Retail’s future leaders awarded 2016 Retail as a Career Scholarships

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May 19, 2016

Retail Council of Canada to present 16 scholarships at STORE 2016 Conference

Sixteen post-secondary students from across the country will each receive $1,000 as part of Retail Council of Canada's (RCC) 2016 Retail as a Career Scholarship program. 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 get a $5,000 award sponsored by Interac Association. An additional $3,000 scholarship will be awarded by RCC to an applicant in honour of retailers who have, over the years, been inducted into the Canadian Retail Hall of Fame.

"Now in its 13th year, the Retail as a Career Scholarship program is an integral part of an ongoing commitment to recognize the importance of the retail industry as both a vibrant and professional career choice, and as the largest private sector employer supporting the Canadian economy,” said Diane J. Brisebois, President & CEO of Retail Council of Canada. 

"We congratulate these scholarship winners for their passion, dedication and commitment to an industry that presents so many opportunities for advancement in a wide variety of job roles and options. Each of the recipients has demonstrated a keen desire to pursue a career in retail, and has carefully considered how they are going to make a positive impact on their industry going forward.”

Ms. Brisebois added: “Retail Council of Canada is proud to partner with industry sponsors to nurture and support this next generation of retail leaders and also thanks Interac Association for its commitment to retail.”

The 2016 sponsors to the Retail as a Career Scholarship fund are: Best Buy Canada Ltd., Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd., 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., Sears Canada Inc., Staples Canada Inc., The Home Depot Canada, TJX Canada, Toys 'R' Us (Canada) Ltd. and Walmart Canada.

To date, the Retail as a Career Scholarship program has awarded about $750,000.00 in scholarships and award benefits. 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.

In addition to monetary prizes, this year’s recipients receive an all-access pass, travel and accommodation to RCC’s STORE 2016 Conference, Canada’s largest retail industry event. They will be honoured on May 31st at the 2016 Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala, presented as part of STORE 2016.

2016 Retail as a Career Scholarship recipients: 

Recipient - Employer - School  -Program

Alana (Jessica) MacIntyre -  Cineplex Entertainment LP  - Cape Breton University - Bachelor of Business Administration
Anne St-Pierre - Metro Richelieu Inc. - HEC Montréal - Maîtrise en gestion des ressources humaines
Benoit Blanchette - Staples Canada, Inc. - Université du Québec à Montréal - Certificat de perfectionnement en gestion
Chloe Tully - Sears Canada Inc. - Wilfrid Laurier University - Bachelor of Business Administration
Christopher Rinaldi Ross  -National Sports  - University of Windsor - Bachelor of Commerce
Emily Meloche - Cineplex Entertainment LP - University of Windsor - Bachelor of Business Administration 
Grace Joseph - Cineplex Entertainment LP - University of Waterloo - Bachelor of Accounting and Finance.
Jessica Privé - Toys 'R' Us (Canada), Ltd. - HEC Montréal - Bachelor of Business Administration
Katelin Mowder - Hudson's Bay Company - McMaster University - Bachelor of Commerce
Lydia Fenton - The Bargain! Shop - University of Guelph - Bachelor of Commerce - Marketing Management
Mikayla Haynes - Starbucks Coffee Canada -Trinity Western University - Bachelor of Business Administration
Nathan Comartin - Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd. - University of Windsor  -Bachelor of Business Administration  - Honors Co-op
Scott Hookings - Sport Chek - Brock University  - Bachelors of Business Administration
Tanisha Kotowich - Frank + Oak - University of Alberta Bachelor of Commerce
Teri Simone - Minor Bros. Country Living - Western University Bachelor of Social Science

For more information on STORE 2016 and the 2016 Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala and to purchase tickets, visit STOREconference.ca.