JA Central ON - VentureON 2017

Thursday May 11, 2017 - University of Toronto Convocation Hall - 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Each year through the JA Company Program a group of top notch high school students participate and learn how to build and run a real business from startup to liquidation in a risk free environment. VentureON will bring together close to a thousand stakeholders in celebration of this year's Company Program participants. The night will consist of a live DJ, incredible speakers (think TEDTalk style presentations!) special guest presenters, impactful Alumni testimonials and SO much more!

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Presenters

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JA Central ON

Event Agenda

  • 11 May

Achiever of the Year

President of the Year

Leadership in Finance

Leadership in Human Resources

Leadership in Marketing

Leadership In Sales

Leadership In Corporate Citizenship

Leadership In Production & Quality Assurance

Leadership In Information Technology

JA Journey Award

Salesperson of the Year

Next Generation Leaders Award

Website of the Year Award

The Gary & Joanne Reamey Family ROI Award

Leadership in Innovation

Company of the Year

Advising Team of the Year

Advisor of the Year

Battle of the Ads - Judges Choice

Battle of the Ads - People's Choice

Ahmad Kamal

Aura, sponsored by GE
Achiever of the Year Award Finalist

Cynthia Parker

Potful Thoughts, sponsored by Pelmorex Media Inc.
Achiever of the Year Award Finalist

Jennifer Wong

Orenda, sponsored by TD
Achiever of the Year Award Finalist

Luke Hogan

Bezh, sponsored by RBC
Achiever of the Year Award Finalist

Raluca Gondor

Ignight, sponsored by IBM
Achiever of the Year Award Finalist

Sadat Syeda

Tech Cube Co., sponsored by RBC
Achiever of the Year Award Finalist
TK

Taha Khan

Kang Athletics, sponsored by RBC
Achiever of the Year Award Finalist
VW

Vera Wang

Intrst Financial, sponsored by Deloitte
Achiever of the Year Award Finalist

Ahilan Ilangko

Tee-Clo, sponsored by RBC
Leadership in CSR Award Finalist

Ayl Abellanosa

STCK, sponsored by SAP
Leadership in CSR Award Finalist

Crystal Chen

Orenda, sponsored by TD
Leadership in CSR Award Finalist
JH

Joshua Han

New Youth, sponsored by BDC
Leadership in CSR Award Finalist

Rumeisa Hafejee

Bezh, sponsored by RBC
Leadership in CSR Award Finalist

Scott Ho

Tempus, sponsored by TD
Leadership in CSR Award Finalist

Shravana Goswami

Spark, sponsored by TD
Leadership in CSR Award Finalist

Sophia Su

Intrst Financial, sponsored by Deloitte
Leadership in CSR Award Finalist
DB

Drew Barot

Intrst Financial, sponsored by Deloitte
Leadership in Finance Award Finalist

Edward Kim

Szns, sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Finance Award Finalist

Jasper Jian

Orenda, sponsored by TD
Leadership in Finance Award Finalist

Liane Yuan

Etch2O, sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Finance Award Finalist

Lisa Baltodano-Manuales

6ixBox, sponsored by BMO
Leadership in Finance Award Finalist

Maxwell Li

Unity, sponsored by Celestica
Leadership in Finance Award Finalist

Michael Antoszek

ToronToes, sponsored by TD
Leadership in Finance Award Finalist
SS

Shreya Singh

Aura, sponsored by GE
Leadership in Finance Award Finalist

Anya D'Souza

M.A.P., sponsored by IBM
Leadership in Human Resources Award Finalist

Helen Zhao

Herban, sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Human Resources Award Finalist

Rachel Gonsalves

Lingado, sponsored by Deloitte
Leadership in Human Resources Award Finalist

Sara Ahmed

Spark, sponsored by TD Bank
Leadership in Human Resources Award Finalist

Shree Gandhi

Intrst Financial, sponsored by Deloitte
Leadership in Human Resources Award Finalist

Simrit Randhawa

Tinker Co., sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Human Resources Award Finalist

Stephanie Lo

Tee-Clo, sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Human Resources Award Finalist

Sureka Rajmohan

STCK, sponsored by SAP
Leadership in Human Resources Award Finalist

Brian Nguyen

Discover Colour, sponsored by TD
Leadership in Information Technology Award Finalist

