Terms & Conditions


Thank you for using the innovative platform of Forum for Women Entrepreneurs, whose mission is to provide tools, energy, education and support to all women, encouraging them to become wildly successful entrepreneurs. FWE provides the service to you, subject to your acceptance, without modification, of all of the terms and conditions contained herein and all other operating rules, policies, and procedures that may be published from time to time on www.fwe.ca or on any other websites launched by FWE (collectively, these “Terms”). IF YOU DO NOT AGREE TO ALL OF THESE TERMS, THEN DO NOT ACCESS THE FWE SITE OR USE THE SERVICE (AS DEFINED BELOW). BY VIEWING OR USING ALL OR ANY PART OF THE SERVICE OR THE FORUM FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS SITE, OR DOWNLOADING ANY MATERIALS OR BY COMPLETING THE REGISTRATION PROCESS, YOU AGREE TO BE BOUND BY ALL OF THESE TERMS. Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (“FWE”) may, in its sole discretion, modify or revise these terms and conditions and policies at any time, and you agree to be bound by such modifications or revisions. If you do not accept and abide by this Agreement, you may not use FWE services. In the event of an inconsistency between the FWE Terms of Use and the FWE Privacy Policy (available here), the FWE Terms of Use shall control. Nothing in this Agreement shall be deemed to confer any third party rights or benefits.

1. Description of Services.

FWE offers server-based and web-based products and services as well as events, memberships and program registration. You understand and agree that the Services may include content-targeted ads or other related information, as further described below and in the FWE Privacy Policy. In addition, you understand and agree that the Services are provided on an AS IS and AS AVAILABLE basis. FWE disclaims all responsibility and liability for the availability, timeliness, security or reliability of the Services. FWE also reserves the right to modify, suspend or discontinue the Services with or without notice at any time and without any liability to you. FWE does not control the Content posted by third parties via the Service, including the content of any messages or reviews, and does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. You understand that by using the service you may be exposed to content that is offensive, indecent or objectionable. Under no circumstances will FWE be liable in any way for any content, including any errors or omissions in any content, or any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of your use of any content. You are responsible for complying with all laws applicable to the content you submit via the service. You agree that you must evaluate and bear all risks associated with the use of any content, including any reliance on the content, integrity, and accuracy of such content.

The contents of the fwe.ca site, such as text, graphics, images, information obtained from FWE’s content providers, and other material contained on the fwe.ca site (“Content”) are for informational purposes only. Reliance on any information provided by FWE, FWE employees, others appearing on the Site at the invitation of FWE, or other visitors to the Site is solely at your own risk.

2. Personal Use.

The Services is made available to you for your personal use. Due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (which is available at http://www.ftc.gov/ogc/coppa1.htm), you must be at least thirteen (13) years of age to use these Services. You must provide current, accurate identification, contact, and other information that may be required as part of the registration process and/or continued use of the Services. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your Services password and account, and are responsible for all activities that occur there under. FWE reserves the right to refuse service to anyone at any time without notice for any reason.

3. Proper Use.

You agree that you are responsible for your own communications and for any consequences thereof. Your use of the Services is subject to your acceptance of and compliance with the Agreement. You agree that you will use the Services in compliance with all applicable local, provincial, national, and international laws, rules and regulations, including any laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from your country of residence. You shall not, shall not agree to, and shall not authorize or encourage any third party to:

  1. Use the Services to upload, transmit or otherwise distribute any content that is unlawful, defamatory, harassing, abusive, fraudulent, obscene, contains viruses, or is otherwise objectionable as reasonably determined by FWE;

  2. Upload, transmit or otherwise distribute content that infringes upon another party’s intellectual property rights or other proprietary, contractual or fiduciary rights or obligations;

  3. Prevent others from using the Services;

  4. Post information that is pornographic or sexually explicit in nature;

  5. Post information that is false or intentionally misleading;

  6. Provide any posted content that is unlawful or that promotes or encourages illegal activity;

  7. Impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a FWE official, forum leader, guide, or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;

  8. Upload, post, or otherwise transmit any material that contains software viruses, worms, defects, Trojan Horses or any other computer code, files, or programs of a destructive nature designed to interrupt, destroy, or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;

  9. Interfere with or disrupt the Service or the FWE Site or servers or networks connected to the Service, use any device, software, or routine that interferes with the proper working of the Service or the FWE Site, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies, or regulations of networks connected to the Service;

  10. “Stalk” or otherwise harass another user, individual, merchant, student, or instructor;

