Interac Association and Retail Council of Canada Announce Top Applicant of the 2017 Retail as a Career Scholarship Program

TORONTO, May 31, 2017 /CNW/ - Interac Association and Retail Council of Canada (RCC) are delighted to reveal that Sarah Bennett is the recipient of the special Retail as a Career Scholarship of $5,000 funded by Interac Association.  Sarah, who will be entering the Bachelor of Commerce program at Queen's University this fall is currently working at Roots Canada Ltd.  With this scholarship, she will be able to pursue her studies and realize her career dream of working in the retail industry.

The Retail as a Career Scholarship program is an initiative that honours students working in retail who are entering or enrolled in a retail-related program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.

In addition to her $5,000 award, Ms Bennett and 16 other post-secondary students from across the country will receive scholarships of $1,000 each.

"We are very proud to once again partner with Retail Council of Canada in support of the Retail as a Career Scholarship program," said Mark O'Connell, President and CEO of Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation.  "We congratulate Sarah Bennett, as well as the other scholarship recipients, and wish them well in their education and future careers in retail."

"Interac Association has been an amazing, generous supporter of this initiative.  They are outstanding in their recognition of the importance of the retail industry and how vibrant a career in retail can be given that retail is Canada's largest private sector employer," said Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO of Retail Council of Canada.

Now in its 14th year, the Retail as a Career Scholarship program has awarded more than $800,000 in scholarship and award benefits.  Applicants are evaluated by retail industry experts on academic performance, professional references, and a personal essay.

About Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation

Together, Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation operate an economical, world-class debit payments system with broad-based acceptance, 24/7/365 reliability, security, and efficiency.  The organization is Canada's leading payments brand and is chosen an average of 16 million times daily to pay and exchange money.  For more than 30 years, it has facilitated secure financial transactions through the development of innovative and convenient digital debit and money transfer solutions.  A leader in the prevention and detection of fraud, the organization has one of the lowest rates of fraud globally.  Visit or follow us @Interac.

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 2016, 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 Retail™ in Canada, we proudly represent more than 45,000 storefronts in all retail formats, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent retailers and online merchants.

SOURCE Retail Council of Canada

For further information: Branka Stavric, Senior Director, Marketing and Communications,, 416.467.3772, Retail Council of Canada,


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