Volunteering for JABC is a unique and rewarding experience. Here's what some of our volunteers have told us:
"I love being able to help kids by showing them the importance of having a financial understanding to launch them into their futures."
- Cathy Coe, JABC Volunteer
“I love what Junior Achievement offers in the way of structured learning and gives the kids the tools for financial success.”
- Aaron Jones, JABC Volunteer
"Volunteering for the Dollars with Sense program through JABC directly impacts my community now and in the future. I have, and continue to take part because for me it is about educating youth through engaging conversations. By providing our youth with the right financial tools, we are helping to grow a thriving community of confident, financially literate individuals and inspire them to succeed and attain more than they thought possible."
- Julia Knowles, JABC Volunteer
"I often see in my job people who wish they were taught things like budgeting and the true cost of borrowing when they were in school, I too thought the same thing. That’s why I decided to volunteer with JA. I look forward to volunteering again next year with Julia!"
- Ashley Delgado, JABC Volunteer
"I have been a JA volunteer for over 10 years and highly recommend the experience. It is fun to be in front of the room with kids who are so full of energy! I can tell that the students are learning some life skills that will stay with them forever."
- Darrell Ross, JABC Volunteer
"Thank you for bringing this program to my class! It is amazing to see some of the quieter students break out of their shells as they got more and more into the program you are delivering. I could barely keep up with how many curriculum matches you covered as well. We can't wait for you to come back next week and deliver the rest of the program."
- Stacey Kleon, Teacher, Golden, BC
“I love that JA brings community people into the classroom. I love seeing kids with unique talents shine, gain a sense of accomplishment and career purpose. Brilliant ideas come from kids and it is awesome to celebrate that."
- Beth Morgan, Teacher, Kamloops, BC
JABC Student Awards for Oratory & Presentation Skills
Cherry Chen, Walnut Grove Secondary, Langley
Alice Ko, Burnaby Central Secondary, Burnaby
Kristy Shum, Sir Winston Churchill Secondary, Vancouver
This award recognizes excellence and achievement in speaking and presentation skills. Award recipients had an opportunity to present their winning speeches at the 2018 Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremonies on May 8, 2018.
Prize: $2500 per recipient
JABC would like to thank Austeville Properties Ltd., Belkorp Industries Inc. and The McLean Group for their generous sponsorship of these awards.
The Keg Spirit Foundation Next Generation Leaders Forum Award
Sam Li, Burnaby North Secondary, Burnaby
Tasia Linquist, South Kamloops Secondary, Kamloops
Arman Turna, North Surrey Secondary, Surrey
Joel Vandermark, Belmont Secondary, Victoria
Ella Wedel, Prince George Secondary, Prince George
These awards are presented to JA students who have demonstrated significant progress in developing their networking, leadership and communication skills. Each student received an all-expenses-paid trip to participate in the Next Generation Leaders Forum, an annual week-long forum for JA students from around the world to meet, participate in workshops, hear from industry experts and collaborate to solve a societal challenge.
JABC is grateful to The Keg Spirit Foundation for their generous sponsorship of this award.
Dr. Donald Rix Inspiring Business Excellence Scholarship
Morgan Bukowski, J.V. Humphries Secondary, Kaslo
This award is presented to an Indigenous, Rural or Immigrant student who has demonstrated significant growth in business skills, learning skills, leadership skills and/or entrepreneurial skills.
This award is made possible through a generous endowment gift from the Rix Family Foundation.
JABC Award for Excellence & Leadership
Freyja Reed, Semiahmoo Secondary, Surrey
This award recognizes achievement in the development of effective personal and business management skills.
Jan Bell-Irving Award for Women’s Leadership
Hannah Myung, R.E. Mountain Secondary, Langley
The Jan Bell-Irving Award for Women's Leadership was established upon Jan's retirement as President & CEO of JABC in 2017. Presented to a female JA student who demonstrates the ambition to lead while demonstrating collaboration and kindness, Jan hopes to inspire and encourage young women to lead at the highest levels, with heart.
