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Effective Date: March 1, 2020.

Women in Governance (WiG) is strongly committed to protecting your privacy, whether you’re a donor, website visitor, or anyone else who communicates or connects with us. We want to make sure you have all the information you need to understand what kind of data we gather, how we handle it, and whether and how we share it. The following Privacy Policy applies when you make a donation to WiG. It also applies to other situations when you choose to share your personal information with WiG. By visiting our websites, you are accepting this Privacy Policy.

Donor information

If you make a donation, either online or otherwise, we’ll request certain personally identifiable information about you (such as your name, address, telephone number, email address, and credit card information). This information ensures that we can securely process your donation and communicate with you about it. We may also use your information to improve our promotional efforts, keep you updated about our work, analyze website usage, and improve our website’s content, layout, and services. We may receive information about you from other sources—including publicly available databases or third parties — and combine this data with information we already have about you. This helps us to update, expand and analyze our records, identify people who may want to know more about our work, and provide you with information we think would be of interest.

Sharing with third parties

We do not sell or rent our mailing list to other organizations that solicit donations or sell any products. WiG employs companies to help us host our donor information database, model our data, and process online and mail donations as well as credit card payments. These companies need to have access to personal donor information, but we require them to keep it confidential. They are only authorized to use this information as necessary to provide their specific services to us. We hold onto your information as long as your account is active or as needed to provide you with services, comply with our legal obligations, or resolve disputes and enforce our agreements. If you’d like us to remove your contact information from our systems, or to know what kind of information we have stored about you, please contact us at 514 667-0334 or 1-844-4-PARITY (1-844-472-7489 or email (For more information, see the Security section below.)

Other information

If you shared personal information like your name, postal address, and email address for purposes other than donating (such as receiving an email newsletter or invitations to events), we collect, store, and use this information primarily for the purposes it was submitted. We may also use this information to improve our communication with you and provide additional information about our work that we think would be of interest to you. We may share this information and material with you via online social platforms, websites, postal mail, or email, as permitted by applicable law. We do not share this information with any third parties except those that provide us with certain services like database hosting (as described above).

Other disclosures

We may be required to disclose your personal information to the government or to third parties pursuant to law enforcement inquiries, court orders, subpoenas and similar requests, or when we otherwise believe in good faith that such disclosure is necessary or appropriate in connection with any activity that violates the law or may expose us to liability.


We take the security of any personal information you share with us very seriously. When you send personal information to us by submitting an online form on our site, it travels by high-grade encryption to ensure that it is secure. We also require the companies we work with to process your online donation payments using high-grade encryption and security protocols. Any vendors that process check and credit card transactions on our behalf meet all industry standards, certify their compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), and are audited to meet with the Statement on Auditing Standard 70 (SAS 70). The personal information that you provide is stored in a secure location and accessible only by designated employees trained in the proper handling of donor information. We employ industry standard techniques to protect your personally identifiable information from unauthorized access by users inside and outside the organization. We do everything we can to safeguard your personal information. That said, the reality is that “perfect security” does not exist on the Internet. Third parties may unlawfully intercept or access transmissions or private communications. If you have any questions about the security of your personal information, you can contact us at 514 667-0334 or 1-844-4-PARITY (1-844-472-7489 or email

External links

We work to ensure that our website is a reliable and useful resource that allows visitors to better understand our work for empowering women. In order to do that, our site contains links to other (external) sites. Unless we explicitly say so, WiG makes no representations whatsoever concerning the content of those sites. The fact that WiG has provided a link to a site should not be interpreted as an endorsement, authorization, sponsorship, or affiliation with respect to the site, its owners, or its providers. There are risks associated with using any information, software, or products found on the Internet, and WiG encourages you to make sure you understand these risks before retrieving, using, relying upon, or purchasing anything via the Internet. Please be aware that WiG is not responsible for the privacy practices of other sites—even if they are linked to from our web pages.

Note to parents & children

WiG welcomes children to learn more about our organization and the work presented on WiG sites. We also want to make sure we are respectful of the privacy of our young users. We encourage parents to monitor their children’s use of the Internet and to help us protect their privacy by instructing them never to provide personal information on this site or any other without permission. We will never attempt to extract unnecessary information from our users, regardless of age. Consistent with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA), we will never knowingly request personally identifiable information from anyone under the age of 13 without prior verifiable parental consent. If we become aware that a child under 13 has provided us with this information without consent, we will use our best efforts to remove it from our files. If a parent or guardian becomes aware that a child under 13 has provided such information to us, they should contact us at 514 667-0334 or 1-844-4-PARITY (1-844-472-7489 or email

Opt-out preference

If you’d like to stay up-to-date on the empowering work we’re doing around the world, you can sign up to receive email, newsletter, or other communications from us. If you ever want to stop receiving this information, you can easily update your email preferences by using the “Unsubscribe” link found in emails we send you.

Changes to this privacy policy

We occasionally make changes to our Privacy Policy based on your comments and our need to update and accurately explain our data collection and disclosure practices. We encourage you to periodically check this page to see the latest privacy information.

Governing law

You agree that your use of this Privacy Policy and any disputes relating thereto shall be governed in all respects by the laws of the Province of Quebec. Any dispute relating to this Privacy Policy shall be resolved solely in the state or federal courts located in Montreal, Quebec. This Privacy Policy was last updated in February 2020. Women In Governance, WiG, La Gouvernance au Féminin and other marks used on this website are proprietary of WiG or its affiliates and may not be used without permission.

Kathleen Taylor

Chair of the Board,
Royal Bank of Canada

Women in Governance makes a huge contribution to the corporate world. Women and men are the perfect complement to one another. We can be so much more successful in everything we do when we do it together.

Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister,

Congratulations to Parity-certified organizations for everything you do to support women’s leadership. Each and every one of you brings important contributions to making gender equality a reality, not only in the business world, but also in our entire society.

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