The Great Canadian Sales Competition is a contest for university and college students across Canada. Please check out the posts below to see the progress The Competition has made in the first year!
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January - The GCSC Featured in the Financial Post
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May - The GCSC Featured in the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers' Newsletter
May 6th – Breakfast at Google with an Account Executive
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April 29th - The Great Canadian Sales Competition - Promotional Video
April 1st, 2015 – Rachele Bejamin, 1st place winner, featured in The Sheridan Sun
March 30th, 2015 – CTV Morning Live Ottawa
Sonya Meloff, Co-Founder at Sales Talent Agency, talks about interview tips for sales professionals
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March 29, 2015 – Rachele Benjamin, 1st place winner, featured in The Oakville Beaver
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March 22nd, 2015 – Rachele Benjamin’s blog highlighting her experience in The Great Canadian Sales Competition
March 12th – The Winners Gala at The Storys Building
The Top 10 Finalists: Bethany Chan, Langara College; Hanna Johnson, Conestoga College; Tony Kim, UBC; Matiya Szauer, The University of Toronto; Robby Jones, BCIT; Lenny Ohm, BCIT; David Hughes, Concordia University; Vikram Singh, Rotman Management; Jacquie Kine, BCIT; Rachele Benjamin, Sheridan College
The Awards Ceremony at The Winners Gala
The Great Canadian Sales Competition sponsors (left to right): John Lilly, Yellow Pages; Matt Ono, Dell; Meg Sinclair, Facebook; Sarah Chapman, Texcan; Kim Rellinger, Google; Brian MacIntosh, Compugen; Shachin Ghelani, Salesforce; David Hughes, Purolator; Mark Voegelin, Pattison; Mandy Ungar, Canadian Professional Sales Association; Jeffrey Ferrer, BMO; Andrew Fitzpatrick, G&K Services; Michelle Young, Air Canada; Brad King, Xerox
Matiya Szauer (2nd place), Rachele Benjamin (1st place) and Bethany Chan (3rd place)
The Storys staff serving drinks for our 150+ guests
March 12th – The Final Round at The Google Office
The Great Canadian Sales Competition Judges (from left to right): Duncan Bureau, VP of Global Sales at Air Canada; Chris Adamkowski, Head of Industry at Google; Jamie Scarborough, Co-Founder at Sales Talent Agency; Erin Elofson, Head of Financial Services at Facebook; Michael Back, CEO of HonkMobile
Andrew Fitchpatrick, Sales Manager at G&K Services and Rachele Benjamin (1st place finalist) managing a meeting in front of the panel
Bethany Chan, 3rd place finalist, enjoying The Competitor Lounge at The Google Office
1st stop on The Google Tour!
February 25th – The Morning Show on Global
Jamie Scarborough, Co-Founder at Sales Talent Agency, discussing The Great Canadian Sales Competition on Global Television.
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February 10th – Women in Business event at McMaster University
Executive members (far left); Christina (left) and Danielle (right)
January 30th – Scouting visit at George Brown
Camila at George Brown College on the last visit of our tour
January 27th – Business Connect Event at Western University
Jordynne (left) and Mary (right), Council Members of the Dan Management Association
January 26th – e-mail from a University of Toronto Student
We met during a University networking event called A Taste of Marketing in downtown Toronto. I remember talking to you about going into sales as a potential career, especially for a young woman who is extremely ambitious in sales/marketing. I wanted to thank you again for your great advice and for helping me initiate a great interest in sales as a profession.
[2nd year Business Student]
January 23rd – Women in Leadership at Wilfrid Laurier University
Marda (far right), president of WILL and her council members
January 22nd – Rising Stars at Capilano University
Jamie Scarborough and Capilano University students
Dean and Peymaneh at Capilano University
January 22nd, 2014 – E-mail from one of the students we met at Ryerson University
I attended the presentation of yours a couple days ago for the Ted Roger's School of Management Marketing class at Ryerson University.
Your presentation really helped me take a step forward in understanding myself. Your messages also provided me with a more focused directions for the future in my career and the kind of job that would be suitable for me. What you said made me think more deeply on how I should be viewing what I am doing.
