NO PURCHASE OR FEE IS NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE OR RECEIVE PRIZES

Sponsor

The sponsor of the National Challenge is the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling (referred to in these Rules as “CERIC”) through a grant provided by The Counselling Foundation of Canada (referred to in these Rules as the “Foundation”).

Who May Enter

Provided that the eligibility criteria set out below are satisfied, individuals, groups or organizations in Canada and around the world can enter. If submitting an international Entry, please describe how your idea will enhance and promote the image of career development, its professionals and their rich contribution to Canada.

Eligibility to Enter the National Challenge

– An entrant who is an individual must be 18 years of age or older as of the end of the Entry Period.
– Entrants are required to have Internet access and an active email account in order to participate, except if such a requirement is prohibited by any law, regulation, rule or authority.
– The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the National Challenge: (i) employees of the Foundation and CERIC, as well as any affiliates and subsidiaries of either the Foundation or CERIC; (ii) members of the Judges Panel of the National Challenge; (iii) Immediate Family members (as defined below) of any of the foregoing.
– CERIC reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to immediately disqualify, without notice, any Entry that does not comply with the requirements for Entries.
– Entries will be considered to be submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the Entry. “Authorized account holder” is defined as the person who is assigned an email address by an Internet provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g. business, educational institute, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. A selected entrant may be required to provide proof that he/she is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the selected Entry. Proof of submitting an Entry is not proof of receipt by CERIC. A potential winner may be required to provide CERIC with proof that she/he is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the potential winning Entry.

For the purpose of these Rules, the term “Immediate Family” means spouse (including by common law), mother, father, brother, sister, son and/or daughter (including by adoption), whether or not they reside in the same household.

How to Enter

– During the Entry Period (described below), visit ceric.ca/nationalchallenge/submit for instructions on how to enter the National Challenge by completing an entry form (the “Entry Form”).
– During the Entry Period, CERIC will review and post all eligible Entries to the National Challenge Website within one business day for public viewing.
– Entrants can revise their Entry up until the close of the Entry Period.
– If an Entry Form is not completed correctly, then the Entry will be disqualified. The National Challenge begins at 9:00 AM, ET on August 12, 2013 and ends at 5:00 PM, ET on November 29, 2013 (the “Contest Period”).
– The National Challenge is made of the following two periods:

 

Contest Periods

Start Date
(9:00 AM, ET)

End Date
(5:00 PM, ET)

Entry Period

August 12, 2013

October 11, 2013

Online Voting Period

November 4, 2013

November 29, 2013

 

– CERIC’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the National Challenge.
– All submissions of an Entry Form must be received only as directed on the National Challenge Website by 5:00 PM, ET on October 11, 2013 (each an “Entry”).
– Individual and organizations are welcome to submit multiple entries but only one Entry submitted by the same person or organization has the potential to be shortlisted for online voting.

Selection of Winners

The selection of the winners will result from the following process:

– During the Entry Period, CERIC will review and post all eligible Entries to the National Challenge Website within one business day for public viewing.
– Following the close of the Entry Period, a panel of judges (the “Judges”) consisting of prominent members of Canada’s career professional field will select up to 10 of the top entries (referred to as the “Finalists”) submitted during the Entry Period.
– Up to 10 Finalists will be announced online on November 4, 2013, on the National Challenge Website.
– During the Online Voting Period, voters (comprised of either individuals who have reached the age of majority in their country, state, province or territory of residence in any country throughout the world or career development organizations) (each a “Voter”), but excluding entrants and persons referred to in (i), (ii), and (iii), above, in the section entitled “Eligibility to Enter the National Challenge,” will be invited to register at the National Challenge Website and vote for their three favourite Entries.
– Subject to each entrant’s compliance with the Rules, the three Entries receiving the highest number of votes will be selected as the winning Entries.
– If two or more Entries receive an equal number of votes and the number is the third highest total of votes received, then CERIC, in its sole judgment, will select the Entry to be awarded the third Prize.
– The winners of the Prizes will be announced on the National Challenge Website on January 6, 2014.

Assessment Criteria

For the purpose of shortlisting the up to 10 Finalists, the Judges will assess the Entries on the following criteria:

Innovation: The Judges will consider how creatively the ideas set forth in each Entry address the “perception gap” among Canadians about the value of career development, its professionals and their contribution to the nation.
Practicality: The Judges will assess the ideas set forth in each Entry for the degree to which they can be actually implemented.
Impact: The Judges will evaluate the ideas set forth in each Entry for their capacity to change for the better how Canadians feel about the value of career development, its professionals and their contribution to our nation. Consideration will be given to an idea’s transferability across sectors, across geography and/or across targeted populations & demographics.

Prizes

– Three prizes, each consisting of (i) $5,000.00 and (ii) a free registration to attend Cannexus14, January 20-22, 2014 in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) will be awarded (collectively referred to as the “Prizes”).
– The winners of the Prizes must accept the Prizes as awarded and cannot transfer, assign, substitute or, in the case of the registration to attend Cannexus14, redeem for cash the Prizes, except at the sole discretion of CERIC or as otherwise provided in these Rules.
– A Prize winner who is an individual and unable to attend Cannexus14 may transfer the registration to another individual and a Prize winner that is an organization may designate an individual from the organization to attend Cannexus14 under the free registration.
– Winning entrants are solely responsible for any and all costs associated with travelling to and from, and accommodation and meals and other out of pocket costs associated with attending, Cannexus14.
– The outcome of the National Challenge is dependent on the total number of eligible Entries received, the quality of each Entry, the entrant’s skill and the Judges’ application of the Assessment Criteria (as described above).

