Canada’s Top Future Retail Leaders Named: Retail Council of Canada Awards $24,000 to Retail as a Career Scholarship Finalists.

Toronto – May 22, 2017 Seventeen post-secondary students will receive $1,000 each as part of Retail Council of Canada’s Retail as a Career Scholarship program.

In addition to the $1,000 award, the top finalist will also receive the $5000 Interac Association sponsored scholarship and the runner-up will also receive the $3,000 scholarship sponsored by Retail Council of Canada. The winners of these two awards will be announced at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala, on May 30, 2017 at the Toronto Congress Centre from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm ET.

“This year’s finalists were exceptionally impressive. They excelled in their academic performance, professional references and personal essays where they were asked to write their perspective about a retailer they felt was especially innovative and inspiring. Our industry is in good hands if we can nurture these finalists’ passion and desire to make a positive impact,” said Diane J. Brisebois, Retail Council of Canada’s President and CEO. Added Ms. Brisebois, “And, as the largest private sector employer supporting the Canadian economy, a career in retail is an amazing opportunity for the best and brightest to lead and grow”.

In addition to the monetary prizes, this year’s finalists will receive an all-access pass, travel and accommodation to RCC STORE 2017 Conference, Canada’s biggest retail conference.

The 2016 corporate sponsors to the Retail as a Career Scholarship fund are:
• Best Buy Canada Ltd.,
• Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.,
• Costco Wholesale Canada Limited,
• Golf Town,
• Home Hardware Stores Ltd.,
• IKEA Canada Limited Partnership,
• J Ross 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.,
• Walmart Canada

The 2017 Retail as a Career Scholarship finalists are:

Recipient Employer School Program
Amanda Wei Romia Shoes Queen’s University Bachelor of Business Administration
Annie Catherine Yang Stuart Weitzman Canada Simon Fraser University Bachelor of Business Administration, Joint Major in Communications
Artti
Prasad
Thread + Copper British Columbia Institute of Technology Business Information Technology Management
Cody
Cox
Koodo Mobile Nipissing University Bachelor of Business Administration – Finance
Gabriella Lanzillotta Koodo Mobile Niagara College Business Administration – Marketing Co-op
Hannah Baxter Poise on Main George Brown College Fashion Management Program
Joseph Latorcai Best Buy Canada University of Toronto Track One Engineering
Kristy
Wong
Michaels Stores, Inc. University of Calgary Bachelor of Commerce – Marketing
Madeline Schwartz Aritzia LP Ryerson University Bachelor of Commerce – Retail Management
Morgan Miller SuperStore Gas Bar Saint Mary’s University Bachelor of Commerce
Mubeen Motala Koodo Mobile University of Guelph-Humber Honors Bachelor of Business Administration
Olivia Spencer Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd. Queen’s University Bachelor of Commerce
Rajdeep Grewal FGL Sports (SportsChek) Kwantlen Polytechnic University Bachelor of Business Administration
Rokhan Sarwar Best Buy Canada University of Saskatchewan Masters of Business Administration
Sarah Bennett Roots Canada Queen’s University Bachelor of Commerce
Shaleigh Klebak Warehouse One MacEwan University Bachelor of Communication Studies
Tanisha Kotowich Frank + Oak University of Alberta Bachelor of Commerce

All finalists of the Retail as a Career Scholarship program will receive their prizes at the Excellence in Retailing Awards Gala which will complete the end of the first day of STORE 2017. STORE 2017 is Canada’s biggest and most important retail conference this year will feature over 80 speakers and attract over 2000 retail leaders from across North America. Media are also invited to attend STORE 2017, May 30-May31, 2017. For more information and to purchase tickets: https://www.storeconference.ca/tickets

About Retail as a Career Scholarship Program
The Retail as a Career Scholarship Program is now in its 14th year and has provided almost $800,000 in scholarships and award benefits to students who are entering or enrolled in a retail-related program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. Intended to help the most talented pursue a career in retail, this annual program, funded by the generous support from retailers in Canada, provides finalists with both scholarships and an opportunity to meet established retailer professionals who can help mentor the students’ success.

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About Retail Council of Canada:


Retail is Canada’s largest employer with 2.2 million Canadians working in our industry. The sector annually generates payroll of $60 billion and approximately $350 billion in sales (excluding vehicles and gasoline). As of 2016, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) members represent more than two thirds of retail sales in the country. RCC is a not-for-profit industry-funded association and represents small, medium and large retail business in every community across the country. As the Voice of Retail™ in Canada, we proudly represent more than 45,000 storefronts in all retail formats, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent retailers and online merchants. www.RetailCouncil.org

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