Retail Council of Canada Announces 2011 Retail as a Career Scholarship Recipients

Top Prize of $5,000 to be awarded at STORE 2011 - Canada's Retail Conference

TORONTO, May 31, 2011 /CNW/ - Twenty four post-secondary students from across the country will each receive $1,000 as part of Retail Council of Canada's Retail as a Career Scholarship program. The scholarships will help assist the students pursue their careers in retail. The top applicant will also receive a $5,000 award from Interac Association. The scholarships will be announced at STORE 2011 - Canada's Retail Conference (

"It is remarkable to hear what our future retailers have to say about this vibrant industry," says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada. "This year's scholarship recipients have an excellent grasp of how retail provides incredible opportunities for both professional and personal growth.  They are very passionate about their jobs and understand that retail provides an excellent career path.   These rising stars demonstrate that our industry is in capable hands."

Over the past nine years, RCC and its sponsors have given more than $400,000 in scholarships and award benefits to students who exemplify excellence in retail and demonstrate a strong commitment to the future of retail through their education. The Retail as a Career Scholarship Program continues to grow each year, both in the number of applicants and in the number of retailers who provide the additional funding needed to increase the number of scholarships available.

Recipients are currently working in the retail industry and pursing post-secondary education in related programs, such as fashion merchandising/marketing, retail management, commerce, advertising, communications and human resources management.

Applicants are judged by retail industry experts in three categories: academic performance, reference letters and a personal essay explaining their experiences in the retail industry and how their education would make an impact on the future of the industry.

In addition to the scholarships, recipients will receive an all-access pass, including travel and accommodation, to attend STORE 2011 - Canada's Retail Conference, where they will have the opportunity to meet with some of Canada's most prominent retail industry professionals. Recipients will receive their awards at the prestigious Excellence in Retail Awards Dinner, an event that honours the most respected leaders and innovative companies in retail.

The 2011 Retail as a Career Scholarship winners are:

Retail Sponsor Winner Employer School Program of Study
Best Buy Canada Ltd. Brad Kretchman Moncion Grocers Algonquin College Business Program
Canadian Retail Hall Of Fame Christine Nachbaur The Bay Southern Alberta institute of technology Business Administration
Canadian Retail Hall Of Fame Gillian Morgan HMV Canada Inc. Sheridan College Human Resource Management
Canadian Retail Hall Of Fame Kamal Fadel Staples Canada, Inc. Queen's University Bachelor of Commerce
Canadian Retail Hall Of Fame Anthony Azar Starbucks Coffee Canada British Columbia Institute of Technology Human Resources Management
Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd. Delia Chen Old Navy University Of Western Ontario Honours Business Administration
Comark Inc Alicia Kurosky Home Hardware Stores Ltd. Carleton University Bachelor of International Business
Costco Wholesale Canada Limited Serena Davidson Sport Chek Laurentian University at Georgian College Bachelor of Business Administration
Future Shop Erin Dunford The Bay Conestoga College Visual Merchandising Arts
Golf Town John Keith Leo Simba Staples Canada, Inc. Red River College Business Administration
Graff Retail Jodi Foster Vickie's Specialty Shop Ryerson University Retail Management
GS1 Canada Phon (Rosa) Tang Dance Etc. Simon Fraser University Bachelor Of Business Administration
Home Hardware Stores Ltd. Jessica Klein The Source Ryerson University Graphic Communications  Management
Hudson's Bay Company Stephanie MacNeil Preloved Ryerson University Fashion Design
IKEA Canada Brittany Cuthill Fabricland Distributors Carleton University Bachelor of Commerce
Sears Canada Inc. Bryna Skelly Indigo Books & Music Inc. University of Manitoba Bachelor of Commerce (Honors)
Sony of Canada Ltd. Jill Moors Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation Dalhousie University Masters in Business Administration
Staples Canada, Inc. Colea Porter Aritiza Ryerson University Retail Management
TB!S the Bargain Shop Colleen Walker Bootlegger Ryerson University Fashion Communications
The Home Depot Canada Shamus Hardie Future Shop University of Calgary Economics
Toys 'R' Us (Canada) Ltd. Alexandra Tanner Birks & Mayors McGill University Graduate Diploma in Public Relations Management
Wal-Mart Canada Corp. Simone Tissenbaum Sporting Life Ryerson University Retail Management
Winners Merchants International L.P. Thomas Heming Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd. Brock University Honours Bachelor of Accounting

About Retail Council of Canada
Retail Council of Canada ( is the Voice of Retail.  It is a not-for-profit association representing more than 40,000 stores of all retail formats, including independent merchants, regional and national mass and specialty chains, and online merchants.

SOURCE Retail Council of Canada

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