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Friday June 21st, 2024 | National

Jenna Knupp JA Canada

Tell us about your JA company and your role within the company?

My name is Jenna Knupp, and I was a co-president for Sweets & Treats Co, for the junior achievement program at Weyburn Comprehensive School. Sweets & Treats Co was a retail food company that focused on selling a variety of treats including chocolate covered pretzels in two flavors white and milk chocolate, Christmas crunch which was a chocolate covered popcorn snack mix, fudge pops in two flavors maple and chocolate and fudge in two main flavors maple and chocolate. Fudge was our main focus, so as well in January we did a specialty fudge promotion that included six new flavors of fudge Orange Chocolate Swirl, Mint Chocolate Swirl, Vanilla, Vanilla M&M, Chocolate Chip Swirl and our fan favorite Cookies & Cream. Our company was extremely successful, bringing in $18,135.69 in sales with $12,500.00 in profit. Myself alone I brought in $3,794.20 in sales, which represented 24.5% of the company’s total revenue.

Our company was proud to donate $1,389.20 to the Andon Hoff Memorial fund as a way to give back to our community. Our company was very successful, and I am so proud of all we accomplished. Since my JA experience has come to an end, I decided to use all the skills I learned to start my own business.

My fudge company is called “Jenna’s Sweet Shop” and hope to expand my fudge flavor pallet and market my product in memory of my grandma who was also a fudge entrepreneur.

What did you learn by participating in the JA Company Program?

Junior Achievement taught me so many valuable lessons that I will take with into my post-secondary education and my future career. I was constantly being asked questions and being asked to come up with solutions to any problems that came to the surface. I would evaluate situations and resolve conflict between my peers on a daily basis. I also learned how different personalities mix together to create a team. Everyone has value and needs to be treated with respect. Each person brings something different to the table, some personalities might be more outgoing and energetic, while others might be more calm and thoughtful. When you combine all of the different aspects you can create a well-rounded team that can tackle any challenge thrown their way.

No matter how stressful the situation was or how overwhelmed I felt I made sure to have constant resilience and to always bring a positive attitude to class each day. I was nominated for salesperson of the year, achiever of the year and president of the year by my peers. This experience has put me in a real workplace environment and showed me that I can handle a lot more than I thought I could. Alongside junior achievement, I also played on the school basketball team. Maintaining my grades was especially important to me, so I had to be mindful of how I used my time. I worked hard to create a balance between academics, sports, and my leadership role. Which is a skill I am thankful to have learned from junior achievement.

Would you recommend this program to other students?

Junior achievement is a wonderful program that helps young adults start early in the business world. If you are interested in anything business or entrepreneurship related the JA program is the perfect class to take. JA didn’t only give me new knowledge in business but also left me with new lifelong friends. I would recommend the JA program to all other students as it doesn’t only give you business knowledge but also new skillsets like teamwork, multitasking, communication and critical thinking. All these skills can be used in any job, not only business-related jobs, so I recommend everyone take part in the Junior achievement program.

Thursday June 6th, 2024 | National

We're delighted to share the news of the 2024 national JA student award winners. This year, three awards were available to students across Canada who actively participated in the JA Company Program!

JA Future Leader Award
Awarded to a student who developed and demonstrated leadership skills through their JA experience. 

JA Company Program Community Award
Awarded to a student who demonstrated how they used their JA experience to contribute to building a better community.

The Seymour Schulich Entrepreneurship Scholarship
Awarded to a graduating student who demonstrated how their JA experience has equipped them with the entrepreneurial skills and a mindset that they'll apply to their future educational and career pathways.

The 2024 National JA Student Award Winners Are:

JA Future Leader Award - Rafael Nicholas Bugan | JA Quebec

JA Company Program Community Award - Anson Lee | JA Central Ontario

Seymour Schulich Entrepreneurship Scholarship - May Sharma | JA Northern Alberta

Monday April 29th, 2024 | National

Cogeco, Colliers International, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd, FirstService Corporation, Fortis Inc., National Bank, TD Bank, and Air Canada sponsor 2024 CBHF celebration honouring Stanley Marshall, Prem Watsa, Louis Audet and Jay Hennick

Toronto, April 29, 2024 – The Canadian Business Hall of Fame (CBHF) is pleased to announce the lead sponsors of the May 23rd Induction Ceremony and Celebration event.

Cogeco, Colliers International, Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd., FirstService Corporation, Fortis Inc., National Bank, TD Bank, and Air Canada join as lead sponsors among an impressive lineup of companies supporting this event honouring exceptional business leaders – Louis Audet, Jay S. Hennick, H. Stanley Marshall, and V. Prem Watsa.  

These extraordinary Canadian leaders will be formally inducted as Companions to the Order of the Business Hall of Fame during a special award ceremony at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 23rd. The event celebrates the Inductees for their indelible contributions to Canada’s business landscape, their vision and leadership, national and global economic impact, and philanthropy.

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame event is the signature national fundraising initiative for Junior Achievement of Canada (JA Canada). Proceeds of the event fuel JA Canada’s mission to equip youth with financial health, entrepreneurship, and work readiness skills they need to be better prepared for their future.

Acknowledging the significant accomplishments of the 2024 awardees: “This year’s Inductees have earned the respect of their peers, paved the way for others, and are role models for future generations of enterprising youth,” said Scott Hillier, CEO of JA Canada.

“The sponsorships of these generous companies demonstrate not only their shared commitment to recognizing leadership, but also their commitment to inspiring the entrepreneurs and leaders of tomorrow,” said Hillier.

Sponsors and supporters who have donated in honour of the Inductees share tributes and express their support for the event and the mission:

  • “As supporters of Junior Achievement programming for nearly four decades, we share a profound interest in equipping the next generation with the skills, knowledge, and curiosity they need to succeed.  We are proud to recognize this year’s Canadian Business Hall of Fame Inductees for their many accomplishments and their commitment to supporting the growth of the leaders of tomorrow.”

 - David Hutchens, President and CEO, Fortis Inc.

  • “Jay Hennick, your journey through College Pro to Colliers has been a masterclass in leadership and perseverance. From groundbreaking initiatives to nurturing the next generation of talent, your contributions have been pivotal. As you receive this well-deserved honour, know that your friends and colleagues stand in awe of your achievements. This gift commemorates your induction and all the ways you've made us better by simply being you.”

- Howard Sokolowski, O.On., CEO, Metropia.

  • “Stan, you’ve been blazing new trails, building leaders and investing in the next generation throughout your career. Your time, leadership and mentorship has impacted so many lives. This gift is given in tribute to all that you have given, Congratulations Stan!”
  • “The incredible business leaders recognized this year are an inspiration to us all - in business and in life.”
  • “Congratulations Prem! Your contribution to the financial industry and people behind it, has been nothing short of inspiring.  This gift is in honor of your induction, celebrating your incredible journey and the countless lives you’ve touched along the way.”

- Madeleine Paquin, C.M., C.B.H.F., Former President and CEO, Logistec Corporation.

  •  “A bold and visionary businessman, Louis Audet led major transformation at Cogeco and continues to transform his community through his tireless philanthropic efforts. You are more than deserving of this special honour Louis. Felicitations!”
  • “JA Canada’s programs help to shape the lives and minds of our future business leaders. It’s an honour to support such important work and to recognize four extraordinary role models.”

Sponsorship and tickets for the May 23rd event, and the opportunity to donate in honour of the Inductees are still available. For more information regarding sponsorship and participation opportunities, please visit www.cbhf.ca or contact info@cbhf.ca .

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Full List of Sponsors at time of publication:

Cogeco • Colliers International • Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited •

Fortis Inc. • The Jay and Barbara Hennick Family Foundation • Air Canada •

FirstService Corporation • TD Bank • National Bank •

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Brookfield • Burgundy Asset Management Ltd. • Globe & Mail

Korn Ferry • Power Corporation of Canada • RBC

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Amazon Canada • Avanade Canada Inc. • BMO Capital Markets • CIBC •

Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP • Deloitte • EY • Hugessen Consulting • Irving Oil •

Kingsdale Advisors • Longview Communications Inc. • Maple Leaf Foods • Morningstar DBRS •

OMERS • PwC • RCK Securities Inc. • Rotman School of Business • Teck Resources Limited •

TorQuest Partners • Toronto Metropolitan University • Torys LLP • Triovest

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Linda Hohol • Annette Verschuren • Madeleine Paquin • Howard Sokolowski

Saturday January 27th, 2024 | National

In the spring of 2023, The Globe and Mail interviewed Dawn de Lima, Executive Vice-President, Corporate Services of TC Energy and Chair of the Board for JA Canada. Please see the full interview below to learn how TC Energy has been a strong supporter of JA Canada for more than two decades!

What initiatives has TC Energy supported with JA?

TC Energy has been partnering with JA Canada for more than 20 years. Over that time, we’ve invested more than $900,000 into various programs and initiatives, and countless volunteer hours from our employees. Recently, through our Social Impact Program Build Strong, TC Energy has supported JA Canada’s Digital Transformation Project: JA Campus. This has been an exciting program for us, as it brings JA programming to students across Canada, and creates more opportunities for reaching and engaging a diverse student group. We have also expanded our support to include the development of a new Virtual Career Fair portal. This new portal will create a destination for students to navigate career opportunities and visit different centres dedicated to diverse careers such as skilled trades, finance, energy and technology.

Why has TC Energy invested in JA digital’s learning initiatives for the past several years? Why does TC Energy believe that it is important to support digital education innovation?

Innovation is a core value at TC Energy. As a team of 7,000+ energy problem solvers - we are restlessly innovative. As we work to move, generate and store the energy North America relies on, having an innovation mindset is the key to unlocking a more sustainable and more secure energy future. JA’s digital learning initiatives are reaching more youth, from communities that would have otherwise not had access to programs. The social impact TC Energy seeks to have by investing in JA’s digital learning initiatives is to build the next generation of energy problem solvers and improve access and reach of innovative programming.

Why is TC Energy passionate about career readiness education?

Now more than ever, the world needs big thinkers. Solving today, and tomorrow’s energy challenges will require bright, open, and curious minds to help us look at problems differently and contribute unique solutions through their work. Empowering the next generation of energy problem solvers through our Social Impact program, Build Strong, is about inspiring the bright minds of today, to help us develop tomorrow’s energy solutions.

What excites you about joining forces with JA and other partners to sponsor the development of the JA Virtual Career Fair Platform?

We’ve already seen the impact of the adaptive delivery model through our earlier investments in JA digital’s learning initiatives. Being able to evolve our Build Strong investment and take it one step further by supporting the development of the TC Energy Career Centre will introduce students to the exciting possibilities of a career in energy to students across Canada.

How does this initiative specifically support your business and talent development goals?

At TC Energy, we’re looking for people who bring innovative ideas and a unique perspective. The TC Energy Career Centre will highlight what it looks like to help solve some of the world’s most pressing energy problems and bring the perspectives of our employees directly to students. Our employees will help us deliver aspects of the program through mentorship opportunities and showcasing energy careers.

What are your hopes for the TC Energy Career Centre?

The TC Energy Career Centre will equip future energy problem solvers with career skills and provide experiential learning opportunities in a new and innovative way. We want to create a destination for students to discover a career that they might not have realized was even possible. With access to experiential learning opportunities at the students’ fingertips, we’re helping to expand the reach and increase the access to those not traditionally reached through JA events.

