The MaRS and CIBC Inclusive Design Challenge: Career Advancement

The third innovation challenge seeks solutions to support inclusive work environments and career advancement for persons with disabilities.

Submission Deadline March 1, 2023
$100,000 prize pool

Challenge description

The third innovation challenge in the Inclusive Design Challenge Series seeks solutions that improve career advancement for persons with disabilities. Priority areas identified by the disability community include attitudinal bias, support networks, workplace disclosure and workplace structure.

Who Should Participate?

We’re looking for individuals, groups and organizations with a solution to make career advancement more accessible and inclusive. 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 
  • Two runners-up prizes of $20,000
  • Two honourable mention prizes of $5,000 
  • Post-challenge support provided by MaRS and CIBC to help expand the impact of their solutions 

Click here for challenge rules.

What’s Happening Now?

The challenge is open for submissions here.

Submissions close March 1, 2023  at 11:59 p.m. ET

The Problem

Persons with disabilities are a largely untapped source of high-capacity labour that can help Canadian private, public and non-profit sector organizations meet their current and future human capital needs. Despite this reality, Canadian society, generally, and persons with disabilities, specifically, have yet to experience large breakthroughs in the Canadian labour market. 

In 2020, MaRS and CIBC released a research report that profiled a range of barriers persons with disabilities face throughout their employment journey. The research prompted MaRS and CIBC to launch the Inclusive Design Challenge Series, a set of four distinct innovation challenges designed to seek solutions to help overcome many of these employment barriers. The third installment of these innovation challenges is focused on career advancement. 

Why address this problem now?

This is the third installment in a set of four distinct innovation challenges designed to seek solutions to employment barriers faced by persons with disabilities. According to our research, persons with disabilities are typically overlooked for career advancement opportunities and their full potential often goes unrecognized. Findings showed that 29% of persons with disabilities experience a lack of career growth mainly due to their employer’s perception of their limitations. Further, 75% of our research participants reported that they were overqualified for their current or past jobs, and 84% of participants mentioned that they applied for positions for which they knew they were overqualified. The report provided two main reasons for persons with disabilities’ inadequate career progression: lack of recognition for the skills they possess and disability-based stigma. 

In addition, COVID-19 has transformed the way Canadians work, with some of these changes creating meaningful steps forward for disability inclusion. But along with this progress comes room for improvement.

 

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What are we asking for?

MaRS and CIBC are calling for solutions that contribute to career advancement for persons with disabilities. Submissions will be evaluated (evaluation criteria can be found on the challenge rules)  on their potential to help persons with disabilities advance their career, their impact on people with different types of disabilities and identities, their inclusion of people with lived experience and their long-term benefits.

We welcome solutions that have been applied to improve career advancement 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.

At the outset of the Inclusive Design Challenge in early 2021, MaRS and CIBC interviewed those with lived experience and supporting community organizations to tell us about employment barriers they had seen, heard or experienced themselves. Key areas of focus related to career advancement 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.
  • Support Networks: Individuals or groups that help an individual achieve their professional goals by providing advice and support.
  • Workplace Disclosure: The process in which individuals decide when and if they will disclose their disability to their employer, and the implications of this decision.
  • Workplace Structure: The organizational culture, norms and processes of a workplace that impacts the extent to which one can feel welcomed and advance professionally.

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

 

Prizes

Five winners will be awarded the following prizes: 

  • A first place prize of $50,000
  • Two runners-up prizes of $20,000
  • Two honourable mention prizes of $5,000 

Beyond the financial prize , winners will receive post-challenge support from MaRS and CIBC to help expand the impact of their solutions. 

Please consult the Challenge Rules for further information about the challenge prizes.