Forrest Fan

Cogito, sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Information Technology Award Finalist

Liam Armstrong

Intrst Financial, sponsored by Deloitte
Leadership in Information Technology Award Finalist

Logan Lim

Orenda, sponsored by TD
Leadership in Information Technology Award Finalist

Murley Herrle-Fanning

ToronToes, sponsored by TD
Leadership in Information Technology Award Finalist

Naman Gulati

Peace of Mind, sponsored by Compass Group Canada
Leadership in Information Technology Award Finalist

Samar Ahmed

6ixBox, sponsored by BMO
Leadership in Information Technology Award Finalist

Sanil Adapally

Herban, sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Information Technology Award Finalist

Aleksandra Wasylyk

Elite, sponsored by TD
Leadership in Marketing Award Finalist

Amy Zhao

Orenda, sponsored by TD
Leadership in Marketing Award Finalist

Khooshbu Desai

Amare, sponsored by GE
Leadership in Marketing Award Finalist

Marzan Hamid

6ixBox, sponsored by BMO
Leadership in Marketing Award Finalist

Michelle Lam

Spark, sponsored by TD
Leadership in Marketing Award Finalist
NB

Neha Banerjea

Aura, sponsored by GE
Leadership in Marketing Award Finalist

Nicholas Fok

Bezh, sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Marketing Award Finalist

Tyler Wildfong

Unity, sponsored by Celestica
Leadership in Marketing Award Finalist

Denise Zhu

Orenda, sponsored by TD
Leadership in Production Award Finalist

Dhruv Bansal

Iuvenis, sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Production Award Finalist

Ethan Kamps

ToronToes, sponsored by TD
Leadership in Production Award Finalist

Hong Yi Chen

Cogito, sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Production Award Finalist

Jessie Hung

6ixBox, sponsored by BMO
Leadership in Production Award Finalist

Laila Tawfik

Aura, sponsored by GE
Leadership in Production Award Finalist

Napas Thein

Flotr, sponsored by Enbridge
Leadership in Production Award Finalist

Vivienne Livingstone

Tempus, sponsored by TD
Leadership in Production Award Finalist

Ali Malik

Aura, sponsored by GE
Leadership in Sales Award Finalist

Cathy To-Lam

Potful Thoughts, sponsored by Pelmorex Media Inc.
Leadership in Sales Award Finalist

Megan Zhu

Ignight, sponsored by IBM
Leadership in Sales Award Finalist

Nikita Andrade

ToronToes, sponsored by TD
Leadership in Sales Award Finalist
PS

Paveernaa Shanmuganathan

Discover Colour, sponsored by TD
Leadership in Sales Award Finalist

Sara Hodaie

Prodigy, sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Sales Award Finalist

Timur Kazbek

Intrst Financial, sponsored by Deloitte
Leadership in Sales Award Finalist
YG

Yash Gajaria

Iuvenis, sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Sales Award Finalist

Gavin Pereira

Unity, sponsored by Celestica
Next Generation Leaders Award Finalist

Mohamed Dasu

Le Satt , sponsored by Mercer
Next Generation Leaders Award Finalist

Raluca Gondor

Ignight, sponsored by IBM
Next Generation Leaders Award Finalist

Stephanie Liang

STCK, sponsored by SAP
Next Generation Leaders Award Finalist

Taha Khan

Kang Athletics, sponsored by RBC
Next Generation Leaders Award Finalist

Wasiq Wadud

Bezh, sponsored by RBC
Next Generation Leaders Award Finalist

Yalda Shabestari

M.A.P., sponsored by IBM
Next Generation Leaders Award Finalist
YH

Yashvardhan Heda

Cogito, sponsored by RBC
Next Generation Leaders Award Finalist

Adil Natalwalla

Spark, sponsored by TD
President of the Year Award Finalist

Andrew Long

Orenda, sponsored by TD
President of the Year Award Finalist

Cynthia Parker

Potful Thoughts, sponsored by Pelmorex Media Inc.
President of the Year Award Finalist

