The MaRS and CIBC Inclusive Design Challenge: Access to Work

The first innovation challenge in this series seeks solutions to support accessible career entry for persons with disabilities.

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$100,000 prize pool

Challenge Description

The first innovation challenge seeks solutions that support accessible career entry for persons with disabilities. Priority areas identified by the disability community in this area include bias, disclosure of disability, and the limitations of a “one-size-fits-all” recruitment process.

Who Should Participate?

We’re looking for individuals, groups and organizations with a solution to make finding meaningful employment more accessible to persons with disabilities. We welcome solutions from people with lived experience across the disability spectrum, startups, non-profits, academics and students, private and public sector organizations and the general public.

Opportunity

Five winners will be awarded the following prizes: 

  • A first place prize of $50,000 
  • 2 runner-up prizes of $20,000
  • 2 honourable mention prizes of $5,000 
  • In-kind support provided by MaRS and CIBC including access to scaling pathways and adoption-oriented activities.

Click here for Challenge Rules

What’s Happening Now?

  • The challenge is now open for submissions
  • Submissions close June 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET

The Problem

There are many people with disabilities who can and want to work.  But they don’t always get the chance to do so, and certain barriers can stand in the way of finding and keeping meaningful work. 

Meaningful work:

  • Gives purpose
  • Allows people to follow their interests or achieve their goals

Persons with disabilities represent a large untapped talent pool in the Canadian labour market. In 2017, 3,727,920 Canadians between the ages of 25 and 64 identified as having a disability.[1] Only three in five (59%) of these individuals were employed. Of those who were not employed, nearly 645,000 (40%) had paid work potential but were unable to find suitable jobs.[2] While there is significant evidence[3] that companies benefit from the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the workforce, many still struggle to find a job and to access meaningful opportunities that utilize their skill sets.

Why address this problem now?

As of April 2020, 5.5 million Canadian workers have experienced either job loss or significantly reduced hours due to COVID-19.[4] On top of existing barriers to employment, persons with disabilities are more likely to experience difficulties finding and returning to work during the COVID-19 recovery.[5]  

Changes made to enable work during the pandemic have been a large step forward in terms of access to employment for persons with disabilities, but significant room for improvement remains. Now is the time for bold solutions that will transform access to meaningful employment for persons with disabilities.


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[1] Morris et al., ‘A demographic, employment and income profile of Canadians with disabilities aged 15 years and over, 2017’ (Ottawa: Statistics Canada, 2018).

[2] Ibid. Note: having “work potential‟ is defined by Statistics Canada as persons with disability not currently working, not currently in school, not housebound and no preventions from working. They stress that it is not an attempt to measure an individual’s capacity or ability to work, but a way to examine how the labour market could change in a more inclusive market.  For more, see StatsCan’s Annex A: Work Potential.

[3] Jerdee, Chad. 2019. ‘What companies gain by including persons with disabilities’. April 23.

[4] Statistics Canada. 2020. “Labour Force Survey, April 2020.” Component of Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 11-001-X.

[5] Mitra, S. and Kruse, D. 2016. “Are workers with disabilities more likely to be displaced?” The International Journal of Human Resource Management, 27(14), pp.1550-1579.

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What are we asking for?

MaRS and CIBC are seeking solutions that support accessible career entry for persons with disabilities. Submissions will be evaluated based on their potential to help persons with disabilities accessing meaningful employment, their impact on people with different types of disabilities and identities, and their long-term benefits.

We welcome solutions that have been applied to support access to meaningful employment in other contexts. However, it is critical that the perspectives of persons with disabilities are considered and that they inform your solution to this Challenge.

In the first phase of the Inclusive Design Challenge, which occurred in early 2021, MaRS and CIBC asked persons with disabilities and allies to tell us about barriers to finding meaningful employment they had seen, heard of or experienced themselves. Key areas of focus related to finding employment or pathways to career entry are highlighted below: 

  • Attitudinal Bias: Pervasive myths that people have about persons with disabilities that result in negative attitudes or assumptions about their ability to work.
  • Disclosure: The process during which individuals decide when and if they will disclose their disability to their employer in the application process, and the implications of this decision.
  • A one-size-fits-all approach to recruitment: Organizational hiring processes may be the same for all candidates, which put persons with disabilities at a disadvantage.

Note that solutions addressing these areas will be awarded additional points in the Challenge evaluation process.

For more information on barriers to employment identified by the disability community, please consult these resources:

Prizes

The winner of this challenge will receive a $50,000 grand prize; two runners-up will receive $20,000 each; and two innovators will be awarded $5,000 each with honourable mention. Please consult the Challenge Rules for further information about the Challenge prizes. 

Beyond the prize, winners of each Challenge will receive access to scaling pathways and adoption-oriented activities provided by MaRS and CIBC to accelerate the impact of their solutions.

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Options to apply

Participants must complete one of the following options before the June 30, 2021 11:59 PM ET deadline:

1. Complete the following tasks on the Inclusive Design Challenge: Access to Work website:

2. Send an email to challenges@marsdd.com with an attached audio or video file of your answers to the submission questions.

3. Mail your answers to the submission questions to:

          ATTN: Louise Pichette – Inclusive Design Challenge
          MaRS Discovery District
          101 College Street, Suite 100
          Toronto ON M5G 1L7

Contact us at challenges@marsdd.com or (647) 255-1452 if you have questions or require another submission format.

Timeline

Challenge Launch (20/05/2021)

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Submission Deadline (30/06/2021)

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Be sure to submit before 11:59PM ET!

Winners Announcement (15/10/2021)

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Note that this date is subject to change

FAQ

To participate, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are a legal resident of Canada
  • You are the age of majority where you reside (province or territory)
  • You are not an employee of MaRS or CIBC
  • You are not an immediate family member of a MaRS or CIBC employee 

Participants must complete one of the following options before the June 30, 2021 11:59 PM EDT deadline:

1. Complete the following tasks on the Inclusive Design Challenge: Access to Work website:

2. Send an email to challenges@marsdd.com with an attached audio or video file of your answers to the submission questions.

3. Mail your answers to the submission questions to:

          ATTN: Louise Pichette – Inclusive Design Challenge
          MaRS Discovery District
          101 College Street, Suite 100
          Toronto ON M5G 1L7

Contact us at challenges@marsdd.com or (647) 255-1452 if you have questions or require another submission format.

You may participate in this challenge as an individual, a team, or an organization. Please ensure that you indicate who you represent in your submission form.

In the first phase of the Inclusive Design Challenge, which occurred in early 2021, MaRS and CIBC asked persons with disabilities and allies to tell us about barriers to finding meaningful employment they had seen, heard of or experienced themselves. Priority areas for each competition were selected based on their potential impact on finding and keeping meaningful work, and impact on people with different types of disabilities. 

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges based on the Challenge Evaluation Criteria. Note that the 2 honourable mention prizes will be awarded to participants scoring the highest on the Impact on Community criterion. The challenge winner and runners-up are not eligible to win the honourable mention prizes.

Please contact us if you require a different submission format or have questions about the accessibility of the submission process.

Yes, please contact the MaRS Team for help submitting your idea in one of the formats available.

You may submit a maximum of ONE entry per individual, team, or organization.

