Odgers Berndtson Bridges Leadership Generational Gap with Fourth Annual CEO x 1 Day Program

Exclusive job-shadowing opportunity provides invaluable insight into leadership trends

TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2016 Canada's most promising future leaders have the opportunity to see first-hand how prominent CEOs lead their organizations, while experiencing the realities of the working world. Today, and for the fourth consecutive year, leading global executive search firm Odgers Berndtson is launching its CEO x 1 Day program, which pairs select third- and fourth-year students enrolled in a university or college degree-granting program with 19 leading CEOs from across the country for a job-shadowing experience known for shaping young careers.

The program's success is made possible by Odgers Berndtson's supportive partners, including McKinsey & Company, Hogan Assessments, the Globe & Mail and its newest partner, TalentEgg. An online career resource and job board for students and recent graduates, TalentEgg will make it possible for CEO x 1 Day to expand its existing selection process by opening up applications to a broader network of ambitious hopefuls. They will follow the real-life experiences of those selected beyond the first round to create and publish learning materials based on the challenging selection process.

"We are thrilled to be working with Odgers Berndtson, and believe it's an exciting opportunity for our student users to compete for a once-in-a-lifetime career-building experience," said Mary Barroll, President at TalentEgg. "We look forward to sharing the finalists' inspiring CEO x 1 Day journeys on our TalentEgg Incubator, website and social media channels which will offer unparalleled skills training for students and grads across Canada."

As part of the application process, students share their understanding and perceptions of what it takes to be an effective leader, thereby uncovering their motivations and indicating how Canadians can expect corporate culture to shift in the years ahead. Trust is expected to remain central to the new cohort, as many students have voiced that the most influential leaders have integrity and operate ethically. Increasingly, young people are emphasizing the ability to communicate well, citing the need for CEOs to have a powerful, inspirational vision, as well as a willingness to listen and show empathy.

"Millennials have a very unique perspective of what they expect from today's leadership, and the CEO x 1 Day program has proven instrumental in bridging the existing generational gap," said Eric Beaudan, Global Leadership Practice Director at Odgers Berndtson. "While the program provides students with a unique opportunity to experience leadership in action, it also gives us tremendous insight into their professional wants and needs, and allows us to better advise organizations of these priorities."

How best to motivate younger generations poses real challenges for HR professionals and companies planning across all aspects of their business. "In assessing today's leaders, we typically look for executives who are very results-oriented, independent, self-reliant and organized, but what we're finding is that ambition and a desire to get things done is not as important to Millennials as is an eagerness to collaborate and be part of the team," continued Beaudan. "If they haven't done so already, companies should begin rethinking their approach to developing their future leaders."

Odgers Berndtson first launched the CEO x 1 Day initiative in Germany 12 years ago, subsequently rolling it out across offices around the world. Today, almost 350 organizations and over 700 CEOs and students have taken part, generating a wealth of insight on the changing nature of leadership and workplace culture. This year's application deadline is October 28, 2016. For submission details, visit www.ceox1day.ca.

Participating CEOs include:


Ana Dominguez, Campbell Company of Canada

Kevin Frey, Right To Play International

Robert Hardt, Siemens Canada Limited

Linda Hasenfratz, Linamar Corporation

Kristi Webb, Element Fleet Management



Debra Hewson, Odlum Brown Limited

Jim Lightbody, BC Lottery Corporation (BCLC)

Jonathan Whitworth, Seaspan



Gianna Manes, ENMAX Corporation

Dave Mowat, ATB Financial


Hubert Bolduc, Montréal International

Nathalie Bondil, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Pierre Gabriel Côté, Investissement Québec

Christiane Germain, Groupe Germain Hotels

Annick Guérard, Transat

Hubert T. Lacroix, CBC/Radio-Canada



Meg Beckel, Canadian Museum of Nature

Goldy Hyder, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

Conrad Sauvé, Canadian Red Cross


About Odgers Berndtson
Odgers Berndtson is a global leader in executive search with more than 200 partners in 27 countries, committed to providing an integrated approach to talent management. With a focus on industry and functional specialization, the firm specializes in recruiting and assessing senior executives and board members in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors across Canada, and internationally. Through executive search, interim management and leadership assessment services, Odgers Berndtson helps its clients build world-class leadership teams.

SOURCE Odgers Berndtson

Image with caption: "Stefan Sjöstrand, President of IKEA Canada, with 2016 CEO x 1 Day finalist, Maria Poonawala. (CNW Group/Odgers Berndtson)". Image available at: https://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20161003_C4288_PHOTO_EN_786644.jpg

For further information: Jacqueline Foley, Chief Marketing Officer, Odgers Berndtson, T: 416-366-1990 x362, E: jacqueline.foley@odgersberndtson.com

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