Some of the most recognized national and international companies are opening their doors to give third and fourth year university students a first-hand glimpse of what it takes to be a leading Canadian CEO. Championed by global executive search firm, Odgers Berndtson, the CEO x 1 Day program has selected 18 students from across the country for the unique chance to shadow some of the country’s most highly accomplished industry leaders for one day.

“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 2016 finalists are accomplished, driven individuals who have received prestigious awards, started their own businesses, taken on leadership roles and been involved in philanthropic initiatives – demonstrating, throughout the program, that they are on the fast track to becoming remarkable business leaders of tomorrow.”

Students gain experience – CEOs gain insights & ideas

For the past three 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 am very excited to take part in a program that helps develop the future prospects of some of Canada’s brightest, up and coming talent,” said Stefan Sjöstrand, President, IKEA Canada. “It’s a terrific way to share some of the career and business lessons I’ve learned along the way and also gain fresh insights into this next generation of 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 sports and government, providing an extraordinary range of experiences. Additional information on the students and CEOs can be found at ceox1day.ca. To follow their experiences check out Twitter @CEOx1Day and #ceox1day.

McKinsey & Company aims to provide placement opportunities for students

This year, Odgers Berndtson announced a new partnership with McKinsey & Company designed to help more top students explore their career options and discover new leadership development opportunities. All CEO X 1 Day semi-finalists will be considered for an interview with McKinsey & Company for a summer internship or full-time placement.

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 and Performance Programs Inc, 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:

Vancouver

AUSTIN BUZZELL
University: University of Victoria
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Matched with: Randall MacEwen, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ballard Power Systems

SCOTT HENRY
University: University of British Columbia
Hometown: Windsor, Ontario
Matched with: David Labistour, Chief Executive Officer, Mountain Equipment Co-operative

JASMINE NIKKARI
University: University of British Columbia
Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan
Matched with: Dr. Amiee Chan, President and Chief Executive Officer, Norsat International Inc.

Calgary

HENRY SU
University: University of Alberta
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Matched with: Myron M. Stadnyk, President and Chief Executive Officer, ARC Resources Ltd.

PAULINE ANUNCIACION
University: University of Calgary
Hometown: Calgary, Alberta
Matched with: Gianna Manes, President and Chief Executive Officer, ENMAX Corporation

NABAA ALAM
University: University of Alberta
Hometown: Lethbridge, Alberta
Matched with: Dave Mowat, President and Chief Executive Officer, ATB Financial (Edmonton)

Toronto

MOHAMED SIDIBE
University: University of Toronto, Mississauga
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Matched with: Allan Shapira, Managing Director, Aon Hewitt Canada

SAYJON ARIYARATHNAM
University: York University
Hometown: Concord, Ontario
Matched with: Robert Courteau, Chief Executive Officer, Altus Group

MARIA POONAWALA
University: Ryerson University
Hometown: Vaughan, Ontario
Matched with: Stefan Sjöstrand, President, IKEA Canada

ALYSSA SPAGNOLO
University: Queen’s University
Hometown: North York, Ontario
Matched with: Jeffrey L. Orridge, Commissioner, Canadian Football League

OLAYIWOLA (OLA) OGUNGBEMILE
University: Carleton University
Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario
Matched with: Stephen Rigby, President and Chief Executive Officer, Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation

CORMAC McGEE
University: Ryerson University
Hometown: Toronto, Ontario
Matched with: John Ruffolo, Chief Executive Officer, OMERS Ventures

Montreal

CAMILLE HAMELIN
University: Polytechnique Montréal
Hometown: Berthierville, Quebec
Matched with: Luc Tremblay, Chief Executive Officer, Société de Transport de Montréal

JASON AZZOPARDE
University: Concordia University
Hometown: Rosemere, Quebec
Matched with: André Bourbonnais, President and Chief Executive Officer, PSP Investments

AUDREY COUTURE
University: HEC Montréal
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Matched with: Charles Guay, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Institutional Markets, Manulife Canada and President and CEO Manulife Québec

Ottawa

THOMAS COLLIN LEFEBVRE
University: McGill University
Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec
Matched with: Benoit Daignault, President and Chief Executive Officer, Export Development Canada (EDC)

THRMIGA SATHIYAMOORTHY
University: Western University
Hometown: Markham, Ontario
Matched with: Dr. Bernard Leduc, President and Chief Executive Officer, Hôpital Montfort

TANYA BELLEAU
University: Laval University
Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec
Matched with: Daniel Jean, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Government of Canada

Banner image is of Audrey Couture of HEC Montréal with Charles Guay, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Institutional Markets, Manulife Canada and President and CEO Manulife Québec.

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