Odgers Berndtson Canada is pleased to announce that the CEOx1Day program will return in 2022 with a twist!

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On February 25th, 2022, our partners at CEOx1Day by Odgers Berndtson will host a Future Leaders Summit to provide leadership development and career insights for Canada’s most promising future leaders. The summit will take place virtually, which will enable more students from across Canada to take part, while ensuring program participants are safe.

Although the event will not include a one-on-one, in-person experience this year, it will provide many opportunities to learn from and network with some of Canada’s most impressive CEOs and CHROs.

What's in it for students?

Take part in the most innovative leadership training opportunity in Canada! The CEOx1Day Future Leaders Summit 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.

Make this a first step towards your future leadership success

Program Benefits:

  • Real-world experience: The rigorous selection process provides valuable skills and experiences for future job search.
  • Deep insights into personal leadership skills: Many applicants will have the opportunity to receive a personalized leadership assessment by Hogan Assessments. The report will provide feedback on leadership skills, including relationship-building, goal-setting, and strategic thinking, in addition to areas of development.
  • Professional networking exposure: Finalists will have the opportunity to network with the participating CEOs and CHROs as well as Odgers Berndtson executive search and leadership development experts.
  • Practical career management advice: Finalists will hear from current CEOs about how they managed their careers, what challenges they overcame, and what they are looking for in young talent.

The program was founded over 10 years ago in Germany and now runs in more than 10 countries worldwide including the UK, Spain, Brazil, Belgium, Australia, and South Africa and Singapore.

To date more than 120 Canadian organizations have participated in Canada including: PayPal, Lululemon, Cineplex, Manulife, IKEA, MEC, De Beers, VanCity, Plan Canada, and Amnesty International. Click here to see more past participants.

The CEOx1Day Future Leaders Summit is looking for students with a strong academic placement, who have demonstrated leadership on campus and in the community, and who want to change the world! If this sounds like you, we invite you to click here to apply and be recognized as a future leader!

All third- and fourth-year university and college students enrolled in a Canadian School are eligible to apply for the CEOx1Day Future Leaders Summit. The two phases of the selection process include: Phase 1 Applying for CEOx1Day and Phase 2 Online Leadership Assessment & Interviews (Semi-Finalists Only).


If you have any other questions about your eligibility or the selection process, check out these Frequently Asked Questions


50 third and fourth year students from across Canada will be selected and gather virtually to take part in the CEOx1Day Future Leaders Summit on February 25th, 2022. The formal agenda will run from 10 am - 3:00 pm and will feature:

  • An Interactive panel with 5 top CEOs
  • CEOx1Day Breakout Sessions where you will have a a chance to engage, stand out and receive mentoring from a CEO in a smaller group with 10 fellow summit participants
  • Expert feedback sessions and a debrief of all assessments completed throughout the CEOx1Day application process
  • A CHRO panel chalked full of insights and tips on recruitment, the future of work, and cultivating your leadership expertise
  • Networking with fellow summit participants who represent the best of the best in student leaders from across the country


Who better to share insight into what you can expect as a part of the CEOx1Day program than past participants! We recently connected with 15 CEOx1Day alumni - 10 students and 5 CEOs - to tell us about their experiences, valuable insights they gleaned into their own leadership and career, and how their CEOx1Day experience continues to resonate with them today!


Each week, we will be adding to the testimonial gallery so check back often for even more testimonials.



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About Odgers Berndtson

Odgers Berndtson is a leading global integrate 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.