Eligibility & Selection

Follow these 4 phases and you could be a CEOx1Day.




All third- and fourth-year students enrolled in a Canadian university or a degree-granting college undergraduate program are eligible to apply for the CEOx1Day program.

The four phases of the selection process:

Phase 1: Applying for CEOx1Day

Eligible students must complete and submit an online application, which will be reviewed by Odgers Berndtson’s team of executive search experts.

Applications must include:

  1. Contact information

  2. University or college name and program

  3. Choice of event city – Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa/Quebec City*, Vancouver or Calgary/Edmonton*. (Note: Participating semi-finalists and finalists will be required to travel to their city of choice for various CEOx1Day events. For more information, please visit the FAQ.)

  4. A resumé summarizing the student’s paid and unpaid work experience, extracurricular activities, community involvement or charity work, and awards

  5. Academic transcripts

  6. A written essay highlighting the student’s thoughts on leadership

*Note: For students applying in other major urban areas within Alberta and Quebec, we try to have a CEO participate each year in major cities in the province.

Evaluation Criteria for Phase 1: Applications will be evaluated based on each student’s GPA, the breadth of their work, volunteer experience and extracurricular activities, and the quality of their essays on leadership.

Timing for Phase 1: September 26–October 25, 2019

Approximate Time Commitment: 1 hour

Phase 2: Online Leadership Assessment

A select group of students will be asked to complete an online assessment that profiles their skills, competencies and leadership potential.

Evaluation Criteria for Phase 2: Hogan has developed a custom leadership assessment for CEOx1Day applicants that identifies the strengths and competencies that reflect confident and ambitious individuals who handle stress effectively, are politically astute, dependable, and who value learning and developing new skills.

Timing for Phase 2: November 2019

Approximate Time Commitment: 30 minutes

Phase 3: Phone Interview

Selected students will be contacted to participate in a telephone interview with one of Odgers Berndtson’s Consultants.

Evaluation Criteria for Phase 3: Applicants will be evaluated on the quality of their answers to the interview questions and their ability to articulate themselves over the phone.

Timing for Phase 3: December 2019

Approximate Time Commitment: 15–20 minutes

Phase 4: In-Person Interview/Evaluation

Semi-finalists will be invited to a half-day session that mirrors a real-life job search and interviewing session at their chosen Odgers Berndtson office (in Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Vancouver or Calgary). They will participate in individual and group exercises — including speed interviewing and presentations — and have an opportunity to network with Odgers Berndtson’s team of executive search experts. The students selected for this phase will also receive feedback on the online assessments completed in Phase 2.

Evaluation Criteria for Phase 4: Semi-finalists will be assessed on how well they’re able to think on their feet and work in a group situation, as well as based on their overall fit with participating CEOs. The evaluation will take into account each semi-finalist’s performance in activities like case studies, presentations, and in-person interviews.

Timing for Phase 4: January 2020

Time Commitment: One half day (+ travel time from your school to your chosen Odgers Berndtson office)

Curious about travel and accommodations for CEOx1Day? Check out our FAQ for more details

CEOx1Day Event

Each finalist will spend a full day shadowing a CEO and learning about their background, career path, and how they create value in their organization. Finalists will have an opportunity to spend one-on-one time with the CEO, attend meetings with their leadership team and tour the company’s headquarters and site facilities. Each CEOx1Day experience is unique to the participating organization, which ensures an even more meaningful and memorable experience for both the student and the CEO.

Think you’ve got what it takes to be CEOx1Day?

Put your leadership skills to the test.


CEOx1Day partners