MRO Magazine

Candidates selected for company’s National Internship Program


July 22, 2015
By Bill Roebuck


Montreal, QC – Walter Surface Technologies, a designer and developer of high performance products for the metalworking industry, has selected two of Canada’s brightest students for its innovative internship program, Next to Succeed. The program was developed to help close the leadership gap among millennials and upper management.

Following the company’s successful launch of Objectif: Relève, the Quebec-based internship program that was started in 2014, Next to Succeed is the national extension of the program that fosters the development of future leaders through an innovative paid internship to advance the careers of business and engineering students at the multi-national company’s Montreal-based corporate offices.

Chemical engineering student Cyril Tremblay, from École Polytechnique de Montréal, and MBA student David Wright from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, will join Walter Surface Technologies this summer as the Next to Succeed candidates to work directly with executive management and the chairman and CEO, Pierre Somers, on key projects in the areas of research & development, finance, operations and marketing.

“Next to Succeed is a great opportunity to work directly with senior-level management at Walter Surface Technologies and enhance my leadership skills,” said Tremblay.


“I was excited to be selected for the Next to Succeed internship,” said Wright. “It accelerates your career preparation by introducing you to different sectors of the business at a level that is simply not available through typical internship programs.”

As many senior and second-level executives retire or approach retirement, Canadian organizations face a serious leadership succession challenge, said Somers. According to Statistics Canada 2013 Trends and Forecasts, companies that transition to the next generation without a succession plan [may] experience a drop in business in their first years that can negatively impact the Canadian economy.

“This innovative internship will provide our interns and employees, as well as senior management, the chance to collaborate and learn from each other, which will ultimately support our company’s continued growth,” said Somers. “I look forward to the opportunity to work with and learn from our Next to Succeed candidates.”

Next To Succeed is the organization’s systematic approach to identify, develop and retain talent for key positions, contributing to the creation of a generation of qualified leaders by providing access to training and development. Through Next to Succeed, Walter Surface Technologies encourages other organizations to take the lead on developing and fostering the next generation of leaders, to create skilled successors, while providing opportunities to Canada’s millennial generation.