The Canada Comeback Challenge: The Canada Comeback Challenge creates opportunities for post-secondary students to contribute to Canada’s COVID-19 recovery while gaining valuable work-integrated learning (WIL) experience. Through a fun, skill-building national competition in an entirely online format, student teams will tackle real-world problems facing employers in Canada’s public, private, and non-profit sectors and compete for a chance to pitch their ideas to an esteemed panel of judges.
The Canada Student Challenge runs from September 15, 2020 until mid-February, 2021.
Registration: September 15 - October 17
Round 1 project work: October 18 - November 28.
Round 1 outcomes due: November 29.
Round 2 project work: December 14 - January 30.
Round 2 outcomes due: January 31.
The 10 finalist teams announced: February 15.
Judges review finalist proposals: February 16 - March 2.
Virtual finals conference: mid-March
All work products and eligible expense claims must be submitted by mid-February, 2021. There will be no exceptions.
To be eligible to participate, individual students must be:
Currently enrolled in a Canadian post-secondary institution (PSI) (domestic or international student)
A recent graduate from a Canadian PSI (as of Dec 2019),
A student in a professional or graduate degree (as long as at least half your team members are in their first degree or diploma).
To be an eligible team:
Must have between two and ten members.
At least half must be students in their first degree or diploma.
I confirm that I have considered any risks associated with participating in the Canada Comeback Challenge and I agree to accept and assume those risks. I, on behalf of myself or anyone entitled to act on my behalf, hereby waive any claim against the Business + Higher Education Roundtable and any employee of Business + Higher Education Roundtable and release those parties from any claim of injury or damages incurred as a result of participating in the Canada Comeback Challenge.
Participating members and teams will hold all ownership of the ideas and products they create. The Business + Higher Education Roundtable has no interest in the purchasing or transferring of any form of property that may result from the efforts of participants during the competition.
In agreeing to participate in the Canada Student Challenge, each member of the team, including the mentor, authorizes the Business + Higher Education Roundtable to publish any photographs or videos taken during any aspect of the competition. These materials and participant names may be used in Business + Higher Roundtable print, online, social media and video materials.
Code of Conduct:
The Canada Comeback Challenge is dedicated to providing a safe, comfortable, harassment-free experience for everyone. We invite you to help us make this experience uplifting, encouraging, and educational for all participants — students, speakers, mentors, organizers and staff.
Treat everyone with respect
We expect all participants — students, speakers, mentors, organizers and staff— to treat others with respect and abide by the following Code of Conduct at all times throughout the entire competition experience. We expect participants to follow these rules during the competition, online workshops, and competition-related social events. This includes webinars, chat forums, and social media before, during, and after the end of the conference itself.
Respect confidentiality and privacy
Throughout the competition and its related events there may be times where participants are asked to respect confidentiality or limit the release of materials we’ve provided. All participants are expected to respect confidentiality requests by speakers, participants, staff, our partners, and failure to comply with limited distribution requests on materials provided will not be tolerated. Additionally, participants are expected to respect privacy and refrain from unsolicited or unwanted taking and reposting of pictures and video recordings. BHER staff will take pictures and make recordings and seek permissions as necessary.
BHER has a zero tolerance policy on harassment at the competition. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion or political views, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, photography or audio/video recording against reasonable consent, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention.
As this is a competition, please note that the solutions created by the student teams for the competition are equally subject to the anti-harassment policy. Furthermore, participants and mentors are also subject to the anti-harassment policy. In particular, participants should not use sexualised images, activities, or other material.
What to do if you’re concerned
If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns, please contact a member of the BHER staff immediately via the firstname.lastname@example.org email.
BHER staff will help participants in whatever way needed, including but not limited to contacting local security or local law enforcement, providing escorts, or otherwise assisting those experiencing harassment to feel safe for the duration of the event and beyond. We prioritize your safety and wellbeing.
If a participant engages in harassing behavior, BHER organisers will take any action they deem appropriate. This includes but is not limited to expulsion from the competition with no refund (if applicable), or reporting their behaviour to local law enforcement.