21 University Students Take on the Top Job - Shadowing CEOs at Campbell Canada, De Beers, Transat, Siemens, the Canadian Red Cross and Many Others

TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2017 /CNW/ - In pursuit of Canada's next generation of leaders, global executive search firm Odgers Berndtson has selected 21 students to spend a day shadowing some of the country's top CEOs. Designed to help the students gain insight into what it takes to foster a culture of collaboration and innovation and steer companies to success, the CEO x 1 Day program gives them the opportunity to learn about what it's really like to sit in the driver's seat.

"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 2017 finalists, who have been hand picked through a rigorous selection process, are accomplished, driven individuals who have demonstrated that they are on the fast track to becoming remarkable business leaders of tomorrow."

Students gain experience – CEOs gain insights & ideas
For the past four 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 have had some great mentors throughout my career," said Ana Dominguez, President of Campbell Company of Canada. "That's why I agreed to take part in CEO x 1 Day. I think we have an important role to play in inspiring the next generation to really develop their potential. It's also a great opportunity for me to learn more about the goals and aspirations of these future entrepreneurs and business 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 financial services, manufacturing and not-for-profit, providing an extraordinary range of unique experiences. Additional information on the students and CEOs can be found at ceox1day.ca. To follow their experiences check out Twitter @CEOx1Day and #ceox1day.

The program's success is made possible by Odgers Berndtson's supportive partners, including McKinsey & CompanyHogan Assessments, the Globe & Mail and its newest partner, TalentEgg.

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, 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 & 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:





University: Western University

University: University of Alberta

Hometown: Vancouver, British Columbia

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Matched with: Ana Dominguez, Campbell Company of Canada

Matched with: Kim Truter, De Beers Canada Inc.



University: University of Waterloo

University: University of Alberta

Hometown: Oakville, Ontario

Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta

Matched with: Kevin Frey, Right To Play International

Matched with: Gianna Manes, ENMAX Corporation



University: Western University

University: University of Calgary

Hometown: Burlington, Ontario

Hometown: Calgary, Alberta

Matched with: Robert Hardt, Siemens Canada Limited

Matched with: Dave Mowat, ATB Financial (Edmonton)



University: University of Toronto (Mississauga)


Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

University: University of British Columbia

Matched with: Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar Corporation

Hometown: Campbell River, British Columbia

Matched with: Debra Hewson, Odlum Brown Limited


University: University of Toronto


Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

University: Simon Fraser University

Matched with: Kristi Webb, Element Fleet Management

Hometown: Langley, British Columbia

Matched with: Jim Lightbody, BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC)




University: Concordia University

University: University of British Columbia

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Hometown: Burnaby, British Columbia

Matched with: Hubert Bolduc, Montréal International

Matched with: Jonathan Whitworth, Seaspan



University: McGill University


Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

University: Carleton University

Matched with: Nathalie Bondil, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Matched with: Meg Beckel, Canadian Museum of Nature


University: Concordia University


Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

University: University of Ottawa

Matched with: Pierre Gabriel Côté, Investissement Québec

Hometown: Ottawa, Ontario

Matched with: Goldy Hyder, Hill+Knowlton Strategies


University: Laval University


Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec

University: Laval University

Matched with: Christiane Germain, Groupe Germain Hotels

Hometown: Quebec City, Quebec

Matched with: Conrad Sauvé, Canadian Red Cross


University: Polytechnique Montreal

Hometown: Montreal, Quebec

Matched with: Annick Guérard, Transat Tours Canada


University: Concordia University; Concordia University

Hometown: Pierrefonds, Quebec; Montreal, Quebec

Matched with: Hubert T. Lacroix, CBC/Radio-Canada


About Odgers Berndtson
Odgers Berndtson is a global leader in executive search with more than 200 partners in 30 countries, committed to providing an integrated approach to talent management. With a focus on industry and functional specialization, the firm specializes in recruiting, assessing and developing senior executives and board members in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors across Canada and internationally. Through executive search, executive interim and leadership assessment services, Odgers Berndtson helps its clients build world-class leadership teams.

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For further information: Jacqueline Foley, Chief Marketing Officer, Odgers Berndtson, 416-366-1990, jacqueline.foley@odgersberndtson.com

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