Circle of Inspiration

Inspire Canada’s Next Generation of Leaders 

The Circle of Inspiration is an exclusive network of business and community leaders who invest in JA as it delivers financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs to more than 250,000 youth across Canada each year. They inspire students to launch businesses, take on leadership roles and help Canada succeed in a global economy.

In 2013, Tony Fell, former Chairman of RBC Capital Markets and Companion of the Order of the Business Hall of Fame, partnered with JA Canada to launch the Circle of Inspiration. The Circle of Inspiration includes Companions and representatives of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. They are committed to supporting JA as it refreshes its programs to meet the needs of 21st century youth. This includes adding digital technology to its programs, increases its reach and providing students with a strong foundation for success in the global economy.

Thank you to the members of the Circle of Inspiration:

  • Sonja Bata 

  • Aldo Bensadoun 

  • John E. Cleghorn 

  • Jack L. Cockwell

  • A. Jean de Grandpré

  • Anthony S. Fell 

  • Gerald R. Heffernan 

  • Arthur Irving

  • Brandt C. Louie

  • Joseph L. Rotman

  • Isadore Sharp 

  • David F. Sobey

  • W. Galen Weston 

  • L.R. Wilson 

  • Jos Wintermans 






For more information about the Circle of Inspiration and how to join, please contact Aliya Ansari.


Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.