 

How to Apply

Participants must submit their application using one of the following three options before the deadline of March 1, 2023:

  1. Submit your application online via our challenge portal: Inclusive Design Challenge: Career Advancement. 
  2. Send an email to challenges@marsdd.com with an attached audio or video file answering the submission questions. 
  3. Mail your answers to the submission questions to: 

MaRS Discovery District 

101 College Street Suite 100

Toronto ON M5G 1L7 

ATTN: Shilpa Sharma – Inclusive Design Challenge 

 

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

Timeline

Challenge Launch: (28/11/2022)

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Informational Webinar 1 (26/01/2023)

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Informational Webinar 2 (27/01/2023)

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Submission Deadline (01/03/2023)

Be sure to submit before 11:59 p.m.

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Winners Announcement (17/05/2023)

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*Note that this date is subject to change

FAQ

You may only enter the Challenge if you meet one of the following three eligibility requirements, as outlined in the Challenge Rules:

A) You are an individual and, at the time of entry: 

  1. you are a legal resident of Canada, and 
  2. you are at least the age of majority in your resident province or between 13 years old and the age of majority, with your parent/guardian agreeing to these Official Rules on your behalf.

B) You are a group of individuals entering the Challenge as a team and: 

  1. each of you, at the time of entry, is (i) a legal resident of Canada, (ii) at least the age of majority in your resident province or (iii) between 13 years old and the age of majority, with your parent/guardian agreeing to these Official Rules on your behalf; and 
  2. you designate one (1) member of your team as your eligible Authorized Representative (defined in the “Eligibility Criteria” section of the Challenge Rules) to enter the Challenge and signify your agreement to be legally bound by these Official Rules on your behalf.

C) You are a company or organization which: 

  1. at the time of entry, is either (i) incorporated under the laws of Canada; or (ii) operating in Canada; and 
  2. you designate one (1) eligible Authorized Representative (defined in the “Eligibility Criteria” section of the Challenge Rules) to enter the Challenge and agree to be legally bound by these Official Rules on your behalf.

Participants must submit their application using one of the following three options before the deadline of March 1, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Time):

A) Submit your application online via the Inclusive Design Challenge: Career Advancement website:

  1. Create a profile on https://challenges.marsdd.com/ 
  2. Read and agree to the Challenge Rules by clicking the “Accept Challenge” button on the Inclusive Design Challenge: Career Advancement website.
  3. Complete this Submission Form, following word limits, and save in PDF format with your team/applicant name and date listed in the file name (e.g. Team-MaRS_Mar2023_ Submission-Form).
  4. Click “Submit Application” on the Inclusive Design Challenge: Career Advancement webpage and upload your saved Submission Form.

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

C) Mail your answers to questions in the Submission Form the submission questions to:

MaRS Discovery District

101 College St, Suite 100

Toronto ON M5G 1L7

ATTN: Shilpa Sharma

Inclusive Design Challenge

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.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges based on the Challenge Evaluation Criteria. Judges have lived experience and expertise in key areas related to the challenge, such as disability inclusion, innovation, technology and evaluation.

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 (1) entry per individual, team or organization.

No. Other participants cannot view submissions.

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

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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: Career Advancement

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 CIBC Inclusive Design Challenge invites change-makers (members of the disability and innovation communities) to propose and develop solutions to these barriers. The Challenge (as defined above) is the third Innovation Challenge in the series, focused on solutions to improve the career advancement for persons with disabilities.

Start Date: November 28, 2022

End Date: March 1, 2023

Sponsor: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Administrator: MaRS Discovery District

Eligibility Criteria: You may only enter the Challenge if:

1) 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 or between 13 years old and the age of majority, with your parent/guardian agreeing to these Official Rules on your behalf.

2) 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, (ii) at least the age of majority in your resident province or (iii) between 13 years old and the age of majority, with your parent/guardian agreeing to these Official Rules on your behalf; 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

3) You are a company or organization which: (a) at the time of entry, is either (i) incorporated under the laws of Canada; or (ii) 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.