  11. Collect, harvest, or store personal data about users or members for any reason other than to solicit and share reviews or to gain more information about a learning or teaching opportunity;

  12. Use any robot, spider, site search/retrieval application, or other automated device, process or means to access, retrieve or index any portion of the FWE Site and/or Service;

  13. Create or submit unwanted email or messaging (“Spam”) to any other FWE user or otherwise interfere with the enjoyment of other Members or Users of the FWE Site or the Service;

  14. Modify, adapt, sublicense, translate, sell, decompile, disassemble, or reverse engineer any portion of the FWE Site and/or the Service;

  15. Access, retrieve, or index any portion of the FWE Site and/or Service for purposes of constructing or populating a searchable database of business reviews;

  16. Reformat or frame any portion of the web pages that are part of the FWE Site and/or Service;

  17. Create user accounts by automated means or under false or fraudulent pretenses;

  18. Use of the FWE Site or Services to violate the security of any computer network, crack passwords or security encryption codes, transfer or store illegal material, or take any action that imposes or may impose, in FWE’s sole discretion, an unreasonable or disproportionately large load on FWE’s IT infrastructure;

  19. Copy or store any Content offered on the FWE Site for other than your own use;

  20. Intentionally or unintentionally violate any applicable local, state, national, or international law;

  21. Use the Services for any fraudulent or inappropriate purpose.

Violation of any of the foregoing may result in immediate termination of this Agreement, and may subject you to state and federal penalties and other legal consequences. FWE reserves the right, but shall have no obligation, to investigate your use of the Services in order to determine whether a violation of the Agreement has occurred or to comply with any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request.

4. Content of the Services.

FWE takes no responsibility for third party content (including, without limitation, any viruses or other disabling features), nor does FWE have any obligation to monitor such content. FWE reserves the right at all times to remove or refuse to distribute any content on the Services, such as content which violates the terms of this Agreement. FWE also reserves the right to access, read, preserve, and disclose any information as it reasonably believes is necessary to (a) satisfy any applicable law, regulation, legal process or governmental request, (b) enforce this Agreement, including investigation of potential violations hereof, (c) detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security or technical issues (including, without limitation, the filtering of spam), (d) respond to user support requests, or (e) protect the rights, property or safety of FWE, its users and the public. FWE will not be responsible or liable for the exercise or non- exercise of its rights under this Agreement. By agreeing to these terms, you realize that you are solely responsible for your ratings and reviews of the businesses listed on FWE. FWE reserves the right, but has no obligation, to monitor disputes between you and any entity which you have reviewed. In addition, you agree that all hyperlinks and other offers comprising the Service (e.g. hyperlinks provided in connection with FWE’s RSS feeds) may not be modified from the original form in which such hyperlinks and other offers are generally made available by FWE.

5. Intellectual Property Rights.

FWE does not claim ownership of the Content you place on your FWE Profile or in events or in forums or in any other website postings. By uploading, submitting or otherwise disclosing or distributing content of any kind on the FWE website or otherwise through the Service, you:

Grant to FWE, its affiliates and their assignees the perpetual, irrevocable, fully assignable, non-exclusive, royalty-free right to use, reproduce, display, perform, adapt, modify, distribute, make derivative works of, and otherwise exploit such Content in any form for the purpose of providing the Services, including without limitation, any concepts, ideas, or know-how embodied therein;

Represent and warrant to FWE that you own or otherwise control all rights to such Content (including the ability to grant FWE this license) and that disclosure and use of such Content by FWE (including without limitation, publishing Content at the FWE website) will not infringe or violate the rights of any third party;  

Acknowledge that the Content may not be treated confidentially; and

Agree not to provide FWE with any confidential or proprietary information that you desire or are required to keep secret.

You acknowledge that FWE does not pre-screen Content, but that FWE and its designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to remove or block access to any Content that is available via the Service. Without limiting the foregoing, FWE and its designees shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the Terms or is otherwise objectionable (in FWE’s sole discretion). You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content.

6. Representations and Warranties.

You represent and warrant that (a) all of the information provided by you to FWE to participate in the Services is correct and current; and (b) you have all necessary right, power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to perform the acts required of you hereunder.