Usually, I would be the person who would think of doing tasks but not actually going through with them. But learning about the DNA model (Drive, Nature, Acumen), it helped me be more proactive with what I need to do in order to get what I want in life.
What you said to me broaden my horizon and allow me to think more deeply of the type of job I want, especially in my upcoming summer internship. I fully agree with your views on a career in sales. Such a career is rewarding because it fosters person-to-person relationships, personality, and diplomacy. I do echo with you on the positive benefits and personal satisfaction in such a career. I'm also really happy and satisfied when I successfully help to find solutions for my customers through selling jewellery a my part time job.
I would like to thank you and Asad for spending time with us, even though you have such a busy schedule. Sharing your experience with us is highly educational and most appreciated. Consequently, I will certainly consider applying to the Great Canadian Sales Competition.
3rd year Graphic Communications Management Student
January 21st, 2014 – Sheridan College Advertising and Marketing Networking Event
January 20th – Class visit at Ryerson University
Asad speaking to Sales class at Ryerson University
January 17th – BCIT Sales Competition
Peymaneh (far left) and Kevin (far right) with BCIT students
First place winner Crystal Radford
January 16th – 17th – Ivey Marketing Summit
January 19th – Class visit at Ryerson University
Sheila speaking to sales class at Ryerson about The Great Canadian Sales Competition
January 16th – Scouting visit at SAIT
January 15th – Scouting visit at The University of Calgary
Kelsey and Sheila at The University of Calgary
January 14th – Breakfast at Google!
We have a very exciting opportunity for contestants of the Great Canadian Sales Competition. Google is going to host 3 contestants for breakfast and a tour of their Toronto office (dates to be determined). You will be shown around their impressive facilities by an Account Executive and will be able to ask questions about the life of a #sales person at Google.
To qualify for this lunch and tour, Google is asking you to submit your 30-90 second video pitch by Saturday, January 24th at 4:00pm EST. At that time, a team of Google executives will choose 3 strong submissions.
January 14th – Proud to announce that the Canadian Professional Sales Association is now a sponsor of The Great Canadian Sales Competition!
January 14th – Scouting visit at The University of Lethbridge
Richard and Kinsley, participants in The Great Canadian Sales Competition
January 13th – Competition posters on the walls of Capilano University
January 13th – Class visit at NAIT
January 13th – Scouting visit at The University of Alberta
Sheila at The University of Alberta
January 12th – Presentation and scouting visit at The University of Alberta
Sheila at The University of Alberta Career Centre (CAPS)
Cho, our first Engineering participant, pitching his idea of a life saving water device
January 12th – Webinar for Peter B. Gustavson School of Business (University of Victoria)
January 7th – Officially reached 20 school partners!
January 6th – Competition posters spotted at The Sauder School of Business
January 5th – Officially at 15 sponsors!
December 19th – posters distributed to 20 schools across Canada!
December 16th – The Great Canadian Sales Competition spotted on TTC subway!
December 11th – George Brown College visit
Asad Zaman speaking to an eager sales class at George Brown College
November 25th – The Great Canadian Sales Competition featured in Money Magazine
November 25th – Press Release
November 21st – The Jon McComb Show
Jamie Scarborough, Co-Founder at Sales Talent Agency, featured on the Jon McComb Show
November 20th – Speed Networking Event
Tiffany Chan (left), President of the Rotman Women in Business group and her council members as they lead their annual Speed Networking event
November 18th – Career in Sales Event at Wilfrid Laurier
Sheila Cassidy speaking on a sales panel
November 14th – George Brown College
Camila and Jesse representing The Great Canadian Sales Competition at George Brown College
October 31st – Scouting visit at Ryerson University
Sheila Cassidy in front of Competition banner before her and Sonya Meloff, Co-Founder at Sales Talent Agency, visit Ryerson
October 29th – Seneca College
Sonya Meloff speaking at Women’s History Month at Seneca College
October 9th – Taste of Marketing
Sonya Meloff (left), Co-Founder at Sales Talent Agency, speaking to Business students at the University of Toronto
Sheila Cassidy (right) and Matiya Szauder (left), speaking about The Competition
October 9th – postcards are in!