Friday January 26th, 2024 | National

AM800 Canada Guest host Kyle Horner was joined by Karen Gallant, CEO of JA South Western Ontario recently to discuss how the funding from the Taco Bell Foundation, which supports World of Choices Events, will benefit students in the Windsor-Essex area. 

Throughout the interview Karen discusses JA, what a World of Choices event is and the value students gain by participating in event. Listen to the full interview below.

Tuesday January 16th, 2024 | National

Take a look at The Globe and Mail to see our full-page ad highlighting the 2024 Inductees to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame:

‣ V. Prem Watsa, C.M., MBA, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Fairfax Holdings Limited
‣ Louis Audet, C.M., O.Q., P. Eng., MBA, Chairman of the Board, Cogeco Inc., and Cogeco Communications Inc.
‣ H. Stanley Marshall, BASc (Chem. Eng.), LLB, Corporate Director & Retired Chief Executive Officer, Fortis Inc.
‣ Jay S. Hennick, C.M., J.D., Global Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, Colliers International, Founder & Chairman, FirstService Corporation

We look forward to the Induction Ceremony & Celebration on May 23, 2024 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities, purchase tickets or learn more about the event, please visit www.cbhf.ca or contact us at info@cbhf.ca.

Wednesday January 10th, 2024 | National

Through its Community Grants program, the Taco Bell Foundation is connecting Canadian youth across the country to educational and career resources and opportunities.

VAUGHAN, ON, Jan. 10, 2024 /CNW/ - The Taco Bell Foundation has raised $40,000 for Junior Achievement Canada since the nonprofit organization launched fundraising efforts in Canada last summer. The Taco Bell Foundation's arrival in the true north signifies a remarkable step toward making a positive impact on the lives of young Canadians and communities internationally. With a commitment to "Live Más," the Taco Bell Foundation is dedicated to equipping young Canadians with the skills, confidence, resources, and connections they need to succeed in school and beyond.

"Every year, the Taco Bell Foundation provides grants and scholarships aimed to help young people in and around the communities where Taco Bell does business," said Jennifer Bradbury, Taco Bell Foundation Executive Director. "We are excited to bring our Community Grants program to Canada and provide financial support to deserving organizations like Junior Achievement, helping more young Canadians realize their full potential. Thanks to generous donations from Taco Bell customers and fans, we're able to give back and inspire the next generation."

Junior Achievement Canada will be Taco Bell Foundation's inaugural partner in this endeavor. The Taco Bell Foundation has a longstanding partnership with JA in the United States and with the recently announced launch of the Taco Bell Foundation in Canada, is expanding the partnership with JA providing Canadian youth with valuable skills, knowledge, and experiences that will equip them for the future.

"JA is thrilled to see the Taco Bell Foundation launch its innovative Round Up program in Canada," said Scott Hillier, CEO, JA Canada. "We admire Taco Bell Foundation's commitment to break down barriers to educate and inspire the next generation of leaders. Donations to the Taco Bell Foundation will help JA expand access to impactful career-readiness programs for thousands of underserved youth across Canada."

JA Canada's mission is to inspire and prepare students with the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities and be successful in the global economy, aligning perfectly with the Taco Bell Foundation's mission. JA delivers hands-on, immersive learning in entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness to more than 300,000 students annually.

The Taco Bell Foundation, through its generous $40,000 grant, given to JA Canada, will impact approximately 1,500 students across Canada. Customers and fans of the brand can donate to the Taco Bell Foundation all year long by rounding up their total to the nearest dollar at the front counter and drive-thru at participating locations. 

For more information on the Taco Bell Foundation, please visit www.tacobellfoundation.org

About Taco Bell Foundation:

Taco Bell Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity that helps break down barriers to educate and inspire the next generation of young leaders. Since 1992, the Taco Bell Foundation has reached more than 5 million young people around the globe and has awarded more than $155 million in grants and scholarships focused on education and career readiness.

For Media Inquiries, Please Contact:

Richard Villagomez – Taco Bell Corp
Richard.Villagomez@yum.com

About Junior Achievement Canada:

JA Canada is a renowned educational non-profit organization. JA inspires the next generation to realize their potential and make a positive impact in their communities. Through a network of local offices, JA collaborates with educators, volunteers, and organizations across Canada to deliver hands-on, immersive, and digital learning experiences to young people, reaching more than 300,000 annually. JA commits to ensuring accessibility and inclusivity through programs that help youth build transferable skills in work readiness, financial health, and entrepreneurship. www.jacanada.org for more information.

For Media Inquiries, Please Contact:

Angela Scott
Manager, Marketing and Communications
JA Canada
ascott@jacanada.org

SOURCE Taco Bell Canada

Thursday December 14th, 2023 | National

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame and Junior Achievement of Canada Announce the 2024 Inductees to the Order of the Business Hall of Fame

Louis Audet, Jay S. Hennick, H. Stanley Marshall, and V. Prem Watsa will be honoured

with induction into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, May 23, 2024.

TORONTO, ON, December 14, 2023 – Each year, The Canadian Business Hall of Fame (CBHF) honours and celebrates the achievements and contributions of Canada’s business leaders for their vision and leadership, national and global economic impact, community engagement and philanthropy.

Today, the CBHF is pleased to announce its 2024 Inductees to the Order of the Business Hall of Fame:

  • Louis Audet, C.M., O.Q.,P. Eng., MBA, Chairman of the Board, Cogeco Inc., and Cogeco Communications Inc.
  • Jay S. Hennick, C.M., J.D., Global Chief Executive Officer & Chairman, Colliers International, Founder & Chairman, FirstService Corporation
  • H. Stanley Marshall, BASc (Chem. Eng.), LLB, Corporate Director & Retired Chief Executive Officer, Fortis Inc.
  • V. Prem Watsa, C.M., MBA, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Fairfax Holdings Limited

These exceptional Canadians will be formally inducted at the 2024 Canadian Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 23, 2024.

“We congratulate Mr. Audet, Mr. Hennick, Mr. Marshall, and Mr. Watsa who are recognized for their vision and leadership; national and global economic impact, civic engagement and philanthropy,” said CBHF Chancellor, Janice Fukakusa, C.M.” Each has left an indelible mark on the Canadian landscape - opening doors to global business opportunities, promoting diversity and sustainability, and through their engagement with causes and community.”

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to recognize exceptional and visionary business leaders for their contributions to the economic development and prosperity of Canada.

Each year, individuals are nominated by their peers and are chosen by an independent selection committee representing Canada’s foremost private sector, academic and media institutions convened by Korn Ferry, the official CBHF Selection Partner.

The annual CBHF Induction Ceremony and Celebration is the signature fundraising event for Junior Achievement of Canada (JA Canada). Proceeds support JA Canada’s mission to develop and deliver financial health, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs that equip youth with the skillset and mindset for success.

“We are grateful to the Companions of the Business Hall of Fame who serve as role models for aspiring young Canadian entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders,” said Scott Hillier, CEO of JA Canada.” The 2024 Inductees join an extraordinary group of individuals who were enshrined in earlier years. Their legacies inspire the next generation.”

JA welcomes members of the business community and leaders from across the country to the CBHF Induction Ceremony and Celebration event in May. Sponsorship, tickets and the opportunity to donate in honour of the Inductees are now available. For more information regarding sponsorship and participation opportunities, please visit www.cbhf.ca or contact info@cbhf.ca .

About The Canadian Business Hall of Fame (CBHF)

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame celebrates outstanding achievements of Canada’s most distinguished business leaders. Since 1979, more than 200 business leaders have been inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Celebrating the leaders of today and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow, the CBHF Induction Ceremony and Celebration is the signature national fundraising event in support of JA Canada.

For more information, please visit www.cbhf.ca.

About JA Canada

JA Canada inspires the next generation to realize their potential and make a positive impact in their communities. Through JA Canada’s network of local offices, and in collaboration with educators and volunteers, the organization delivers hands-on, immersive, and digital learning experiences to young people. Last year JA engaged more than 340,000 youth from coast-to-coast-to-coast. JA is committed to ensuring accessibility and inclusivity through programs that help youth build transferable skills in work readiness, financial health, and entrepreneurship.

For more information, please visit www.jacanada.org.

Media Inquiries

For more information, requests for interviews or comments please contact Angela Scott, Manager of Communications ascott@jacanada.org.

Wednesday November 29th, 2023 | National

CALGARY, Alberta & WINNIPEG, Manitoba, November 28, 2023. Neo Financial (Neo), a leading Canadian financial technology company, and Junior Achievement of Canada (JA Canada), a renowned youth financial education organization, have launched the JA Knowledge Hub—powered by Neo.


With November marking Financial Literacy Month and many Canadians facing increased financial pressures, the JA Knowledge Hub offers financial literacy learning resources designed for teens and available for all ages. This digital library aims to address gaps in financial literacy that contribute to the financial challenges facing Canadians.


Delivered through the JA Knowledge Hub, JA Canada’s financial education expertise — which already reaches more than 341,000 youth annually through immersive JA programs and learning experiences — will provide bite-sized, interactive content on topics including:


How to manage money: Spending and budgeting, methods of payment, and banking basics
Where your money goes: Understanding taxes, credit card interest, and debt
Making money work for you: Saving, investing, and setting smart financial goals
Protecting your money: Keeping your data safe, safe spending, security and passwords, planning for financial uncertainty


The announcement builds on the recent launch of the JA Money card—powered by Neo, a debit card alternative that enables teens from the age of 13 to take control of their finances in a safe, secure, and educational environment2.


Research shows that financial literacy in Canada is a significant concern. According to MNP, only 15% of Canadians believe they have strong financial literacy skills, and 39% of Canadians rank their financial literacy knowledge as “poor”.


“JA Canada’s volunteers and staff across the country do vital work to prepare youth for the challenges they’ll face as they transition to financial independence. The JA Knowledge Hub, developed in partnership with Neo, is an exciting new resource for young Canadians to develop the skills and knowledge required to set and achieve sound financial goals,” said Scott Hillier, CEO, JA Canada. “We’re proud to be working with Neo as a trusted partner in this effort to empower the next generation to build a better financial future.”


“As an alum of Junior Achievement’s education programs, I’m thrilled to work with JA Canada to expand their reach and help even more young Canadians achieve their financial goals,” said Andrew Chau, CEO of Neo Financial. “The JA Knowledge Hub is the latest way that Neo and JA are innovating to deliver an educational and rewarding financial experience for Canadian youth.”

You can explore the JA Knowledge Hub—powered by Neo at this link.


About Neo Financial
Neo Financial is a technology company simplifying finances through reimagined spending, savings, investing, and mortgages. Founded in 2019 by the co-founders of SkipTheDishes, Neo has raised more than $299 million in funding and has been recognized as one of the top tech startups in Canada by LinkedIn. Neo is headquartered
in Calgary and Winnipeg, and is backed by top-tier investors across North America.

Through partnerships with leading financial institutions, Neo provides members with a safe and secure way to spend (Neo Credit), save (Neo Money™), invest (Neo Invest™), and get a mortgage (Neo Mortgage™). Neo for Business powers financial solutions for Tim Hortons, Cathay Pacific, Hudson’s Bay, and over 12,000 other partners across the country. To learn more, visit neofinancial.com.