Celebrate Entrepreneurship Provincial Award
Awarded to a JA Student Company that demonstrates the most innovation in their business.
Team prize: $3000
Purify, an in-school JA Student Company out of Eric Hamber Secondary School, developed a product called Charclean which cleans bacteria found in tap water. It utilizes an organic charcoal water filter that can be used in a variety of cups, mugs and water bottles.
They generated a 40% return for their shareholders and donated partial profits to TD Friends of Environment Foundation.
JABC thanks the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology for their generous sponsorship of this award.
The Ledcor Group Regional Company of the Year Award
Awarded to an outstanding JA Student Company outside of Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Team prize: $3000
Recycled Sounds, an in-school JA Student Company from South Kamloops Secondary School, developed an eco-friendly, hands-free smartphone stand. The stands were manufactured with reclaimed wood and specially designed and engineered to capture and amplify sound waves for an enhanced smartphone listening experience.
JABC thanks the Ledcor Group of Companies for their generous sponsorship of this award.
CIBC Student Company of the Year
Awarded to an outstanding JA student company in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.
Team prize: $3000
KLICK is an after-school JA Student Company with students from 14 secondary schools around Metro Vancouver. They developed a bike signalling device with special LED light indicators that allow cyclists to reinforce their turn signs for better road communication with drivers.
JABC is grateful to CIBC for their generous sponsorship of this award.
CPA Profit Performance Award
Presented to the most profitable JA student company.
Team prize: $3000
The in-school JA student company from John Oliver Secondary, JAYO Lanyards, realized that many students find lanyards useful however no one seemed to be motivated to go out and purchase one. They saw this as a unique opportunity and created their company which sourced, marketed and sold lanyards to their classmates. A solid sales and marketing strategy allowed them to expand sales to students and administrators at nearby schools. They exceeded sales expectations and delivered a 498% return on investment to their shareholders!
This award is generously sponsored by CPA.
All of our award winners were recognized in front of their family and friends at celebratory events in their regions. JABC wishes to thank CIBC for sponsoring these celebration events across BC.
JABC hosted its second JABC TechWorks: Vancouver on January 16, 2018 at TELUS World of Science.
Access to talent remains the biggest issue for BC technology companies. According to the 2016 KPMG BC Technology Report Card, BC post-secondary institutions graduate fewer engineering and technology-related degrees, on a per capita basis, compared with other Canadian Provinces.
To help BC’s youth become more aware of technology careers and the knowledge and skills required to secure these jobs, we launched JABC TechWorks in 2017 with the help of our industry and community partners.
Approximately 400 Grade 9 and 10 students who have previously taken our JA Economics for Success program are invited to participate in this full-day immersive experience. The day kicked off with a morning plenary session featuring guest speakers, live demos, interactive polling and a DJ. The afternoon consisted of a series fo breakout sessions hosted by representatives from BC's tech industry.
Building upon the success of the first two Vancouver events, we are pleased to be expanding to other regions in BC. Victoria is our next stop on December 5, 2018 followed by Vancouver on January 17, 2019. Kelowna is being planned for late 2019.
$25,000 - $49,999
Chartered Professional Accountants
HSBC Bank Canada
$10,000 - $24,999
Arrow Transportation Systems Inc.
Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation
First Light Foundation: John and Dana Montalbano
Grant Thornton LLP
Marsh Canada Limited
Prospera Credit Union
$5,000 - $9,999
BMO Bank of Montreal
Riyaz R. Devji
The Geyer Family (PNG Enterprise Foundation)
The Radcliffe Foundation
$1,000 - $4,999
Peter J. Blake
Business in Vancouver
Canadian Venture Capital Association
Fairstone Financial Inc.
