TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2017 - In pursuit of Canada's next generation of leaders, global executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has selected 21 students to spend a day shadowing some of the country's top CEOs. Designed to help the students gain insight into what it takes to foster a culture of collaboration and innovation and steer companies to success, the CEO x 1 Day program gives them the opportunity to learn about what it’s really like to sit in the driver’s seat.

"Each year, the CEO x 1 Day program selects Canada's most promising future leaders and provides them with an opportunity to get an in-depth look at how complex organizations work and what leadership looks like at the top," said Rob Quinn, Partner at Odgers Berndtson. “Our 2017 finalists, who have been hand picked through a rigorous selection process, are accomplished, driven individuals who have demonstrated that they are on the fast track to becoming remarkable business leaders of tomorrow.”

Students gain experience – CEOs gain insights & ideas

For the past four years, the CEO x 1 Day program has offered unforgettable opportunities for both students and CEOs. As a result of the program, a number of past participants have stayed connected to the CEOs and have applied the lessons they learned in the program to their budding careers. Many of the CEOs have also reported gaining valuable insights from the students, including implementing business ideas that students have shared with them.

“I have had some great mentors throughout my career," said Ana Dominguez, President of Campbell Company of Canada. “That’s why I agreed to take part in CEO x 1 Day. I think we have an important role to play in inspiring the next generation to really develop their potential. It’s also a great opportunity for me to learn more about the goals and aspirations of these future entrepreneurs and business leaders.”

CEO x 1 Day recipients come from across the country and include students from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. They have been paired with presidents and CEOs from industries that range from retail and technology, to financial services, manufacturing and not-for-profit, providing an extraordinary range of unique experiences. Additional information on the students and CEOs can be found at ceox1day.ca. To follow their experiences check out Twitter @CEOx1Day and #ceox1day.

The program’s success is made possible by Odgers Berndtson’s supportive partners, including McKinsey & Company, Hogan Assessments, the Globe & Mail and its newest partner, TalentEgg.

What it takes to be a CEO x 1 Day

To evaluate their leadership potential, students underwent a rigorous selection process that began last October and included an online leadership assessment by Hogan Assessments, as well as telephone interviews with Odgers Berndtson recruiters. The selection process culminated with a half-day evaluation conducted by Odgers Berndtson and its partner, McKinsey and Company, where students went through a series of exercises and workshops to assess their interpersonal and communication skills, teamwork, problem solving abilities and resilience.

Participating CEOs and student finalists include:

Toronto

ALICIA HAYRE
University: Western University
Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia
Matched with: Ana Dominguez, Campbell Company of Canada

ADNAN KHAN
University: University of Waterloo
Hometown: Oakville, Ontario
Matched with: Kevin Frey, Right To Play International

ISHAAN KAPUR
University: Western University
Hometown: Burlington, Ontario
Matched with: Robert Hardt, Siemens Canada Limited

EVA MITRE
University: University of Toronto (Mississauga)
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Matched with: Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar Corporation

AMREEN POONAWALA
University: University of Toronto
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Matched with: Kristi Webb, Element Fleet Management

Montreal

HUGUES FONTAINE
University: Concordia University
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Matched with: Hubert Bolduc, Montréal International

SOPHIE GAO
University: McGill University
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Matched with: Nathalie Bondil, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

JAVIER HERNANDEZ-COTTON
University: Concordia University
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Matched with: Pierre Gabriel Côté, Investissement Québec

ALEXANDRA MAILLOUX-RHÉAUME
University: Laval University
Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec
Matched with: Christiane Germain, Groupe Germain Hotels

JENNIFER MAGHER
University: Polytechnique Montreal
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Matched with: Annick Guérard, Transat Tours Canada

MIKAEL CLEMENT
University: Concordia University
Hometown: Pierrefonds, Quebec; Montreal
Matched with: Hubert T. Lacroix, CBC/Radio-Canada

BURUC ASRIN
University: Concordia University
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Matched with: Hubert T. Lacroix, CBC/Radio-Canada

Calgary

JESSICA WU
University: University of Alberta
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Matched with: Kim Truter, De Beers Canada Inc.

KABIR NADKARNI
University: University of Alberta
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Matched with: Gianna Manes, ENMAX Corporation

SHAHEER TARIQ
University: University of Calgary
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Matched with: Dave Mowat, ATB Financial (Edmonton)

Vancouver

ABHILASHA GNAWALI
University: University of British Columbia
Hometown: Campbell River, British Columbia
Matched with: Debra Hewson, Odlum Brown Limited

MADELINE MILLSIP
University: Simon Fraser University
Hometown: Langley, British Columbia
Matched with: Jim Lightbody, BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC)

DANIEL PIECHNIK
University: University of British Columbia
Hometown: Burnaby, British Columbia
Matched with: Jonathan Whitworth, Seaspan

Ottawa

EFREM BERHE
University: Carleton University
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Matched with: Meg Beckel, Canadian Museum of Nature

ANNA HALAWA
University: University of Ottawa
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Matched with: Goldy Hyder, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

CATHERINE BÉDARD
University: Laval University
Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec
Matched with: Conrad Sauvé, Canadian Red Cross

Stefan Sjöstrand, President of IKEA Canada, with 2016 CEO x 1 Day finalist, Maria Poonawala, 2016 CEO x 1 Day Finalist.

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