About JA Canada
JA Canada is a renowned non-profit educational organization. Through its national network of local offices, JA collaborates with educators, volunteers, and organizations to deliver hands-on, immersive, and digital learning experiences to young people. JA inspires the next generation to realize their potential equipping youth with financial education, entrepreneurship and transferable work readiness skills. JA commits to ensuring
accessibility and inclusivity through programs that support youth to build thriving communities. Success starts here. Learn more: www.jacanada.org


The JA Money card is a prepaid Mastercard® issued by Neo Financial pursuant to license by Mastercard International Incorporated. The JA Money card is powered by the Neo Everyday account, which is provided by Peoples Bank of Canada.


¹ Based on metrics including app store ratings, revenue growth, third-party product rankings, industry
awards, and company valuation, according to Neo research.


2 Account only available to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. You must be at least 13 years of age to
be eligible.

Tuesday November 21st, 2023 | National

CALGARY, Alberta & WINNIPEG, Manitoba, November 21, 2023.

Neo Financial (Neo), a leading Canadian financial technology company, has introduced a High-Interest Savings account (HISA) built specifically for youth aged 13 and up1 — bringing young Canadians a supercharged interest rate of 3.75%2 on every dollar they save.

Building on the recent launch of the JA Money card—powered by Neo, in partnership with Junior Achievement Canada (JA Canada), this is Neo’s latest move to transform the financial services market to better serve Canadian teens with the next generation of financial tools — empowering youth to navigate their finances with confidence.

Young Canadians who save with Neo will enjoy:

  • Financial tools to set smart goals: Using the Neo app, teens can save smarter with multiple high-interest accounts that they can customize to match their goals, making it easier than ever to track spending habits, build a healthy budget, and save up for what matters most — like tuition, trips, and major purchases.
  • Smooth online signup in minutes: Teens can open a High-Interest Savings account in minutes through the Neo app — no waiting in a line-up or filling out paper forms.
  • A great interest rate you can count on: The Neo HISA has a stable rate of 3.75%2 means teens will earn more than double the base interest of leading competitors3 , with no minimum deposits.
  • No tricks and no gimmicks: With Neo, there are no temporary promotional rates — just stable, rewarding returns for teens on every dollar they save.
  • Cashback rewards are just a tap away: Teens can move money with ease from their HISA to a JA Money card — unlocking great cashback rewards on every dollar they spend at 11,000+ Neo merchant partners.
  • Security and peace of mind: Like all Neo deposit products, High-Interest Savings accounts are eligible for CDIC protection up to $100,0004.

In partnership with JA Canada, a leading youth educational non-profit, Neo will soon launch a digital library of financial literacy resources curated specifically for students — designed to help young Canadians build skills and confidence today and every day as they build their financial future.

“Neo is proud to unlock a new era of financial opportunities for Canadian teens. By building products like high-interest savings for youth and the new JA Money card, we’re empowering young Canadians to manage their money and take control of their financial future,” said Andrew Chau, Neo Financial CEO. “With a fully digital experience and one of the best high-interest rates available to Canadian teens, Neo gives younger customers the tools to set smart financial goals and achieve them faster.”

About Neo Financial

Neo Financial is a technology company simplifying finances through reimagined spending, savings, investing, and mortgages. Founded in 2019 by the co-founders of SkipTheDishes, Neo has raised more than $299 million in funding and has been recognized as one of the top tech startups in Canada by LinkedIn. Neo is headquartered in Calgary and Winnipeg, and is backed by top-tier investors across North America.

Through partnerships with leading financial institutions, Neo provides members with a safe and secure way to spend (Neo Credit), save (Neo Money™), invest (Neo Invest™), and get a mortgage (Neo Mortgage™). Neo for Business powers financial solutions for Tim Hortons, Cathay Pacific, Hudson’s Bay, and over 11,000 other partners across the country. To learn more, visit neofinancial.com.

The Neo High-Interest Savings account is provided by Peoples Bank of Canada.

Neo High-Interest Savings account is not available for Quebec applicants.

The JA Money card is a prepaid Mastercard® issued by Neo Financial™ pursuant to license by Mastercard International Incorporated. The JA Money card is powered by the Neo Everyday account, which is provided by Peoples Bank of Canada.

Mastercard and the circles design are registered trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated.

1 Account only available to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. You must be at least 13 years of age to be eligible.

2 Interest is calculated daily on the total closing balance and paid monthly. Rates are per annum and subject to change without notice.

3 Based on research of high-interest savings accounts, comparing: BMO, CIBC, Scotiabank, TD Bank, Royal Bank of Canada, Simplii Financial, and Tangerine. Research conducted by Neo Financial and based on data taken from public websites on November 8, 2023. Research excludes promotional offers.

4 The Neo Everyday account and Neo High-Interest Savings account are provided by Peoples Bank of Canada, a CDIC member institution, and are eligible for CDIC deposit protection. Deposits held in Neo Everyday accounts and Neo High-Interest Savings accounts are combined with eligible deposits held at Peoples Bank of Canada, for up to $100,000 of deposit protection, per category, per depositor. For more information about CDIC deposit insurance, please consult CDIC’s website cdic.ca.

Cashback may be limited and varies by perks, offer, and partner. Value increase is an average and depends on card use. Offer is subject to the Rewards Policy. Offer may be amended or cancelled at any time without notice. Cashback, perks, insights, and other offers and rewards are operated by Neo. Third party merchants may have minimum age requirements.

Tuesday November 14th, 2023 | National

CALGARY, Alberta & WINNIPEG, Manitoba, November 14, 2023. Neo Financial (Neo), a leading Canadian financial technology company and Junior Achievement of Canada (JA Canada), a renowned educational organization, are thrilled to announce the launch of the ​​JA Money card—powered by Neo. The JA Money card marks a turning point for young Canadians centered around financial education, digital convenience, and rewards for students. 

This prepaid Mastercard® is a debit card alternative ushering in a new era of financial empowerment for young Canadians, enabling teens from the age of 13, to take control of their finances in a safe, secure, and educational environment.  

JA Money cardholders will enjoy: 

  • Cashback on Categories Students Love: Instant cashback at eligible brands in spending categories like clothing, restaurants, cafes, books, electronics, fitness and more. 
  • No Monthly Fees: Say “no” to monthly fees and get free everyday transactions with no minimum balance. 
  • Simplified Money Management: Real-time, personalized insights to better understand spending habits through the Neo app. 
  • Tools for Saving: Organize and track financial goals through personalized high-interest savings accounts. 
  • Safety and Security: Get real-time purchase notifications, in-app card freezing, and eligibility for CDIC deposit protection. 
  • Fast Digital Application: Account signup in less than 5 minutes - with no branch visits required. 
  • Empowering Learning Content: Access to bite-sized learning content from JA Canada to build money management skills and confidence. 

“Through our partnership with JA Canada, Neo will empower the next generation to take control of their financial future,” said Andrew Chau, CEO of Neo Financial. “Together, we’re creating a generational shift of financial independence for young Canadians, making it more accessible, more modern, and more relevant to youth than ever before." 

The JA Money card opens the doors to a library of financial literacy curated specifically for students, launching in the coming weeks — designed to help students build skills and confidence today and every day as they build their financial future.  

“Educating young people about money and helping them build financial independence is what we do at JA,” said Scott Hillier, CEO, JA Canada. “We are thrilled to join forces with Neo to launch the JA Money card, and create new self-directed educational resources for Canadian youth. This innovative partnership model demonstrates how forward looking organizations, like Neo, can fuel an ecosystem of engagement and support non-profits to increase capacity and impact,” said Hillier. 

JA Canada joins an exciting roster of Neo partnerships, including Tim Hortons, Cathay Pacific, and Hudson’s Bay, as a charity of choice and financial education partner. Every JA Money card generates a donation to JA at no cost to the cardholder – an innovative solution that uses financial products to generate recurring revenue for non-profits like JA, all to better support the communities they serve. 

About Neo Financial 

Neo Financial is a technology company simplifying finances through reimagined spending, savings, investing, and mortgages. Founded in 2019 by the co-founders of SkipTheDishes, Neo has raised more than $299 million in funding and has been recognized as one of the top tech startups in Canada by LinkedIn. Neo is headquartered in Calgary and Winnipeg, and is backed by top-tier investors across North America. 

Through partnerships with leading financial institutions, Neo provides members with a safe and secure way to spend (Neo Credit), save (Neo Money™), invest (Neo Invest™), and get a mortgage (Neo Mortgage™). Neo for Business powers financial solutions for Tim Hortons, Cathay Pacific, Hudson’s Bay, and over 11,000 other partners across the country. To learn more, visit neofinancial.com

About JA Canada 

JA Canada is a renowned non-profit educational organization. Through its national network of local offices, JA collaborates with educators, volunteers, and organizations to deliver hands-on, immersive, and digital learning experiences to young people. JA inspires the next generation to realize their potential equipping youth with financial education, entrepreneurship and transferable work readiness skills. JA commits to ensuring accessibility and inclusivity through programs that support youth to build thriving communities. Success starts here. Learn more: www.jacanada.org 

The JA Money card is a prepaid Mastercard® issued by Neo Financial™ pursuant to license by Mastercard International Incorporated. The JA Money card is powered by the Neo Everyday account. 

Mastercard® and the circles design are registered trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated. 

The Neo Everyday account and Neo High-Interest Savings account are provided by Peoples Bank of Canada, a CDIC member institution, and are eligible for CDIC deposit protection. Deposits held in Neo Everyday accounts and Neo High-Interest Savings accounts are combined with eligible deposits held at Peoples Bank of Canada, for up to $100,000 of deposit protection, per category, per depositor. For more information about CDIC deposit insurance, please consult CDIC’s website cdic.ca. 

Account only available to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec. You must be at least 13 years of age to be eligible. 

There are no transaction fees applicable to the JA Money card. If you require a rushed card replacement, a $29 fee applies. The foreign exchange conversion fee is 2.50%. 

There are no transaction fees applicable to the Neo Everyday account or Neo High-Interest Savings account. If you require a printed version of a monthly statement or other document, a $5 fee applies for each printed document. 

Transactions are subject to certain dollar limit maximums. For details, please see join.neo.cc/JA-press. 

Cashback may be limited and varies by perks, offer, and partner. Value increase is an average and depends on card use. Offer is subject to the Rewards Policy. Offer may be amended or cancelled at any time without notice. Cashback, perks, insights, and other offers and rewards are operated by Neo. 

Contacts 

For more information, please contact media@neofinancial.com.  

Tuesday October 10th, 2023 | National

At JA Canada, we're grateful for our amazing national partners who make it possible for more youth across Canada to become better equipped for their future through JA learning opportunities. JA has partnered with RBC Future Launch to provide support for students to participate in World of Choices Skilled Trades Summits!

