Odgers Berndtson Announces the 2023 CEOx1Day Finalists: Connecting Future Leaders with CEO Mentors

Odgers Berndtson, Canada’s premier integrated leadership advisory firm, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 CEOx1Day program.

Aimed at celebrating and recognizing Canada’s most talented third and fourth-year post-secondary students, CEOx1Day provides promising future leaders with the opportunity to spend a mentorship day with one of Canada’s top CEOs. The 32 deserving winners, spanning the country coast to coast, underwent a rigorous application process and were selected for their positive community contributions, growing leadership capabilities, and academic excellence.

Exclusive to Odgers Berndtson, the CEOx1Day program provides leadership development, career insights, and executive networking opportunities to Canada’s aspiring leaders. The program runs in over 10 countries worldwide.

“The 2023 winners successfully navigated their undergraduate studies during the disruption of the pandemic, at an age where many are faced with independence for the first time. These young adults have inspired us and highlighted what the next generation of talent can achieve,” said Carl Lovas, Chief Executive Officer, Odgers Berndtson Canada. “The leaders of tomorrow are committed to making a positive impact in their communities and taking meaningful action to face global, environmental, and social challenges. We’re proud to play a part in the professional development of this class of CEOx1Day winners.”

In addition to learning directly from the executives steering some of Canada’s leading organizations, the CEOx1Day winners will attend Career Development Days in Odgers Berndtson offices across the country. Designed to jump-start their careers, these events will provide the students with insights into their unique leadership style, candid discussions on talent management, and tips to stand out in a competitive recruitment process.

Congratulations to our winners!

Alexandra Bovie, McMaster University

Andy Nguyen, McMaster University

Cogie Cogan, Huron University College

Sai Nikam, University of Toronto 

Heidi Collie, University of British Columbia

Maya Povhe, University of Toronto

Priyanka Das, Simon Fraser University

Chris Pratt, Carleton University

Soha Dehghan, Ontario Tech University

Vikram Rathore, University of Calgary

Cloé Dutil, ÉTS Montréal

Jared Richstone, Western University

Elshen Ebadi, University of British Columbia

Mikaela Rohac-Grenier, Bishop's University

Brett Friesen, University of Alberta

Héloïse Sauquet, Polytechnique Montreal

Sophia Gu, University of British Columbia

Mahek Seth, University of Alberta

Angelique Jeanty, University of Ottawa 

Ningsong Shen, Western University

Justin Langan, University of Manitoba

William Sylvain, ÉTS Montréal

Luke Lee, University of British Columbia

Jules Trolet, HEC Montréal

Marguerite Lefebvre, University of Ottawa 

Zander Van Asperen, Queen's University

Delaney MacIntosh, University of Alberta

Sebastian Vinasco-Lasso, University of Toronto 

Béla Maetzel, University of British Columbia

Akanksha Yeola, University of Alberta

Anna Mercier, HEC Montréal

Vivian Zhong, University of Waterloo

“Year-after-year, participating executive mentors share their appreciation for gaining fresh perspectives from their mentee, while the mentee gains valuable insight into the CEO’s career trajectory, leadership style, and organizational values. These are met with strong interest by ambitious individuals aspiring one day to be in the CEO seat,” said Brad Beveridge, President, Odgers Berndtson Canada. “We invest in developing great leaders diverse in experience, background, leadership style, industry, and sector, to help build a better future for our country and our communities.”

We thank this year’s participating executive mentors:

Judy Goldring, AGF Management

Leanne Hall, Creative Fire

Michael Tremblay, Invest Ottawa

Randy Fournier, PRT Growing Services Ltd.

Ross Wainwright, Alida

Marsha Walden, Destination Canada

Ghada Nafie, Litus

John Ferguson, Purolator

Chris O’Riley, BC Hydro

Victor Cui, Edmonton Elks

Sarah Jordan, Mastermind Toys

Marie Lemay, Royal Canadian Mint

Éric Martel, Bombardier

Justin Riemer, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)

Franca Gucciardi, McCall MacBain Foundation

Deirdre Freiheit, Shepherds of Good Hope

Christa Dickenson, Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC)

Deborah Flint, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)

Jerry Dobrovolny, Metro Vancouver

Nick Dean, The Keg

Graham Sher, Canadian Blood Services

Luc Rodier, Guillevin International

Ashley Kirwan, Orix Geoscience

Jeffrey L. Orridge, TVO Media Education Group

Lindsay Dodd, Cashco Financial

Carolyn Spriet, Hallmark Canada

Bob Espey, Parkland

Christine Bergeron, Vancity

Mario D. Morroni, Cominar

Nathalie Fagnan, Héma-Québec

Nathalie Morin, Polystyvert

Peter Dinsdale, YMCA Canada


A special thank you to our program partners The Globe and Mail, TalentEgg, and Hogan Assessments for their ongoing support.


About Odgers Berndtson

Odgers Berndtson is a global integrated leadership advisory firm providing expertise in executive and board search; interim executive search; leadership assessment, coaching, and development; board and team performance; and business strategy consulting.

Our clients come from every shape and size of organization, from start-ups to multinational corporations, and span the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors.

Globally, 1,100+ Odgers Berndtson colleagues support our clients from 66 offices in 32 countries.

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