Applications Open for the CEOx1Day Program, a Unique Mentorship Opportunity for University and College Students, Hosted by Odgers Berndtson Canada

27 Sep 2022

Applications Open for the CEOx1Day Program, a Unique Mentorship Opportunity for University and College Students, Hosted by Odgers Berndtson Canada

Odgers Berndtson Canada, in partnership with The Globe and Mail, TalentEgg, and Hogan Assessments, is pleased to announce that applications for the CEOx1Day Program officially open today, Tuesday September 27, 2022. This year marks a return to the in-person format.

Founded over 10 years ago by our Odgers Berndtson colleagues in Germany, the CEOx1Day program provides leadership development, career insights, and executive networking opportunities to the world’s most promising students. Today, the program runs in more than 10 countries including the United Kingdom, Spain, Brazil, Belgium, Australia, South Africa, and Singapore.

The 2022/2023 CEOx1Day program in Canada will identify the country’s future leaders through a rigorous selection process, mirroring a real-world job search. All third- and fourth-year university and college students enrolled in a Canadian School are eligible to apply. Finalists will participate in a Career Development Day, taking place in Odgers Berndtson offices across Canada, followed by a full day of one-on-one mentorship shadowing one of Canada’s top CEOs. This program provides the incredible experience of learning from and networking with impressive leaders, and gaining insights about career journey, what organizations need in terms of talent, and how to stand out in a competitive recruitment process.

This year’s executive participants include:

  • Judy Goldring, President & Head of Global Distribution, AGF Management Limited
  • Ross Wainwright, CEO, Alida
  • Chris O'Riley, President & CEO, BC Hydro
  • Éric Martel, President & CEO, Bombardier
  • Christa Dickenson, President & CEO, Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC)
  • Graham Sher, CEO, Canadian Blood Services
  • Lindsay Dodd, CEO, Cashco Financial
  • Leanne Hall, CEO, Creative Fire
  • Victor Cui, President & CEO, Edmonton Elks
  • Justin Riemer, CEO, Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA)
  • Deborah Flint, President & CEO, Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA)
  • Carolyn Spriet, President, Hallmark Canada
  • Nathalie Fagnan, President & CEO, Héma-Québec
  • Michael Tremblay, President & CEO, Invest Ottawa
  • Sarah Jordan, CEO, Mastermind Toys
  • Franca Gucciardi, CEO, McCall MacBain Foundation
  • Bob Espey, President & CEO, Parkland
  • Nathalie Morin, President & CEO, Polystyvert Inc.
  • John Ferguson, President & CEO, Purolator
  • Marie Lemay, President & CEO, Royal Canadian Mint
  • Deirdre Freiheit, President & CEO, Shepherds of Good Hope, and Shepherds of Good Hope Foundation
  • Nick Dean, President, The Keg
  • Jeffrey L. Orridge, CEO, TVO Media Education Group
  • Peter Dinsdale, President & CEO, YMCA Canada

"The leaders of tomorrow are passionate to contribute to positive change. One of the ways we can support these students is by investing in their success through positive mentorship," said Carl Lovas, Chief Executive Officer of Odgers Berndtson Canada. "The CEOx1Day Program creates opportunities for young, ambitious individuals to be mentored by Canada's top CEOs who are already making a difference in their communities and organizations. Year-after-year, we are pleased to hear about the inspirational and motivating experiences from both parties."

Since 2013, Odgers Berndtson Canada has hosted the CEOx1Day program matching passionate young leaders with CEOs from over 130 organizations including PayPal, Lululemon, Cineplex, Manulife, IKEA, MEC, De Beers, VanCity, Plan Canada, and Amnesty International. The entire list of part participating organizations can be found here.

We encourage third- and fourth-year students from universities and colleges across the country to apply for an experience that will parallel a real-world job search, while providing personal leadership insights and expert career advice. For more information regarding the program, application process, and eligibility, please visit:

Applications will close on Wednesday, October 26.