Through the spring of 2023, eight summit events took place giving students across Canada the opportunity to gain new skills with hands-on learning opportunities. In partnership with Colleges and Institutes Canada, these events were piloted at colleges in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Lao
Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Prince Albert Campus
May 11, 2023


JA Local Offices Shared Successes of the Trades Summits

Conestoga Skilled Trades Campus
JA South Western Ontario
May 18, 2023

New Brunswick Community College
JA New Brunswick
May 10, 2023

NAIT Main Campus
JA Northern Alberta
May 31, 2023

Nova Scotia Community College
Akerley Campus
JA Nova Scotia
May 30, 2023

Humber Centre for Skilled Trades
and Technology
JA Central Ontario
June 7 & 8, 2023

We're thrilled to be expanding the World of Choices Summits for the 2023-24 school year.

Contact your local JA office to learn about opportunities in your community.

Monday September 18th, 2023 | National

Last year, Gaia was named the 2022 Canadian Company of the Year Champion. Team Gaia had the opportunity to participate in JA Entrepreneurship Summit in Washington, D.C. this past June. The following four team members participated in this event: Harriet Li, Sandy Iligan, Ayaan Merchant, and Corina Chan.

"Among delivering such applicable content to young individuals, I really love how JA engages with students no matter type of person that enters the program. I feel that, not a lot of students have the opportunity in life to learn about business or finances. Junior Achievement is so influential in the way that it bridges this gap and creates connections between passion and entrepreneurship." Harriet Li

About the Entrepreneurship Summit

The summit included four days of learning and business planning at Finance Park, which led up to a final pitch competition held at The University of Maryland. Each day started with guest speakers, where students had to identify characteristics of an entrepreneur based on their story. A speaker that really stood out to us was Justin Drummond who left his D1 basketball career to pursue a career in entrepreneurship, investing in his many businesses.

Each day included different seminars and activities that focused on the key aspects of developing a business- finances, marketing, pitching, business plans, and more. After reflecting on the week, Team Gaia felt it was almost like an intensive JA Company Program that effectively delivers the JA curriculum about entrepreneurship.

At the end of each day, the team had time to work on their business ideas and refine their pitch.

The Pitch Competition

As part of the final pitch competition, there were 10 teams who had an assigned theme: pollution and sustainability, mental health, climate change, homelessness, or physical health. Teams would have roughly 5-8 students. The participants from Team Gaia were each placed on different teams, allowing them to network and meet new people.

The Winning Team: Pitch Competition

The first place team had climate change as their theme and their company name was Eco-Excursions. Sandy from Team Gaia was on the winning team:

"We developed an app that aims to bring together a diverse range of eco-friendly transportation options, sustainable hotel bookings, and environmentally conscious food choices. The app will incorporate a point system, allowing users to earn points for engaging in sustainable activities. These points can be later redeemed for gift cards and discounts at local businesses, encouraging users to stay within the city and reduce their carbon footprint. Furthermore, the platform will have a vibrant community feature, enabling users to interact with like-minded individuals and share their efforts in combating climate change."

Wednesday September 13th, 2023 | National

Earlier this year, Jeffrey Nold, Director of Employee Engagement and Partnerships with CIBC was interviewed as part of a piece with The Globe and Mail. Please see the full interview below to learn more about why the CIBC Foundation sees value in supporting JA Canada.

How does CIBC engage with JA?  

CIBC has supported JA since 1965. We became a National Partner in 2020, and have been proud partners of JA ever since. Our goal is to provide tools and resources to help strengthen financial education and knowledge in our society . We invest in initiatives that help people develop the skills, knowledge and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of financial wellbeing.  

We are a National Partner of JA Economics for Success - financial education and economics program for grade 7 and 8 students. We also support JA Company Program – JA’s flagship after-school program program created for high school students to start their own business. With the help of a student group and volunteer mentors, students create, manage and liquidate a business over a 4 month program. 

We also support JA fundraising initiatives, Business Hall of Fame events and JA Company Program award celebrations.  

As part of our commitment to JA, our team members volunteer their time to deliver financial education workshops across the country to help make the ambitions of these students a reality.  

What motivates CIBC Team members to volunteer? Tell us about your/your team’s volunteer experience? 

Giving and volunteering are shared passions at our bank, rooted in our genuinely caring culture and our focus on helping people realize their ambitions. Our program reflects Team CIBC’s tremendous passion for giving and volunteering to help strengthen the communities in which we live and work. Over 200 CIBC team members in Canada and the U.S. volunteered over 1,000 hours and delivered 123 programs with Junior Achievement last year.  Our team volunteers for the Economics for Success program and the Company program.  Our employees enjoy engaging with the youth and sharing their experiences. 

Through a combination of our partnership and CIBC volunteer engagement, we reach over 14,500 students annually. In 2022, CIBC Bank USA was awarded the Above and Beyond Award for Team CIBC’s volunteerism with Junior Achievement in Chicago Public Schools. 

What has been most meaningful/impactful for you/ your team as volunteers? What does it mean to serve as a role model for young people? 

Mentoring can provide volunteers with the opportunity to meet and connect with other mentors, mentees, and professionals in their field. This can lead to new opportunities and collaboration. 

Effective mentoring requires a combination of personal qualities, skills and experience. Some of the key qualities and skills required are empathy and understanding; respect for diversity and inclusion; communication and interpersonal skills.  We want every young person to reach their full potential. 

Engaging with professionals and career mentors can give students the opportunity to learn from those who have firsthand experience in their field of interest. This can help students gain insights into the industry and gain a better understanding of the skills and knowledge needed to succeed. 

Through our corporate and employee community initiatives, we support and remove barriers to ambition for next generation leaders through greater access to education and employment outcomes.  

Tuesday August 29th, 2023 | National

Full-time, permanent, remote but within 2 hours’ drive of Toronto

Are you an organized, energetic, creative event specialist who is passionate about engaging diverse audiences? Do you love what you do, value the benefits of working from home? If you are, then you are the ideal candidate to take on the Manager, Events role for JA Canada.

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer, the Manager, Events is responsible for the planning and execution of JA Canada’s signature event- the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Celebration Event (cbhf.ca) (approx. 600 guests at Metro Toronto Convention Center, approx. 30 sponsors).

The Manager is also responsible for year-round management of the CBHF property (website, Brookfield installation, selection process, communications & marketing).

The Manager of Events may also support partner and/or program event planning and execution from time to time (i.e. Youth Summits and Conferences, online virtual events, etc).

This is a permanent, full-time position. The ideal candidate will be a strong project manager both inside and outside the organization, relationship manager and builder with vendors, natural collaborator with diverse event planning skills, experience with donor/sponsor activation and engagement with attention to creating and using established processes.

About JA Canada & the Canadian Business Hall of Fame

JA Canada (JACAN) is the national office for Junior Achievement in Canada. A member of JA Worldwide, JACAN has been providing financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship programs in partnership with the Canadian education system since 1955. Designed to inspire, prepare and help youth succeed, JA programs are delivered across Canada via a network of 14 offices across Canada to reach over 270,000 youth annually.

Supporting its mission, JA Canada created and annually hosts the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Dinner, to recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to the Canadian economy and who serve as role models for youth.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Lead the event planning and execution of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Dinner
  • Manage vendor relationships and contracts (venue, food/bev, AV, décor, photography, video/production, awards, etc)
  • Effectively manage CBHF budget to maximize ROI
  • Lead marketing and communications related to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame (including script writing, design of program assets and presentation materials, coordination with media outlets for interviews and ads, impact report development, and year-round social media and email communications)
  • Support the Chief Development Officer and Manager of Partnerships and Sponsorship to develop CBHF sponsorship strategy and sales tools
  • Support relationship management with sponsors and co-develop and execute sponsors activations
  • Support VP Development to manage relationships with CBHF Inductees, coordinate Inductees orientation, legacy videos, and collection of communications assets
  • Provide admin support to the CBHF Governance and Selection Committees
  • Support the development of a strategy to leverage and manage the Business Hall of Fame Archives and Recognition Installation
  • As needed, support the planning and execution of JACAN National program events and conferences

Additional task detail:

  • Event project management and execution:
  •  Establish and manage event logistics, timelines and work-back schedules
  • Develop and manage event budgets in collaboration with senior leadership team, manage invoicing and expenses;
  • Coordinate with event production company and vendors;
  • Oversee and coordinate with venue and vendors (décor, food and beverage, AV, prospective entertainment);
  • Develop event run sheets and script in collaboration with senior leadership team, production company and event partners;
  • Coordinate video production and other visuals presentation materials;
  • Manage video production team for CBHF inductee legacy videos;
  • Mobilize and coordinate internal teams and cross over with Marketing Manager, Development/Sponsorship Manager;
  • Help recruit, provide support and direction to MC, talent, speakers, volunteers, and participants. Contribute to and manage the development of innovative strategies to engage youth, volunteer, and event attendees.
  • Collaborate with Manager, Marketing and Communications to produce invites, signage, communications, and thank you letters.
  • Guest management: Develop guest list; Manage registration; Oversee health and safety protocols; Facilitate logistics communications, and accessibility requirements.
  • Secure value in-kind sponsors.
  • Donor recognition/ sponsorship activation: Support the development of sponsorship grid and benefits; identify sponsor activation and donor recognition opportunities; contribute to the creation of sales packages and sponsor communications; ensure delivery of sponsor rights and benefits.
  • Co-develop with Marketing Manager event PR/communications strategy to raise the profile of events and related awards, and support media relations.
  • Facilitate reporting: Gather feedback, coordinate, and produce internal event report, SWOT assessment, recommendations. Support event stewardship reporting.
  • Support and share best practices with JA staff across Canada.

Qualifications

  • 2-5 years experience in event management
  • Experience planning and executing both in-person and virtual events
  • Experience with both non-profit and Business leadership events, VIP/Honoured Guest and Gala events
  • Experience with fundraising and sponsored events an asset
  • Exceptional project management and planning skills
  • Strong event budget management skills and ability to negotiate with vendors
  • Strong interpersonal skills lending themselves to talent/client/guest services
  • Communications, writing and design experience
  • Sponsorship experience an asset
  • Able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously, lead cross-functional teams and thrive in a complex environment with competing priorities

JA Canada Commitment to EDI&A

JA Canada is committed to an equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible environment where differences are valued and respected in all areas of our business. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. JA Canada will not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age (18 and over), record of offenses for which a pardon has been granted, marital status (including same sex partners), family status (being in a parent-child relationship), or any other grounds prohibited by the Canadian Human Rights Code.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume with a cover letter that highlights alignment to the position qualifications to careers@jacanada.org by midnight ET on September 15th 2023.

Posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is secured.

We thank all candidates for their interest in advance. Based on anticipated volume of applicants, we will only respond to successful applications. An offer of employment with JA Canada is conditional upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.

Friday August 18th, 2023 | National

At Junior Achievement (JA) Canada we are expanding our team and looking for a Manager of National Partnerships and Sponsorships who is passionate about youth education.

The Manager will lead a portfolio of national accounts that support JA program development and delivery across 14 Charters; and will be responsible for the re-engagement of partners and outreach to secure new sponsorship for the Canadian Business Hall of Fame fundraising event.

Reporting to the Chief Development Officer (CDO), the Manager of Partnerships and Sponsorships will be primarily responsible for relationship management, activation, deliverables management, reporting and annual/biannual renewal for a portfolio of existing corporate accounts for JA Canada; as well renewal and sponsorship outreach and sales for the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

About JA and the Canadian Business Hall of Fame:

JA Canada (JACAN) is the national office for Junior Achievement in Canada. A member of JA Worldwide, JACAN has been providing financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship programs in partnership with the Canadian education system since 1955. Designed to inspire, prepare and help youth succeed, JA programs are delivered across Canada via a network of 14 offices across Canada to reach over 270,000 youth annually.

