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  1. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN: The Convocation 2021 Social Media Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (“CPA Ontario” or the "Sponsor"). The Contest starts at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on April 19, 2021 and closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on April 23, 2021 (the “Contest Period”). All references in these rules (the “Official Rules”) are to Eastern Time. By entering the Contest, entrants agree to abide by and be bound by these Official Rules.
  2. ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to legal residents of Canada who at time of entry and at the Contest Closing Date (see rule 3) (a) successfully completed the September 2020 Common Final Exam; (b) are at least 18 years of age; and (c) have an Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account. For further clarity, an entrant will be deemed ineligible if they require the prize to be shipped outside of Canada. Employees, representatives and agents of the Sponsor, its respective and promotional agencies, (the Sponsor and such entities, collectively, the “Promotion Entities”), members of any such person’s immediate family (regardless of where such family members live) and persons with whom such persons reside (whether related or not) are ineligible to enter or win. “Immediate family” is defined as (a) spouses or domestic partners, and (b) parents, siblings, and children and their respective spouses and domestic partners.
  3. HOW TO ENTER:During the Contest Period, the entrant must:
    i. be following CPA Ontario’s Instagram account @cpaontario, CPA Ontario’s Facebook account or CPA Ontario’s Twitter account;
    ii. post a celebratory photo (CANNOT BE A STORY) through the entrant’s account on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter;

    iii. tag one of the CPA Ontario social media accounts that the entrant is following (Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook); and

    The entrant’s Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account does not have to be set to public.

    Entrants may enter the Contest multiple times but will not be eligible to win more than once. Entries that do not satisfy the requirements set out in these Official Rules may be removed and are ineligible for entry into the Contest. Entries must be received on or before 11:59:59 p.m. ET on April 23, 2021 (the “Contest Closing Date”). Any attempt to enter in any manner other than as set forth in these Official Rules, will not constitute a valid entry. Use of any automated system to enter, or otherwise participate in this Contest is prohibited and will automatically result in disqualification.

  4. INSTAGRAM, FACEBOOK & TWITTER POST FORMAT AND CONTENT: Each Instagram, Facebook or Twitter post:
    i. must be in English or French, and must include a celebratory photo of the entrant;
    ii. must tag CPA Ontario’s social media account on the platform where the entry is posted, and must use the hashtag #CPAOGrad;
    iii. must not, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsor, contain any nude, sexually explicit, disparaging, discriminatory, libelous or other inappropriate content;
    iv. must be intended for family audience viewing and contain only content that, in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsor, is suitable for all persons, including persons under the age of 13;
    v. must not contain any language suggesting or encouraging illegal activity;
    vi. must be submitted only once;
    vii. must not contain any identifiable third party products and/or trade-marks, brands, logos or copyright, other than those of the Sponsor, or anything that infringes or that may infringe anyone’s rights, including intellectual property rights;
    viii. must not contain any personal information; and
    ix. must adhere to Instagram’s Terms of Use at or Facebook’s Terms of Use at or Twitter’s terms of service, as applicable.