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Fort Capital Corporation
Marin Investments Limited
Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
RBC Royal Bank
The Spencer Family
Strategic Charitable Giving Foundation
Whistler Blackcomb Foundation
$100 - $999
BC & Yukon Territory Building & Construction Trades Council
Burrard Glass Ltd.
Canadian Credit Union Association
Concerto Marketing Group
Hitfar Concepts Ltd.
Interior Savings Credit Union
Denise M. Jimmo
Andrew W. Marchant
Mercury Launch & Tug Ltd.
Open Gaming Solutions Inc.
Jocelyn C. Tien
Willowbrook Motors Ltd.
Young Family Foundation
Presented by JA British Columbia, the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame celebrates and honours the lifetime achievements of BC business leaders who have made outstanding contributions to our province and country. New Laureates are formally welcomed into the Hall of Fame annually at the Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremonies. Laureates are nominated by their peers and chosen by an independent selection committee representing BC’s foremost business, academic and media institutions.
2018 Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremonies
Proceeds from the annual gala support the efforts of JA British Columbia in developing and maintaining high quality business education programs which are accessible to schools across the province.
The 2018 gala raised over $765,000, and JABC is grateful to all of our guests and partners who believe in our mission and work with us to achieve our goals.
This year's event took place on May 8, 2018 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. We were pleased to induct the following outstanding citizens into the Hall of Fame in front of their families and friends:
- Peter B. Armstrong, Founder and CEO, Armstrong Group and Rocky Mountaineer
- Morris Belkin (1916-1987), Founder, Chairman and CEO, Belkin Inc.
- Frank Giustra, O.B.C., President and CEO, Fiore Group
- Hugh Magee, Chairman, Gwil Industries Inc.
JABC was pleased to welcome Her Honour, The Honourable Janet Austin, O.B.C., Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia who provided the evening's opening remarks.
Dominic Barton, Global Managing Partner, McKinsey & Company delivered the keynote address.
KLICK, a JA Student Company, presented their final report to guests. Their company developed a bike signalling device with special LED light indicators that allow cyclists to reinforce their turn signs for better road communication with drivers.
Photo: Members of KLICK with Master of Ceremonies, Stephen Quinn, Host, The Early Edition, CBC Vancouver
100% of the gala proceeds support the efforts of JABC in developing and maintaining high quality business education programs across BC. JABC is grateful to everyone who joined us for the 2018 gala and for investing in our future business leaders.
Photo: JABC student award winners with Sheila Biggers, President and CEO of JABC
JABC looks forward to celebrating with all of the members of the Hall of Fame at the gala each year and we were pleased to welcome the following new and past Laureates at this year's event.
Back row, left to right: Ross J. Beaty, 2017 Inductee; Sheila Biggers, President & CEO, JABC; Dr. Norman B. Keevil, 2013 Inductee; David McLean, 2017 Inductee; Peter Armstrong, 2018 Inductee, Barbara Brink, Gala Co-Chair; Stuart Belkin, accepting on behalf of the late Morris Belkin, 2018 Inductee; Olin Anton, Gala Co-chair.
Front Row, left to right: Hugh Magee, 2018 Inductee, Robert H. Lee, 2013 Inductee; Frank Giustra, O.B.C., 2018 Inductee; and Peter M. Brown, O.B.C., 2010 Inductee.
Peter R. B. Armstrong
Michael Audain, O.C., O.B.C., LL.D. (Hon)
Nathaniel (Nat) Ryal Bailey
Irving (Ike) Barber, O.C., O.B.C.
Ross J. Beaty, C.M.
Henry Ogle Bell-Irving
L.L.G. (Poldi) Bentley, LL.D. (Hon)
Peter J.G. Bentley, O.C., O.B.C., LL.D. (Hon)
Dick Bradshaw, C.M.
Peter M. Brown, O.B.C., C.B.H.F., LL.D. (Hon)
Alex A. Campbell, O.B.C, LL.D. (Hon)
Brian A. Canfield, C.M., O.B.C., D.Tech. (Hon)
Hon. John V. Clyne, C.C.
