Retail’s Future Leaders: 2018 Retail as a Career Scholarship Winners - Retail Council of Canada

Retail’s Future Leaders: 2018 Retail as a Career Scholarship Winners

Most promising retail talent receive $25,000 in scholarships to further their education


Toronto – June 4, 2018. Seventeen post-secondary students received $1,000 each as part of Retail Council of Canada’s Retail as a Career Scholarship program. In addition the $1,000 award, there were also a $5,000 scholarship funded by Interac Corp and a $3,000 scholarship funded by Retail Council of Canada.

Now in its 15th year, the Retail as a Career Scholarship program has awarded almost $900,000 in scholarship and award benefits. Applicants are evaluated by retail industry experts on academic performance, professional references, and a personal essay.

“This year’s Retail as a Career Scholarship recipients excelled in their academic performance, professional references and personal essays where they shared their perspective about the future of retail. Retail in Canada is in good hands if we can continue to nurture these students’ 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 received an all-access pass, travel and accommodation to RCC STORE 2018 Conference, which broke all records this year as Canada’s biggest retail conference.

The 2018 corporate sponsors to the Retail as a Career Scholarship fund are:

• Ardene Holdings Inc.
• Best Buy Canada Ltd.
• Canadian Tire Corporation Ltd.
• Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd.
• FGL Sports,
• Golftown
• Home Hardware Stores Ltd.
• JRoss Retail Recruiters
• Lowe’s Canada
• Mark’s
• Pier 1 Imports, Inc.
• Staples Canada, Inc.
• The Home Depot Canada
• TJX Canada
• Toys ‘R’ Us (Canada) Ltd.
• Walmart Canada

The 2018 Retail as a Career Scholarship finalists are:

Alison Schouten
Running Free Sports
Wilfrid Laurier University
Bachelor of Business Administration and Financial Mathematics

Breanna Sharpe
On the Border Bakeshop
Lakeland College
School of Business -Marketing

Brandon Ngo
Lindt Chocolate
Simon Fraser University
Bachelor of Business Administration

Connor Combdon *
TJX Canada
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Bachelor of Commerce
*Conner also received the $5,000 scholarship funded by Interac Corp.

Emma Todd
American Eagle Outfitters
Sheridan College
Honours Bachelor of Film and Television

Hannah Russell
Medi-Centre Pharmacy
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Marketing Management – Marketing Communications Option

Kelsey McHugh **
Ardene Holdings Inc.
Queen’s University
Bachelor of Commerce
** Kelsey also received the $3,000 scholarship funded by Retail Council of Canada

Kristy Wong
Michaels Stores, Inc.
University of Calgary
Bachelor of Commerce / Bachelor of Arts: Marketing

Lisa Nguyen
University of Lethbridge
Bachelor of Management- Marketing

Maya Purcell
Road & Ribbon Inc.
Université Laval
Maîtrise en administration des affaires

Michelle Regalado Clara
Toys ‘R’ Us (Canada) Ltd
Fanshawe College
Honours Bachelor of Commerce – Accounting

Mikayla Haynes
Starbucks Coffee Canada
Langara College
Commerce and Business Studies

Natasha Baluta
Plato’s Closet
Ryerson University
Bachelor of Commerce – Business Management

Paige Forrest
Algonquin Outfitters
University of Ottawa
Honours Bachelor of Commerce – Marketing

Shin Pyo Hong
Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd
Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Accounting: Post-Baccalaureate Diploma

Tanisha Kotowich
Frank + Oak
University of Alberta
Bachelor of Commerce

Taylor Bryson
Staples Canada, Inc.
Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
Graphic Communications and Print Technologies


About Retail Council of Canada:
Retail is Canada’s largest employer with 2.1 million Canadians working in our industry. The sector annually generates over $76 billion in wages and employee benefits. Core retail sales (excluding vehicles and gasoline) were $369 billion in 2017. 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 that represents small, medium and large retail businesses 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.