Rules 

Before emailing or uploading your audio or video recording, please ensure that:

  • It contains your original solutions and work.
  • It does not have copyrighted or trademarked content.
  • It is equal to or less than 1GB in size and 10 minutes in length.

You may submit your audio or video file as an email attachment, or upload to Google Drive, YouTube or a similar video hosting platform and share the link with us via email. Please send all videos to challenges@marsdd.com with the following subject line: “Inclusive Design Challenge: Access to Work Submission”.

Guidelines for uploading to YouTube:

  • Please publish your video for public viewing and set to unlisted. 
  • Please do not set your video to private. (see youtube.com/help for details)

Note: Judges are NOT evaluating audio or video production skills. You are welcome to record using a cell phone. 

Please reach out to the MaRS team if you have any technical problems.

No. Other participants cannot view submissions.

Please contact the MaRS Team, we are happy to help!

No. Participants are required to respond to the questions contained in the Submission Form in ONLY ONE of the 3 submission options available. If completing the Submission Form on our website, participants have the option to include a video in the Appendix section. 

We ask participants to choose one of the following three submission options available to participate:

1. Website Submission

Complete the following tasks on the Inclusive Design Challenge: Access to Work website:

2. Audio/Video Submission

Send an email to challenges@marsdd.com with an attached audio or video file of your answers to the submission questions.

3. Mail-In Submission

Mail your answers to the submission questions to:

          ATTN: Louise Pichette – Inclusive Design Challenge
          MaRS Discovery District
          101 College Street, Suite 100
          Toronto ON M5G 1L7

Contact us at challenges@marsdd.com or (647) 255-1452 if you have questions or require another submission format.

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CHALLENGE OFFICIAL RULES

MaRS Discovery District (“MaRS”) is pleased to present the below-described Challenge, which is governed by the Challenge Terms and Challenge Rules found below (collectively, the Challenge Terms and Challenge Rules are the “Official Rules”). By entering the Challenge, you agree to abide by the Official Rules and decisions of MaRS and any judges that it may appoint, as described below. You also agree to comply with the applicable laws. This Challenge is void to the extent it is prohibited or restricted by law.

CHALLENGE TERMS

Challenge MaRS and CIBC Inclusive Design Challenge: Access to Work
Challenge Purpose The MaRS and CIBC Inclusive Design Challenge aims to address the most pressing employment barriers faced by persons with disabilities in Canada. Run through a series of four crowdsourced competitions, the challenge invites entrants to propose and develop solutions to these barriers. The Access to Work Challenge is the first innovation challenge in a four (4) part series and is focused on solutions to support accessible career entry for persons with disabilities.
Start Date May 20, 2021
End Date June 30, 2021
Sponsor Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Administrator MaRS Discovery District
Eligibility Criteria You may only enter the Challenge if:

·       You are an individual and, at the time of entry: (a) you are a legal resident of Canada, and (b) you are at least the age of majority in your resident province;

·       You are a group of individuals entering the Challenge as a team and: (a) each of you, at the time of entry, is (i) a legal resident of Canada, and (ii) at least the age of majority in your resident province; and (b) you designate one (1) member of your team as your eligible Authorized Representative (defined below) to enter the Challenge and signify your agreement to be legally bound by these Official Rules on your behalf; or

·       You are a company or organization which: (a) at the time of entry, is either (i) incorporated under the laws of Canada; or (ii) legally operating in Canada; and (b) you designate one (1) eligible Authorized Representative (defined below) to enter the Challenge and agree to be legally bound by these Official Rules on your behalf.

Quebec This Challenge is open  to residents of the Province of Quebec.
Entry Method To enter, prospective entrants must perform one of the following during the Entry Window:
• Entry via Contest Website: To enter via the Contest Website, you must visit http://www.challenges.marsdd.com/idc/accesstowork (the
“Contest Website”) and complete the entry requirements described there;
• Entry via Email: To enter via email, you must send an email to challenges@marsdd.com with the subject line of “Inclusive Design Challenge: Access to Work Submission” that includes a video or audio file with the answers to the questions contained in the Submission Form
• Mail: To enter via mail, you must send a letter to the Administrator that includes answers to all question contained in the Submission Form. The Submission must be mailed to the physical address and ATTN coordinates listed in the Administrator Contact Information (defined below). The letter must be received by Administrator before close of the
Entry Window (defined below).
*** If an alternative format for submission is required for accessibility purposes, please request an alternative format for submission by contacting the Administrator at the Administrator Contact Information (defined below).
Entry Specifications ·       Maximum Length/Size/Amount: Email: 1GB for audio/video submissions* *audio/video submissions must be no longer than 10 minutes long. ***Any alternative method of entry for accessibility will be  substantially equivalent to the above requirements as determined by Administrator***

·       Acceptable Formats: Text or physical copies, YouTube link, Vimeo link, link to video/audio file on another video hosting platform, .mp4, .mov, .wav, .mp3.

·      Content must feature answers to the questions contained in the Submission Form.

Evaluation Criteria In relation to the Challenge Purpose, evaluation will occur as follows:

Criteria Weighting
Innovation

 

Is the solution bold and different compared to existing solutions? Does the solution consider and/or make use of the employment environment in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?

20%
Impact on Accessible Career Entry

 

How significant of an impact could the solution have on helping persons with disabilities access meaningful employment? How significant are potential near-term impacts (1-3 years)? How long will it take for long-term impacts (more than 3 years) to be achieved?

30%
Impact on Community

 

How many persons with disabilities have been or could be positively impacted by this solution? Is the problem being addressed experienced widely across the disability community? How were persons with disabilities engaged in the development of the solution? How much did these perspectives impact the solution? Has consideration been given to diverse and marginalized groups, and individuals with a range of identities? (consider type of disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, culture, socio-economic status, and geographic location)

30%
Scalability

 

Will the solution benefit more people and increase in effectiveness over time? Can this solution be easily customized to benefit other groups of individuals?

15%
Priority Areas

 

Does the solution address priority problems, as identified by the community in first phase of the Inclusive Design Challenge?

·       Attitudinal bias: Pervasive myths that people have about persons with disabilities that result in negative attitudes or assumptions about their ability to work.

·       Disclosure: A process in which individuals decide when and if they will disclose their disability to their employer during the application process, and the implications of this decision.

·       One-size-fits-all approach to recruitment: Organizational processes and/or policies that discriminate against people with disabilities in the recruitment, application, and selection process.

5%
Total Score Maximum 100%

 

Prizes will be awarded according to the highest scores allotted, meaning the entrant with the highest score will be eligible for the Grand Prize, the next two (2) entrants will be eligible for the Runner-Up Prize. Honourable Mention Prizes will be awarded for entrants with the highest scores on Impact on Community criterion alone; for certainty neither the Grand Prize winner nor the Runner-Up Prize winners are eligible to win the Honourable Mention Prizes.

Prize(s) There are five (5) prizes to be won, as follows:

·       One (1) grand prize of CAD$50,000.00 CAD for the first place entrant (the “Grand Prize”);

·       Two (2) runner-up prize of CAD$20,000.00 CAD for the second place entrants (the “Runner-up Prizes”); and

·       Two (2) honourable mention prizes of CAD$5,000 CAD for the entrants scoring highest on the Impact on Community criterion (the “Honourable Mention Prizes”).

