Stéfan Danis, CEO of Mandrake and NEXCareer, Toronto, participated last summer in the Gobi March, a six-day, 250 km foot race – which Time magazine ranks as the second toughest endurance competition in the world – all to benefit the National Advertising Benevolent Society in Canada.Mandrake is an executive search firm for personnel in consumer products and services, marketing communications, and the digital industries, while NEXCareer is a provider of corporate and career transition services.
Danis, who was the first Canadian to cross the finish line, finishing 14th overall, raised $40,000 to benefit NABS, whose services to benefit members of the advertising industry are supported by volunteer efforts and events. Danis was one of several individuals who made individual efforts to help top up NABS’ funds, which have been well tested during the recent economic situation.
Danis compared his experience in China’s Gobi Desert to looking for a new job during tough economic times: “It’s very lonely, you don’t see much, and it’s easy to stop. The journey isn’t over until we’ve mastered the road to recovery in these tough times. We have to keep going.”