Supporting its mission, JA Canada created and annually hosts the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Gala Dinner, to recognize outstanding individuals for their contributions to the Canadian economy and who serve as role models for youth.

The Induction Ceremony & Celebration is the signature national fundraising initiative in support of JA Canada. Celebrating the leaders of today and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow.

Duties and Responsibilities:

1.  Managing a portfolio of 10-25+ corporate and foundation partnerships

Lead relationship management on all existing and/or newly secured corporate/ foundation/ institutional relationships - both those that support and fund program delivery across the JA Canada network and that support national office priorities- program development, digital and operations.

  • Onboarding partners and network stakeholders to new accounts.
  • Codifying partnership details and requirements into internal tracking and reporting tools, ensuring line of sight for applicable colleagues.
  • Managing financial commitments through CRM, and aligning with accounting for financial reconciliation and A/R.
  • Managing marketing and communication and program implementation deliverables for corporate accounts.
  • Ensuring fulfillment of all partner rights and benefits, including equipping JA Charters & national office assets and instructions.
  • Hosting and/or participating in regular review and planning meetings with corporate partners.
  • Collecting assets, performance data from JA network and preparing partner reports.
  • Identifying and cultivating growth and renewal plans and supporting proposal development.
  • Supporting the CDO, as needed, with new business development and in-bound opportunities.

2. Leading sponsorship renewals, outreach and new sales for the Canadian Business Hall of Fame annual event

  • Contributing to the development of sponsorship strategy, rights and benefits and sales tools
  • Customizing sales tools and outreach for early-bird and renewing sponsors, soliciting national accounts for sponsorship, stewarding multi-year sponsors, and developing a prospect list for new outreach
  • Working in coordination with the VP Development to confirm and book Inductee-network sponsorship
  • Aligning with executive team and accounting to ensure contracting, invoicing and payment follow-up with sponsors
  • Co-developing and implementing activations to ensure delivery of sponsors rights and benefits
  • Supporting the Events Manager with guest confirmation and communications
  • Customizing and distributing impact reports
  • Helping to execute the event as a guest and sponsor lead

Experience and Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years experience working with corporate partnerships in a non-profit setting, including activations of rights and benefits
  • Experience in a federated model an asset
  • Strong communication skills required, including verbal and written as well confidence in presenting to diverse audiences
  • Works collaboratively with peers and stakeholders
  • Detail oriented and able to independently manage competing priorities
  • Strength working in the suite of Microsoft Office products required, Canva an asset
  • Experience working with CRM software desired (e.g. Salesforce)
  • Ability to plan and structure one’s own work streams to meet deadlines with quality output

JA Canada Commitment to EDI&A

JA Canada is committed to an equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible environment where differences are valued and respected in all areas of our business. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. JA Canada will not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation, disability, age (18 and over), record of offenses for which a pardon has been granted, marital status (including same sex partners), family status (being in a parent-child relationship), or any other grounds prohibited by the Canadian Human Rights Code.

How to Apply

Interested candidates are invited to submit their resume with a cover letter that highlights alignment to the position qualifications to careers@jacanada.org by midnight ET on September 15th 2023.

Posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is secured.

We thank all candidates for their interest in advance. Based on anticipated volume of applicants, we will only respond to successful applications. An offer of employment with JA Canada is conditional upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.

Friday August 18th, 2023 | National

At JA Canada (JACAN) we are building our team and looking for a bilingual, French and English, Curriculum & Instructional Designer who is passionate about youth education. This role is pivotal in developing best in class curriculum, content and assessment rubrics for classroom and independent learning programs, ensuring the alignment of learning outcomes to curriculum, and developing training resources for volunteers and educators. The successful candidate will play a key role in enhancing the quality of education we offer and promoting a positive learning environment for our students.   

JACAN is the national office for JA in Canada and a member of JA Worldwide. JACAN has been providing financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship programs in partnership with the Canadian education system since 1955.  Designed to inspire, prepare and help youth succeed, JA programs are delivered across Canada via a network of 14 offices across Canada to reach over 270,000 youth annually.   

In pursuit of greater reach, relevance and impact, JACAN is committed to digital transformation to leverage new technological resources and efficiencies while increasing potential reach via digital program accessibility. The JA Campus, launched in 2020, has more than 20 eLearning and facilitated program experiences for teachers and students in grades 3-12. JACAN is committed to developing best in class curriculum and using effective programming methods to reach youth across Canada.  

As a Curriculum & Instructional Designer you will report to the VP, Programs and Charter Services. You will be responsible for managing the end-to-end production of program development projects for youth, educators and JA’s volunteers. Depending on the project, you may work independently or be required to manage a working group that includes other subject-matter experts and consultants. This may include programs staff, educators, and video production teams. Ideally, to ensure success in this role you will have experience designing learning content for youth and a good understanding of grade 3-12 curriculum and educational priorities across Canada.  

A summary of work includes, but is not limited to, the following: 

Curriculum and Program Development:  

  • Conduct thorough research to identify best practices and current trends in curriculum development and education. 
  • Collaborate with educational experts and stakeholders to align learning outcomes with curriculum goals and objectives. 
  • Review and update existing eLearning and facilitated digital and print program content to increase interactivity, relevance, alignment with curriculum  
  • Develop new curriculum for eLearning, facilitated and blended courses for Junior, Middle and High school students 
  • Develop resources to support educators and volunteers, including lesson plans and instructional materials. 
  • Ensure instructional materials are accessible, inclusive, and suitable for diverse student populations. 

Outcomes Measurement and Evaluations: 

  • Design and develop assessment rubrics that align with learning outcomes and measure student performance effectively. 
  • Analyze assessment data to identify trends, gaps, and areas of improvement in student learning. 
  • Analyze assessment data to reference against Theory of Change 

Content Management: 

  • Utilize the LMS platform to upload and organize multimedia elements, course modules, assessments, and interactive components. 
  • Ensure all uploaded content adheres to JA Canada's design and quality standards, including proper formatting, accessibility, and functionality. 
  • Conduct quality checks to identify and resolve any technical issues, broken links, or outdated information within the LMS. 
  • Implement version control and manage content archives to ensure accurate historical records of course iterations. 
  • Collaborate with the IT team to address technical issues, ensure system stability, and optimize the user experience on the LMS. 

Experience and Qualifications 

  • Minimum three years experience in youth education or relevant course design and development 
  • Instructional design and education background, or equivalent experience 
  • Familiarity with best practices for learning content design, development and delivery for facilitated, eLearning and blended learning models 
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage end-to-end learning content development from identifying needs through to development and impact assessment 
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage subject matter working groups and teams of contributors as needed  
  • Fluent in English and French 
  • Competency working in Moodle and WordPress  
  • Working knowledge of HTML 4 & 5 
  • Competency with Articulate Storyline and the Adobe Suite (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator specifically) 
  • Knowledge of iSpring Presenter is an asset 

Application Process:

If you think this role is a good fit for you we encourage you to submit your resume with a cover letter that highlights alignment to the position qualifications to careers@jacanada.org. A portfolio of past work is considered an asset. The posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is secured. 

JA Canada is committed to a diverse, inclusive, equitable and accessible environment where differences are valued and respected in all areas of our business. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. JA Canada will not discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed (religion), sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation or identity, disability, age (18 and over), record of offenses for which a pardon has been granted, marital status (including same sex partners), family status (being in a parent-child relationship), or any other grounds prohibited by the Ontario Human Rights Code.   

We thank all candidates for their interest in advance.  Based on anticipated volume of applicants, we will only respond to successful applications.  An offer of employment with JA Canada is conditional upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations. 

Wednesday July 26th, 2023 | National

Over the past few weeks, JA Company Program teams have been competing in the Canadian Company of the Year Championship. We're delighted to share that this year's champion is Wonder from JA Central Ontario.

This year's three finalists included the top team from the category sessions which include:

  • Technology Finalist - Nyft-e from JA Central Ontario
  • Retail & Manufacturing Finalist - Supernational Delights from JA South Western Ontario
  • Social Venture Finalist - Wonder from JA Central Ontario

Congratulations to all the teams. The judges were most impressed with this year's presentations. It was clear that a lot of hard work and dedication was achieved this year!

2023 Championship Event - July 20, 2023

This year's championship event took place virtually. The emcee was JA Alumna Sofia Lopez from JA British Columbia. The event started with a fireside chat with Jeff Adamson of Neo Financial who inspired the crowd with his experience in entrepreneurship. Each of the finalist teams had a presentation prepared which was followed by a Q&A session by the judges.

You can see a recording of the event below.


Best Store Builder of the Year

During the championship event, the winners of the Best Store Builder Award of the Year were announced. JA Company Program teams who used a Shopify store this year, qualified for the award. Shopify judged each of the stores to determine the winner.

This year's Best Store Builders of the Year Include:

  • 1st Place - J.A.D. from JA Quebec
  • 2nd Place - Curae from JA Northern Alberta
  • 3rd Place - Bookeries from JA Central Ontario
  • 4th Place - Grounded from JA Manitoba
Monday July 17th, 2023 | National

Last week, JA Company Program teams from across Canada participated in the preliminary rounds of the Canadian Company of the Year Championship. They competed in one of the three categories: manufacturing & retail, technology and social venture.

These were closed sessions with a panel of judges. The students gave a 5-minute presentation about their business and experience throughout the JA Company Program followed by a Q&A session. Our judges had the very difficult task of selecting a top team in each category, as all the presentations were well done!

We're happy to announce the top team from each category is:

  • Manufacturing & Retail - Supernational Delights from JA South Western Ontario
  • Technology - Nyft-e from JA Central Ontario
  • Social Venture - Wonder from JA Central Ontario

These three teams make up the finalists for the championship event on July 20th. They'll each participate in a live virtual event where they'll do their presentation followed by a Q&A with another panel of judges. The event will also include a keynote speaker and insights from a JA Alumna as the emcee.

The winning team will be given the title of Company of the Year and will be nominated to represent Canada at the JA Americas' Company of the Year Competition in the late fall (more details to come).

If you're looking for details about the event on July 20th, please reach out to Angela Scott at ascott@jacanada.org.

Tuesday June 6th, 2023 | National

We're delighted to share the news of the 2023 national JA student award winners. This year, three awards were available to students across Canada who actively participated in the JA Company Program!

JA Future Leader Award
Awarded to a student who developed and demonstrated leadership skills through their JA experience. 

JA Company Program Community Award
Awarded to a student who demonstrated how they used their JA experience to contribute to building a better community.

The Seymour Schulich Entrepreneurship Scholarship
Awarded to a graduating student who demonstrated how their JA experience has equipped them with the entrepreneurial skills and a mindset that they'll apply to their future educational and career pathways.

The 2023 National JA Student Award Winners Are:

  • JA Future Leader Award
    • Hayden Peckitt from JA South Western Ontario
  • JA Company Program Community Award
    • Samuel Huang from JA Central Ontario
  • The Seymour Schulich Entrepreneurship Scholarship
    • Williams Thottungal from JA Ottawa
Tuesday February 21st, 2023 | National

We’re proud to announce that JA Worldwide has been nominated for the 2023 Nobel PeacePrize, the second such honor in two years. JA Canada is a member of JA Worldwide.