Approximate Retail Value of Prize(s) Grand Prize: $50,000 CAD

Runner-Up Prizes: $20,000 CAD

Honourable Mentions: $5,000 CAD

Travel Costs N/A
Prize Delivery Method Electronic Funds Transfer
Selection Date 2021-08-31
Selected Entrant Notification Method Entrants who have been selected as potential prize winners will be sent (or their Authorized Representative will be sent, as applicable) notifications by the Contest Sponsors or their designated representative by email.
Administrator Privacy Policy https://www.mars.com/privacy-policy-canada
Administrator Contact Information MaRS Discovery District

101 College Street, Suite 100

Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1L7

ATTN: Louise Pichette – Inclusive Design Challenge

 

AND/OR challenges@marsdd.com

Sponsor Privacy Policy https://www.cibc.com/en/privacy-security/digital-privacy-statement.html

 

CHALLENGE RULES

1. Entry Window. The Challenge will open for entries at 12:01 a.m. (Eastern Time) on the Start Date and close for entries at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the End Date (the “Entry Window”).

2. How to Enter. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You are not required to make any purchase or pay any fee to enter or win the Challenge. You may enter the Challenge by satisfying the Eligibility Criteria and submitting an entry in accordance with the Entry Method and Entry Specifications during the Entry Window, and otherwise in accordance with these Official Rules. Your  must  provide the required information accurately, and (as applicable) accept the terms and conditions displayed as part of the registration process. ENTRIES THAT ARRIVE AFTER THE END OF THE ENTRY WINDOW WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE.

3. Non-Eligible Folks. As it relates to the Administrator, the Sponsor, and anyone else involved with sponsoring or administering the Challenge (e.g. judges), the following associated individuals are not eligible to enter the Challenge: employees and their immediate families (i.e. spouses, siblings, children, spouses’ parents, and the spouses of any of those individuals) and their household members (related or not), and each of their respective representatives, agents, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies and anyone otherwise connected with the Challenge (collectively, the, are not eligible to enter the Challenge.

4. Your Responsibility. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that you are properly entered. Neither Administrator nor Sponsor will be responsible for any lost, delayed, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, damaged, or undeliverable entries, or any delay or failure to transmit, process, receive or consider entries.

5. Bad Entries. Administrator may at any time in its sole discretion disqualify any entrant (and the entrant’s corresponding entry) who: does not meet the Eligibility Criteria, fails to comply with these Official Rules, attempts to enter the Challenge in any manner or through any means other than as described in the Official Rules, attempts to disrupt the Challenge or attempts to circumvent any of these Official Rules.

6. Chances. Chances of winning depend on the number of entrants and strength of the entry (including without limitation the Submission).

7. Submissions. To the extent required by the Entry Method, any content and materials provided by the entrant as part of the Challenge (we will call that the “Submission”) and each individual component thereof must meet the following criteria (as determined by Administrator in its sole discretion):

a. It must contain answers to all questions required by the Entry Method while respecting the word-count limits indicated (as applicable);

b. It must not contain, depict or refer to any crude, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, disparaging, discriminatory, offensive, illegal or otherwise unsuitable language, activity or other content;

c. It must not contain, depict or refer to any content which disparages or refers negatively to Administrator, the Challenge, the Sponsor, or any other Challenge Party;

d. It must not conflict with any of Administrator’s or Sponsor’s core values, or otherwise be objectionable to Administrator or Sponsor (as determined in the Administrator or Sponsor in its sole discretion, as applicable);

e. It must not contain any content that violates any law or any third party’s rights (including privacy, personality and intellectual property rights);

f. It must not have been submitted to any other website or challenge;

g. It must not have been selected previously as a winner of any Sponsor or Administrator-run challenge or contest; and

h. It must comply with all conditions stated in these Official Rules including without limitation all other guidelines and criteria required by the Eligibility Criteria and submission during the Entry Window.

THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL BEAR NO LEGAL LIABILITY REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR ENTRY (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION USE OF YOUR SUBMISSION). THE RELEASED PARTIES (DEFINED BELOW) SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY YOU IN THE EVENT IT IS SUBSEQUENTLY DISCOVERED THAT YOU HAVE DEPARTED FROM OR NOT FULLY COMPLIED WITH ANY OF THESE RULES.

8. Original Materials. By submitting an entry (including any Submission) to Administrator as part of this Challenge, you represent and warrant that:

a. you (or in the case of team, the entrants) are the original creator of the entry (including without limitation, the Submission);

b. you (or in the case of team, the entrants) are the sole owner of the copyright and all other intellectual property rights in the entry (including without limitation, the Submission);

c. the entry (including without limitation, the Submission) does not contain any reference to or likeness of any identifiable third parties, unless consent has been obtained from all such individuals and their parent/legal guardian if they are under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence;

d. the entry (including without limitation, the Submission) does not violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation, and Administrator and/or Sponsor will not infringe or violate any third party’s intellectual property, privacy, personality or other rights by using the Submission, including without limitation if Administrator and/or Sponsors copies, displays, edits, modifies, transmits or otherwise uses that Submission in connection with the Challenge or the publication of the Challenge or, for Administrator, in relation to any future Administrator event; and,

e. the Submission meets all of the eligibility requirements set out in these Official Rules.

9. Submission License. Each individual, team, company or organization entrant will retain intellectual property rights in his/her/its entry (including without limitation, any associated Submission). However, each entrant (and the entrant’s Authorized Representative, as applicable) hereby grants the unrestricted, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, sublicensable, assignable, licence (but not the obligation) to reproduce, communicate, publish, modify, display, transmit, publicly perform, make derivative works from, and otherwise use the entry (in whole or in part – including without limitation, any associated Submission) without any fee or other form of compensation, and without further notification or permission:

a. to Administrator, for the purposes of: (i) administering the Challenge; (ii) identifying the entrant by name as the creator of the entry; (iii) displaying the winning entries in the Challenge; and, (iv) advertising in any media, including to advertise the Challenge, future Challenge and/or events, and Administrator’s products and services; and,

b. to the Sponsor and/or any of its representatives, agents, affiliates, or subsidiaries, solely for the purposes of advertising and marketing the Challenge, and displaying the winning entries in the Challenge, in any media.

Further, each entrant (and the entrant’s Authorized Representative, as applicable) hereby waives all moral rights in and to his/her/its entry (and each component thereof – including without limitation, any associated Submission) in favour of the Administrator and the Sponsor (and anyone authorized by such parties to use such Submission); and agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses arising from disclosure or use of the entry (or any component thereof – including without limitation, any associated Submission), including, without limitation, any claim based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trade-mark infringement or any other intellectual property related or other cause of action whatsoever.

