For Students

Question 1. Are graduate (Masters or Ph.D.) students eligible to apply for CEOx1Day?

Answer 1. Unfortunately not. The CEOx1Day program is open to all third- and fourth-year students enrolled full-time in a Canadian university or degree-granting college undergraduate program. (See additional details on eligibility, including a list of evaluation criteria, here.)

Question 2. I have previously applied for CEOx1Day. Can I apply again?

Answer 2. Unfortunately, students who have previously applied to or participated in the program are not eligible to apply again.

Question 3. Will I be informed if I am not chosen to move forward in the selection process?

Answer 3. Yes, applicants are notified at every stage of the process by email, whether they have been selected to move ahead or not.

Question 4. Can I be considered for more than one city? For example, if I’m based in Montreal, is there an opportunity for me to be matched with a CEO in Vancouver?

Answer 4. On the application form, students must select the city that’s most convenient for them to travel to if they’re selected for the in-person interview portion of the competition (Phase 4); students will only be considered for a match with the CEOs in that city, and finalists will need to make an additional visit to the city for the day of the event with their assigned executive.

Question 5. How do I know that my online application was accepted?

Answer 5. Once you click the ‘Register’ button, the page will refresh and you’ll see the following message: “Your application was successfully submitted. Thank you.” If you don’t see this message, your application wasn’t successfully submitted.

If you have any issues with your submission, email ceox1day.canada@odgersberndtson.com.

Question 6. What kinds of experiences do participating companies plan for finalists?

Answer 6. Each CEOx1Day event is unique — previous finalists have participated in a diverse array of experiences during their day with a CEO, including:

  • Visiting a diamond mine in Gahcho Kué mine located 300 kilometers outside Yellowknife

  • Attending an international toy show in New York City

  • Touring multiple offices and company sites

  • Taking part in media activities in front or behind the scenes

  • Participating in an ‘earnings day,’ where the company announces their results and the CEO fields questions from analysts and the media

  • Participating in a launch planning meeting for a yet-to-be-released product

Question 7. How are CEOx1Day finalists selected?

Answer 7. Students must meet specific criteria in order to move through each phase of the program’s selection process. Review the evaluation criteria for each phase of the selection process here.

Question 8. I completed the Hogan Leadership Assessment Questionnaire in Phase 2 of the selection process, but I wasn’t chosen to move ahead. Will I receive a copy of my leadership report?

Answer 8. Yes, students who have completed the Hogan Leadership Assessment Questionnaire but who didn’t move on to the third and fourth rounds will receive their report by email once the program finalists have been chosen.

Question 9. I don’t live near any of the cities where the CEOx1Day program takes place (i.e., Toronto, Montreal*, Ottawa, Vancouver, or Calgary*). If I’m selected as a semi-finalist or finalist, will my travel and/or accommodation costs be covered? (For more details about choosing the city where your CEOx1Day event will take place, see the Eligibility & Selection page.)

Answer 9. Unfortunately, we’re unable to provide reimbursement for travel, accommodation and/or meal expenses.

Question 10. I’ve been selected as a semi-finalist; can I indicate which CEO I’d like to be matched with, should I become a finalist?

Answer 10. During the telephone interview stage of the selection process (Phase 3), students will be asked which CEO they would prefer to be matched with and their availabilities. These preferences will be taken into consideration, but note that the final decision rests with Odgers Berndtson. As experts in executive search, our Partners and Consultants will determine the best match for each CEO based on each student’s profile, in tandem with their field of study and experience.

Question 11. I’ve been selected as a semi-finalist. What can I expect?

Answer 11. Congratulations! As a semi-finalist, you’re one phase away from being selected as a participant in the CEOx1Day events in your chosen city. This phase is important — it mirrors the job search and interviewing process that you can expect to experience in the corporate work world — and thus, we take it very seriously. For more details on what to expect from this process, watch the video below:

Semi-finalists are asked to spend a half-day with other finalists at the Odgers Berndtson office in the city they chose during the application process. During this half-day, they will participate in speed interviews, spend an interactive session reviewing their leadership assessment results with their peers (from Phase 2), and conduct a problem-solving exercise with consultants from McKinsey & Company. Semi-finalists will also have the opportunity to meet with individuals from the Odgers Berndtson team, who will participate in the finalist selection process.

Question 12. I’ve been selected as a finalist, but the date for my CEOx1Day event conflicts with my class schedule. Can the date be switched?

Answer 12. We ask for semi-finalists’ availabilities during the phone interview (Phase 3) and the date for each CEOx1Day event has been booked with the CEO’s organization months in advance. Therefore it cannot be changed. If you have a conflict due to an exam or project, Odgers Berndtson would be pleased to provide a letter to your school that outlines your involvement in the program. Alternatively, if you’re selected as a finalist but are unable to attend the event on the date that has been scheduled for you and your CEO, we’ll have to give your spot to another semi-finalist.

Question 13. Benefits of the CEOx1Day program including being considered for an internship or job interview with McKinsey & Co. When was my resume sent and when will I be contacted?

Answer 13. If you’ve been selected as a semi-finalist, Odgers Berndtson passes along your resumé to our McKinsey partners, and they will contact you directly should they feel that you are a fit for their organization.

For Companies

Question 1. My company is interested in participating in the CEOx1Day program in Canada. How do I sign up?

Answer 1. We’d love to talk with you about how your organization can get involved. Please contact Sarah Madden, Marketing Manager, Odgers Berndtson.

Question 2. When does CEOx1Day take place?

Answer 2. The CEOx1Day event takes place in February, but preparation begins in the fall of the year when you’ve confirmed your participation (i.e., preparation begins in September of every year and your CEOx1Day event takes place in February or early March the following year).

Question 3. Do we get involved in picking the student finalists?

Answer 3. As experts in executive search, we take the time to match each student finalist carefully to each participating CEO. However, Odgers Berndtson will ask for any student preferences up front when your company is engaged in the process — and we will take these into account when matching your organization’s CEO with the best finalist in your city.

Question 4. What kind of preparation is required for my organization?

Answer 4. We try to make it as easy and hassle-free as possible for organizations to participate in the CEOx1Day program. After your organization’s participation has been confirmed in the program, we’ll contact you to get your CEO’s headshot, bio, and company logo, which will be published on our website. Then our dedicated CEOx1Day team member will work with you to develop your agenda for your event, and will help to create an experience that’s meaningful for both the CEO and the finalist!

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