How it works

This holiday season, Engineers Canada is challenging the engineering community to give back by creating Feats of Gingerbread for their favourite charities. Here's how it works:

Get your team together -  Find your team, choose your charity, and sign up! To be eligible for voting you need to raise a minimum of $500 by November 23. The more you, raise, the better, though, because we’ll match the donation from the challenge winner up to $10 000.

Build and fundraise - Once you've signed up, it's time to start designing your creation and getting ready for build week: November 26 to November 30. Although, you can build anytime you wish, this is the time that Engineers Canada will be driving the most social media attention to the build phase. While you're designing and building, continue to fundraise! Think outside the gingerbread box, and find creative and innovative ways push the limits of baked-good engineering!

Vote! - From December 3 to December 17 we'll open up voting to the public! Voters simply need to create an account on the website and vote for their favourite entries. They can vote for as many designs as they wish, but they can only vote for any design once.  Be sure to rally your supporters and promote throughout your channels!

Thank you for joining in the fun this season and helping out Canada’s many good causes!

Feats of Gingerbread Official Terms of Participation

General information

Feats of Gingerbread (the “Challenge”) is a gingerbread building competition, for the purpose of fundraising for charity. The Challenge begins on November 1, 2018 and ends on December 18, 2018. The Challenge is run by Engineers Canada. Funds raised by the winning team for the charity of their choice will be matched by Engineers Canada.


The Contest is open to organizations involved in the Canadian engineering community.

How to enter

Each team (“Entrant”) must donate a minimum of $500 CAD to one charity of their choice. The charity must be registered with the Canada Revenue Agency as of the date of entry and maintain such status until the prize is awarded (“Eligible Charity”). Proof of the donation must be submitted to Engineers Canada by 5:00 p.m. ET on November 23, 2018. Additional donations must be made by December 17 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

How to win

Entrants will design and build structures made of gingerbread (“Entries”) and submit photos and/or video to Engineers Canada for the voting period of the Challenge.

Entrants are encouraged to share their creations on social media using #FeatsOfGingerbread. Engineers Canada will include these materials on their Challenge website.

Engineers Canada will post photographs and video as they are received, but Entrants must submit proof of their completed Entry by 5:00 p.m. ET on November 30, 2018. The official timeframe for building the Entries is November 26 to November 30, 2018; however, Entrants may begin building any time prior to that timeframe.

For any photos and videos sent to Engineers Canada, Entrants should ensure that all subjects have provided their consent to be photographed/recorded and for their images to be shared with the Engineers Canada. Engineers Canada may request copies of such permission.

From December 3 to December 17, 2018, entries will be posted online and voted upon. The Entrant whose Entry receives the most number of votes will receive the prize, consisting of the Engineers Canada matching the donation amount raised by the Entrant, to a maximum of $10,000, and given to the Entrant’s charity.

Voting will open at on December 3 and close at 5:00 p.m. ET on December 17, 2018. Eligible voters must create an account on the Feats of Engineering website. Only one account is allowed per individual. One individual creating multiple accounts with additional email addresses is not allowed.

Teams are encouraged to drive voters to their entry using social media and other communication channels at their disposal. Engineers Canada will also promote each entry throughout its communication channels.

Engineers Canada reserves the right to disqualify any vote which it suspects to be fraudulent.

Prize claim conditions

The winning Entrant will be notified at the email address registered with Engineers Canada on December 18.

In order to be declared a winner, an Entrant must respond to notification of selection within three (3) business days of first attempt by Engineers Canada, and (ii) otherwise comply with these Official Terms of Participation.

Return of any prize or winner notification as undeliverable, inability to reach the winning Entrant, failure of the winning Entrant to respond to notification by the deadline, failure to provide proof of eligibility (if requested), the Release, or other required documentation in a timely manner, or other non-compliance with these Official Terms of Participation may result in disqualification, forfeiture of the prize and, at Engineers Canada’s sole discretion, selection of an alternate winning Entrant for the forfeited prize in accordance with these Official Terms of Participation, who will be subject to disqualification in the same manner.


There is one (1) prize available to be won consisting of a maximum $10,000 CAD donation by Engineers Canada to the winning Entrant’s charity. Engineers Canada will make the donation to the charity directly.

Any other taxes, costs or expenses associated with the prizes not specified herein will be the responsibility of the winning Entrant.

Right to Void/Terminate/Suspend/Modify

Engineers Canada reserves the right to terminate, suspend or modify this Challenge, in whole or in part, at any time and without notice or obligation if, in Engineers Canada’s sole discretion, any factor interferes with its proper conduct as contemplated by these Official Terms of Participation. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, if the Challenge or, or any part thereof, is not capable of running as planned for any reason, including but not limited to infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, which in the sole discretion of Engineers Canada, corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Challenge, Engineers Canada may, in its sole discretion, void any suspect Entries and: (a) terminate the Challenge, or any portion thereof; (b) modify or suspend the Challenge, or any portion thereof, to address the impairment and then resume the Challenge, or relevant portion, in a manner that best conforms to the spirit of these Official Terms of Participation; and/or award the Prize from among the eligible, non-suspect entries received up to the time of the impairment in accordance with the winner selection criteria identified above.

General conditions

Winning a prize is contingent on fulfilling all the requirements set forth herein. Decisions of Engineers Canada will be final and binding on all matters pertaining to this Challenge. Engineers Canada’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Terms of Participation shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Official Terms of Participation shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. If any provision of the Official Terms of Participation is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable, then the Official Terms of Participation shall be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or unenforceable provision was not contained therein. Engineers Canada reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any Entrant who violates the Official Terms of Participation.

Limitations of liability and release

By participating in this Challenge, Entrants agree that Engineers Canada has no liability whatsoever for, and shall be held harmless by Entrants against, any liability for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind (including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or punitive damages) to persons or property resulting from the Prize. Further, by participating in Challenge, Entrants agree that Engineers Canada has no liability for any injuries, losses or damages of any kind (including direct, indirect, incidental, consequential, or punitive damages) to persons or property resulting from: (a) entry or participation in this Challenge (b) any claims based on personality or privacy rights, defamation or merchandise delivery.