Retail's future leaders awarded 2016 Retail as a Career Scholarships

Retail Council of Canada to present 16 scholarships at STORE 2016 Conference

TORONTO, May 19, 2016 /CNW/ - Sixteen post-secondary students from across the country will each receive $1,000 as part of Retail Council of Canada's (RCC) 2016 Retail as a Career Scholarship program. The scholarships are awarded to students working in retail who are entering or currently enrolled in a retail-related program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.

The top scholarship applicant will get a $5,000 award sponsored by Interac Association. An additional $3,000 scholarship will be awarded by RCC to an applicant in honour of retailers who have, over the years, been inducted into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame.

"Now in its 13th year, the Retail as a Career Scholarship program is an integral part of an ongoing commitment to recognize the importance of the retail industry as both a vibrant and professional career choice, and as the largest private sector employer supporting the Canadian economy," said Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO of Retail Council of Canada. 

"We congratulate these scholarship winners for their passion, dedication and commitment to an industry that presents so many opportunities for advancement in a wide variety of job roles and options. Each of the recipients has demonstrated a keen desire to pursue a career in retail, and has carefully considered how they are going to make a positive impact on their industry going forward."

Ms. Brisebois added: "Retail Council of Canada is proud to partner with industry sponsors to nurture and support this next generation of retail leaders and also thanks Interac Association for its commitment to retail."

The 2016 sponsors to the Retail as a Career Scholarship fund are: Best Buy Canada Ltd., Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd., Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., Home Hardware Stores Ltd., IKEA Canada Ltd., Interac Association, JRoss Retail Recruiters, Lowe's Canada, MySTORE, PetSmart Canada Inc., Pier 1 Imports, Inc., Sears Canada Inc., Staples Canada Inc., The Home Depot Canada, TJX Canada, Toys 'R' Us (Canada) Ltd. and Walmart Canada.

To date, the Retail as a Career Scholarship program has awarded about $750,000.00 in scholarships and award benefits. Applicants are judged by retail industry experts in three categories: academic performance, professional references and a personal essay highlighting their experiences and educational pursuits in the retail industry.

In addition to monetary prizes, this year's recipients receive an all-access pass, travel and accommodation to RCC's STORE 2016 Conference, Canada's largest retail industry event. They will be honoured on May 31st at the 2016 Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala, presented as part of STORE 2016.

2016 Retail as a Career Scholarship recipients:





Alana (Jessica) MacIntyre

Cineplex Entertainment LP

Cape Breton University

Bachelor of Business Administration

Anne St-Pierre

Metro Richelieu Inc.

HEC Montréal

Maîtrise en gestion des ressources humaines

Benoit Blanchette

Staples Canada, Inc.

Université du Québec à Montréal

Certificat de perfectionnement en gestion

Chloe Tully

Sears Canada Inc.

Wilfrid Laurier University

Bachelor of Business Administration

Christopher Rinaldi Ross

National Sports

University of Windsor

Bachelor of Commerce

Emily Meloche

Cineplex Entertainment LP

University of Windsor

Bachelor of Business Administration 

Grace Joseph

Cineplex Entertainment LP

University of Waterloo

Bachelor of Accounting and Finance

Jessica Privé

Toys 'R' Us (Canada), Ltd.

HEC Montréal

Bachelor of Business Administration

Katelin Mowder

Hudson's Bay Company

McMaster University

Bachelor of Commerce

Lydia Fenton

The Bargain! Shop

University of Guelph

Bachelor of Commerce - Marketing Management

Mikayla Haynes

Starbucks Coffee Canada

Trinity Western University

Bachelor of Business Administration

Nathan Comartin

Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.

University of Windsor

Bachelor of Business Administration  - Honors Co-op

Scott Hookings

Sport Chek

Brock University

Bachelors of Business Administration

Tanisha Kotowich

Frank + Oak

University of Alberta

Bachelor of Commerce

Teri Simone

Minor Bros. Country Living

Western University

Bachelor of Social Science


For more information on STORE 2016 and the 2016 Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala and to purchase tickets, visit

About Retail Council of Canada

Retail is Canada's largest employer with 2.2 million Canadians working in our industry. The sector annually generates payroll of $60 billion and approximately $350 billion in sales (excluding vehicles and gasoline). As of 2015 Retail Council of Canada (RCC) members' represent more than two thirds of retail sales in the country. RCC is a not-for-profit industry-funded association and represents small, medium and large retail business in every community across the country. As the Voice of Canadian retailers we proudly represent more than 45,000 storefronts in all retail formats, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent retailers and online merchants.    @RetailCouncil  @RCCMySTORE

SOURCE Retail Council of Canada

For further information: Colin Asuncion, Retail Council of Canada,


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890