7. Privacy.

As a condition to using the Services, you agree to the terms of the FWE Privacy Policy as it may be updated from time to time. FWE understands that privacy is important to you. You do, however, agree that FWE may monitor, edit or disclose your personal information, including the content of your profile and postings, if required to do so in order to comply with any valid legal process or governmental request (such as a search warrant, subpoena, statute, or court order), or as otherwise provided in these Terms of Use and the FWE Privacy Policy. FWE collects and uses the contact and personal information that you have provided for the sole purpose of your involvement in our programs and events. FWE is committed to respecting your privacy and protecting your personal information. FWE does not sell or distribute its contact lists to any third party.

8. Advertisements.

As consideration for using the Services, you agree and understand that FWE may display ads and other information adjacent to and related to the content of your postings. FWE may serve relevant ads using a completely automated process that enables FWE to effectively target dynamically changing content of postings. No human will read the content of your postings in order to target such advertisements or other information without your consent, and no content or other personally identifiable information will be provided to advertisers as part of the Services.

9. Account Inactivity.

After a period of inactivity to be determined by FWE, FWE reserves the right to disable or terminate a user’s account. If an account has been deactivated for inactivity, the username associated with that account may be given to another user without notice to you or such other party.

10. Proprietary Rights.

You agree that all Content and materials delivered via the Service or otherwise made available by FWE are protected by copyrights, trademarks, service marks, patents, trade secrets, or other proprietary rights and laws. Except as expressly authorized by FWE in writing, you agree not to sell, license, rent, modify, distribute, copy, reproduce, transmit, publicly display, publicly perform, publish, adapt, edit, or create derivative works from such materials or Content. However, you may print or download a reasonable number of copies of the materials or Content at FWE’s website for your internal business purposes; provided, however, that you retain all copyright and other proprietary notices contained therein. Systematic retrieval of data or other Content from the FWE Site to create or compile, directly or indirectly, a collection, database or directory without written permission from FWE is prohibited. Any third party that contacts our users for commercial reasons, including to sell them products or services, is in violation of these terms and each individual violation is subject to $3,000 in penalties per instance. Reproducing, copying, or distributing any Content, materials, or design elements on the FWE Site for any use or purpose not expressly permitted by these Terms is strictly prohibited without the express prior written permission of FWE. Any rights not expressly granted herein are reserved. You acknowledge and agree that the Service and any necessary software used in connection with the Service (“Software”) contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. FWE grants you a personal, non-transferable, and non-exclusive right and license to use the object code of its Software on a single computer; provided, however, that you do not (and do not allow any third party to) copy, modify, create a derivative work of, reverse engineer, reverse assemble, or otherwise attempt to discover any source code, sell, assign, sublicense, grant a security interest in, or otherwise transfer any right in the Software. You agree not to modify the Software in any manner or form, or to use modified versions of the Software, including (without limitation) obtaining unauthorized access to the Service. You agree not to access the Service by any means other than through the interface that is provided by FWE to access the Service. FWE hereby reserves all rights not otherwise expressly granted in this Section 10.

11. Termination / Cancellation.

You may cancel your use of the Services and/or terminate this Agreement with or without cause at any time by providing notice to FWE at privacy@fwe.ca provided, however, that a terminated account may continue to exist for up to seven (7) business days before such cancellation takes effect. FWE may at any time and for any reason terminate the Services, terminate this Agreement, or suspend or terminate your account. In the event of termination, your account will be disabled and you may not be granted access to your account or any files or other content contained in your account although residual copies of information may remain in our system. Except as set forth above or unless FWE has previously canceled or terminated your use of the Services (in which case subsequent notice by FWE shall not be required), if you have provided a valid primary email address, FWE will notify you via email of any such termination or cancellation, which shall be effective immediately upon FWE’s delivery of such notice. Sections 3, 4, 5, 7, and 10 – 12 of the Agreement, along with applicable provisions of the general Terms of Services (including the section regarding limitation of liability), shall survive expiration or termination.

12. Indemnification.

You agree to hold harmless and indemnify FWE and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, and employees from and against any third party claim arising from or in any way related to your use of the Services, including any liability or expense arising from all claims, losses, damages (actual and consequential), suits, judgments, litigation costs and attorneys’ fees, of every kind and nature. In such a case, FWE will provide you with written notice of such claim, suit or action.

13. Choice of Law; Jurisdiction.

These Terms of Use will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of British Columbia and the Federal laws of Canada without giving effect to its conflict of laws provisions or your actual state or country of residence. Any claims, legal proceeding or litigation arising in connection with the Services will be brought solely in British Columbia, Canada, and you consent to the jurisdiction of such courts.

14. Other Licenses.

FWE may incorporate software code from third parties in the Services on the terms of the licenses of those third parties.