12 Jan 2022
Odgers Berndtson Announces the 2022 Student Finalists Who Will Participate in the CEOx1Day Future Leaders Summit
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The CEOx1Day Future Leaders Summit is designed to close the gap between students and CEOs by identifying promising future leaders and giving them the opportunity to learn business and leadership skills from top Canadian executives.
We are thrilled to announce the 50 student finalists who will participate in the CEOx1Day Future Leaders Summit on February 25, 2022. This class of finalists is an amazing, diverse group of young adults representing communities across the country where they have stood out for their leadership, values, and academic performance.
Congratulations to our student finalists!
Jia Lei Lin
Massa Mohamed Ali
Mohamed Dhia Hachmi
Quang Anh Nguyen
Varsha Rao Guntreddy
Yalda Lotfollahi Shabestari
The summit will be a virtual event featuring some of our country’s most impressive leaders sharing insights about their own career journey, what their organizations need in terms of talent, and how to stand out in a competitive recruitment process. This year’s executive participants include:
CEOs & Presidents
- Mike DeGagné, President & CEO, Indspire
- Judy Goldring, President & Head of Global Distribution, AGF
- Nizar Ladak, CEO, Digital Research Alliance of Canada
- Carolyn Spriet, President, Hallmark Canada
- Andrew Waitman, CEO, Assent Compliance
CHROs & Heads of People and Culture/Talent
- Niki da Silva, Global Chief People Officer, Right to Play International
- Nicki Sabapathy, Director, Global Talent, Shopify
- Gordana Terkalas, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Aecon
As we work to welcome a more diverse set of participants, we are also working hard to ensure that the CEOs and CHROs we select match the needs and wants of today’s students.
Students are increasingly searching for meaning in their careers and want to work for employers that share their values. We have deliberately sought to include organizations that understand the changing future of work and can help prepare them for what’s to come.
Three of this year’s eight featured leaders are from not-for-profit organizations, and all of them come from forward-looking companies who are at the forefront of the business world’s increasingly progressive approach to social responsibility.
This evolving approach fits directly with Odgers Berndtson’s stated purpose: “By placing and developing great leaders, we help to create accountable organizations that foster positive economic, social, and environmental change.” The CEOx1Day program is an extension of our vision to develop empathetic, passionate leaders who can positively impact the future of this country.
A special thank you to our program partners The Globe and Mail, TalentEgg, Hogan Assessments, Indspire, and The Canadian Association of Business Students for their ongoing support.