Jack Diamond, C.C., O.B.C., LL.D. (Hon)
Earl B. Finning
Thomas James Foord, O.B.C.
Norm Francis, B.Sc., FCPA, FCA
A.E. “Dal” Grauer, Ph.D., LL.D. (Hon)
Frank A. Griffiths, F.C.A.
Chester A. Johnson, C.M., O.B.C., B.Comm., F.C.A.
Lucille Johnstone, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D. (Hon), C.G.A.
Dr. Norman B. Keevil, O.C., Ph.D., F.G.S.A.
Dr. Norman B. Keevil, O.C., O.B.C., Ph.D., C.B.H.F., LL.D. (Hon)
Henry Holman (Hank) Ketcham III, O.B.C.
Henry Holman (Pete) Ketcham Jr.
Samuel Kendall (Sam) Ketcham
William Peters (Bill) Ketcham
Hassan Khosrowshahi, C.M., O.B.C
Leon J. Koerner, LL.D. (Hon)
Dave Lede, B.Comm., LL.D. (Hon)
Robert (Bob) H. Lee, C.M., O.B.C., B.Comm., LL.D. (Hon)
Brandt Louie, O.B.C, C.B.H.F., LL.D. (Hon), FCA, CA, CPA
Hok Yat Louie
Tong Louie, C.M., O.B.C., B.S.A., LL.D. (Hon)
John S. MacDonald, O.C., Ph.D., F.C.A.E., P.Eng.
H.R. MacMillan, C.C.
Hugh Magee, B.S.A.
G. W. Grant McConachie
Wendy B. McDonald, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D. (Hon), D.Tech.
David McLean, O.B.C., LL.D., F.I.CD.
George C. Melville, O.B.C., CPA, FCA, LL.D. (Hon)
William M. Mercer, B.Comm.
Richard “Ritchie” Nelson
Dr. Rudy North, C.M., O.B.C., B.Comm., LL.D. (Hon)
Jim Pattison, O.C., O.B.C., C.B.H.F.
John (Jack) W. Poole, O.C., O.B.C., B.Sc.
Dr. Donald B. Rix, C.M., O.B.C., M.D., D.Sc. (Hon), F.R.C.P.C., LL.D. (Hon)
Benjamin Tingley Rogers
Dick (Percy Ritchie) Sandwell
William (Bill) L. Sauder, O.C., O.B.C., B.Comm., LL.D. (Hon)
Joseph Segal, C.M., O.B.C., C.B.H.F., O.ST.J., LL.D. (Hon)
Howard Allan Simons
David W. Spencer
Dr. Ken Spencer, Ph.D., LL.D. (Hon), MBA, B.A.Sc.
Ian Telfer, C.B.H.F., FCPA, FCA, BA, MBA, Ph.D. (Hon)
W. James Treliving
Milton K. Wong, C.M., O.B.C., LL.D. (Hon)
Beedie Development Group
Bennett Jones LLP
Canadian Western Bank
Dilawri Group of Companies
Kingswood Group of Companies
The Prospero Group
The Radcliffe Foundation
Western One & Pure Multi-Family REIT LP
Wheaton Precious Metals
Coast Capital Savings Credit Union
The Oppenheimer Group
Belkorp Environmental Services Inc.
Big Sky Golf
British Columbia Institute of Technology
CAI Private Equity
Cambie Surgeries Corporation
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
Coast Wholesale Appliances
Farris, Vaughan, Wills & Murphy LLP
First Light Foundation: John and Dana Montalbano
Harris & Company LLP
Ledcor Industries Inc.
Leith Wheeler Investment Counsel Ltd.
The Mark James Group
Odlum Brown Limited
O'Neill Hotels and Resorts
Peter B. Gustavson School of Business
Stikeman Elliot LLP
TD Bank Group
The Vancouver Club