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 https://challenges.marsdd.com/idc-careeradvancement/ (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: Career Advancement 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 MaRS Discovery District that includes all of the answers to the 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 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. Please contact 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. ***Alternative method of entry for accessibility: Substantially equivalent to the above requirements as determined by MaRS***
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 Requirements: Questions contained in the Submission Form

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

Impact (30%)

What gap(s)/barriers in the career advancement landscape does the solution fill and how will your solution address this gap/barrier (such as those highlighted below)? How will you measure the success of the solution? How significant are the current or potential near-term impacts (1-5 years) and long-term impacts (beyond 5 years) on improving career advancement for persons with disabilities?

Examples of some of the gaps/barriers to career advancement facing persons with disabilities include:
– Attitudinal Bias: pervasive myths that people have about persons with disabilities that result in negative attitudes or assumptions about their ability to work.
– Support Networks: individuals or groups that help an individual achieve their professional goals by providing advice and support.
– Workplace Disclosure: process in which individuals decide if and when they will disclose their disability to their employer, and the implications of this decision.
– Workplace Structure: organizational culture and recruitment processes of a workplace that impacts the extent to which one can feel welcomed and advance professionally.

Inclusion (30%)

In what ways has the solution been led by or involved persons with disabilities throughout its development and/or implementation? How will the solution meet the ongoing and evolving needs of persons with disabilities? How will the solution address any intersectional needs of the disability population it targets (e.g., consider type of disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, culture, socio-economic status, geographic location)?

Innovation (20%)

Why is this solution bold and innovative in its approach to supporting career advancement for persons with disabilities? How is the solution different compared to existing solutions? Does the solution consider and/or seek to address employment barriers stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic?

Scalability (20%)

How easily can this solution be customized to benefit other groups within the disability community? How well does the solution fill a need for organizations in different sectors (e.g., public, private, non-profit, academic sectors)? How easily can the solution be scaled to reach more individuals within a new organization or organizational context? What is the cost per intervention?

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, and the next two (2) entrants will be eligible for 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 prizes of CAD$20,000.00 CAD for the second and third place entrants (the “Runner-up Prizes”); and
Two (2) honourable mention prizes of CAD$5,000 CAD for the fourth and fifth place entrants (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: 2023-04-29

Selected Entrant Notification Method: Entrants who have been selected as potential prize winners will be sent (or their Authorized Representative or parent/guardian will be sent, as applicable) notifications by the Contest Sponsors or their designated representative by email.

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Administrator Contact Information:

MaRS Discovery District
101 College Street, Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1L7
ATTN: Shilpa Sharma – 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. As it relates to entrants under the age of majority in their resident province, the use of the term “you” used herein includes the parent/guardian agreeing to these Official Rules on behalf of the minor entrant. To enter, you  must  provide the required information accurately, and (as applicable) accept the terms and conditions presented to you during the registration process. ENTRIES THAT ARRIVE AFTER THE END OF THE ENTRY WINDOW WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE.

3) Non-Eligible Individuals. 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 “Challenge Parties”).

4) Your Responsibility. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that you are properly entered. Administrator will not 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) Non-compliant 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.

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):

    1. It must contain answers to all questions required by the Entry Method while respecting the word-count limits indicated (as applicable); 
    2. 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; 
    3. 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;
    4. 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);
    5. It must not contain any content that violates any law or any third party’s rights (including privacy, personality and intellectual property rights); 
    6. It must not have been submitted to any other website or challenge;
    7. It must not have been selected previously as a winner of any Sponsor or Administrator-run challenge or contest; and
    8. 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 CHALLENGE PARTIES WILL BEAR NO LEGAL LIABILITY REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR ENTRY (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION USE OF YOUR SUBMISSION). THE CHALLENGE PARTIES 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:

  1. you (or in the case of team, the entrants) are the original creator of the entry (including without limitation, the Submission);
  2. 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);
  3. 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; 
  4. 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, 
  5. 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:

  1. 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, 
  2. 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 Challenge 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 in the Eligibility Criteria 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 verifiable 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) (including their parent/guardian in the case of minor entrants) 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 (or their parent/guardian if a minor) 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 for a Prize, the entrant (and/or a corporate 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 (“Winner 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 Challenge Parties will not involve themselves in, and the Challenge Parties accept no obligation or liability in respect of, any decision regarding the subsequent distribution, allocation, use or misuse of a Prize. 

