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



CNA Canada

Fairstone Financial

HSBC Canada

Marsh McLennan

TD Bank

Z Zurich Foundation

Local Financial Literacy Partners


Provincial Partner of Financial Literacy: Servus Credit Union

British Columbia


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






Advocis Ottawa


Avison Young

Bilingual Ottawa

Carleton University, Sprott School of Business

The Counselling Foundation of Canada


Duffey Financial Solutions

Economical Insurance

Flux Lighting

Foci Solutions

Intact Insurance

Maria Pecorella Insurance Ltd.

Ottawa Community Foundation

Paterson & Company


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

Start-up model, E-commerce, Sales.
Future of Work, LinkedIn, New slabor skills.
June 13STEM:
AI, RV/RA, Metaverse, Robotic.
Triple bottom line, ESG, "B" Corp.
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 or reach out by email at

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

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

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

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.

Wednesday May 19th, 2021 | National

JA National Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2021 National Award Winners:

  • Maya Bezubiak (JA Northern Alberta) - Evelyn Ruskin JA Corporate Awareness Scholarship Winner
  • Xiaoqi (Estelle) Pu (JABC) - Al Beech Award Winner
  • Nicolas Dostie (JA Quebec) - Seymour Schulich Entrepreneurship Scholarship Winner
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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