10. Authorized Representatives. Entrants who are required to designate an authorized representative to enter and participate in the Challenge must designate one (1) authorized representative (an “Authorized Representative”) to register for the Challenge and submit a Submission on behalf of the entrant(s), and such Authorized Representative must be a legal resident of Canada who has reached the legal age of majority in their resident province. For greater certainty, the Authorized Representative must have the legal authority and be authorized at the time of registration and submitting a Submission (and must remain authorized during and after the Challenge) by the entrant(s) to: (i) provide to the Administrator and Sponsor any and all required information that relates to the entrant(s) for the purposes of administering the Challenge in accordance with these Official Rules; (ii) register and submit an entry for the Challenge on behalf of the entrant(s); and (iii) agree to be legally bound by these Official Rules on behalf of the entrant(s). For the avoidance of any doubt, with respect to a company or organization, the entrant in the Challenge shall be the eligible company or organization, not the Authorized Representative, and with respect to a team (as applicable), the entrants in the Challenge shall be each member of the team and not solely the Authorized Representative. By participating in the Challenge as a team (as applicable), each member confirms that he/she has read, understood and agrees to be legally bound by these Official Rules.

11. Winners.

Entrants who have been selected as potential prize winners will be sent (or their Authorized Representative will be sent, as applicable) notifications by the Administrator (or its designated representative) by the Selected Entrant Notification Method. The Administrator (or its designated representative) will make a minimum of three (3) attempts to contact each potential winner (or their Authorized Representative, as applicable) within five (5) business days of the Selection Date. In order for an entrant to be declared a Challenge winner and be eligible to receive the Prize, the entrant (and/or the entrant’s Authorized Representative, as applicable) must:

  1. have complied with, and remain in compliance with, these Official Rules; and
  2. sign and deliver to Administrator, within the timeline communicated by Administrator by email a standard declaration and release form, which will include: a declaration of the entrant’s (and Authorized Representative’s, and his/her team member’s, as applicable) compliance with these Official Rules, an acceptance of the Prize as awarded, a publicity release, a liability release, and any other components or documentation that Administrator may require.

Administrator may request valid proof of identity, residency, age and other relevant documentation, and Administrator may disqualify any entrant (and the entrant’s corresponding Submission) if Administrator determines (in its sole discretion) that the provided proof is not sufficient.

If a selected entrant does not comply with all of the above requirements within the above time frames, or does not otherwise comply with these Official Rules, Administrator may disqualify the entrant (and the entrant’s corresponding Submission), and select the next best Submission based on Score as a replacement potential winner of the applicable prize. In that case, the above process will be repeated.

Administrator expects to announce the name of the winners on or before the Selection Date. As applicable, the Authorized Representative of a winner or winning team will be required to accept the applicable Prize on such winner’s or winning team’s behalf (and, for greater certainty and the avoidance of any doubt, with respect to a company or organization winner, the applicable Prize will be awarded to the eligible company or organization and not the Authorized Representative, and with respect to a winning team, the applicable Prize will be awarded to the Authorized Representative to accept the Prize on his/her team’s behalf (and not to each individual member of the team)). Once the Prizes have been awarded and distributed to the winners (or their Authorized Representative, as applicable), the Administrator, the Sponsor, and anyone else involved with sponsoring or administering the Challenge (e.g. judges) (“Released Parties”) will not involve themselves in, and the Challenge Released accept no obligation or liability in respect of, any decision regarding the subsequent distribution, allocation, use or misuse of a Prize.

12. Judging Process. Administrator will appoint a panel of judges to evaluate entries based on the Evaluation Criteria. Decisions of the judges will be final and binding. Should the selected entrant not accept the Prize in accordance with these Official Rules, Administrator reserves the right to have the panel of judges select an alternative entrant to receive the Prize, on the same conditions as those provided herein. Should no selected entrant accept the Prize in accordance with these Official Rules within 6 months from the Selection Date, Administrator may choose not to award any Prize. In the event of a tie between two or more Submissions based on Score, the entrant (or in the case of a team, the entrants)  associated with the Submission – from amongst all such Submissions that are tied – with the highest score on the Impact on Accessible Career Entry criterion listed above will be deemed to have obtained the highest Score. Judging is scheduled to be completed on or before the Selection Date.

13. Prizes. Prizes will be sent via the Prize Delivery Method. All Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded (with no substitutions), and may not be sold, transferred, assigned, or converted into cash. The winner(s) will be solely responsible for all travel and other costs associated with obtaining or redeeming the Prize(s). Administrator will make reasonable efforts to deliver Prize(s) to the addresses/accounts provided by selected entrants. However, Administrator cannot guarantee that any Prize(s) returned to Administrator due to non-delivery at the provided address will be re-sent to the Prize winner. Travel Costs will be dealt with as described in the Challenge Terms.

14. Cancellation.

a. If for any reason Administrator cannot run the Challenge as planned (including as a result of technical bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, infection by computer virus or any other cause that corrupts, impairs or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Challenge), as determined by the Administrator in its sole and absolute discretion, Administrator in collaboration with the Sponsor may cancel, modify, extend or suspend the Challenge. In that event, Administrator in collaboration with the Sponsors may award Prizes from among the eligible Submissions received up to the time of the impairment, in accordance with the voting and judging criteria set out above (with necessary amendment, as applicable), or award no Prizes.

b. Administrator may also disqualify any individual who tampers with or in any way corrupts the entry or voting process, or who attempts to undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices, or by attempting to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Administrator or Sponsor representatives.

15. Publicity. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, participation in the Challenge constitutes a winner’s consent to Administrator and Sponsor’s use of the winner’s name, hometown, photograph or other likeness for promotional purposes without further notification, permission, payment or consideration, in any manner or medium whatsoever, including print, broadcast or the internet, worldwide and in perpetuity.

16. Personal Information Consent.

By participating in this Challenge, you expressly consent to the Released Parties storing, using and disclosing your personal information  (or if you are an Authorized Representative, you consent on your own behalf and on behalf of your corporation, organization, or team members, as applicable, and all individuals whose personal information is included in the entry) for the purposes of administering the Challenge; advertising the Challenge and any future Administrator Challenges and any of Administrator’s products and services; and for the other purposes described in these Official Rules and in accordance with the Administrator Privacy Policy and the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, as applicable. This section does not limit any other consent(s) that an individual may provide the Sponsors or others in relation to the collection, use and/or disclosure of their personal information.

17. Disclaimers, Liability and Indemnification

a. The Released Parties will not be responsible for any lost, delayed, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, damaged or undeliverable entries or Submissions (all of which are void), or any delay or failure to transmit, process, receive or consider entries or Submissions. An entry may be rejected if, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Administrator, the entry is not submitted and received in accordance with these Official Rules.

b. THE RELEASED PARTIES DO NOT ACCEPT LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY SUBMISSION OR FOR ANY OTHER LOSS OR DAMAGE RESULTING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM AN ENTRANT’S (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE’S)  PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE OR AN ENTRANT’S RECEIPT, USE OR REDEMPTION OF ANY PRIZE(S), OR AN ENTRANT’S (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE’S) INABILITY TO RECEIVE, USE OR REDEEM ANY PRIZE(S).

c. THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR: (1) INCORRECT OR INACCURATE TRANSCRIPTION OF SUBMISSION INFORMATION OR LATE, LOST, INCOMPLETE, MISDIRECTED SUBMISSIONS, SUBMISSION MATERIALS OR SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED THROUGH IMPERMISSIBLE OR ILLEGITIMATE CHANNELS; (2) TECHNICAL FAILURES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE MALFUNCTIONING OF ANY TELEPHONE, COMPUTER, NETWORK, HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE; (3) THE UNAVAILABILITY OR INACCESSIBILITY OF ANY SERVICE; (4) UNAUTHORIZED HUMAN INTERVENTION IN ANY PART OF THE SUBMISSION PROCESS OR THE CHALLENGE; (5) ELECTRONIC OR HUMAN ERROR WHICH MAY OCCUR IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE CHALLENGE OR THE PROCESSING OF SUBMISSIONS; OR (6) ANY INJURY OR DAMAGE TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY, INCLUDING AN ENTRANT’S (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE’S) COMPUTER, WHICH MAY BE CAUSED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, FROM HIS/HER/ITS PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE OR FROM DOWNLOADING OR USING ANY MATERIAL PROVIDED BY ADMINISTRATOR.

d. THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO AN ENTRANT (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE) FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE OR THESE RULES.

e. EACH ENTRANT (AND AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE, AS APPLICABLE) HEREBY RELEASES AND AGREES TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE RELEASED PARTIES FROM ANY AND ALL DAMAGES, INJURIES, CLAIMS, CAUSES OF ACTIONS, LIABILITY OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING ACTUAL LEGAL FEES AND EXPENSES), KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, ABSOLUTE OR CONTINGENT, NOW OR IN THE FUTURE ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO: (A) HIS/HER/ITS FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THESE RULES; (B) ANY MISREPRESENTATION HE/SHE/IT MAKES UNDER THESE RULES OR OTHERWISE TO ADMINISTRATOR OR ANY OTHER RELEASED PARTY; (C) HIS/HER/ITS PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE; OR (D) HIS/HER/ITS RECEIPT, USE OR REDEMPTION OF ANY PRIZE, OR HIS/HER/ITS INABILITY TO RECEIVE, USE OR REDEEM ANY PRIZE.

18. Laws. The Official Rules will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada, and the federal laws of Canada applicable in Ontario.

19. Disputes. All disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Challenge, Prizes or these Official Rules will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

20. Further information.

There is a limit of one (1) Submission per entrant. If it is discovered by the Administrator (using any evidence or other information made available to or otherwise discovered by the Administrator that any person has attempted to exceed any of the limits stated in these Official Rules and/or disrupt or participate in the Challenge in any other fraudulent or misleading way, then he/she may be disqualified from the Challenge in the sole and absolute discretion of the Administrator or Sponsor.

All registrations, entries, Submissions, Authorized Representatives and entrants are subject to verification at any time and for any reason. The Administrator reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to require proof of identity and/or eligibility (in a form acceptable to the Administrator – including, without limitation, government issued photo identification): (i) for the purposes of verifying an entrant’s eligibility to participate in this Challenge; (ii) for the purposes of verifying the eligibility and/or legitimacy of any entry, Submission, and/or other information entered (or purportedly entered) for the purposes of this Challenge; and/or (iii) for any other reason the Administrator deems necessary, in its sole and absolute discretion, for the purposes of administering this Challenge in accordance with the letter and spirit of these Official Rules. Failure to provide such proof to the complete satisfaction of the Administrator within the timeline specified by the Administrator may result in disqualification in the sole and absolute discretion of the Administrator. The sole determinant of the time for the purposes of the Challenge will be the official time-keeping device(s) used by the Administrator.

For more information please contact the Administrator at the Administrator Contact Information.

WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING OFFICIAL RULES, BY CLICKING ON THE FOLLOWING “ACCEPT” BUTTON, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I (AND AS APPLICABLE, EACH MEMBER OF MY TEAM) HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE OFFICIAL RULES AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM. FURTHER, IF I AM the AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF AN ELIGIBLE CORPORATION, ORGANIZATION, OR TEAM OF INDIVIDUALS, I ALSO REPRESENT THAT BY CLICKING “ACCEPT” I HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO BING BOTH MYSELF AND THE CORPORATION/ORGANIZATION/TEAM TO THE OFFICIAL RULES.

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CHALLENGE OFFICIAL RULES

MaRS Discovery District (“MaRS”) is pleased to present the below-described Challenge, which is governed by the Challenge Terms and Challenge Rules found below (collectively, the Challenge Terms and Challenge Rules are the “Official Rules”). By entering the Challenge, you agree to abide by the Official Rules and decisions of MaRS and any judges that it may appoint, as described below. You also agree to comply with the applicable laws. This Challenge is void to the extent it is prohibited or restricted by law.

CHALLENGE TERMS

Challenge MaRS and CIBC Inclusive Design Challenge: Access to Work
Challenge Purpose The MaRS and CIBC Inclusive Design Challenge aims to address the most pressing employment barriers faced by persons with disabilities in Canada. Run through a series of four crowdsourced competitions, the challenge invites entrants to propose and develop solutions to these barriers. The Access to Work Challenge is the first innovation challenge in a four (4) part series and is focused on solutions to support accessible career entry for persons with disabilities.
Start Date May 20, 2021
End Date June 30, 2021
Sponsor Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
Administrator MaRS Discovery District
Eligibility Criteria You may only enter the Challenge if:

·       You are an individual and, at the time of entry: (a) you are a legal resident of Canada, and (b) you are at least the age of majority in your resident province;

·       You are a group of individuals entering the Challenge as a team and: (a) each of you, at the time of entry, is (i) a legal resident of Canada, and (ii) at least the age of majority in your resident province; and (b) you designate one (1) member of your team as your eligible Authorized Representative (defined below) to enter the Challenge and signify your agreement to be legally bound by these Official Rules on your behalf; or

·       You are a company or organization which: (a) at the time of entry, is either (i) incorporated under the laws of Canada; or (ii) legally operating in Canada; and (b) you designate one (1) eligible Authorized Representative (defined below) to enter the Challenge and agree to be legally bound by these Official Rules on your behalf.

Quebec This Challenge is open  to residents of the Province of Quebec.
Entry Method To enter, prospective entrants must perform one of the following during the Entry Window:
• Entry via Contest Website: To enter via the Contest Website, you must visit http://www.challenges.marsdd.com/idc/accesstowork (the
“Contest Website”) and complete the entry requirements described there;
• Entry via Email: To enter via email, you must send an email to challenges@marsdd.com with the subject line of “Inclusive Design Challenge: Access to Work Submission” that includes a video or audio file with the answers to the questions contained in the Submission Form
• Mail: To enter via mail, you must send a letter to the Administrator that includes answers to all question contained in the Submission Form. The Submission must be mailed to the physical address and ATTN coordinates listed in the Administrator Contact Information (defined below). The letter must be received by Administrator before close of the
Entry Window (defined below).
*** If an alternative format for submission is required for accessibility purposes, please request an alternative format for submission by contacting the Administrator at the Administrator Contact Information (defined below).
Entry Specifications ·       Maximum Length/Size/Amount: Email: 1GB for audio/video submissions* *audio/video submissions must be no longer than 10 minutes long. ***Any alternative method of entry for accessibility will be  substantially equivalent to the above requirements as determined by Administrator***

·       Acceptable Formats: Text or physical copies, YouTube link, Vimeo link, link to video/audio file on another video hosting platform, .mp4, .mov, .wav, .mp3.

