Is this National Challenge open to entrants from outside of Canada?

Yes! We accept any Entry, including those from international entrants, as long as it focuses on increasing the recognition of the value of career counselling as well as its professionals in Canada.

How long does the Entry Period last?

The Entry Period runs from 9:00 AM, ET on August 12, 2013 until 5:00 PM, ET on October 11, 2013.

How long will it take to complete my Entry Form?

The Entry Form is quite simple. In addition to entering your name and contact information, the Entry Form only has three questions. You can save your material and return later to revise the content or add new information.

When will my Entry appear online?

CERIC will review and post all eligible Entries to the National Challenge Website within one business day for public viewing.

What part of my Entry will be seen publicly?

Your name, the name of your organization and your Entry will appear online. Your contact information will not appear publicly.

Will my Entry be translated into French once submitted?

We will translate all Entries shortlisted by the Judges to be voted upon during the Online Voting Period.

Can I change my Entry during the Entry Period?

Entrants are invited to revise their Entry up to the closing of the Entry Period.

Can I submit more than one Entry?

Certainly! You are welcome to submit as many Entries as you want, however, only one Entry submitted by the same person or organization may be shortlisted by the Judges for online voting.

Can I build on an existing idea?

Yes, but you are responsible for getting the permission of the author of the existing idea to do so and you should reference this fact in your Entry.

What happens to my Entry after the competition?

Your Entry may be posted and exist online on the respective websites of The Counselling Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling in perpetuity for the purpose of furthering and promoting the National Challenge. However, you may also be contacted by a representative from the online competition to further flesh out your idea and also, if applicable, to obtain your permission to move ahead towards developing and implementing your initiative.



How will the shortlisted Entries be chosen?

The Judges will make their assessment based on Entries’ innovation (i.e. how inventive is the concept), practicality (i.e. could the idea actually be implemented) and the potential to have the greatest positive impact on how Canadians feel about the value of career development, its professionals and their contribution to our nation.

How long does the Online Voting Period last?

The Online Voting Period runs from 9:00 AM, ET on November 4, 2013 until 5:00 PM, ET on November 29, 2013.

How do I vote for an Entry?

Once you have created a profile on the National Challenge website, you will be able to cast a vote during the Online Voting Period. You can vote for three of the up to 10 Finalists shortlisted by the Judges.

How many times can I vote during the Online Voting Period?

Each voter may vote for up to three Entries during the Online Voting Period.



What are the prizes?

There are three Prizes, each of $5,000 and a Free Registration to attend Cannexus14, January 20-22, 2014 in Ottawa.

When will the prize winners be told that they have won?

The three entrants who received the most online votes will be contacted within 48 hours after the closing of the Online Voting Period at 5:00 PM, ET on November 29, 2013.

When will the winners receive their $5,000 prize?

The top 3 Entrants will be entitled to receive a Prize when the Canadian Education and Research Institute for Counselling receives the Top 3 Entrant’s properly signed Declaration of Eligibility and Liability/Publicity Release in the form provided.

How can the winners spend their prize money?

Each winner can spend their prize money as they see fit. There is no obligation to spend the money implementing their winning Entry.

If a prize winner cannot attend Cannexus14, can they transfer their free registration to someone else?

Yes, the free registration to Cannexus14 can be transferred to someone else at the prize winner’s organization.

If a prize winner cannot attend Cannexus14 and cannot transfer their free registration to someone else, can they receive the equivalent value of a conference registration in cash?

The free registration to attend Cannexus14 does not have a monetary value.

What happens if I am a prize winner but I have already registered for Cannexus14?

A free registration will be provided to attend Cannexus15.