Junior Achievement Ottawa Celebrates Volunteers from the Business Community

June 10, 2013 Ottawa

Press Release - Ottawa Network for Education’s Junior Achievement program celebrates a successful year of engaging students.

Ottawa, ON (June 10, 2013) – In recognition for volunteering and sharing their knowledge with students from grades 5 to 12, members of Ottawa’s business community will come together to celebrate a successful year of Junior Achievement (JA).

The JA Business Basics, Economics for Success and TITAN programs offered Ottawa students the opportunity to learn financial literacy, entrepreneurship and other business skills within the current curriculum. The programs engaged over 165 volunteers from local businesses and postsecondary business faculties by providing hands-on learning experiences for more than 5,300 students.

“Business is hard and you really half to be prepared for it.” – Grade 5 student

“I’ll be living with my mom if I don’t manage my money right.” - Grade 8 student

Research shows JA has a substantial, positive annual impact on Canada’s economy. The Boston Consulting Group determined that JA creates an annual return of $45 for every one dollar spent. The research also demonstrated that the JA program directly impacts the Canadian economy by $105 million. The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) has been grateful to the Ottawa business community for embracing the JA program and investing both time and funding into the establishment and growth of the programs.

Growing the JA program in Ottawa is a concrete way to better equip our students to compete in the global marketplace. ONFE looks to add additional programs in the coming year, working with Junior Achievement of Canada to include new programs including the JA Company Program.

The JA program is supported by a number of Ottawa businesses including Alcatel-Lucent, Accenture, CIBC, Economical Insurance, RBC and TD Financial Group. Other supporters include the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, the Heritage Canada Foundation, and the City of Ottawa. These partners and sponsors have contributed the funding and volunteers required to deliver JA programming in both English and French in Ottawa schools.

Ottawa Network for Education

The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) brings together education and community partners committed to enriching public education in Ottawa. We harness the resources of the community to help students succeed in a rapidly changing world. Our Student Support and Career Preparation programs reach over 50,000 students each year.

Join our network today and help us connect the community to support student success! To learn more, please visit our website at or contact us directly at 613-366- 3085 /

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Shelley Moorhead
Waterwood Communications

Cell: 613-668-9333

For more information about the Junior Achievement program, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Albert Wong, CA
Director, Junior Achievement Ottawa
Ottawa Network for Education
613-366-3085 x251

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