    Entries are subject to the approval of the Sponsor and must satisfy all the requirements set out above. Entries that do not satisfy the above requirements (or that are otherwise considered inappropriate in the sole and unfettered discretion of the Sponsor) will be void and ineligible for entry into the Contest. In the event an entrant has posted inappropriate content, he or she will be disqualified. The Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, elect to use, in whole or in part, any entry, including any Photo, entered into this Contest for its own future advertising and/or promotional activities, without notice or compensation. Each entrant warrants to the Released Parties (see rule 9) that the entry does not contravene or infringe on any copyright or other intellectual property and by submitting the entry will assign all copyright in favour of the Sponsor and waive all moral rights in the work.
  5. PRIZE: There are (3) prizes, each consisting of a 13.3” laptop, with an approximate total retail value of $1,550.00 each. The Contest prize must be accepted as awarded. A prize may not be sold or transferred and is not convertible to cash. All amounts are in Canadian dollars. CPA Ontario reserves the right at any time, in its sole discretion, to substitute all or a portion of the prize for a component or total prize of equal or greater value.
  6. PRIZE DRAW: There will be a random prize draw (the “Draw”), with one winner selected from each platform (Instagram, Facebook and Twitter), held on May 10, 2021 (the “Draw Date”) at approximately 5:00 p.m. (ET) in Toronto, ON from among all eligible entries received by the Contest Closing Date. Odds of being selected depend on the total number of eligible entries received by the Contest Closing Date.
  7. WINNER NOTIFICATION: The Sponsor will attempt to contact the selected entrants by sending a Direct Message to their Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account within 48 hours of the Draw Date, to obtain contact information so that a Declaration and Release Form (described below) can be issued via email and the mathematical skill testing question can be administered to confirm that the selected entrants qualify for the prize. The Sponsor may require proof of identity or eligibility (in a form acceptable to the Sponsor) from an entrant. Failure to provide such proof in a timely manner may result in disqualification of the entrant by the Sponsor, in its sole discretion. If (a) the selected entrant fails to answer or correctly answer the question; (b) the selected entrant is determined to be under the age of majority or was under the age of majority at the time of his/her entry, or found to be ineligible for any other reason; (c) despite reasonable efforts, the selected entrant does not respond within two (2) business days of the first notification attempt, or (d) if the prize or prize notification is returned as unclaimed or undeliverable to such selected entrant, then such selected entrant will be disqualified. An alternate selected entrant will be selected in a random draw from among all remaining eligible entries received. The Sponsor shall have no liability if any notification is lost, intercepted or not received by the potential winner for any reason. The selected entrant must complete a Declaration and Release Form, which must be returned to the Sponsor within the time period specified thereon along with any other documentation that Sponsor may require. Failure to timely return the completed document(s) or the return of the document(s) as undeliverable will cause the prize to be forfeited and, in such case, an alternate selected entrant may be randomly selected as provided above. In the event a winner is not determined after attempts have been made to contact three (3) additional entrants, the Sponsor may elect not to award the prize.
  8. GENERAL: By entering the Contest, entrants agree to abide and be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of the Sponsor with respect to all aspects of the Contest, which are final and binding in all respects relating to this Contest. In the event of any inconsistency between these Official Rules and other statements contained in any Contest-related materials, including but not limited to, the Contest post, print or online advertising, the terms and conditions of these Official Rules shall govern.
  9. GENERAL LIABILITY RELEASE/FORCE MAJEURE: Entrants agree that the Promotion Entities and each of their respective council members, officers, directors, governors, partners, partnerships, principals, employees, volunteers, representatives, agents, affiliates, related entities, successors and assigns (the Promotion Entities collectively with such other entities and persons, the “Released Parties”) (A) shall not be responsible or liable for, and are hereby released and held harmless from, any and all costs, injuries, losses or damages of any kind, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, to participation in the Contest or any Contest-related activity or from entrants’ acceptance, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of any prize, and (B) have not made any warranty, representation or guarantee of any kind, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize, including, without limitation, to such prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose, and disclaim any implied warranty. By entering the Contest, each entrant hereby releases the Released Parties from any claim that may arise from an unauthorized party’s use of the entrant’s personal information or entry for any purpose. Each entrant further releases the Sponsor from any claim for royalties, damages or other relief and from any claims of authorship, copyright, moral rights or personality rights related to the entry or entries of the entrant or the use thereof. The Released Parties assume no responsibility for any damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer system or wireless phone which is occasioned by accessing Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter, or otherwise participating in the Contest, or for any computer system, phone line, hardware, software or program malfunctions, or other errors, failures, delayed computer transmissions or network connections that are human or technical in nature. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, the Sponsor is not responsible for incomplete, illegible, misdirected, misprinted, late, lost, damaged, stolen entries, email or mail or prize notifications; or for lost, interrupted, inaccessible or unavailable networks, servers, satellites, Internet service providers, websites, or other connections; or for miscommunications, failed, jumbled, scrambled, delayed, or misdirected computer, telephone or cable transmissions; or for any technical malfunctions, failures, difficulties or other errors of any kind or nature; or for the incorrect or inaccurate capture of information, or the failure to capture any information. No mechanically-reproduced, illegible, incomplete, forged, software-generated or other automated entries will be accepted. The Sponsor reserves the right to modify, extend, suspend, or terminate the Contest if it determines, in its sole discretion, that the Contest is technically impaired or corrupted or that fraud or technical problems, failures or malfunctions or other causes have destroyed or severely undermined or to any degree impaired the integrity, administration, security, proper play and/or feasibility of the Contest. If the Contest is terminated or suspended before the designated Contest Closing Date, notice thereof will be posted on the Sponsor’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts and the Sponsor will (if possible) select winner(s) in a random drawing or drawings from all eligible, non-suspect entries legitimately received as of the date of the event giving rise to the termination. Inclusion in such drawing shall be each entrant’s sole and exclusive remedy under such circumstances. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Official Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision were not contained herein. The Sponsor reserves the right to correct clerical or typographical errors in promotional materials or these Official Rules.