·      Content must feature answers to the questions contained in the Submission Form.

Evaluation Criteria In relation to the Challenge Purpose, evaluation will occur as follows:

Criteria Weighting
Innovation

 

Is the solution bold and different compared to existing solutions? Does the solution consider and/or make use of the employment environment in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic?

20%
Impact on Accessible Career Entry

 

How significant of an impact could the solution have on helping persons with disabilities access meaningful employment? How significant are potential near-term impacts (1-3 years)? How long will it take for long-term impacts (more than 3 years) to be achieved?

30%
Impact on Community

 

How many persons with disabilities have been or could be positively impacted by this solution? Is the problem being addressed experienced widely across the disability community? How were persons with disabilities engaged in the development of the solution? How much did these perspectives impact the solution? Has consideration been given to diverse and marginalized groups, and individuals with a range of identities? (consider type of disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, culture, socio-economic status, and geographic location)

30%
Scalability

 

Will the solution benefit more people and increase in effectiveness over time? Can this solution be easily customized to benefit other groups of individuals?

15%
Priority Areas

 

Does the solution address priority problems, as identified by the community in first phase of the Inclusive Design Challenge?

·       Attitudinal bias: Pervasive myths that people have about persons with disabilities that result in negative attitudes or assumptions about their ability to work.

·       Disclosure: A process in which individuals decide when and if they will disclose their disability to their employer during the application process, and the implications of this decision.

·       One-size-fits-all approach to recruitment: Organizational processes and/or policies that discriminate against people with disabilities in the recruitment, application, and selection process.

5%
Total Score Maximum 100%

 

Prizes will be awarded according to the highest scores allotted, meaning the entrant with the highest score will be eligible for the Grand Prize, the next two (2) entrants will be eligible for the Runner-Up Prize. Honourable Mention Prizes will be awarded for entrants with the highest scores on Impact on Community criterion alone; for certainty neither the Grand Prize winner nor the Runner-Up Prize winners are eligible to win the Honourable Mention Prizes.

Prize(s) There are five (5) prizes to be won, as follows:

·       One (1) grand prize of CAD$50,000.00 CAD for the first place entrant (the “Grand Prize”);

·       Two (2) runner-up prize of CAD$20,000.00 CAD for the second place entrants (the “Runner-up Prizes”); and

·       Two (2) honourable mention prizes of CAD$5,000 CAD for the entrants scoring highest on the Impact on Community criterion (the “Honourable Mention Prizes”).

Approximate Retail Value of Prize(s) Grand Prize: $50,000 CAD

Runner-Up Prizes: $20,000 CAD

Honourable Mentions: $5,000 CAD

Travel Costs N/A
Prize Delivery Method Electronic Funds Transfer
Selection Date 2021-08-31
Selected Entrant Notification Method Entrants who have been selected as potential prize winners will be sent (or their Authorized Representative will be sent, as applicable) notifications by the Contest Sponsors or their designated representative by email.
Administrator Privacy Policy https://www.mars.com/privacy-policy-canada
Administrator Contact Information MaRS Discovery District

101 College Street, Suite 100

Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1L7

ATTN: Louise Pichette – Inclusive Design Challenge

 

AND/OR challenges@marsdd.com

Sponsor Privacy Policy https://www.cibc.com/en/privacy-security/digital-privacy-statement.html

 

CHALLENGE RULES

1. Entry Window. The Challenge will open for entries at 12:01 a.m. (Eastern Time) on the Start Date and close for entries at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time) on the End Date (the “Entry Window”).

2. How to Enter. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You are not required to make any purchase or pay any fee to enter or win the Challenge. You may enter the Challenge by satisfying the Eligibility Criteria and submitting an entry in accordance with the Entry Method and Entry Specifications during the Entry Window, and otherwise in accordance with these Official Rules. Your  must  provide the required information accurately, and (as applicable) accept the terms and conditions displayed as part of the registration process. ENTRIES THAT ARRIVE AFTER THE END OF THE ENTRY WINDOW WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE.

3. Non-Eligible Folks. As it relates to the Administrator, the Sponsor, and anyone else involved with sponsoring or administering the Challenge (e.g. judges), the following associated individuals are not eligible to enter the Challenge: employees and their immediate families (i.e. spouses, siblings, children, spouses’ parents, and the spouses of any of those individuals) and their household members (related or not), and each of their respective representatives, agents, parent companies, subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotional agencies and anyone otherwise connected with the Challenge (collectively, the, are not eligible to enter the Challenge.

4. Your Responsibility. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that you are properly entered. Neither Administrator nor Sponsor will be responsible for any lost, delayed, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, damaged, or undeliverable entries, or any delay or failure to transmit, process, receive or consider entries.

5. Bad Entries. Administrator may at any time in its sole discretion disqualify any entrant (and the entrant’s corresponding entry) who: does not meet the Eligibility Criteria, fails to comply with these Official Rules, attempts to enter the Challenge in any manner or through any means other than as described in the Official Rules, attempts to disrupt the Challenge or attempts to circumvent any of these Official Rules.

6. Chances. Chances of winning depend on the number of entrants and strength of the entry (including without limitation the Submission).

7. Submissions. To the extent required by the Entry Method, any content and materials provided by the entrant as part of the Challenge (we will call that the “Submission”) and each individual component thereof must meet the following criteria (as determined by Administrator in its sole discretion):

a. It must contain answers to all questions required by the Entry Method while respecting the word-count limits indicated (as applicable);

b. It must not contain, depict or refer to any crude, vulgar, obscene, sexually explicit, disparaging, discriminatory, offensive, illegal or otherwise unsuitable language, activity or other content;

c. It must not contain, depict or refer to any content which disparages or refers negatively to Administrator, the Challenge, the Sponsor, or any other Challenge Party;

d. It must not conflict with any of Administrator’s or Sponsor’s core values, or otherwise be objectionable to Administrator or Sponsor (as determined in the Administrator or Sponsor in its sole discretion, as applicable);

e. It must not contain any content that violates any law or any third party’s rights (including privacy, personality and intellectual property rights);

f. It must not have been submitted to any other website or challenge;

g. It must not have been selected previously as a winner of any Sponsor or Administrator-run challenge or contest; and

h. It must comply with all conditions stated in these Official Rules including without limitation all other guidelines and criteria required by the Eligibility Criteria and submission during the Entry Window.

THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL BEAR NO LEGAL LIABILITY REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR ENTRY (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION USE OF YOUR SUBMISSION). THE RELEASED PARTIES (DEFINED BELOW) SHALL BE HELD HARMLESS BY YOU IN THE EVENT IT IS SUBSEQUENTLY DISCOVERED THAT YOU HAVE DEPARTED FROM OR NOT FULLY COMPLIED WITH ANY OF THESE RULES.

