Air Canada Athlete of the Year 2016


The “Air Canada Athlete of the year 2016” Contest (the “Contest”) is brought to you by Air Canada (the “Contest Sponsor”). The Contest starts on November 21, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. ET and closes on December 2 at 11:59 p.m. ET (hereinafter, the “Contest Period”).

1. Eligibility

The Contest is open to all Canadian residents having reached the legal age of majority in their province or territory of residence prior to the Contest Period (each an “Eligible Participant”). Employees, representatives or agents of Air Canada, the Canadian Olympic Committee, their subsidiaries and affiliates, media partners, advertising and promotional agencies; the nominated athletes and the athlete eligibility committee members; and members of the immediate family (parents, children, siblings and spouse, regardless of where they are domiciled) of any of the aforementioned and persons with whom any of the aforementioned are domiciled are not eligible to enter the Contest.

2. How to enter the Contest

No purchase necessary. Although online access is required in order to enter the Contest, many public libraries, Internet cafés, retail businesses, and other locations offer free access to the Internet

To enter the Contest, Eligible Participants must log in to during the Contest Period, properly complete and submit a Contest entry form and vote online. A maximum of one Contest entry form per Eligible Participant will be accepted per 24-hour time block during the Contest Period.

3. Grand Prize

There is one grand prize (the “Grand Prize”) to be won, consisting of two (2) Economy Class round-trip tickets on any flight operated by Air Canada (including flights operated by Air Canada rouge and under the Air Canada Express banner) from the major Canadian airport served by Air Canada that is closest to the winner’s place of residence to any destination served by Air Canada in North America. Flight reservation is subject to availability and the following flight blackout dates apply:

20 December 2016 to 10 January 2017
13 April 2017 to 18 April 2017
17 December 2017 to 08 January 2018

Travel must be completed before December 15, 2017. Travel does not qualify for Aeroplan® mileage accumulation or for mileage accumulation in any other frequent flyer program. No changes permitted to reservations once date of travel is confirmed.

The Grand Prize winner must cover all fuel, insurance, surcharges, taxes, fees and other applicable charges with a credit card at time of booking. The Grand Prize winner and his or her travelling companion are responsible for any and all costs, expenses and taxes not expressly described herein, including, without limitation, applicable local air departure taxes, ground transportation, gratuities, merchandise, telephone calls, personal expenses of any nature for overnight layover, meals and beverages, service charges, in-flight meals (that are not included as part of the base fare) and entertainment; costs incurred to and from the departure point as the Grand Prize originates and terminates there; obtaining sufficient personal travel insurance prior to departure, if desired; obtaining and carrying all necessary travel documentation, such as passports and visas and complying with customs and immigration regulations. The use of upgrade certificates is not permitted for flights. Use of the airfare tickets are subject to Air Canada’s general conditions of carriage publicly available at

The approximate total value of the Grand Prize is $3,928 CAN. Exact value of the Grand Prize depends on point of departure as well as time of travel. Grand Prize must be accepted as awarded and may not be sold, transferred or converted to cash and will not be refunded if unused. No substitutions, changes or extensions are permitted. Contest Sponsor reserves the right at its sole discretion to substitute the Grand Prize for one of equal or greater value.

4. Grand Prize winner selection

A random draw from all entries received from Eligible Participants during the Contest Period to select the winner of the Grand Prize will be held at the J. Walter Thompson Canada office located at 160 Bloor Street East #1100 Toronto, Ontario M4W 3P7 on December 5, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The odds of winning the Prize will depend upon the total number of Contest entries received from Eligible Participants during the Contest Period.

