JA joins with CIBC to honour B.C.’s Top Student Entrepreneurs

June 04, 2014 British Columbia

Vancouver, BC - Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) is pleased to announce that Just Jars has won the prestigious 2014 CIBC Student Company of the Year Award. The winning team is made up of students from Burnaby South Secondary School who participated in this Junior Achievement After-School Company Program.
Just Jars manufactures and sells convenient, pre-measured and combined mason jars of dry ingredients that enable consumers to make a complete meal, drink or dessert by adding a few wet ingredients.
The award was presented last night at the Celebrate JA! event, sponsored by CIBC and held at SFU, Beedie School of Business in downtown Vancouver. Over 20 awards were handed to JA students for their outstanding performance, creativity, and demonstration of business acumen. 
“CIBC congratulates Just Jars and all award recipients for displaying leadership, entrepreneurial drive and creativity,” says Mike Stevenson, Region Head & Senior Vice-President, BC & the Northern Territories, CIBC. “CIBC's commitment to financial literacy in partnership with Junior Achievement continues to help pave the way for youth to take their first steps to becoming business leaders of tomorrow.”
The Just Jars executive team was recognized for creating a unique product, understanding their target market and great teamwork.  The seventeen students in grades 11 and 12 were advised by Sharon Wong, Burnaby South Business Club Sponsor Teacher, Jennifer Wilnechenko, JA Mentor, and Bhavesh Chauhan, Vancity. The company sold shares for their start-up funding, surpassed their sales goals and managed to give their shareholders a 100% return on their investment. They also donated 30% of their profits to Rebels Food Program which provides meals to students at Burnaby South Secondary who may be financially challenged.
Other recipients of the CIBC Student Company Awards include:
Profit Performance Award – Zigz – a company which sells stylish, tangle-free headphones
Innovation Award – Burnaby Built – a company focusing on the pride Burnaby, BC citizens take pride in being “Burnaby Built.”
Digital Marketing Award – reYOUvenate – a company which makes and sells homemade spa products.
Celebrate JA! has been running for over ten years now and is an opportunity for the achievements of JA students who have shown extraordinary drive, creativity and leadership to be recognized with awards and scholarships.
The Honourable Peter Fassbender, Minister of Education attended a portion of the evening, and Jackie Kai Ellis, Owner of Beaucoup Bakery & Café delivered the keynote address.
Please see backgrounder below for the full list of awards handed out at Celebrate JA! 2014.
About Junior Achievement of British Columbia
Since 1955, British Columbia schools have relied on Junior Achievement (JA) to inspire and prepare our youth to succeed in an ever-changing global economy. This year 30,000 students in B.C. will benefit from JA programs delivered by volunteers from local business communities, who bring real-life experience into the classroom. JA programs focus on work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, giving students the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.
About CIBC
CIBC is a leading North American financial institution with 11-million personal banking and business clients. CIBC is committed to supporting causes that matter to our clients, our employees and our communities. We aim to make a difference in communities through corporate donations, sponsorships and the volunteer spirit of employees. With a strategic focus on Kids, Cures and Community, and employee commitment to causes, including the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure, the CIBC Children's Foundation and United Way, we are investing in the social and economic development of communities across the country. In 2013, CIBC contributed more than $41 million to 1,870 charitable and non-profit initiatives in over 430 communities. You can find other news releases and information about CIBC in our Media Centre on our corporate website at
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Rosine Hage-Moussa
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Junior Achievement of British Columbia
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Junior Achievement of British Columbia Student Award Winners, Spring 2014
JABC Award for Oratory & Presentation Skills
Alina Huang, Semiahmoo Secondary, Surrey
Wendy Ming, UBC Medicine, Class of 2016
Titan Business Game – Winter Online Challenge Winners
Edwin Tsang, Owen Yin, Ryan Shum, Burnaby North Secondary, Burnaby
Titan Business Game – Spring Online Challenge Winners
Samson Yuen, Simon Yan, Dickson Yao, Burnaby North Secondary, Burnaby
Titan Business Game – Spring Challenge Best Participation Record
Connie Guan, Jennifer Fang, Dinece Lau, Britannia Secondary, Vancouver
Keg Spirit Foundation Next Generation Leaders Forum Awards
Marina Gonzalez, Burnaby South Secondary, Burnaby
Remi Gosal, Magee Secondary, Vancouver
Liam Grigg, Spectrum Community School, Victoria
Rod Moshtaghi, West Vancouver Secondary, West Vancouver
Leah Vlassis, Belmont Secondary School, Victoria
Dr. Donald Rix Inspiring Business Excellence Scholarship
Ryan Therrien, Lake City Secondary, Williams Lake Campus
Leadership Awards
JABC Leadership Certificate
Lisa Liang, Britannia Secondary, Vancouver
JABC Award for Excellence & Leadership
Miguel Widjaja, Gleneagle Secondary, Coquitlam
CIBC Student Company Awards
Profit Performance
Zigz, hosted by Accenture
Digital Marketing
ReYOUvenate, Metro-Vancouver
Honourable Mention: Zigz, hosted by Accenture
Burnaby Built, Burnaby North Secondary, Burnaby
CIBC Company of the Year
Just Jars, Burnaby South Secondary, Burnaby
Honourable Mention: Zigz, hosted by Accenture and ReYOUvenate, Metro-Vancouver
Other Awards
JA Investment Strategies Program – Invest JA! Stock Market Challenge
Money Men, North Delta Secondary, Delta
JABC Innovation Jam – Overall Winner & People’s Choice Award
Sa-Hali Secondary, Kamloops
Kaylan Phillips, Megailia Rose, Melissa Pavan, Nicholas Hilton, Sophia de Zeeuw, Taylor Campbell
Ledcor Group Rural Company of the Year
Cariboo Cookies, Lake City Secondary, Williams Lake
Junior Achievement of Canada National Award Winners from BC, 2014
Deloitte Inspiration Award
Jotham Chow, Stratford Hall, Vancouver
Richard Ivey School of Business & Entrepreneurship Institute Scholarship
Carol Lee, Magee Secondary, Vancouver
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