Hussein Hassanali

Take, sponsored by Idealogical Systems Inc.
President of the Year Award Finalist

Ijlaal Shah

New Youth, sponsored by BDC
President of the Year Award Finalist
MA

Muhammad Arif

STCK, sponsored by SAP
President of the Year Award Finalist
NS

Nicholas Scarcelli

Aura, sponsored by GE
President of the Year Award Finalist

Peter Hew

Unity, sponsored by Celestica
President of the Year Award Finalist
I

Intrst Financial

sponsored by Deloitte
Company of the Year Finalist
T

ToronToes

sponsored by TD Bank
Company of the Year Finalist
O

Orenda

sponsored by TD Bank
Company of the Year Finalist
T

Tee-Clo

sponsored by RBC
Company of the Year Finalist
L

Lingado

sponsored by Deloitte
Company of the Year Finalist
B

Bezh

sponsored by RBC
Company of the Year Finalist
B

Bezh

sponsored by RBC
Gary & Joanne Reamey Family ROI Award Finalist
U

Unity

sponsored by Celestica
Gary & Joanne Reamey Family ROI Award Finalist
C

Cat Stack

sponsored by Enbridge
Gary & Joanne Reamey Family ROI Award Finalist
I

Intrst Financial

sponsored by Deloitte
Gary & Joanne Reamey Family ROI Award Finalist
O

Orenda

sponsored by TD Bank
Gary & Joanne Reamey Family ROI Award Finalist
T

Tee-Clo

sponsored by RBC
Gary & Joanne Reamey Family ROI Award Finalist
T

Tee-Clo

sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Innovation Finalist
S

STCK

sponsored by SAP
Leadership in Innovation Finalist
L

Lingado

sponsored by Deloitte
Leadership in Innovation Finalist
B

Bezh

sponsored by RBC
Leadership in Innovation Finalist
B

Bliss

sponsored by BMO
Leadership in Innovation Finalist
I

Intrst Financial

sponsored by Deloitte
Leadership in Innovation Finalist

Alex Parkin

IT Application Analyst
Celestica
Alex has worked at Celestica since graduating from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2014. Alex currently works in the Information Technology function and is responsible for Learning and Development where she is working closely with the CIO to develop a new learning program for IT. Recently, she has taken on an additional role as a Project Manager. Alex is also involved in the Women's Collaboration Forum and Women in Action groups at Celestica. Alex's next steps are to complete an MBA overseas to gain new international experiences.

Kristen Patte

External Communications Analyst
Celestica
Kristen is a communications professional specializing in internal communications, external communications, and corporate social responsibility. Kristen is currently the External Communications Analyst at Celestica where she is responsible for media monitoring, employee communications, website and social media, corporate giving and Celestica's Sustainability Report. Kristen holds a BA from Brock University and a Graduate Certificate from Seneca College.

Timothy Pak

Tax Manager
Celestica
Tim has been with Celestica for over 10 years, applying his tax and analytical skillset for the Corporate Tax group. During his tenure at Celestica, he has had varying responsibilities in tax compliance and tax reporting, overseeing the tax requirements for a number of operations around the world. While with Celestica, Tim has developed an expertise in transfer pricing, a major area of interest and scrutiny in Corporate Taxation. Prior to joining Celestica, Tim held varying roles with Hewlett-Packard and Coca-Cola. Tim graduated from Ryerson University with a BBMD.

Klaudia Watts

Corporate Responsibility Manager
PwC Canada
laudia Watts is a leader in the field of Corporate Responsibility. Currently working PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada (PwC) and lecturing at the Schulich School of Business, York University. After joining the consultancy in 2013, she completed her MBA at York University’s Schulich School of Business with a focus on sustainability. Her blog, thegoodcorp.com, helps consumers make informed decisions and guides businesses as they develop their own corporate social responsibility strategies. Klaudia has become a trusted source of advice for emerging leaders interested in pursuing careers in corporate social responsibility. She speaks frequently at universities about trends in the field and hopes to start a national dialogue around sustainability issues in Canada.

11 May

Gaby Polanco-Sorto

Associate Director, Corporate Responsibility
LoyaltyOne
Gabriela is a sustainability strategist with over 10 years of experience in stakeholder relations, community investment, social responsibility and communications. Gabriela is currently the Associate Director of Corporate Responsibility at LoyaltyOne where she is responsible for the overall CSR strategy, which includes the sub-functions of Community Impact, Employee Engagement and Environmental Sustainability.
Prior to joining LoyaltyOne, Gabriela was at Scotiabank where she held various roles in Philanthropy and Corporate Responsibility.
Gabriela holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.