8. Original Materials. By submitting an entry (including any Submission) to Administrator as part of this Challenge, you represent and warrant that:

a. you (or in the case of team, the entrants) are the original creator of the entry (including without limitation, the Submission);

b. you (or in the case of team, the entrants) are the sole owner of the copyright and all other intellectual property rights in the entry (including without limitation, the Submission);

c. the entry (including without limitation, the Submission) does not contain any reference to or likeness of any identifiable third parties, unless consent has been obtained from all such individuals and their parent/legal guardian if they are under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence;

d. the entry (including without limitation, the Submission) does not violate any law, statute, ordinance or regulation, and Administrator and/or Sponsor will not infringe or violate any third party’s intellectual property, privacy, personality or other rights by using the Submission, including without limitation if Administrator and/or Sponsors copies, displays, edits, modifies, transmits or otherwise uses that Submission in connection with the Challenge or the publication of the Challenge or, for Administrator, in relation to any future Administrator event; and,

e. the Submission meets all of the eligibility requirements set out in these Official Rules.

9. Submission License. Each individual, team, company or organization entrant will retain intellectual property rights in his/her/its entry (including without limitation, any associated Submission). However, each entrant (and the entrant’s Authorized Representative, as applicable) hereby grants the unrestricted, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, worldwide, sublicensable, assignable, licence (but not the obligation) to reproduce, communicate, publish, modify, display, transmit, publicly perform, make derivative works from, and otherwise use the entry (in whole or in part – including without limitation, any associated Submission) without any fee or other form of compensation, and without further notification or permission:

a. to Administrator, for the purposes of: (i) administering the Challenge; (ii) identifying the entrant by name as the creator of the entry; (iii) displaying the winning entries in the Challenge; and, (iv) advertising in any media, including to advertise the Challenge, future Challenge and/or events, and Administrator’s products and services; and,

b. to the Sponsor and/or any of its representatives, agents, affiliates, or subsidiaries, solely for the purposes of advertising and marketing the Challenge, and displaying the winning entries in the Challenge, in any media.

Further, each entrant (and the entrant’s Authorized Representative, as applicable) hereby waives all moral rights in and to his/her/its entry (and each component thereof – including without limitation, any associated Submission) in favour of the Administrator and the Sponsor (and anyone authorized by such parties to use such Submission); and agrees to release, indemnify and hold harmless the Released Parties from and against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses arising from disclosure or use of the entry (or any component thereof – including without limitation, any associated Submission), including, without limitation, any claim based on publicity rights, defamation, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement, trade-mark infringement or any other intellectual property related or other cause of action whatsoever.

10. Authorized Representatives. Entrants who are required to designate an authorized representative to enter and participate in the Challenge must designate one (1) authorized representative (an “Authorized Representative”) to register for the Challenge and submit a Submission on behalf of the entrant(s), and such Authorized Representative must be a legal resident of Canada who has reached the legal age of majority in their resident province. For greater certainty, the Authorized Representative must have the legal authority and be authorized at the time of registration and submitting a Submission (and must remain authorized during and after the Challenge) by the entrant(s) to: (i) provide to the Administrator and Sponsor any and all required information that relates to the entrant(s) for the purposes of administering the Challenge in accordance with these Official Rules; (ii) register and submit an entry for the Challenge on behalf of the entrant(s); and (iii) agree to be legally bound by these Official Rules on behalf of the entrant(s). For the avoidance of any doubt, with respect to a company or organization, the entrant in the Challenge shall be the eligible company or organization, not the Authorized Representative, and with respect to a team (as applicable), the entrants in the Challenge shall be each member of the team and not solely the Authorized Representative. By participating in the Challenge as a team (as applicable), each member confirms that he/she has read, understood and agrees to be legally bound by these Official Rules.

11. Winners.

Entrants who have been selected as potential prize winners will be sent (or their Authorized Representative will be sent, as applicable) notifications by the Administrator (or its designated representative) by the Selected Entrant Notification Method. The Administrator (or its designated representative) will make a minimum of three (3) attempts to contact each potential winner (or their Authorized Representative, as applicable) within five (5) business days of the Selection Date. In order for an entrant to be declared a Challenge winner and be eligible to receive the Prize, the entrant (and/or the entrant’s Authorized Representative, as applicable) must:

  1. have complied with, and remain in compliance with, these Official Rules; and
  2. sign and deliver to Administrator, within the timeline communicated by Administrator by email a standard declaration and release form, which will include: a declaration of the entrant’s (and Authorized Representative’s, and his/her team member’s, as applicable) compliance with these Official Rules, an acceptance of the Prize as awarded, a publicity release, a liability release, and any other components or documentation that Administrator may require.

Administrator may request valid proof of identity, residency, age and other relevant documentation, and Administrator may disqualify any entrant (and the entrant’s corresponding Submission) if Administrator determines (in its sole discretion) that the provided proof is not sufficient.

If a selected entrant does not comply with all of the above requirements within the above time frames, or does not otherwise comply with these Official Rules, Administrator may disqualify the entrant (and the entrant’s corresponding Submission), and select the next best Submission based on Score as a replacement potential winner of the applicable prize. In that case, the above process will be repeated.

Administrator expects to announce the name of the winners on or before the Selection Date. As applicable, the Authorized Representative of a winner or winning team will be required to accept the applicable Prize on such winner’s or winning team’s behalf (and, for greater certainty and the avoidance of any doubt, with respect to a company or organization winner, the applicable Prize will be awarded to the eligible company or organization and not the Authorized Representative, and with respect to a winning team, the applicable Prize will be awarded to the Authorized Representative to accept the Prize on his/her team’s behalf (and not to each individual member of the team)). Once the Prizes have been awarded and distributed to the winners (or their Authorized Representative, as applicable), the Administrator, the Sponsor, and anyone else involved with sponsoring or administering the Challenge (e.g. judges) (“Released Parties”) will not involve themselves in, and the Challenge Released accept no obligation or liability in respect of, any decision regarding the subsequent distribution, allocation, use or misuse of a Prize.

12. Judging Process. Administrator will appoint a panel of judges to evaluate entries based on the Evaluation Criteria. Decisions of the judges will be final and binding. Should the selected entrant not accept the Prize in accordance with these Official Rules, Administrator reserves the right to have the panel of judges select an alternative entrant to receive the Prize, on the same conditions as those provided herein. Should no selected entrant accept the Prize in accordance with these Official Rules within 6 months from the Selection Date, Administrator may choose not to award any Prize. In the event of a tie between two or more Submissions based on Score, the entrant (or in the case of a team, the entrants)  associated with the Submission – from amongst all such Submissions that are tied – with the highest score on the Impact on Accessible Career Entry criterion listed above will be deemed to have obtained the highest Score. Judging is scheduled to be completed on or before the Selection Date.

13. Prizes. Prizes will be sent via the Prize Delivery Method. All Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded (with no substitutions), and may not be sold, transferred, assigned, or converted into cash. The winner(s) will be solely responsible for all travel and other costs associated with obtaining or redeeming the Prize(s). Administrator will make reasonable efforts to deliver Prize(s) to the addresses/accounts provided by selected entrants. However, Administrator cannot guarantee that any Prize(s) returned to Administrator due to non-delivery at the provided address will be re-sent to the Prize winner. Travel Costs will be dealt with as described in the Challenge Terms.

