Each year, outstanding PwC Professionals are recognized at our annual CEO Awards in the categories of Client, People, Community and Team. The winners are nominated by their peers and recognized for the exceptional way in which they exhibit the PwC Experience behaviours and make a difference to our clients, our people and our communities.
At this year’s CEO Awards, several students from our Montreal office had the opportunity to attend the gala after winning the PwC Challenge -- a national competition for our summer students. Jamie Baloukas shares her experience at the awards below.
1. Tell us about the experience of attending PwC's CEO Awards.
It was an honour to have been part of such a wonderful evening. It was an inspiration for me to witness and celebrate all these great individuals and teams who accomplished such outstanding results. Congratulations to all Montreal nominees and winners, as well everyone across Canada! I hope that one day I can be part of such a big achievement.
2. Which award or story spoke to you the most?
As everyone’s award is to be applauded, Marley Copper’s story touched me the most–a selfless woman who dedicates her time effortlessly to the community, and to the sick children in need. She is a true role model and an inspiration.
3. What do you think is the significance of a firm recognizing its employees?
I can’t stress enough how important it is for a company, big or small, to recognize its employees’ efforts. By making employees feel valued and showing an interest in their goals, this can only further motivate them to have good morale and a positive attitude in the workplace. PwC understands that, and I am proud to be part of their team.
4. What was your favourite part of the evening and what will you tell others when you recount your night?
I'd have to say my favourite part of the night was watching the videos that colleagues made of each of the winners, and seeing how their friends, family and peers were so supportive of their accomplishments and had such kind words to say. It was truly emotional.