CEO x 1 Day matches third and fourth year university students in key markets (Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Ottawa) with some of the country's leading CEOs.

CEO x1 Day past finalists

What's in it for students?

Take part in the most innovative leadership training opportunity in Canada! CEO x 1 Day 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 CEO 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 with McKinsey & Company for a summer internship or full-time placement.
  • Semi-finalists will have an opportunity to interact with leaders in the executive search field during their interview day and 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 their background and career path to the top, as well as their unique leadership approach and style that brought them success!

19 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 5-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!


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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, assessing and developing senior executives and board members in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors across Canada and internationally. Through executive search, executive interim and leadership assessment services, Odgers Berndtson helps its clients build world-class leadership teams.