Nominations may be received only from heads of state and certain elected officials, university professors in selected fields, past Nobel laureates, and a few other notable individuals. We were approached throughout the last year by a number of eligible nominators and, although the identity of each nominee officially remains anonymous for 50 years, we know that at least one of those nominations was accepted by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee. There may have been more.

Founded 104 years ago, JA is now one of the largest youth-serving NGOs in the world, delivering over15 million student learning experiences for employment and entrepreneurship in the last year alone. Operating in over 100 countries, JA teaches youth to develop the skillset and mindset to create businesses, find meaningful employment, and build thriving communities.

Thanks to what they learn in JA, students develop ambitions beyond their own economic reward, with young people understanding that entrepreneurship is not only a means to healthy finances for themselves and their families but also a vehicle to cultivate social stability and build healthy communities. JA students and alumni create companies that offer products and services that fill a consumer need; enable an ecosystem of employees, partners, and suppliers to thrive; and also fundamentally transform the world, or at least their small corner of it.

Asheesh Advani, CEO of JA Worldwide, shared his perspective in response to the nomination: “Peace is possible only when youth in all countries and regions have economic empowerment. By creating opportunity, prosperity, and self-belief, JA’s work empowers youth in over 100countries with the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. For over a century, JA has operated in areas of political instability, violence, and war, helping youth build entrepreneurship skills and economic resilience. For this work, JA Worldwide is recognized year after year as one of the top ten NGOs in the world, providing economic empowerment to millions of young people.”

Between 1901 and 2022, the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to 140 laureates, including 110 individuals and 30 organizations. Among those 30 organizations is another organization from the annual list of top ten NGOs, Médecins sans Frontières (DoctorsWithout Borders), which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999. UNICEF, another youth-serving NGO, was awarded the prize in 1965, after being nominated for several years.

Friday February 17th, 2023 | National

Location: Remote (Canada)
Basis: Full Time, Permanent

JA Canada (JACAN) is the national office for JA in Canada and a member of JA Worldwide. JACAN has been providing financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship programs in partnership with the Canadian education system since 1955. Designed to inspire, prepare and help youth succeed, JA programs are delivered across Canada via a network of 14 offices across Canada to reach over 270,000 youth annually.

In pursuit of greater reach, relevance and impact, JACAN is committed to digital transformation to leverage new technological resources and efficiencies while increasing potential reach via digital program accessibility. The JA Digital Architecture is critically important to JA in Canada operations and includes a learning platform, JA Campus, launched in 2020. To complete the architecture, improve the user experience and integrate data to ensure a single source of truth, JA is implementing Okta as SSO, and a Salesforce National CRM. This architecture will enable efficiencies in program and donor management to increase reach and impact and serves as a model to the JA global network.

About the Role

As a Salesforce & IT Administrator with Junior Achievement (JA) Canada, you will work with the national network of users to maximize ROI and operational efficiencies by enhancing users’ understanding, adoption and use of the technical systems. We are seeking an Administrator who has a good understanding of the Salesforce platform, can understand our organizational objectives and how those translate to the technology, and an individual that is interested in learning and managing other systems.

In this role you will have experience directly administering Salesforce and ancillary systems. In addition, you will be expected to run other aspects of user management, such as handling support requests, providing training, and designing/implementing solutions on the platform. The Administrator should be comfortable with change management and governance processes. The ideal candidate will also be able to manage stakeholder
requests and needs, with varying levels of technical proficiency.

Responsibilities

  • In partnership with the Senior Director of Programs & Technology, manage Salesforce configuration, including (but not limited to): fields, record types, page layouts, dynamic layouts, app, actions, custom settings, custom metadata types, approval processes, assignment rules, Flow, mobile administration, reporting and dashboards. Apex configuration a plus.
  • Manage user security and permissions, including: user setup/deactivation, profiles, permission sets, restriction rules, public groups, sharing rules, and OWDs
  • Steward governance for environment management plan and deployment procedures
  • Complete proactive system maintenance, such as security/audit reviews, running system and NPSP Health Check, monitoring and evaluating the impact of release updates, and completing analysis of other Salesforce monitoring tools
  • Responding to user support requests (across Canada)
  • Play a leadership role in developing, delivering and curating best in class training resources for all users across Canada
  • Complete user training with organization-identified training needs for tools used by JA
  • Review and analyze data quality; complete data updates to improve organizational metrics (I.e. identifying and merging duplicate records)
  • Manage integrations between other JA tooling (including Moodle, Okta and JA’s ecommerce platform)
  • Identify unused or underutilized platform features; working collaboratively to manage a platform roadmap to define prioritization and future enhancements to the Salesforce environment
  • Complete technical documentation required for the maintenance of the Salesforce instance and ancillary tooling
  • Work with network users to design, develop and curate automation scripts to maximize efficiencies and effectiveness of the system
  • Manage communication and updates on JA technology to users

Experience & Qualifications

Required:

  • Strong Salesforce platform knowledge, with a minimum of 2 years of hands-on administration
  • Advanced Salesforce declarative configuration skills, including Flow and security
  • Strong knowledge of the Salesforce Nonprofit Success Pack (NPSP)
  • Knowledge and background working with Experience Cloud
  • Experience working with cross-platform integrations
  • Certified Salesforce Administrator
  • Ability to liaise with stakeholders at all levels; excellent relationship building skills
  • Ability to translate requirements into best practice, scalable solutions
  • Ability to respond to service requests for a period of 8 hours during a work day (schedule to be discussed)

Desirable:

  • Additional Salesforce certifications: Certified Nonprofit Cloud Consultant, Certified Platform App Builder, Certified Experience Cloud Consultant, Certified Marketin Cloud Email Specialist
  • Postgraduate degree or professional qualification in computer science, IT management, or a related study
  • DevOps or release management experience
  • Understanding of basic triggers or Apex code knowledge
  • Knowledge/experience with Salesforce Marketing Cloud
  • Experience working with or for a nonprofit organization
  • Experience working with or for a federated/affiliated organization
  • Bilingual, French and English would be an asset

If you think this role is a good fit for you, we encourage you to submit your resume with a cover letter that highlights alignment to the position qualifications to careers@jacanada.org.

The posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is secured.

JA Canada is committed to an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible environment where differences are valued and respected in all areas of our business. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We thank all candidates for their interest in advance. Based on anticipated volume of applicants, we will only respond to successful applications.

An offer of employment with JA Canada is conditional upon the successful completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.

Monday December 19th, 2022 | National

At Junior Achievement (JA) Canada we are building our team and looking for a National
Accounts and Partnerships Manager who is passionate about youth education, to spearhead
national fundraising for 14 Charters across the country in support of delivering JA programs to
Canadian youth.


JA Canada is the national office for JA in Canada, and a member of JA Worldwide. We have
been providing financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship programs in
partnership with the Canadian education system since 1955. Designed to inspire, prepare and
help youth succeed in a global economy, JA programs reach over 250,000 young Canadians
every year.


JA focuses on experiential learning, extending from our core delivery model of in-classroom,
volunteer-led programs. In pursuit of greater reach, relevance and impact, we are committed
to digital transformation to leverage new technological resources and efficiencies, both for
those in-classroom experiences, and also increasing reach via digital program accessibility for
all Canadian youth. We currently offer more than 20 facilitated and eLearning program
experiences for teachers and students in grades 3-12.

As the National Accounts and Partnerships Manager, you will support the Chief Development
Officer (CDO) and be primarily responsible for relationship management and activation for a
portfolio of existing corporate accounts, as well as developing a pipeline of potential new
partners for JA strategic priorities across Canada. This position reports to the CDO at JA
Canada.

A summary of work in two key areas includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Support the CDO leading renewal/re-engagement & growth-proposal development on
    a portfolio of 25+ corporate partnerships

    • Assisting with relationship management on all existing and/or newly secured
    corporate/ institutional/ government relationships - both those that support and fund
    program delivery across the network and that support national office priorities
    • As applicable, taking on the lead role for certain accounts
    • Hosting and/or participating in regular review and planning meetings with corporate
    partners
    • Supporting New Business Development (identification/research/outreach; proposals;
    follow-up & tracking)
    • Onboarding partners and network stakeholders to new accounts
    • Identify and cultivate growth and renewal plans
  1. Communicate, monitor, and report on the deliverables and commitments in
    confirmed partner agreements

    • Acting as the liaison between the fundraising, programs, finance and marketing teams
    at JA Canada and Charters, to inform, communicate and monitor agreement
    deliverables, including for partnerships that have more complex/comprehensive
    advanced metrics and requirements.
    • Codifying partnership details and requirements into internal tracking and reporting
    tools, ensuring line of sight for applicable colleagues.
    • Ensuring fulfillment of all partner rights and benefits, including equipping JA Charters
    & national office assets and instructions.
    • Collecting and producing information for all regular reporting, deliverables tracking,
    and annual reporting.

Experience and Qualifications
• Minimum 3-5 years experience working with corporate partnerships in a non-profit
setting, including activations of rights and benefits
• Experience in a federated model an asset
• Post-secondary education in a related field or additional years of experience desired
• Strong communication skills required, including verbal and written as well confidence
in presenting to diverse audiences
• Works collaboratively with peers and stakeholders
• Detail oriented and able to independently manage competing priorities
• Strength working in the suite of Microsoft Office products required, Canva an asset
• Experience working with CRM software desired (e.g. Salesforce)
• Ability to plan and structure one’s own work streams to meet deadlines with quality
output


If you think this role is a good fit for you, we encourage you to submit your resume with a
cover letter that highlights alignment to the position qualifications to
careers@jacanada.org.

The posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is secured.


JA Canada is committed to an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible environment where
differences are valued and respected in all areas of our business. We welcome and encourage
applications from people of all backgrounds and abilities. Accommodations are available on
request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. JA Canada will not
discriminate on the basis of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship,
creed (religion), sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), sexual orientation or identity,
disability, age (18 and over), record of offenses for which a pardon has been granted, marital
status (including same sex partners), family status (being in a parent-child relationship), or any
other grounds prohibited by the Ontario Human Rights Code.


We thank all candidates for their interest in advance. Based on anticipated volume of
applicants, we will only respond to successful applications. An offer of employment with JA
Canada is conditional upon the successful completion of a background verification check,
subject to applicable laws and regulations.

Friday December 16th, 2022 | National

Honoured for their remarkable legacies in business, Madeleine Paquin, Edward Sonshine, Chief Jim Boucher, and Hugh Anthony Arrell will be inducted to the 2023 Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

TORONTO, Dec. 16, 2022 /CNW/ - Each year, The Canadian Business Hall of Fame (CBHF) honours and celebrates the achievements of Canada's business leaders for their vision and leadership, national and global economic impact, community engagement and philanthropy.

Today, the CBHF is pleased to announce its 2023 Inductees to the Order of the Business Hall of Fame:

  • Madeleine Paquin, C.M., President and CEO, LOGISTEC Corporation
  • Edward Sonshine, O.Ont., Q.C., Founder and Chairman, RioCan REIT
  • Chief Jim Boucher, AOE, President, Saa Dene Group of Companies
  • Hugh Anthony Arrell, C.M., Chairman & Co-Founder, Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.

