Frequently asked questions

December 18, 2023

Solutions Showcase: Frequently Asked Questions

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Building for the Future Round Stage 2 Solutions Showcase

To close Stage 2 of the Building for the Future Round, we are inviting you to the Solutions Showcase scheduled for January 17 – 18, 2024. Participation in the Solutions Showcase event is required as part of your Stage 2 submission for the Building for the Future Round.

Your 10-minute pre-recorded presentation will be played during your session for the Evaluation Panel, followed by a 10-minute Q&A period. We have compiled an FAQ – check it out below! We’ll keep this FAQ updated up to the Showcase.

When and where will the Solutions Showcase be held?

The Solutions Showcase will be a live, virtual event on Zoom where we will play your 10-minute pre-recorded presentation and have a 10-minute Q&A with the Evaluation Panel. The Showcase will take place from January 17 – 18, 2024. Each team will receive an event package including the date and timeslot to attend the Showcase.

What can I expect from my session at the Solutions Showcase?

Please refer to the detailed scheduled (to be released in early January) for your specific presentation block date and time. Please join at the time indicated on the schedule. Teams that are scheduled in the same presentation block will join the Zoom meeting at the same time preceding the block for a tech check to ensure everyone is ready to go earlier in the block, should a technical issue prevent another team from meeting with the Panelists. Upon joining the Zoom event for your presentation block, you, your team members and guests will be greeted, and attendance confirmed. Your team will be placed within a private breakout room in which your tech check will be conducted. Following the tech check, your team will remain in this breakout room until it is time to meet with the Evaluation Panel.

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You will be moved from your private breakout room into a Showcase room for your session with the Evaluation Panel. Evergreen will stream your 10-minute pre-recorded presentation. Following the presentation, Panelists will have pre-prepared questions that CMHC will use to moderate the 10-minute Q&A period. After the Q&A period, your session is complete, and your team will exit the event.  
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Will other teams be present during my timeslot at the Solutions Showcase?
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The Solutions Showcase will be a closed-door event. Each team will meet the Evaluation Panel individually. You can access their bios on the Impact Canada Portal. CMHC may invite some federal representatives to learn about the projects. They will not be able to ask questions. 
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For the Solutions Showcase, is the 10-minute presentation evaluated? 
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The 10-minute presentation for the Solutions Showcase section of the Stage 2 Application will not be weighted. Applicants will not be scored on the quality of the production. Your solution will be scored based on the evaluation criteria listed in the Applicant Guide, and the Solutions Showcase in January can help elevate the Evaluation Panel’s understanding of your project through additional information and/or context provided in the presentation and your answers during the Q&A. In summary, the Solutions Showcase will affect your application insofar as it will provide a more fulsome picture of your solution to the Evaluation Panel. 
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Who is expected to join the Solutions Showcase from my team?
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There is no strict expectation; however, consider the types of questions which may arise from the Evaluation Panel and which team member would be best positioned to answer them. Consider the technical side of the solution, but also financing, project management, and community impact, etc. 
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Is there a cap on the number of team members who can attend the showcase?
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There is no cap on the number of team members who can attend the showcase. You are welcome to invite other team members, project partners and members of your community. Please note that the Q&A segment with the Evaluation Panel will be 10 minutes, so we recommend having one team member delegate questions from the Evaluation Panel to the appropriate team member to respond to ensure that you’re making the most of your time. 
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Will CMHC share my 10-minute prerecorded presentation outside of the Solutions Showcase?
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No. The presentations are part of the Stage 2 Application and are therefore protected. Teams can share their material externally themselves, but CMHC will not. Please note the solution summary is the exception and indicated as such in the application. 
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Are accommodations available?
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In the interest of keeping the Solutions Showcase requirement (10-minute presentation and attending the event) as accessible as possible, please reach out to CMHC if your team wishes to present in a format other than those listed, or if you require any accommodation to participate in the Solutions Showcase. You can contact the CMHC team via challenge@cmhc.ca. 
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