Retail's future leaders to be awarded 2015 Retail as a Career Scholarships

Retail Council of Canada to present 21 scholarships at annual retail conference, STORE 2015

TORONTO, June 1, 2015 /CNW/ - Nineteen post-secondary students from across the country will each receive $1,000 as part of Retail Council of Canada's (RCC) 2015 Retail as a Career Scholarship program in an ongoing commitment to recognize the importance of the retail industry; as both a vibrant and professional career choice, and as the largest employer supporting the Canadian economy.

The scholarships are awarded to students working in retail who are entering or currently enrolled in a retail-related program at a Canadian post-secondary institution.  The top scholarship applicant will receive a $5,000 award sponsored by Interac Association. An additional $3,000 scholarship will be awarded by Retail Council of Canada to a Retail as a Career Scholarship applicant in honour of all those who have been inducted into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame.

"It is inspiring to see so many talented students pursuing careers in retail and showing such passion for our dynamic industry," says Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO, Retail Council of Canada.  "We need enthusiastic and skilled young aspiring retail professionals to continue to drive the industry forward; the submissions we received showed keen understanding of retail relationships and the value of good customer service."

Now in its twelfth year, the Retail as a Career Scholarship program has awarded almost $700,000 in scholarships and award benefits to students who demonstrate their commitment to the future of retail. Applicants are judged by retail industry experts in three categories: academic performance, professional references and a personal essay highlighting their experiences and educational pursuits in the retail industry. "This scholarship program helps students across Canada realize their career goals and pursue exciting opportunities in our industry," adds Brisebois. "Retail Council of Canada is proud to partner with industry sponsors to support the next generation of retail leaders."

The 2015 Retail as a Career Scholarship winners are:





Amber Spring

Home Hardware Stores Ltd.

North Island College

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting

Bailey Cameron

Worldlynx Wireless

University of New Brunswick

Bachelor of Business Administration

Brittany Lange

Sport Chek

Mount Royal University

Bachelor of Business Administration

Ellen Williams

Micabella Cosmetics

Queen`s University

Bachelor of Commerce

Hilary de Waard

Groupe Dynamite Inc.

Fanshawe College

Fashion Merchandising

Jade Suranyi

Shoppers Drug Mart

MacEwan University

Bachelor of Commerce

Jérémie Bédard

Staples Canada Inc.

Champlain Regional College

PW Sims Business Administration Program

Katerina Yannakidis

Lisa's Cosmetics/Fragrances Inc.

Ryerson University

Bachelor of Commerce, Retail Management

Madisson Montgomery


Thompson Rivers University

Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing

Meghan Moore

American Eagle Outfitters

McMaster University

Bachelor of Commerce

Michael Dragan

Adidas Group

Ryerson University

Bachelor of Commerce, Retail Management

Monica Segura

Best Buy Canada Ltd.

Mount Royal University

Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing

Natasha Ross

Lux Beauty Boutique

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Bachelor of Business Administration, Marketing

Nathan Comartin

Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.

University of Windsor

Bachelor of Business Administration

Nathan Froese

Community Natural Foods

Ryerson University

Retail Management Certificate Program

Nickolas King

Loblaw Companies Limited

Conestoga College

Business Administration, Marketing CO-OP

Nicole McLean

Toys 'R' Us (Canada) Ltd.

Camosun College

Business Administration, Marketing

Philippe Verreault

Home Hardware Stores Ltd.

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi

Maîtrise en gestion de projet

Teila Becker

Mill Creek Chocolates

Fanshawe College

Fashion Merchandising

2015 Generous Donors to the Retail as a Career Scholarship Fund:
Best Buy Canada Ltd., Canadian Retail Institute, Canadian Retailer Magazine, Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd., Comark Inc., Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., Home Hardware Stores Ltd., IKEA Canada Ltd., Interac Association, JRoss Retail Recruiters, Lowe's Canada, MySTORE, PetSmart Canada Inc., Pier 1 Imports, Inc., Red Apple Stores Inc., Retail Council of Canada, Sears Canada Inc., Staples Canada Inc., The Home Depot Canada, TJX Canada, Toys 'R' Us (Canada) Ltd., Walmart Canada

In addition to monetary prizes, recipients will receive an all-access pass, including travel and accommodation, to attend Retail Council of Canada's STORE 2015 Conference, Canada's premier retail industry event. Recipients will have the opportunity to meet with some of Canada's most prominent retail industry professionals at the conference. 

Recipients will be honoured at the 2015 Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala, presented as part of STORE 2015, where RCC will recognize the most respected leaders and innovative companies in Canadian retail. For more information on STORE 2015 and the 2015 Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala visit

About Retail Council of Canada

Retail Council of Canada (RCC) is the Voice of Retail in Canada representing more than 45,000 store fronts of all retail formats, including department, specialty, discount, and independent stores, and online merchants in general merchandise, grocery and drugs.  Its membership represents over 75% of all retail sales in Canada.  RCC is a strong advocate for retailing in Canada and works with all levels of government and other stakeholders to support employment growth and career opportunities in retail, to promote and sustain retail investments in communities from coast-to-coast, and to enhance consumer choice and industry competitiveness. RCC also provides its members with a full range of services and programs including education and training, benchmarking and best practices, networking, advocacy, and industry information.  @RetailCouncil  @RCCMySTORE

SOURCE Retail Council of Canada

For further information: Colin Asuncion, Retail Council of Canada,, 416.467.3782


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