These remarkable Canadians will be formally inducted at the 2023 Canadian Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 11, 2023.

"It is my pleasure to congratulate Ms. Paquin, Mr. Sonshine, Chief Boucher and Mr. Arrell for the transformative impact they have made in diverse industries," said CBHF Chancellor, Janice Fukakusa, C.M., Chancellor of Toronto Metropolitan University. "Our 2023 Inductees share a common passion to build organizations, pursue innovation, and have laid a foundation for entrepreneurs and future business leaders."

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame was established in 1979 to recognize exceptional and visionary business leaders for their contributions to the economic development and prosperity of Canada.

Each year, individuals are nominated by their peers and are chosen by an independent selection committee representing Canada's foremost private sector, academic and media institutions convened by Korn Ferry, the official CBHF Selection Partner.

The CBHF Induction Ceremony and Celebration, held each year in May, is the signature fundraiser of JA Canada. Proceeds support JA Canada's mission to develop and deliver financial health, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs that equip youth with the skillset and mindset for success.

"We are grateful to the Companions of the Business Hall of Fame who serve as role models for aspiring young Canadian entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders," said Scott Hillier, CEO of JA Canada. "This year's Inductees join an extraordinary group of people who were enshrined in earlier years. Their legacies inspire the next generation."

About The Canadian Business Hall of Fame (CBHF)

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame celebrates outstanding achievements of Canada's most distinguished business leaders. Since 1979, more than 200 business leaders have been inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Celebrating the leaders of today and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow, the CBHF Induction Ceremony and Celebration is the signature national fundraising event in support of JA Canada.

For more information, please visit www.cbhf.ca.

About JA Canada

JA Canada inspires the next generation to realize their potential and make a positive impact in their communities. Through JA Canada's network of local offices, and in collaboration with educators and volunteers, the organization delivers hands-on, immersive, and digital learning experiences to young people. Last year JA reached more than 270,000 youth from coast-to-coast-to-coast. JA is committed to ensuring accessibility and inclusivity through programs that help youth build transferable skills in work readiness, financial health, and entrepreneurship.

For more information, please visit www.jacanada.org.

For further information: Media Inquiries: For more information, requests for interviews or comments please contact Angela Scott, Manager of Communications ascott@jacanada.org.

Wednesday December 7th, 2022 | National

This new collaboration will equip 230,000 youth with mental well-being skills and resources

TORONTO, Dec. 6, 2022 /CNW/ - Junior Achievement of Canada (JA Canada) is pleased to announce a new national three-year collaboration impacting more than 230,000 Canadian youth.  

Zurich Canada, the Z Zurich Foundation and JA Canada have enjoyed a long-standing meaningful relationship focused on equipping youth with financial literacy, career readiness and entrepreneurship skills.

"At Zurich Canada, we are committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work", said Saad Mered, CEO, Zurich Canada. "Working alongside the Z Zurich Foundation, we are excited to collaborate with JA Canada to combine resources and expertise to foster positive youth connection and develop foundational mental well-being skills."

Earlier this fall, JA Worldwide released its new brand and refined vision statement: a world in which young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. As a leader in youth business education and entrepreneurship, JA Canada is looking to leverage its platform, learning experiences and student network to integrate mental well-being education and skills in JA programs.

"Our mental well-being collaboration with Zurich Canada is directly aligned with our goal to support youth in developing the mindset for life, academic and career success," said Scott Hillier, CEO, JA Canada. "We are grateful for Z Zurich Foundation and Zurich Canada's collaboration and investment," said Hillier.

With Z Zurich Foundation's investment, JA Canada will promote and build awareness of the critical importance of youth mental well-being and resiliency through an array of activities targeted at youth between the ages of 12 and 17, and their educators and caregivers.

"By working upstream with aspiring young entrepreneurs, and students beginning their career exploration, we can help develop life-long skills to promote mental health," said Scott Hillier, CEO, JA Canada.

With the guidance and engagement of a collaborative advisory group of leading mental health partners, a youth council, and a program development working group, JA Canada is embarking on the development of a unique suite of program activities which will become established components of JA Canada's programming.

"The engagement of mental health partners is a critical component of the initiative, ensuring the development of evidence-based, youth-centered content to enhance and support mental well-being," said Jennifer James, VP Programs, JA Canada.

Key activities include: youth webinars/courses and online professional development for educators which will be released early in 2023; the redevelopment of JA Success Skills Program for classrooms across the country available in the spring of 2023; and the integration of mental well-being and resiliency modules in JA Company Program, JA's signature youth entrepreneurship program.

JA and Zurich Canada, in partnership with the Mental Health Partners Advisory Group also look forward to providing youth with unique and transformational experiential learning opportunities by hosting Youth Summits and moreover launching a dynamic Mental Well-Being Youth Challenge fostering promotion, advocacy and self-determination through peer-to-peer engagement.

"Zurich Canada and the Z Zurich Foundation are excited about this multi-stakeholder collaboration, and the opportunity for Zurich employees to serve as program champions and volunteers," said Ray Chaaya, AVP Employee Experience & Culture, Zurich Canada. "Together we can empower young people for future success by helping youth build resilience and equipping them with life skills," said Chaaya.

For more information on JA Canada – Zurich Canada – Z Zurich Foundation's collaboration, Success Skills, JA programs or how to get involved, please visit jacanada.org.

Thursday December 1st, 2022 | National

Over the next three-years, JA Canada will equip more than 90,000 youth from coast-to-coast-to-coast with the financial literacy skills and tools they need to be better prepared for the future with support from TD.

Toronto, Dec. 1, 2022 – JA Canada is pleased to announce a renewed three-year collaboration with TD Bank Group (TD). This generous support will empower more than 90,000 youth across Canada with the skills they need to live a financially healthy future by participating in the Dollars with Sense program.

Dollars with Sense is a financial literacy program delivered to students in grades 7-9 across Canada. The program curriculum teaches students how to make smart financial decisions, live debt-free, and become savvy investors. Students learn personal money management skills that they can apply to their lives.

“Dollars with Sense is one of JA’s most in-demand and widely delivered programs. TD’s long-standing and renewed support for the program fuels JA Canada’s engagement of students, equipping them with critical financial literacy knowledge and skills to differentiate between needs and wants; make informed consumer decisions; use credit responsibly; and prepare a budget,” said Scott Hillier, CEO of JA Canada.  

“Moreover, TD’s collaboration with our national program development of Dollars with Sense will enable JA to update and inclusively redesign the program increasing accessibility and engagement,” said Hillier.

The redesigned Dollars with Sense program will provide an interactive experience adapted to all learning styles whether students learn in the classroom, with a teacher or volunteer, or independently online at home.

"Supporting Canadian adolescents with the tools and support needed to build financial literacy fundamentals is very important to us," said Uma Venkataramaiah, Senior Manager – Philanthropy Canada, TD Bank Group. "We're so happy to continue supporting JA Canada and the Dollars with Sense initiative, both financially and through volunteerism, with programming that is accessible, inclusive and will help provide financial education skills to our future generations of leaders."  

In addition to supporting program development, TD volunteers will also participate in the delivery of classroom-based learning experiences of the Dollars with Sense program. JA volunteers work in collaboration with classroom teachers to facilitate an immersive learning experience for students. This includes facilitating interactive program activities and sharing their expertise and knowledge as engaging mentors

For more information on JA Canada, Dollars with Sense, JA programs or how to get involved, please visit jacanada.org.

About JA Canada

JA Canada inspires the next generation to realize their potential and make a positive impact in their communities. Through our network of local offices, we collaborate with educators, volunteers, and organizations across Canada to deliver hands-on, immersive, and digital learning experiences to young people. JA commits to ensuring accessibility and inclusivity through programs that help youth build transferable skills in work readiness, financial health, and entrepreneurship. Success starts here.

Media Inquiries

For more information, request for interviews or comments from JA Canada, please contact:

Angela Scott, Manager, Communications, JA Canada at ascott@jacanada.org.

Monday November 7th, 2022 | National

November is Financial Literacy Month - a topic we are passionate about and committed to through our programs that teach youth how to live financially healthy lives. JA gives students the tools they need to develop transferable skills by learning about budgeting, payment methods, consumer rights and investing. Through our programs, young people are better prepared with the skillset and mindset to navigate the everchanging economic realities and build thriving communities.

Last year, more than 270,000 students across Canada participated in JA learning experiences made possible through the support of our national and local partnerships. By investing in JA, you empower young people to become innovators, entrepreneurs and financially healthy individuals who are equipped to lead our communities and country into the future.  

Thank you to our national and local financial literacy supporters listed below.

National Financial Literacy Partners

The Actuarial Foundation of Canada

Barclays

CIBC

CNA Canada

Fairstone Financial

HSBC Canada

Marsh McLennan

TD Bank

Z Zurich Foundation


Local Financial Literacy Partners

Alberta

Provincial Partner of Financial Literacy: Servus Credit Union


British Columbia

BCI

Canada Life

Coast Capital Savings

Firstlight Foundation - John and Dana Montalbano

The Francis Family Foundation

G&F Financial

George and Sylvia Melville

The Geyer Family

The Nicola Family Foundation

Nicola Wealth Management

Pankaj & Rita Agarwal

Peter and Joanne Brown Foundation

Prospera Foundation

Province of British Columbia

Victoria Foundation


Central Ontario

BMO

Questrade

Scotiabank

Meridian


Ottawa

Advocis Ottawa

Accenture

Avison Young

Bilingual Ottawa

Carleton University, Sprott School of Business

The Counselling Foundation of Canada

CRA

Duffey Financial Solutions

Economical Insurance

Flux Lighting

Foci Solutions

Intact Insurance

Maria Pecorella Insurance Ltd.

Ottawa Community Foundation

Paterson & Company

RBC

Telfer School of Management


South Western Ontario

Canada Life

Libro Credit Union

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Region of Waterloo

Tuesday August 16th, 2022 | National

JA has been a driving force in creating leaders, entrepreneurs and businesses that have fueled the Canadian economy for more than 60 years.

As a supporter who knows the value of our brand, we are excited to share that JA has a new look and new values aligned to our mission of inspiring and preparing youth for success!

As a leading educational charity, we have positively impacted millions of youth through programs and experiences that enable them to be financially healthy, career ready, and innovative thinkers that are better prepared for the jobs of tomorrow. JA continues to be adaptive and inclusive in its approach to learning and is increasing access through digital transformation and new approaches. Through ongoing development and innovation, we are working to ensure that our programs are relevant and best-in-class − empowering young people with the skills they need for future success.

We are excited that our new worldwide branding is energizing and reflects the evolution of JA, the expansion of our program offering and our promise to empowering young people with the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. Success Starts Here.

Monday July 25th, 2022 | National

We're delighted to share the winners of this year's Company of the Year and Best Store Builder of the Year Awards.

This year, we had several fantastic student companies represented from across Canada. The judges certainly did not have an easy task. The finalists participated in the championship with a presentation and Q & A session. A full recording of the final event will be available in the coming weeks.

The 2022 Canadian Company of theYear Champion is Gaia from JA Northern Alberta.


