More than 200 candidates from across Canada entered the Toronto FC Dream Job Contest and of the 15 who advanced to the next round, five are from the University of Windsor.
“To have one-third of the candidates from the University of Windsor is truly a remarkably feat,” says Ryan McConnell, one of six graduate students in business professor Vincent Georgie’s advertising management course who have been promoting the contest.
At stake is a one-year contract with Toronto FC, the professional soccer franchise owned by Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. The club promises a high-profile position that includes involvement in game broadcasts, hosting matches and promotional events, and travel with the team.
The five remaining UWindsor contestants are human kinetics student Vincenzo Liburdi, digital journalism student Kate Du Toit, business student Gary Chauhan, criminology student Andrina Slegers, and Megan Shaw, a recent graduate of the communication, media and film program.
Their next step is the production of personalized videos; fan voting will select five finalists.
“To get the candidates into the top five we will need the support of the Windsor community,” McConnell says. “We want to ensure our candidates receive a lot of votes to show the Toronto FC selection panel that these candidates have the support of their peers who know they can do a great job in this position.”
He encourages members of the campus community to view the videos and vote at facebook.com/TorontoFC. Balloting continues through Friday, March 16.