Entrants under the age of majority must have their parent/guardian agree to and sign the above-mentioned documentation on their behalf. 

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 Career Advancement 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. 

  1. 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 Sponsor 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.
  2. 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 Challenge 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 
  1. The Challenge 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.
  2. THE CHALLENGE 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).
  3. THE CHALLENGE 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 THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE OR FROM DOWNLOADING OR USING ANY MATERIAL PROVIDED BY ADMINISTRATOR.
  4. THE CHALLENGE PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO AN ENTRANT (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OR ENTRANT PARENT/GUARDIAN) FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE OR THESE RULES.
  5. EACH ENTRANT (AND ITS PARENT/GUARDIAN (IF A MINOR) AND AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE, AS APPLICABLE) HEREBY RELEASES AND AGREES TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE CHALLENGE 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) THEIR 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) THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE; OR (D) THEIR RECEIPT, USE OR REDEMPTION OF ANY PRIZE, OR THEIR 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 “I AGREE” 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 “I AGREE” I HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO BIND BOTH MYSELF AND THE CORPORATION/ORGANIZATION/TEAM TO THE OFFICIAL RULES.

 

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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: Career Advancement

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 CIBC Inclusive Design Challenge invites change-makers (members of the disability and innovation communities) to propose and develop solutions to these barriers. The Challenge (as defined above) is the third Innovation Challenge in the series, focused on solutions to improve the career advancement for persons with disabilities.

Start Date: November 28, 2022

End Date: March 1, 2023

Sponsor: Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Administrator: MaRS Discovery District

Eligibility Criteria: You may only enter the Challenge if:

1) 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 or between 13 years old and the age of majority, with your parent/guardian agreeing to these Official Rules on your behalf.

2) 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, (ii) at least the age of majority in your resident province or (iii) between 13 years old and the age of majority, with your parent/guardian agreeing to these Official Rules on your behalf; 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

3) You are a company or organization which: (a) at the time of entry, is either (i) incorporated under the laws of Canada; or (ii) 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.

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 https://challenges.marsdd.com/idc-careeradvancement/ (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: Career Advancement 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 MaRS Discovery District that includes all of the answers to the 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 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. Please contact 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. ***Alternative method of entry for accessibility: Substantially equivalent to the above requirements as determined by MaRS***
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 Requirements: Questions contained in the Submission Form

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

Impact (30%)

What gap(s)/barriers in the career advancement landscape does the solution fill and how will your solution address this gap/barrier (such as those highlighted below)? How will you measure the success of the solution? How significant are the current or potential near-term impacts (1-5 years) and long-term impacts (beyond 5 years) on improving career advancement for persons with disabilities?

Examples of some of the gaps/barriers to career advancement facing persons with disabilities include:
– Attitudinal Bias: pervasive myths that people have about persons with disabilities that result in negative attitudes or assumptions about their ability to work.
– Support Networks: individuals or groups that help an individual achieve their professional goals by providing advice and support.
– Workplace Disclosure: process in which individuals decide if and when they will disclose their disability to their employer, and the implications of this decision.
– Workplace Structure: organizational culture and recruitment processes of a workplace that impacts the extent to which one can feel welcomed and advance professionally.

Inclusion (30%)

In what ways has the solution been led by or involved persons with disabilities throughout its development and/or implementation? How will the solution meet the ongoing and evolving needs of persons with disabilities? How will the solution address any intersectional needs of the disability population it targets (e.g., consider type of disability, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, culture, socio-economic status, geographic location)?

Innovation (20%)

Why is this solution bold and innovative in its approach to supporting career advancement for persons with disabilities? How is the solution different compared to existing solutions? Does the solution consider and/or seek to address employment barriers stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic?

Scalability (20%)

How easily can this solution be customized to benefit other groups within the disability community? How well does the solution fill a need for organizations in different sectors (e.g., public, private, non-profit, academic sectors)? How easily can the solution be scaled to reach more individuals within a new organization or organizational context? What is the cost per intervention?

