SFU students shine in ‘CEO for a Day’ competition

Feb 12, 2015
Ryan Smith CEO for a day

Beedie School of Business undergraduate student Ryan Smith will shadow Goldcorp CEO and President Chuck Jeannes after winning B.C.’s inaugural CEO for a Day competition.

Simon Fraser University undergraduate student Ryan Smith will spend Thursday, February 19 walking in a CEO’s shoes. He surpassed competitors from five local universities to secure a spot at the helm of Goldcorp alongside CEO and President Chuck Jeannes in B.C.’s inaugural CEO for a Day competition.

SFU students excelled in the Odgers Berndston-run competition, with seven students advancing to the B.C.-wide top 12. The finalists’ fields of study ranged from business to international studies to environmental sciences. More info on each finalist can be found at http://sfu.ca/wil/ceo

Smith, a co-operative education (co-op) student in the Beedie School of Business, boasts an impressive work history. Through co-op, he worked in finance for Morgan StanleyFidelity Investments and GE Capital.

Smith credits these experiences for helping him to reach the top of the competition: “My co-op work as an analyst in the commodities field was an important part of what made me a good fit with CEO Chuck Jeannes.”

“We were excited to see so many co-op students in the top 12 of the competition,” explains Adam Brayford, communications coordinator with SFU’s Work Integrated Learning team. “The diverse work experience that co-op students gain, not to mention the interview practice, seems to provide them an edge in situations like this.”

Executive search firm Odgers Berndston evaluated hundreds of student competitors’ leadership potential in a rigorous four-part assessment process. Upon passing an online screening, candidates completed multiple interviews before advancing to a day-long 12-person group finale.

Additional information on the competition and CEOs can be found at ceox1day.ca. Read about the winners’ experiences on Twitter at @ceox1day and #ceox1day.

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