CEOx1Day matches top third and fourth year university students in key markets (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa) with some of the country's leading CEOs.

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What's in it for students?

Take part in the most innovative leadership training opportunity in Canada! CEOx1Day gives students an opportunity to apply in-class learning to a real world situation, equipping them with the tools and skills to start building their careers. As one of Canada's 20 CEOs for a day, you'll work closely with an industry leader who will become your mentor for the day! Make this a first step to your future success!

Benefits to students

  • Participating in the selection process gives students valuable skills for future job searches. You'll gain hands-on experience in the latest screening techniques used by recruiters. From phone to face-to-face speed interviews, students will learn to fine-tune their interviewing skills. Prepare for your future career search like a pro!
  • Two out of three applicants will have the opportunity to complete an online leadership assessment and receive a personalized report from Hogan Assessments. The report will provide feedback on leadership skills like relationship building, goal setting and strategic thinking to help you understand and identify your own strengths and weaknesses to build your potential.
  • All semi-finalists will be considered for an interview for a summer internship or full-time placement with McKinsey & Company.
  • Semi-finalists will have an opportunity to interact with Odgers Berndtson's executive search experts and will get an inside look at what interviewing for a top firm is really like.
  • Semi-finalists will spend a half day participating in group exercises and one-on-one interviewing which will strengthen their presentation and interview skills, learning from some of the best executive search experts.
  • Winning finalists will spend a full day shadowing a CEO (including one-on-one time), learning about the CEO's background and career path to the top, as well as their unique leadership approach and style that brought them success!

20 students from across Canada will be CEO for a day. Will you be one of them?

Successful applicants will be chosen through an in-depth 4-step selection process that will assess your leadership potential, and will be matched with a participating CEO in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary or Ottawa.

Take the first step towards your future career!

Get to know the CEOs who you could be working with this year! Click on the logo to learn more about them.

About Odgers Berndtson

Odgers Berndtson is a leading global executive search and leadership advisory firm with more than 250 partners in 29 countries. We provide our clients with a broad range of integrated talent solutions - including executive search, executive interim and leadership assessment services - to help them grow and compete in today's challenging environment. We also invest in the development of Canada's up and coming leaders with unique programs such as CEOx1Day and the CFO Leadership Program in partnership with the Rotman School of Management. More than 50 per cent of our clients have also been our candidates - a testament to the relationships that we build across the talent spectrum.