Farming Smarter Association is southern Alberta’s leading agriculture innovation hub. We conduct and share practical, applied, relevant scientific agricultural research.
As a Voting Member you pledge to :
By taking this pledge, the voting member agrees that Farming Smarter has value, supports its goals and expects to take an active role in the Association
Membership is for one year (AGM to AGM) and must be renewed each year
Members agree to receive electronic email from Farming Smarter Association regarding upcoming events, E-newsletters, project updates, etc. They may opt out of electronic email.
Members recognize the Association has an obligation to conduct its business in an effective and efficient manner and this cannot occur in the absence of member participation
Farming Smarter is committed to safeguarding the personal information entrusted to us by our members. We manage your personal information in accordance with Alberta’s Personal Information Protection Act and other applicable laws. This policy outlines the principles and practices we follow in protecting your personal information.
Personal information means information about an identifiable individual. This includes and individual’s name, home address and phone number.
We collect only the personal information that we need for the purposes of providing services to our members and clients, including personal information needed to:
We ask for consent to collect, use or disclose members personal information except in specific circumstances where collection, use or disclosure without consent is authorized or required by law. We may assume your consent in cases where you volunteer information for an obvious purpose.
We assume your consent to continue to use and, where applicable, disclose personal information that we have already collected, for the purpose for which the information was collected.
We ask for your express consent for some purposes and may not be able to provide certain services if you are unwilling to provide consent to the collection, use or disclosure of certain personal information. Where express consent is needed, we will normally ask members to provide their consent in writing by signing the member agreement.
A client may withdraw consent to the use and disclosure of personal information at any time, unless the personal information is necessary for us to fulfil our legal obligations. We will respect your decision, but we may not be able to provide you with certain products or services if we do not have the necessary personal information.
We use and disclose member personal information only for the purpose for which the information was collected, except as authorized by law. For example, we may use member information to send newsletter, magazine, event notices, etc.
If we wish to use or disclose your personal information for any new business purpose, we will ask for your consent. We may not seek consent if the law allows this (e.g. the law allows organizations to use personal information without consent for the purpose of collecting a debt).
We make every reasonable effort to ensure that personal information is accurate and complete. We rely on individuals to notify us if there is a change to their personal information that may affect their relationship with our organization. If you are aware of an error in our information about you, please let us know and we will correct it on request wherever possible. In some cases, we may ask for a written request for correction.
We protect personal information in a manner appropriate for the sensitivity of the information. We make every reasonable effort to prevent any loss, misuse, disclosure or modification of personal information, as well as any unauthorized access to personal information.
We use appropriate security measures when destroying personal information, including shredding paper records and permanently deleting electronic records.
We retain personal information only as long as is reasonable to fulfil the purposes for which the information was collected or for legal or business purposes.
Individuals have a right to access their own personal information in a record that is in the custody or under the control of Farming Smarter, subject to some exceptions. For example, organizations are required under the Personal Information Protection Act to refuse to provide access to information that would reveal personal information about another individual.
If we refuse a request in whole or in part, we will provide the reasons for the refusal. In some cases where exception to access apply, we may withhold that information and provide you with the remainder of the record.
You may make a request for access to your personal information by writing to Claudette Lacombe, Communications Manager. You must provide sufficient information in your request to allow us to identify the information you are seeking.
You may also request information about our use of your personal information and any disclosure of that information to persons outside our organization. In addition, you may request a correction of an error or omission in your personal information.
We will respond to your request within 45 calendar days, unless an extension is granted. We may charge a reasonable fee to provide the information, but not to make a correction. We will advise you of any fees that may apply before beginning to process your request.
If you have a question or concern about any collection, use or disclosure of personal information by Farming Smarter, or about a request for access to your own personal information, please contact Claudette Lacombe, Communications Manager.
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you should contact the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta.
Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta
Suite: 2460, 801 6 Ave, SW
Calgary, Alberta T2P 3W2
Toll Free: 1-888-878-4044
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.oipc.ab.ca