damage.

6. Your obligations

You agree not to: a) use the Site or the Content in a way that could damage, bring down, overload or compromise the Site or the Content; b) disrupt the security of or otherwise misuse the Site, Content, services, system resources, servers or networks related to the Site or to sites that are affiliated or linked to or accessible through them; c) disturb or disrupt the use or enjoyment of others of the Site or the Content or of sites that are affiliated or linked to or accessible from them; d) download, display or otherwise transmit to the Site a virus or other harmful, disruptive or destructive file or program; e) use bots, web crawlers or other automatic devices or manual procedures to control or copy web pages or the Content; f) transmit through the Site emails, chain letters, spam, cyber threats or other types of unsolicited mass electronic mailings; or g) attempt to obtain unauthorized access to the Site, the Contents or certain areas of the Site or Contents to which access is restricted. In addition, you acknowledge that you are solely responsible for all actions and communications made or transmitted by you or on your behalf, and agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding your use of the Site or Content and your activities on the Site.

7. Personal information

The Site Operator will comply with current legislation regarding personal information. You accept the Operator’s practices regarding the processing of and protection measures for personal information set out in the Privacy Policy.

8. General provisions

8.1 Definition

For the purposes of this note, the terms “you” and “visitor” mean the person who actually visits the Site and the person who authorizes the use of the Device or, as the case may be, browsing equipment.

8.2 Entirety

The Terms constitute the entire agreement between you and the Site Operator regarding your use of the Site and its Content and replaces any previous verbal or written agreements between you and the Operator regarding the subject of these presents.

8.3 Interpretation

In the event of a discrepancy between the various language versions of the Site, the French version takes precedence.

Headings of sections in these presents are inserted for convenience of reference only and cannot be used to interpret their content.

8.4 Applicable legislation

The Terms are governed by the laws of the province of Québec and the laws of Canada that are applicable to them, notwithstanding any principles governing conflicts between laws. You agree to be bound by and to comply with the laws mentioned above. In addition, if you use or access the Site from another jurisdiction, you are responsible for ensuring that your access and use are legally permitted in that jurisdiction, and you undertake to comply with local laws insofar as they apply to you. In the event of a dispute related to the Site, the Contents or the Terms, you accept the exclusive competency of the courts of the province of Québec and the Federal Court of Canada. You agree to bring no legal action or proceedings regarding any such dispute anywhere other than Montréal, Québec (Canada).

8.5 Specific rules

In the event of a discrepancy between any of the conditions set out in the Terms and a specific condition stated on a page of the Site regarding a particular item of Content, the specific condition will take precedence.