We're also delighted to share the results of the Best Store Builder of the Year awards, presented by Shopify.

Congratulations to Switch & Socket from JA Northern Alberta.

Tuesday May 24th, 2022 | National

Be part of an incredible, unique and fun experience.

Youth across Canada ages 16-25 are invited to attend NauFest! This is a virtual event experience to inspire and reconnect young people with their future and the future work. Youth from more than 25 countries will be participating. There will be inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and interactive activities throughout the week.

Workshop Agenda

June 11ENTREPRENEURSHIP:
Start-up model, E-commerce, Sales.
June 12EMPLOYABILITY:
Future of Work, LinkedIn, New slabor skills.
June 13STEM:
AI, RV/RA, Metaverse, Robotic.
June 14SUSTAINABILITY:
Triple bottom line, ESG, "B" Corp.
June 15RESILIENCE
Friday April 22nd, 2022 | National

We're delighted to announce the 2022 national scholarship winners. There were many strong applicants this year, congrats to all of the winners!

JA Company Program Impact Scholarship
Konsoler Mandah - JA Northern Alberta

JA Future Leader Scholarship
Logal Curle - JA in Saskatchewan

Seymour Schulich Entrepreneurship Scholarship
Coral van Vessem - JA Nova Scotia

Public Speaking Scholarship
Eldon MacDonald - JA Nova Scotia

Tuesday April 12th, 2022 | National

The Canadian Business Hall of Fame hosts in-person gala to celebrate five extraordinary business leaders in 2022.

TORONTO, April 12, 2022 /CNW/ - In celebrating and honouring remarkable business leaders for their lifetime achievements, the Canadian Business Hall of Fame (CBHF) is thrilled to announce BMO Financial Group as the presenting sponsor for this year's Induction Ceremony and Celebration event which will take place in-person on May 12, 2022 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

This year's Class of Companions includes Maureen Kempston Darkes, Hassan Khosrowshahi, André Desmarais, Paul Desmarais Jr., and Paul Guy Desmarais Sr. (posthumous).

As the presenting sponsor of the 2022 CBHF, BMO shows their support to celebrate today's leaders while also inspiring the leaders of tomorrow. The CBHF is the signature national fundraising event for Junior Achievement of Canada (JA Canada) and supports the mission to provide experiential educational programs to students focused on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.

"At BMO, we're proud to recognize the achievements of this year's honourees, while supporting the development of the next generation of Canadian business leaders," said Darryl White, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Financial Group. "Throughout their careers these entrepreneurs and trailblazers have helped grow the good in business and life, with the contributions they've made to strengthen Canada's competitiveness and the valuable community programs that support economic and social progress at home and abroad."

The CBHF looks forward to celebrating the extensive accomplishments of the 2022 inductees on May 12th. We are especially excited to be one of the first gala events to return to the Metro Toronto Convention Center. This year's event will include tributes, storytelling and accolades that recognize the 2022 inductees.

"JA Canada and the CBHF have a longstanding tradition of connecting the business community with students. It has been three years since we have been able to join together in-person to celebrate," said Scott Hillier, CEO JA Canada. "It is a pivotal time to rally as a community in support of youth empowerment, financial and business education. JA's mission to support youth future readiness has never been more vital. We are grateful for the support of BMO to make the event possible, and the eager engagement of all sponsors, partners, and donors supporting the CBHF and JA."

The CBHF welcomes opportunities for participation, sponsorship, and donations in celebration of the 2022 Class of Companions. Supporting JA and the CBHF also provides additional opportunities to prepare and inspire youth across Canada. For more information, please visit www.cbhf.ca or reach out by email at info@cbhf.ca.

About The Canadian Business Hall of Fame (CBHF)
The Canadian Business Hall of Fame celebrates outstanding lifetime achievements of Canada's most distinguished business leaders. Since 1979, more than 200 business leaders have been inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. Celebrating the leaders of today and inspiring the leaders of tomorrow, the CBHF Gala Dinner is the signature national fundraising event in support of JA Canada. For more information, please visit www.cbhf.ca.

About the 2022 Inductees

  • Maureen Kempston Darkes O.C., O.Ont., D.Comm., LL.D, General Motors Group Vice President, President GM Latin America, Africa & Middle East (Retired)
  • Hassan Khosrowshahi O.C., O.B.C., Chairman, Persis Holdings
  • André Desmarais O.C., O.Q., Deputy Chairman, Power Corporation of Canada
  • Paul Desmarais Jr. O.C., O.Q., MBA, Chairman, Power Corporation of Canada
  • Paul Guy Desmarais Sr. (posthumous 1927-2013) P.C., C.C., O.Q., Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Power Corporation of Canada

Press Release: Announcement of 2022 Inductees

About JA Canada
JA Canada prepares youth to succeed by delivering programs with experiential learning opportunities to more than 220,000 students each year across Canada. This is done in partnership with educators, volunteers, and businesses to educate students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. For more information, please visit www.jacanada.org.

Thursday March 17th, 2022 | National

As planning continues, we're looking forward to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame (CBHF) Induction Ceremony & Celebration on May 12, 2022.

We will hounour our distinguished 2022 Inductees into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame:

  • Maureen Kempston Darkes O.C., O. Ont., D. Comm., LL.D. General Motors Group Vice President, President GM Latin America, Africa & Middle East (Retired)
  • Hassan Khosrowshahi O.C., O.B.C. Chairman, Persis Holdings
  • André Desmarais O.C., O.Q. Deputy Chairman, Power Corporation of Canada
  • Paul Desmarais, Jr. O.C., O.Q., MBA Chairman, Power Corporation of Canada
  • Paul Guy Desmarais, Sr. posthumous (1927-2013) P.C., C.C., O.Q. - Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Power Corporation of Canada

With the pace of Ontario’s reopening, we are optimistic that we will be proceeding with an in-person celebration at the Metro Toronto Convention Center at 6p.m. However, we continue to plan for either an in-person or a virtual broadcast event as we continue to closely monitor public health guidelines.

Each year, at the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony & Celebration, we recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of some of Canada’s most distinguished business leaders. Inductees are chosen as Companions of the Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame to honour their contributions to the economic development and prosperity of Canada.

As leading examples of achievement in business and in life, these individuals demonstrate the qualities necessary to ensure the success and competitiveness of Canada in a global marketplace. As Companions, they serve as mentors and role models for Junior Achievement’s (JA) youth and Canada’s future business leaders.

There are several ways that you can support the CBHF this year:

  • Become a sponsor
  • Purchase event tickets
  • Donate in honour of a 2022 Inductee or a past CBHF Companion
  • Donate in honour of tomorrow's leaders

For more information on how you can support the CBHF, please contact Kate Webb, Development Manager at 647-428-7088 or by email at kwebb@jacanada.org.

Learn more about event by visiting the Canadian Business Hall of Fame website.

Monday February 14th, 2022 | National

 

We have recently learned that JA Worldwide has been nominated! This is an incredible honor for the entire JA network, which includes over 340 local offices in 115 countries.

Nominations may only be received from heads of state and certain elected officials, university professors in selected fields, past Nobel laureates, and a few other notable individuals. Although the identity of each nominee is officially to remain anonymous for 50 years, we have received permission to share with you that we were nominated by a distinguished Professor of Law and International Affairs who was impressed by JA’s incredible global reach, our success in delivering economic empowerment to youth at scale, and our ability to find unity in diversity.

For centuries, unemployment and poverty have led to political instability, violence, and war. By economically empowering youth on all continents (even during this pandemic), JA serves a conduit for peace. We envision a world in which young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. JA has a heritage of impacting the lives of individuals. While we continue to grow and impact individuals at scale, the impact of JA is felt in communities and across countries.

This nomination for JA Worldwide is the beginning of a journey for us. Many organizations have been nominated multiple times before they’ve been shortlisted or selected as a winner. We’re honored and humbled to be considered for the first time alongside such an illustrious group of nominees for the Nobel Peace Prize. And we hope that this honor inspires the JA network to achieve more, maximize our impact, and recognize that there is unity in diversity.

Asheesh Advani, CEO of JA Worldwide, shared his perspective in response to the nomination: “Peace is only possible when youth in all countries and regions have economic empowerment. JA Worldwide is honored to receive this nomination and will continue our work to enable all young people to have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. Our primary hope for solving the world’s most complex problems rests in the young people of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow.”

Although all other Nobel prizes are awarded in Sweden, the Nobel Peace Prize is selected by the Norwegian Nobel Committee, assisted by the Norwegian Nobel Institute, which acts as its secretariat. Grete Nykkelmo, CEO of JA Norway (Ungt Entreprenørskap), responded to the news in this way: “We are delighted to share in this recognition as a proud member of the JA Worldwide network. Our unique blend of entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and work readiness enables us to impact individuals, communities, and society. Peace is achieved when young people have economic opportunity, and we are honored that JA has been recognized alongside other nominees that are striving for a more peaceful world.”

For more information, please visit the JA Worldwide website.

Wednesday December 22nd, 2021 | National
The JA Americas' 13th Annual Company of the Year Competition took place virtually this week from December 7-9th. The competition welcomed 21 student companies from 11 countries, including three Canadian JA student companies, who qualified to participate. The Canadian finalists included: We're delighted to share that MarketAngelo was named the winner of the JA Company of the Year and Elevate was selected as the 3rd place winner. Congratulations!

We're so proud of all the students, as they've all clearly demonstrated their accomplishments as part of the JA Company Program this past year.

As the JA Americas Company of the Year, MarketAngelo will join the top teams from JA Asia Pacific, JA Europe, JA USA, INJAZ Al-Arab JA MENA, and JA Africa in the second-annual de la Vega Global Entrepreneurship Award competition in early 2022. This is the first global award for JA Company Program student companies.


Friday April 23rd, 2021 | National

Volunteers have been an integral partner of JA since our inception in 1955.  Whether teaching youth about financial literacy in classrooms or inspiring young entrepreneurs in corporate boardrooms across the country, volunteers have shared their experience and knowledge and set these youth on the path to success.

The pandemic has necessitated a change to JA’s program delivery model but volunteers remain vital partners.  Volunteers now may “zoom” into a classroom remotely to facilitate part of a program, speak about their career or participate in a Q&A session with students.  They may also provide a pre-recorded video that a teacher can use in the classroom as part of a JA program.  Or they may work with an entirely virtual team of students to guide them through Company Program.

An often-overlooked group of volunteers is JA’s governance volunteers – those who serve on Boards of Directors across the country.  These individuals give their time, talent and treasure to advance the mission of JA.  This has never been more important than in the past year as we’ve navigated through incredible change and uncertainty. 

As we look forward to some return to normalcy, volunteer engagement will continue to be an important element of JA’s programs and mission delivery.  We’re excited to continue with the new volunteer opportunities that have developed over the last year, as well as returning to in-person classroom involvement when it’s safe to do so.

To all of our volunteers - thank you for your continued commitment!

 

Monday April 19th, 2021 | National

JA Canada announces the recipients of the 2019 Royden Richardson National JA Volunteer Award

Toronto, ON – April 12, 2019 – JA Canada is pleased to announce Joanna Williams and Phil Lehn as the recipients of the 2019 Royden Richardson National JA Volunteer Awards. These awards honour volunteers who advance the goals of JA both locally and nationally.

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