Voting Limit

Each Voter may vote for up to three Entries during the Online Voting Period. CERIC will not accept votes that are, in its sole opinion, intended to subvert the voting process or that are generated by script, macro or other automated means. Entrants may not manipulate the voting process by obtaining, or attempting to obtain, votes by fraudulent or inappropriate means, including, without limitation, offering prizes or other inducements to members of the public to vote for their Entries. An entrant found to have done, or attempted to have done, any of the foregoing will be disqualified from the National Challenge.

Notifying the Winners

Within approximately 48 hours after November 29, 2013, the entrants (each referred to as a “Top 3 Entrant”) who submitted the three Entries receiving the highest number of votes (or selected in the event of a tie with respect to the third highest number of votes) will be notified by CERIC by telephone or email using the information provided by the entrant on his/her/its Entry.

Each Top 3 Entrant will be required to sign and return (scanned copy of original to be received by CERIC within five business days of the date of CERIC’s notification, with the original document to follow by registered mail) a Declaration of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release that confirms the Top 3 Entrant’s:

(i) eligibility for the National Challenge and compliance with the Rules;
(ii) acceptance of the Prize as awarded;
(iii) release, to the fullest extent permitted by law, of the Foundation, CERIC and their respective employees, directors, officers, suppliers, agents, sponsors and administrators (collectively, the “Releasees”) from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expense arising out of participation in the National Challenge, participation in any contest-related activity or the acceptance of any prize, including, but not limited to, costs, injuries, losses related to personal injuries, death, damage to, loss or destruction of property, rights of publicity or privacy, defamation, or portrayal in a false light, or from any and all claims of third parties arising therefrom;
(iv) grant to the Foundation and CERIC the unrestricted right, in their sole discretion, to publish, reproduce, convert, broadcast, communicate by telecommunication, exhibit, distribute, translate, adapt and otherwise use and re-use the winner’s name, photograph, likeness, voice and biographical material in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, in connection with the National Challenge and the promotion and exploitation thereof, without compensation, unless prohibited by law; and
(v) grant to the Foundation and CERIC an irrevocable license, free of charge, to use in all territories worldwide the idea(s) contained in the winning Entry for the purpose of furthering and promoting the National Challenge, such license to be in respect of any and all media now known or hereafter devised.

If a Top 3 Entrant fails to respond within the stated timeline or refuses to sign and deliver to CERIC the Declaration of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release in the form provided, then that Top 3 Entrant will be disqualified and an alternate will be selected by a process determined by CERIC in its sole discretion.

Notification of a Top 3 Entrant is considered to have taken place at the time that CERIC makes contact with the Top 3 Entrant, either by telephone or by email, at the telephone number or email address provided on the Top 3 Entrant’s Entry.

A Top 3 Entrant will be entitled to receive a Prize when CERIC receives the Top 3 Entrant’s properly signed the Declaration of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release in the form provided.

The winners of the Prizes will be announced on the National Challenge Website on January 6, 2014.

Privacy and Personal Information

By entering the National Challenge, each entrant grants to CERIC the right to use his/her name, mailing address, telephone number and email address (collectively, “Personal Information”) as follows: (i) for the purpose of administering the National Challenge, including but not limited to contacting and announcing the winners; and (ii) for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the National Challenge, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without further compensation unless prohibited by law, such use shall only be with respect to the entrant’s name, city and country, state, province or territory of residence.

In addition to the foregoing, each winner of a Prize who is an individual agrees that a photo of himself / herself (which the winner will submit to CERIC upon winner confirmation) may be used by the Foundation and CERIC for publicity and promotional purposes relating to the National Challenge, in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, without further compensation unless prohibited by law.

CERIC will use the entrant’s Personal Information only for identified purposes, and will protect the entrant’s Personal Information in a manner that is consistent with CERIC’s privacy policy located online at the National Challenge Website.

Termination

CERIC reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to cancel, withdraw, amend, terminate or suspend the National Challenge in whole or in part for any reason.

Amendment of Rules

Any amendments to the Rules will become binding upon all entrants at the time they are posted to the National Challenge Website. Entrants are advised to regularly check the National Challenge Website for updates, notices and revisions to the Rules during the Contest Period.

Governing Law

The National Challenge shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario, without reference to the choice of law provisions of the Province of Ontario, and the laws of Canada applicable in Ontario. All aspects of all actions brought relating to the subject-matter of the National Challenge shall be governed by Ontario law, without reference to the choice of law provisions of the Province of Ontario.

Jurisdiction and Venue

The courts of the Province of Ontario (referred to as the Court) shall have exclusive jurisdiction to entertain and determine all disputes, claims, suits, actions and other proceedings of any nature or kind arising out of or in connection with the National Challenge including, without limitation, specific performance, injunction, declaration of damages or otherwise, both at law and in equity (collectively, an Action), and CERIC and each entrant shall irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Court and waive, and will not assert by way of motion, as a defence, or otherwise, in any Action that: (i) that they are not subject to the jurisdiction of the Court; (ii) the Action is brought in an inconvenient forum; (iii) the forum of the Action is improper; or (iv) the subject matter of the Action may not be enforced in or by the Court.  In addition, the hearing of any Action shall take place in the Court located within the City of Toronto, in the Province of Ontario.