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ABOUT Our Top Talent – Nov 2016

Now accepting applications from top talent set to graduate within 6 months of May 2017.
Deadline for applications: Friday, Oct. 2, 2016
In-city Pitching Workshops and Selection of Top 30 Pitches: Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
Our Top Talent Pitch Competition: Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016 (Days Inn, 2515 Mountain Rd, Moncton, NB)

Pitch Workshop/ Selection of Top 30:

Once applications are received, we will send you an invitation to the mandatory pitch workshop. In this workshop you will get information on building a successful pitch and practice time (we are aiming for 1 minute pitches). You will get the workshop material before the workshop so you have some time to practice your pitches before the workshop and use that time to hone it.

Eligible Candidates
•    Graduating from a NB university or college (can hold previous degrees/ diplomas)
•    Graduating from a university or college and are originally from NB
•    Proven track record of high performance (*not necessarily academic)
•    Proven track record of high achievement (*not necessarily academic)
•    Interested in considering employment opportunities in NB
•    No age limitations

We’ve blended the traditional Talent Show and Business Pitch Competition to give you Our Top Talent – a one day Dragon Den’s Style Pitch Competition, where top graduating students pitch for business cards instead of investment capital.

Our Top Talent is for high achieving graduating students looking for exciting career opportunities and have aspirations to work for amazing companies based right here in New Brunswick!

Pitch yourself “dragon’s den style” to New Brunswick’s top senior business leaders, competing for business cards rather than investment capital. Show employers what you have to offer and why they need to invite you to stay in New Brunswick!
The full day event on November 1, 2016, in Moncton will include:

•    an opportunity to network with the top talent from across the province
•    a chance to meet senior business leaders from NB’s iconic companies
•    make potential career, internship and further opportunity matches
•    attend professional development sessions

The most sought after talent will be:

•    named the winner of Our Top Talent

How to Apply

We want you to tell us who you are in a 2-minute video application! In the same way that Executive Director, Nancy Mathis pitched you her energy, we want you to pitch to us! Capture your energy, talent and creativity in a video that explains why YOU should be selected to pitch to New Brunswick’s top business leaders!

Click HERE for example video applications from 2012 OTT alumni and finalists.


Are you interested in attending on Our Top Talent in Moncton on November 1st? You can now register by clicking here.

Please direct all inquiries to the program manager at

Our Top Talent Winners 2014

Sara Taaffe - Renaissance College at the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor Degree of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership with a minor in Entrepreneurship

Peter McGaw - University of new Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, previously holding a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Education in Social Studies and English.

Sara E. Taaffe

Peter R. McGaw










McGaw, Nancy Mathis, Executive Director of the Wallace McCain Institute, Francis McGuire, Chairman, Wallace McCain Institute, Taaffe








McGaw, Eddy Campbell, President of the University of New Brunswick, Taaffe

Our Top Talent finalists to secure jobs in NB -  Connecting Students with Business Leaders
Fredericton – NB, Our Top Talent  (OTT) an initiative of the Wallace McCain Institute ran for its third consecutive year connecting top graduating students with NB based employers. High achieving and performing students who were destined to leave the province.  The initiative was developed “to address students’ perception that there are no opportunities in New Brunswick and showcase to employers that new graduates might not have the 3-5 years work experience but they have talent and potential,” said Jenelle Sobey, Youth Initiatives Manager with the Wallace McCain Institute and who launched the initiative in 2012.
“At OTT, I learned that there are many individuals who are investing in the future of New Brunswick, and that not all "good" jobs are out west - there are countless opportunities to make a positive impact, develop one's skills, and earn some money along the way and they are right here in New Brunswick.” said Sara Taaffe, one of two winners of Our Top Talent, awarded title of most hirable new graduate in New Brunswick. Taaffe, originally from Alberta is a graduating from Renaissance College at the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor Degree of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership with a minor in Entrepreneurship.
OTT is a one day dragons’ den style pitch competition where students pitch to New Brunswick employers for business cards as oppose to investment capital. Each year approximately 20 students enter the dragons’ den one by one to deliver a 2 minute pitch to 100 NB based companies. The two minute pitch is “intense and places pressure on students, because they are pitching for a 100 jobs in 2 minutes,” said Sobey, however, all participants leave feeling like Peter McGaw, “there are great rewards in taking risks and stepping outside of my comfort level, OTT gave me the confidence that I will require as I take the first steps into my new career.” McGaw is one of two winners of OTT, graduating from the University of new Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering, previously holding a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelor of Education in Social Studies and English.
Employers in the room include the New Brunswick Business Council and alumni of the Wallace McCain Institute, which is made up of mostly small and medium size companies in growth phase. Each student is bid on and business cards are collected for students. The business card represents an opportunity, a chance to have a coffee, access the employers network, an internship or employment. In 2013, 100% of OTT finalists maintained a relationship or network connection from that day, we also saw a higher matching rate with 80% of students having successfully secured an employment opportunity within 6 months of the pitch competition, up from 73% in the pilot year of 2012. “6 months from Nov. 6, I am hoping to see a higher matching rate connecting students with employment opportunities, my goal is to match all 17 finalists by the time they graduate in May 2015”, said Sobey.
Following OTT, Taaffe said her “employment opportunities within New Brunswick are looking much brighter“ and McGaw was mostly impressed  with “the talent and ambition of the other students.”
The Wallace McCain Institute (WMI) at the University of New Brunswick is to support the next generation of senior business leaders in the Greater Atlantic Area (GAA) to meet the complex challenges facing in that area. WMI is a catalyst for shifting the business culture of the province and advancing the values of entrepreneurship and innovation. The development and deepening of relationships and networks is fundamental to how the Institute delivers on its mandate.



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