Privacy Statement

Effective Date: March 9, 2017

AD Affiliated Distributors (“AD”, “we”, “us” or “our”) respects your privacy and takes steps to protect your personal information. This Privacy Statement explains our current information management practices on our Tuff Grade website.

What kind of information is collected when you visit our websites?

Information You Provide

You are not required to provide personal information in order visit the Tuff Grade website. However, in order to use and receive certain online products and services, we may need to collect personal information from you. For example, we may collect your name and contact information if you:

  • submit an e-mail, comment, question or request, or subscribe to our communications
  • provide feedback or participate in consultations, surveys or other activities on our website
  • use the locate a distributor feature on the website in order to be referred to an AD distributor in your area.

We will use the information you provide for the purposes for which you provided it, including to respond to your message, administer the consultation, survey or other activity, or provide you with the information, service or product that you requested. We may also collect and use your personal information for other purposes with your consent or as permitted or required by law.

Information Collected Automatically

(i) Traffic Monitoring and Statistics

When you browse or download information from the Tuff Grade website, our servers automatically collect information for traffic monitoring and statistical purposes. This information may include:

  • Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the computers being used to access our website
  • operating systems and the types and versions of browsers used to access our website
  • Internet Service Providers used by visitors to our website
  • dates and times users access our website
  • pages visited
  • keywords users enter into our search engine
  • names and sizes of files requested

This information is analyzed for operational trends, performance, and for ways to improve this site. We cannot identify you from this information.

(ii) Cookies

The Tuff Grade website uses cookies. A cookie is a small text file sent from a Web server and placed on your computer’s hard drive. The Tuff Grade website uses two types of cookies: session cookies (temporary) or persistent cookies (longer-term continuing use).

  • Session cookies may be used to support on-line feedback/discussion, forms and registration. They are used only during your online session and expire when you close your browser. Without session cookies, moving around our Web sites could be much slower.
  • Persistent cookies are different from session cookies because they are stored on your computer’s hard drive for some length of time. They are usually used if you want us to remember information about your Web preferences (e.g. large font) and passwords for automatic log-in purposes

You can choose to set your browser to detect and reject cookies, to accept cookies from all sites, or to prompt you whenever a site wants to send you a cookie. Check your browser’s “Help” files to learn how to do this. If you choose to refuse cookies, you may not be able to access some of the interactive features on our website.

(iii) Web analytics

We may use web analytics services including Google Analytics and Webtrends to help analyze the use of our websites so that we can improve the experience of our website visitors. These tools use cookies and other tracking technologies to collect and generate information about your visits to our sites (including your IP address). The use of these tools does not allow us or our analytics service providers to identify individuals.

You can opt-out of analytics activity by setting your browser to notify you when a cookie is sent and block analytics cookies if desired. Please consult your browser’s Help Menu for instructions. Visiting our website with analytics cookies disabled will have no significant impact on your browsing experience.

Google currently offers a free Google Analytics opt-out tool for Internet Explorer (versions 7 and 8), Google Chrome (4.x and higher), and Mozilla Firefox (3.5 and higher).

When Personal Information May Be Shared

We may transfer personal information to service providers (including affiliates acting in this capacity) that perform services on our behalf, including information technology, data hosting and processing, marketing and analytics, or that otherwise to collect, use, disclose, store or process personal information on our behalf for the purposes described in this Privacy Statement. Some of these service providers may be located outside of Canada, including in the United States and your personal information may be collected, used, disclosed, stored and processed outside of Canada for the purposes described in this Privacy Statement. Reasonable contractual other measures we may take to protect your personal information while processed or handled by these service providers are subject to legal requirements in Canada, the United States and other foreign countries applicable to our affiliates, agents and service providers, for example lawful requirements to disclose personal information to government or national security authorities in certain circumstances.

We may share personal information with third parties in connection with the proposed or actual financing, securitization, insuring, sale, assignment or other disposal of all or part of AD or our business or assets, for the purposes of evaluating and/or performing the proposed transaction. Our successors and assigns may use and disclose your personal information for similar purposes as those described in this Privacy Statement.

We may disclose your personal information in other circumstances with your consent, or as permitted or required by law.


AD has implemented appropriate security measures to protect personal information from unauthorized access, use and disclosure. AD’s safeguards include the use of security software and encryption protocols and involve physical, technical and procedural controls to protect information behind the firewall. Personal information is maintained on our servers (or those of our service providers). Authorized employees, agents and mandataries of AD will have access to your personal information as necessary to fulfill their job requirements.

Your Rights and Contacting Us

If you wish to withdraw your consent to our collection, use or disclosure of personal information, to request access to or correction of your personal information in our custody or control, or if you have any questions or complaints about our personal information practices, please write to our President at 6581 Kitimat Rd. Unit 12, Mississauga, Ontario, L5N 3T5 or telephone us at 905 858-0988. Your right to withdraw consent, or access or correct your personal information, may be subject to legal or contractual restrictions.

Privacy Statement Changes

This Privacy Statement is effective as of the date above may be revised from time to time. We encourage you to review this Privacy Statement frequently. Visiting our website or providing personal information following any changes to this Privacy Statement constitutes your acceptance of any such changes.