BCIT student wins Canada’s largest student competition

Aiya Benaso / April 10, 2019

left to right: Irene Posyluzny, Finning; Miles Creighton, Finning; Martina Carstairs, BCIT Professional Sales student; John Perry, Finning; Bruce Anthony, BCIT Program Head of Professional Sales.

BCIT Professional Sales student, Martina Carstairs won the 2019 Great Canadian Sales Competition (GCSC) on April 4.

“I’m incredibly honored to bring the winning title back to BCIT. It’s a reflection of the Professional Sales program, it’s instructors, and the community behind developing the next generation of sales talent.” – Martina Carstairs, BCIT Professional Sales student

The GCSC is “Canada’s largest student competition” aimed at post-secondary students, where they use their presentation skills and develop real-world business and sales skills.

They are also able to expand their industry networks with employers from leading companies, including Google, Air Canada, Salesforce, and more.

This year’s competition saw a record-number of more than 4,400 entrants from over 80 post-secondary schools across Canada.

Martina’s sales pitching skills impressed a panel of judges and advanced her to one of the top five spots to present in front of an audience at Google headquarters in Toronto. She presented in front of more than 200 business professionals and business students representing universities such as University of Toronto, Queens, York, and Western.

Her presentation was on the topic of why universities should teach selling skills. Martina drew from her personal experiences at BCIT and it successfully earned her the championship title.

As GCSC champion, Martina also took home a $7,500 cash prize and a complimentary round-trip flight to anywhere in the world, courtesy of Air Canada.

The GCSC was inspired by a BCITMA student competition that Jamie Scarborough, co-founder of Sales Talent Agency, was invited to judge. The competition is now in it’s 5th year. BCIT is the only school from across Canada to have finalists in each of the past 5 years.