Top Prize of $5,000 to be awarded at STORE 2012 - Canada's Retail Conference
TORONTO, May 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Twenty-two 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 2012 - Canada's Retail Conference (www.storeconference.ca).
"It is remarkable to hear what the students have to say about this vibrant industry and what Canadian companies can do to maintain success and growth in a changing marketplace," says Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada. "The submissions we received clearly demonstrate they are very passionate about their jobs and understand retail provides an excellent career path. The future of 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 2012 - 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 2012 Retail as a Career Scholarship winners are:
|Retail Sponsor||Recipient||Employer||School||Program of Study|
|Best Buy Canada Ltd.||Denise Brown||Boathouse||Conestoga College||International Business Management|
|Canadian Tire Corporation||Kyle Stamm||The Bay||University of the Fraser Valley||Bachelor of Business Administration|
|Comark Inc||Nicole McGrath||Newfoundland Labrador Liquor Corporation||Memorial University||Master of Business Administration|
|Costco Wholesale Canada Limited||Mira Murphy-Oosterhoff||RW & Co.||Saint Mary's University||Bachelor of Commerce- Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations|
|Future Shop||Meghan Hibberd||Winners Merchants International L.P.||George Brown College -||Fashion Management|
|Golf Town||Nikita Chugh||Armani Exchange||Ryerson University:||Bachelor of Commerce - Retail Management|
|GSI Canada||Brady Demyon||Aritzia LP||University of Calgary||Bachelor of Commerce|
|Hudson's Bay Company||Kristen Marriott||Hudsons Group||University of Ottawa||Bachelor of Commerce- International Management-|
|IKEA Canada||Christopher Snider||Home Outfitters||Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)||Business Administration - Human Resource Management,|
|Lowe's Canada||Aaron Brittenden||Bluenotes||Fanshawe College||Fashion Merchandising|
|Staples Canada, Inc||Iulia Mateian||The Bay||HEC Montréal||Maîtrise en science de la gestion-Marketing|
|The Bargain Shop||Sacha Morettin||Spring Shoes||Ryerson University||Bachelor of Commerce - Business Management|
|The Home Depot Canada||Laura Thomson||Ricki's||Vancouver Island University||Bachelor of Interior Design|
|Toys 'R' Us (Canada), Ltd.||Michaela Atkinson||Locale||Ryerson University:||Bachelor of Commerce - Retail Management|
|Wal-Mart Canada Corp.||Aline Kazazian||Mexx Canada Retail Inc.||Ryerson University:||Bachelor of Commerce - Retail Management|
|Winners Merchants International L.P.||Natalie Conte||Loblaw Companies Ltd.||Ryerson University||Bachelor of Commerce - Business Management|
|Canadian Retail Hall of Fame||Laurie Pagé||Starbucks Coffee Canada||Télé-université, Université du Québec||Gestion en Ressources Humaines|
|Canadian Retail Hall of Fame||Philippe Laverdière-Sawyer||RW & Co.||Université Laval||Administration des affaires|
|Canadian Retail Hall of Fame||Daniel Aubry||Armstrong & Richardson Ltd.||University of Western Ontario||Management and Organizational Studies|
About Retail Council of Canada
Retail Council of Canada (www.retailcouncil.org) has been the Voice of Retail in Canada since 1963. RCC is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association representing more than 43,000 store fronts of all retail formats across Canada, including department, specialty, discount, and independent stores, and online merchants.
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