    The Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. By entering this Contest, the entrants acknowledge that they understand that they are providing their information to the Sponsor and not to Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. The information provided by the entrants will be used to administer the Contest in accordance with the Sponsor’s privacy policy. Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter are completely released of all liability by each entrant in this Contest. Any questions, comments or complaints regarding the Contest must be directed to the Sponsor and not Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
  10. By entering and/or accepting a prize, each entrant consents to the use of his/her name, address (city or province), Facebook name or Instagram or Twitter handle, Contest entry, comments, quotations, biographical material, photograph and likeness without further authorization, compensation, or notification, in connection with any publicity carried out by or on behalf of the Sponsor with respect to this Contest, except to the extent prohibited by law. Subject to rule 12 below, by entering and/or accepting a prize, entrants agree that the Contest shall be construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Ontario and the laws of Canada applicable therein, and only an Ontario court of competent jurisdiction shall have jurisdiction and venue over controversies arising out of, or relating to, the Contest. Entrants hereby irrevocably consent to the personal jurisdiction of said courts and waive any claim of forum non conveniens or lack of personal jurisdiction that they may have.
  11. The Sponsor reserves the right, with the consent of the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux (the “Régie”) in the Province of Québec, to terminate or amend this Contest at any time and in any way, without prior notice. Without limiting the foregoing, if, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as originally planned, such as due to tampering, the Sponsor reserves the right, with the consent of the Régie, to cancel the Contest.
  12. For Québec residents only: Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a prize may be submitted to the Régie only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement.
  13. Except where otherwise indicated, all intellectual property used by the Sponsor in connection with the Contest, including but not limited to official marks, trade-marks, trade-names, logos, designs, promotional materials, web pages, source codes, drawings, illustrations, slogans and representations are owned (or licensed, as the case may be) by the Sponsor. All rights are reserved. Unauthorized copying or use of any copyrighted material or intellectual property without the express written consent of its owner is strictly prohibited.
  14. All entries become the permanent property of the Sponsor and will not be acknowledged or returned. No correspondence will be entered into except with the selected entrants. This Contest is subject to all applicable federal and provincial/territorial laws.
  15. The Sponsor respects the entrants’ right to privacy. Except as set out in these Official Rules, personal information collected from entrants will only be used by the Sponsor to administer the Contest. By entering the Contest, all entrants consent to the manner of collection, use and disclosure of personal information as set out in the Sponsor’s privacy policy, which is available at The Sponsor is not responsible for any disclosure made by any third party. Entrants may subsequently opt-out of receiving further emails by following opt-out instructions contained in the Sponsor’s privacy policy.