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, and the next two (2) entrants will be eligible for 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 prizes of CAD$20,000.00 CAD for the second and third place entrants (the “Runner-up Prizes”); and
Two (2) honourable mention prizes of CAD$5,000 CAD for the fourth and fifth place entrants (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: 2023-04-29

Selected Entrant Notification Method: Entrants who have been selected as potential prize winners will be sent (or their Authorized Representative or parent/guardian will be sent, as applicable) notifications by the Contest Sponsors or their designated representative by email.

Administrator Privacy Policy: https://www.marsdd.com/privacy/

Administrator Contact Information:

MaRS Discovery District
101 College Street, Suite 100
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1L7
ATTN: Shilpa Sharma – 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. As it relates to entrants under the age of majority in their resident province, the use of the term “you” used herein includes the parent/guardian agreeing to these Official Rules on behalf of the minor entrant. To enter, you  must  provide the required information accurately, and (as applicable) accept the terms and conditions presented to you during the registration process. ENTRIES THAT ARRIVE AFTER THE END OF THE ENTRY WINDOW WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE.

3) Non-Eligible Individuals. 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 “Challenge Parties”).

4) Your Responsibility. It is solely your responsibility to ensure that you are properly entered. Administrator will not 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) Non-compliant 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.

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):

    1. It must contain answers to all questions required by the Entry Method while respecting the word-count limits indicated (as applicable); 
    2. 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; 
    3. 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;
    4. 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);
    5. It must not contain any content that violates any law or any third party’s rights (including privacy, personality and intellectual property rights); 
    6. It must not have been submitted to any other website or challenge;
    7. It must not have been selected previously as a winner of any Sponsor or Administrator-run challenge or contest; and
    8. 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 CHALLENGE PARTIES WILL BEAR NO LEGAL LIABILITY REGARDING THE USE OF YOUR ENTRY (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION USE OF YOUR SUBMISSION). THE CHALLENGE PARTIES 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:

  1. you (or in the case of team, the entrants) are the original creator of the entry (including without limitation, the Submission);
  2. 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);
  3. 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; 
  4. 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, 
  5. 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:

  1. 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, 
  2. 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 Challenge 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 in the Eligibility Criteria 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 verifiable 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) (including their parent/guardian in the case of minor entrants) 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 (or their parent/guardian if a minor) 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 for a Prize, the entrant (and/or a corporate 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 (“Winner 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 Challenge Parties will not involve themselves in, and the Challenge Parties accept no obligation or liability in respect of, any decision regarding the subsequent distribution, allocation, use or misuse of a Prize. 

Entrants under the age of majority must have their parent/guardian agree to and sign the above-mentioned documentation on their behalf. 

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 Career Advancement 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. 

  1. 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 Sponsor 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.
  2. 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 Challenge 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 
  1. The Challenge 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.
  2. THE CHALLENGE 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).
  3. THE CHALLENGE 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 THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE OR FROM DOWNLOADING OR USING ANY MATERIAL PROVIDED BY ADMINISTRATOR.
  4. THE CHALLENGE PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE TO AN ENTRANT (OR AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE OR ENTRANT PARENT/GUARDIAN) FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL, OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE CHALLENGE OR THESE RULES.
  5. EACH ENTRANT (AND ITS PARENT/GUARDIAN (IF A MINOR) AND AUTHORIZED REPRESENTATIVE, AS APPLICABLE) HEREBY RELEASES AND AGREES TO INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS THE CHALLENGE 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) THEIR 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) THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE CHALLENGE; OR (D) THEIR RECEIPT, USE OR REDEMPTION OF ANY PRIZE, OR THEIR 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 “I AGREE” 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 “I AGREE” I HAVE THE LEGAL AUTHORIZATION TO BIND BOTH MYSELF AND THE CORPORATION/ORGANIZATION/TEAM TO THE OFFICIAL RULES.

 

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