Getting out of their comfort zone

We asked the grads from our 2016 September cohort to tell us which project got them out of their comfort zone during their 8-week rotation. Here’s what they had to say!

“Personally, I think our grad project was, without a doubt, what got me out of my comfort zone the most. We were tasked with analyzing the effects of the weather on the business’ performance, which we found very intriguing. After our major breakthrough moment, and after overcoming our initial obstacles, the project became that much more exciting! It was an absolutely gratifying moment for us when we got to present our findings to Executives at the end of the program, an opportunity we are all extremely grateful for.”

-Talal Halaseh

“What took me out of my comfort zone the most was definitely the final project. I had never really worked with Excel before and then suddenly had to work with a whole lot of data! At the end, we even got to present our results and analysis to a panel of executives! The Grad Program empowers you and gives you the confidence to achieve great things and that is something extremely precious to any new graduates starting their career. It is all worth it!”

-Léa Makabi-Boucher

“Looking back, there wasn’t really any particular moment that took me out of my comfort zone. I actually felt like I was in my element. This experience allowed me to become familiar with the company and its vision. The team work energized me and I enjoyed taking on the challenges that were presented to us. Meetings with the Executive team were inspiring and very enjoyable for me!”  

-Karine Bitton

“The dynamic retail environment makes every day in the Grad Program exciting. The most challenging moment was right before the grad project presentation. I felt the intensity because after weeks of research and preparation, it all came down to that moment. I had also never presented in front of so many influential people, where what is discussed can have a real impact! However, when we got started I was immediately motivated by the attentiveness and interactivity of the Executives.”

-Veronika Blach

“Spending a week in Marketing truly got me out of my comfort zone! Since my background is in finance, I was never exposed to all the elements that allow a company to be completely seamless in all of its channels (hence, the notion of omni-channel). It was incredible to see how much work goes into building a brand. I was left amazed by all the different teams and can now appreciate all the details, such as the visual layout in the store, the website’s interface, the content written from emails, the list goes on.”

-Keren Dahan

Click here to learn more about our Graduate Rotational Program.


We asked our interns what kept them busy this summer! Here’s what some of them had to say:

The Back-to-School/Fall 2016 campaigns for both Garage and Dynamite kept me very busy. I was heavily involved in deploying the communication strategy for all store employees. From content creation to developing communication tools, I helped make sure that the teams were aligned. I also got to be involved in a new initiative called R.I.S.E. which aims to increase store efficiency. All very interesting!



Intern, Sales & Operations

I spent my summer looking for inspiration and letting my creativity loose! I surfed the web, flipped through books and magazines, and searched for current worldly exhibitions, all in preparation for the upcoming Holiday 2016 campaign. Once everyone’s inspirations came together, I was in charge of creating mood boards and presenting them to Executives. I truly felt like I was a part of what will be our next Holiday campaign and it amazes me how everyone’s contributions came together.


Intern, Visual | Dynamite

We got to develop and fit our own garments! From the styles provided by a designer, we had to develop the patterns and have them printed and sewed. Once the samples were made, we worked with the designer, our supervisors and a Fit Model to make the proper corrections for the perfect fit. This helped us realize that millions of little steps are involved in the process!

We’re so proud of the finished result and even prouder to have been able to be involved in every part of the process. We were able to take all the knowledge we learned in school and apply it in a context closer to the reality of the industry.



Interns, Sourcing

My summer internship took me out of my comfort zone! I got to learn a completely different approach to design which made me grow as a graphic designer. This experience made me realize the difference between school and work force. That being said, having my work included in Dynamite’s February print selection was definitely my biggest accomplishment.



Intern, Graphic Design | Dynamite

I spent the summer doing what I love… design! I was given the task of designing various promotional accessories, like makeup cases and portable coffee cups! I also had the chance to participate in the production of the Concept Book; what an amazing opportunity! This was such a rewarding experience, and I’m so proud that several of my prints will be in our upcoming collections!


Intern, Graphic Design | Dynamite

I had the chance to work on the planning and execution of the Dynamite booth for the Festival Mode & Design. This project was so inspiring because it allowed me to participate concretely to the outreach of the brand during one of Montreal’s must-see fashion events. In addition to coordinating all of the activities surrounding the Festival, from the fashion show to the installation of the booth, I also helped in the organization of the on-site VIP media event. Since day one of my internship, the team welcomed me like as if I was part of the family. What makes me most proud about this project was that I was able to see it take shape from beginning to end!


Intern, Marketing | Dynamite