5. Claiming of Grand Prize

In order to be declared a winner and be able to claim the Grand Prize, the Eligible Participant selected by random draw will be contacted by telephone or by e-mail by the Contest Sponsor or one of its agents or representatives shortly following the draw and must confirm acceptance as a selected Eligible Participant within three (3) calendar days of contact. If the selected Eligible Participant cannot be contacted, another Eligible Participant will be selected by way of random draw. Before being declared a winner, the selected Eligible Participant will be required to answer a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question and sign a release and waiver form confirming, without limitation, that he or she:

  • complies with the eligibility requirements;
  • has read the Contest rules and regulations and complies completely;
  • accepts the Prize as awarded;
  • acknowledges the Contest Sponsor’s right to publish his/her picture, name and city of residence without compensation other than the Prize offered;
  • has successfully answered a time-limited mathematical skill-testing question;
  • releases and agrees to hold harmless of all liability the Contest Sponsor, its subsidiaries and affiliates, media partners, advertising, promotional agencies and each of the foregoing entities’ directors, officers, employees, contractors and agents.

No correspondence will be undertaken except with the selected Eligible Participants, whose Eligible Entry was drawn. Once an Eligible Participant is declared a winner by Contest Sponsor, Contest Sponsor will send the Eligible Participant a letter containing the details on how to redeem the his/her Grand Prize (i.e. reservation of the flights).

6. General Terms and Conditions

All entries submitted and all information provided by Eligible Participants must be complete and accurate. The Contest Sponsor will not be held responsible for any and all telephone or Internet interruptions, unclear telephone or email messages, or late/incomplete/erroneously Prize claims or release and waiver forms.

All entries are subject to verification by the Contest Sponsor and may be disqualified if they are received outside of the Contest Period, are incomplete, illegible, irregular, photocopied or otherwise reproduced, submitted through illicit means, contain any false statements, or do not conform to or satisfy any condition of these Contest Rules and Regulations.

By entering the Contest, Eligible Participants agree that the Contest Sponsor reserves the right to publish without compensation the full name, city of residence and photograph of the winner and Eligible Participants waive all rights with respect to printed, broadcast and other forms of publicity. Eligible Participants further agree that all entries submitted and their content become the property of the Contest Sponsor and will not be returned.

Eligible Participants agree to be bound by all decisions of the Contest Sponsor regarding the Contest, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

Eligible Participants agree that the Contest Sponsor is not liable for any incorrect or inaccurate transcription of entry information or for any error or malfunction of any kind in connection with the Contest. If the Contest is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other cause, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to terminate or suspend the Contest in whole or in part without advance notice, or modify it in any way, without any further obligations to Eligible Participants. Furthermore, if the Contest Sponsor determines, at its sole discretion, that any entry compromises the integrity of the Contest, the Contest Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify the entry at issue or terminate the Contest in its entirety without any further obligations to Eligible Participants. The Contest Sponsor further reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual from the Contest and to ban the individual from any future contest of the Contest Sponsor whom it finds or believes to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; or to be acting in violation of the Contest rules and regulations or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person.

By entering this Contest, Eligible Participants agree to release and hold harmless the Contest Sponsor, its subsidiaries and affiliates, media partners, advertising and promotional agencies and each of the foregoing entities’ respective directors, officers, employees, agents, representatives, successors and assigns from any liability in connection with the Contest or, if declared a winner, the Prize awarded and use thereof.

The Contest is subject to federal, provincial and local rules and regulations.

By entering this contest, Eligible Participants expressly consent to the Contest Sponsor, media partners and advertising and promotional agencies storing, sharing and using the personal information submitted with their entry only for the purpose of administering the Contest and in accordance with the Contest Sponsor’s Privacy Policy.

For Quebec Residents only: Any litigation respecting the conduct or organization of a publicity contest may be submitted to the Régie des alcools, des courses et des jeux for a ruling. Any litigation respecting the awarding of a Prize may be submitted to the board only for the purpose of helping the parties reach a settlement. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Contest Rules, or the rights and obligations of an Eligible Participant in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Province of Quebec and the laws of Canada applicable therein.

Eligible Participants may obtain the Grand Prize winner’s name between December 12 and December 19, 2016, by addressing their request, accompanied by a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage, to:

The “Air Canada Athlete of the year 2016” Contest
c/o J. Walter Thompson Canada,
160 Bloor Street East #1100
Toronto, Ontario M4W 3P7