Commitment to developing tomorrow's retail leaders in Canada continues to grow
TORONTO, May 29, 2018 /CNW/ - Interac Corp. and Retail Council of Canada (RCC) are delighted to reveal that Connor Combdon is the recipient of the special Retail as a Career Scholarship of $5,000 funded by Interac Corp. Connor will be entering third year of the Bachelor of Commerce program at University of Ontario Institute of Technology this fall and is currently working at TJX Canada Winners as a part time sales associate. With this scholarship, he will be able to pursue his studies and realize his 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 his $5,000 award, Connor 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 Corp. "We congratulate Connor Combdon, as well as the other scholarship recipients, and wish them well in their education and future careers in retail."
"Interac Corp. 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 15th year, the Retail as a Career Scholarship program has awarded almost $900,000 in scholarship and award benefits. Applicants are evaluated by retail industry experts on academic performance, professional references, and a personal essay.
About Interac Corp.
Interac Corp. operates an economical, world-class debit payments system with broad-based acceptance, reliability, security, and efficiency. The organization is one of Canada's leading payments brands and is chosen an average of 16 million times daily to pay and exchange money. For more than 30 years, Interac Corp. and its predecessors, Interac Association and Acxsys Corporation, have facilitated secure financial transactions through the development of innovative and convenient 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 interac.ca or follow @INTERAC on Twitter. Interac Corp. has a diverse group of shareholders that includes banks, credit unions, caisses populaires, payment processors and merchants.
About Retail Council of Canada:
Retail is Canada's largest employer with 2.1 million Canadians working in our industry. The sector annually generates over $76 billion in wages and employee benefits. Core retail sales (excluding vehicles and gasoline) were $369 billion in 2017. 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 that represents small, medium and large retail businesses 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. RetailCouncil.org
SOURCE Retail Council of Canada
For further information: Branka Stavric, Senior Director, Marketing and Communications, [email protected], 416.467.3772, Retail Council of Canada, RetailCouncil.org