Privacy Policy

Privacy + information collection and use

This Privacy Policy applies to the BC Tech Association (“BC TECH “we”, “us” or “our”) Portal, located at (the “Portal”) and your participation in the BC Tech IP Accelerator Program (the “Program”), delivered by BC Tech.  By accessing and using this Portal or participating in the Programs, you shall be deemed to have accepted and agreed to the terms hereinafter set forth (the “Privacy Policy”). If you do not agree to the Privacy Policy, please do not use this Portal or participate in the BC TECH Program.

The Privacy Policy may be changed from time to time. Changes will be posted on this page and your use of this Portal after such changes have been posted will constitute your agreement to the modified Privacy Policy and all of the changes.

Consent and Information Collection and Use

When you visit the Portal, use the functionality contained therein and/or communicate with us via email, social media or feedback or contact forms located on the Portal, or participate in the Program, we may ask for personal information that will be used for purposes set out in the Privacy Policy. Some information is also automatically collected, such as your Internet Protocol (“IP“) address, your operating system, the browser type, the address of a referring Portal, your user preferences and your activity on the Portal.  We treat this information as personal information if we combine it with or link it to any of the identifying personal information mentioned above.

By providing personal information to us, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of such personal information as specified in the Privacy Policy.

Without limiting the foregoing, we may on occasion ask you to consent when we collect, use, or disclose your personal information in specific circumstances. Sometimes your consent will be implied through your conduct with us if the purpose of the collection, use or disclosure is obvious and you voluntarily provide the information.  We do not knowingly collect the personal information from anyone under the major age of consent in the jurisdiction of residence of the individual or determined based on the address of such individual. We may store and process personal information in Canada and other countries.

We may use your personal or account information for the following purposes:

  • to administer the Program in which you participate;
  • to provide program data to the program collaborator, Innovate BC, and funder, ISED, for the purposes of tracking program success and reach;
  • to help us address problems with and improve the Portal, the Program and/or our products and services;
  • to request feedback and otherwise contact you about your use of the Portal, the Program and/or our products and services;
  • to notify you about important changes to the Portal, the Program and/or our products and services;
    for our internal business purposes, such as to analyze trends and statistics, for audits, to enhance the Portal and/or the Program,
  • to improve our products and services, to identify usage trends and to determine the effectiveness of our promotional campaigns;
  • to protect the security or integrity of the Portal, the Program, our products and services and our business;
  • to prevent, detect and investigate activity and transactions that are suspicious, fraudulent, or violate the Portal Terms and Conditions or the rules for the Programs;
  • to contact you if necessary regarding your transactions with us, changes to our terms, conditions, and policies and/or for other administrative purposes;
  • to respond to your requests for support or customer service;
  • in an emergency situation to protect your personal safety or that of site visitors or any third party;
  • in connection with, or during negotiations of, any merger, sale of BC TECH’s assets, financing or acquisition, or in any other situation involving the transfer of all or part of the business assets of BC TECH;
  • with your consent when required, to communicate with you and to send you information by email, postal mail, telephone, text message, or other means about our products, services, contests, and promotions; or as required or authorized by law.

Sharing of Personal Information

We may share your personal information with certain service providers, including without limitation our selection committee, mentors, partners, collaborators, Innovate BC, and ISED (the “Service Providers“).  When we engage Service Providers who manage customer information on our behalf and/or perform services on our behalf, such as conducting surveys, sending communications, judging the Program or providing mentorship in connection with the Program, or helping prevent fraudulent transactions, we may share your personal information with such Service Providers under the strict requirement that any personal information shared is used solely in the context of the services they are providing to us and consistent with this Privacy Policy.

We are not responsible for the actions of any independent third parties you may choose to engage with directly, nor are we responsible for any additional information you provide directly to these third parties. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the privacy practices of any third party before disclosing information directly to them.

Rights to Your Information

We strive to ensure that any personal information we retain and use is accurate, complete and current as necessary for its intended use.  If our records regarding your personal information are inaccurate or incomplete, we will amend that information at your request.

Aggregated Data

We may also use your personal information, combined with Portal usage statistics and Programs-related statistics to generate Aggregated Data. This data is used internally and may be shared selectively with external entities.  “Aggregated Data” refers to records that have been anonymized by removing potentially identifying details, and which have been manipulated or combined to provide generalized, anonymous information. In these Aggregated Data sets, your identity and personal information will remain confidential, untraceable, and anonymous.


The Portal may contain links to other websites. The Privacy Policy does not apply to these external websites, and we are not responsible for their privacy practices or content. When accessing third-party links, you do so at your own risk. We encourage you to read the privacy policy of linked websites prior to providing them with personal information.  Their privacy policies and practices may differ significantly from ours.

Cookies and Log Files

We may use cookies and log files to enhance user experience on the Portal. Cookies are small data files that are transferred to your web browser by a web server and are stored on your computer’s hard drive. These might be utilized to remember your progress in an application or any edits you’ve made, ensuring a seamless experience.

Most Web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. However, if you prefer, you can adjust your browser settings to decline or remove cookies.  If you choose to remove cookies or reject cookies, this could affect certain features or functionality of the Portal.

Change of Ownership or Business Transition

In the event of a change of ownership or other business transition, such as a merger, acquisition or sale of our assets, your information may be transferred in accordance with applicable privacy laws.


Our Portal is hosted by SurveyMonkey Apply, which means that the data you provide is stored in the cloud, and not on BC TECH servers. We are committed to ensuring that your personal information is protected against unauthorized access. However, it’s essential to understand that no data transmission, whether it’s over the Internet or via wireless devices, can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. We will continue to enhance security procedures as new technologies and procedures become available.

It’s crucial for you to exercise control over the personal information you share on the Portal and during your participation in the Programs. Remember that safeguarding your personal information is ultimately your responsibility. Always exercise caution and responsibility regarding your data. While we take measures to protect your personal information, we are not responsible for, and cannot control, the use by others of any information which you provide to them and you should use caution in selecting the personal information you provide to others through the Portal or in connection with the Programs.

We also cannot guarantee or assume any responsibility for the accuracy or content of any personal information provided by third parties or other users to you through the Portal or in connection with the Programs. As such, you release us from any and all liability related to the use, receipt, or content of personal information or other data exchanged on the Portal or through the Programs.

Opting Out

You may wish to opt out of receiving certain information and marketing or promotional materials from BC TECH. You may do so by contacting us at:


Last updated: Dec 22, 2023.