14. Cancellation.

a. If for any reason Administrator cannot run the Challenge as planned (including as a result of technical bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, infection by computer virus or any other cause that corrupts, impairs or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity, or proper conduct of this Challenge), as determined by the Administrator in its sole and absolute discretion, Administrator in collaboration with the Sponsor may cancel, modify, extend or suspend the Challenge. In that event, Administrator in collaboration with the Sponsors may award Prizes from among the eligible Submissions received up to the time of the impairment, in accordance with the voting and judging criteria set out above (with necessary amendment, as applicable), or award no Prizes.

b. Administrator may also disqualify any individual who tampers with or in any way corrupts the entry or voting process, or who attempts to undermine the legitimate operation of the Challenge by cheating, hacking, deception, or other unfair practices, or by attempting to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other entrants or Administrator or Sponsor representatives.

15. Publicity. Except where otherwise prohibited by law, participation in the Challenge constitutes a winner’s consent to Administrator and Sponsor’s use of the winner’s name, hometown, photograph or other likeness for promotional purposes without further notification, permission, payment or consideration, in any manner or medium whatsoever, including print, broadcast or the internet, worldwide and in perpetuity.

16. Personal Information Consent.

By participating in this Challenge, you expressly consent to the Released Parties storing, using and disclosing your personal information  (or if you are an Authorized Representative, you consent on your own behalf and on behalf of your corporation, organization, or team members, as applicable, and all individuals whose personal information is included in the entry) for the purposes of administering the Challenge; advertising the Challenge and any future Administrator Challenges and any of Administrator’s products and services; and for the other purposes described in these Official Rules and in accordance with the Administrator Privacy Policy and the Sponsor’s Privacy Policy, as applicable. This section does not limit any other consent(s) that an individual may provide the Sponsors or others in relation to the collection, use and/or disclosure of their personal information.

17. Disclaimers, Liability and Indemnification

a. The Released Parties will not be responsible for any lost, delayed, misdirected, illegible, incomplete, damaged or undeliverable entries or Submissions (all of which are void), or any delay or failure to transmit, process, receive or consider entries or Submissions. An entry may be rejected if, in the sole and absolute discretion of the Administrator, the entry is not submitted and received in accordance with these Official Rules.

b. THE RELEASED PARTIES DO NOT ACCEPT LIABILITY FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE OF ANY SUBMISSION OR FOR ANY OTHER LOSS OR DAMAGE RESULTING DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY FROM AN ENTRANT’S (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE’S)  PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE OR AN ENTRANT’S RECEIPT, USE OR REDEMPTION OF ANY PRIZE(S), OR AN ENTRANT’S (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE’S) INABILITY TO RECEIVE, USE OR REDEEM ANY PRIZE(S).

c. THE RELEASED PARTIES ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR: (1) INCORRECT OR INACCURATE TRANSCRIPTION OF SUBMISSION INFORMATION OR LATE, LOST, INCOMPLETE, MISDIRECTED SUBMISSIONS, SUBMISSION MATERIALS OR SUBMISSIONS RECEIVED THROUGH IMPERMISSIBLE OR ILLEGITIMATE CHANNELS; (2) TECHNICAL FAILURES OF ANY KIND, INCLUDING THE MALFUNCTIONING OF ANY TELEPHONE, COMPUTER, NETWORK, HARDWARE OR SOFTWARE; (3) THE UNAVAILABILITY OR INACCESSIBILITY OF ANY SERVICE; (4) UNAUTHORIZED HUMAN INTERVENTION IN ANY PART OF THE SUBMISSION PROCESS OR THE CHALLENGE; (5) ELECTRONIC OR HUMAN ERROR WHICH MAY OCCUR IN THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE CHALLENGE OR THE PROCESSING OF SUBMISSIONS; OR (6) ANY INJURY OR DAMAGE TO PERSONS OR PROPERTY, INCLUDING AN ENTRANT’S (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE’S) COMPUTER, WHICH MAY BE CAUSED, DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY, IN WHOLE OR IN PART, FROM HIS/HER/ITS PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE OR FROM DOWNLOADING OR USING ANY MATERIAL PROVIDED BY ADMINISTRATOR.

d. THE RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO AN ENTRANT (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE) FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE OR THESE RULES.

e. EACH ENTRANT (AND AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE, AS APPLICABLE) HEREBY RELEASES AND AGREES TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE RELEASED PARTIES FROM ANY AND ALL DAMAGES, INJURIES, CLAIMS, CAUSES OF ACTIONS, LIABILITY OR LOSSES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING ACTUAL LEGAL FEES AND EXPENSES), KNOWN OR UNKNOWN, ABSOLUTE OR CONTINGENT, NOW OR IN THE FUTURE ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO: (A) HIS/HER/ITS FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH ANY OF THESE RULES; (B) ANY MISREPRESENTATION HE/SHE/IT MAKES UNDER THESE RULES OR OTHERWISE TO ADMINISTRATOR OR ANY OTHER RELEASED PARTY; (C) HIS/HER/ITS PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE; OR (D) HIS/HER/ITS RECEIPT, USE OR REDEMPTION OF ANY PRIZE, OR HIS/HER/ITS INABILITY TO RECEIVE, USE OR REDEEM ANY PRIZE.

18. Laws. The Official Rules will be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario, Canada, and the federal laws of Canada applicable in Ontario.

19. Disputes. All disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Challenge, Prizes or these Official Rules will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court of the Province of Ontario, Canada.

20. Further information.

There is a limit of one (1) Submission per entrant. If it is discovered by the Administrator (using any evidence or other information made available to or otherwise discovered by the Administrator that any person has attempted to exceed any of the limits stated in these Official Rules and/or disrupt or participate in the Challenge in any other fraudulent or misleading way, then he/she may be disqualified from the Challenge in the sole and absolute discretion of the Administrator or Sponsor.

All registrations, entries, Submissions, Authorized Representatives and entrants are subject to verification at any time and for any reason. The Administrator reserves the right, in its sole and absolute discretion, to require proof of identity and/or eligibility (in a form acceptable to the Administrator – including, without limitation, government issued photo identification): (i) for the purposes of verifying an entrant’s eligibility to participate in this Challenge; (ii) for the purposes of verifying the eligibility and/or legitimacy of any entry, Submission, and/or other information entered (or purportedly entered) for the purposes of this Challenge; and/or (iii) for any other reason the Administrator deems necessary, in its sole and absolute discretion, for the purposes of administering this Challenge in accordance with the letter and spirit of these Official Rules. Failure to provide such proof to the complete satisfaction of the Administrator within the timeline specified by the Administrator may result in disqualification in the sole and absolute discretion of the Administrator. The sole determinant of the time for the purposes of the Challenge will be the official time-keeping device(s) used by the Administrator.

For more information please contact the Administrator at the Administrator Contact Information.

WITHOUT LIMITING THE FOREGOING OFFICIAL RULES, BY CLICKING ON THE FOLLOWING “ACCEPT” BUTTON, I ACKNOWLEDGE THAT I (AND AS APPLICABLE, EACH MEMBER OF MY TEAM) HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD THE OFFICIAL RULES AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM. FURTHER, IF I AM the AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OF AN ELIGIBLE CORPORATION, ORGANIZATION, OR TEAM OF INDIVIDUALS, I ALSO REPRESENT THAT BY CLICKING “ACCEPT” I HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO BING BOTH MYSELF AND THE CORPORATION/ORGANIZATION/TEAM TO THE OFFICIAL RULES.

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