11 May

Lynn Gonsalves

Senior Manager Company Program
JA Central Ontario

11 May

Catherine Perry-Robertson

Chair
JA Central Ontario Board of Directors

Jane Eisbrenner

President & CEO
JA Central Ontario

11 May

Akil Augustine

Founder/Host of The Hangout
NBA TV
Akil Augustine is a Canadian television personality and the host, producer and creator of NBATV Canada's "The Hangout" show, a topical basketball series featuring special guests and league insiders discussing hot topics in the NBA. A graduate from Seneca College's Radio and Television Broadcast journalism program, Akil began his career as an intern at Sportsnet Canada and worked hard to become the lead reporter for NBATV Canada. 

Akil partners and appears with recognizable companies like The Toronto Raptors, Nike, Chapters Indigo and can be found impacting youth through workshops across Canada.

11 May

Amit Brahme

Human Being
Planet Earth
Amit is a Banker, world traveler, leadership coach who in his current role at RBC is developing mobile apps on new technologies. He has been volunteering for JA, NGL and DECA for over 7+ years.

He supports Arts & Culture and has a dance company promoting Canadian artists. His company has promoted many artists over last 7 years in Toronto & Ottawa. He loves inspiring young minds to help them succeed in life.

11 May

Jethro Kwan

Very Fortunate
2nd Generation Canadian
Jethro is an alumni from YorkU's Schulich BBA program. He converted his first company JUMPSTART Academy into a full-time job coming out of university. With the cash flow and time leftover from JUMPSTART, he started a second company Fugo Desserts (a local ice cream shop).

Janise Smith

Publisher
Snap'd Scarborough
As Publisher of snapd Scarborough; Janise Smith is able to shine a positive light covering all the amazing, exciting and fun community events. Janise has been featured In the UTSC Commons (a University of Toronto Publication) where she has been quoted as saying “her love of Scarborough and strong desire to give back to the community is what keeps her going.” She promotes and develops marketing campaigns which includes free PR to local businesses and organizations, both big and small, to help grow their bottom line. Presently, Janise is a board member and the Chair of the Communication Committee for the Scarborough Community Renewal Organization (SCRO).

Being a publisher and a TV personality, Janise has had many amazing opportunities; appearing weekly on Rogers Daytime TO, interviewed the Duchess of York, Sarah Fergusson and attending a press conference with President Barack Obama. Presently Janise looks forward to many more exciting interviews and wants to continue to brag about our great Community through the eye of the Camera.

Julie Bednarski

The Healthy Crunch
Founder/President
Julie Bednarski, founder and president of The Whole Living Kitchen Inc., is a spirited entrepreneur and is always on the move. Her background as a Registered Dietitian and trained chef led to the discovery of a business opportunity: the rejuvenated kale chip. In two short years Julie combined her passion and spirit to generate a line of artisanal kale chips that are now sold nation wide. The Healthy Crunch Company, which is a division of The Whole Living Kitchen Inc., has grown from 75 retails stores to over 3,000, continuing to dominate the snack industry and encouraging healthy habits among consumers.

To learn more about Julie and Healthy Crunch visit www.juliebednarski.com or www.healthycrunch.com

Instagram: @HealthyCrunch
Twitter: @HealthyCrunch



11 May

Megan Tong

Co-Owner, Kanga
JA Alumna

11 May

Neel Joshi

Director, Student Life & International Experience
Rotman School of Management,University of Toronto
Neel is a founding member of TEDxToronto, a past board member of Regent Park Focus (a cultural arts incubator for marginalized youth) and was formerly the Admissions Director at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. He has launched several innovative programs at Rotman including; Rotman OnBoard Fellowship Program, CityLab and Global Consulting Projects (with Boston Consulting Group & Cuso International) -- these experiential learning based programs have allowed Rotman MBA students to be of service to many community based organizations. Neel is a proud East Ender (Scarborough Side), father of two and is passionate about city building and supporting marginalized communities.

11 May

Norm Kelly

Councilor, Ward 40
City of Toronto
https://www.6dad.ca/

11 May

Prakash Amarasooriya

Mobile Advisor
TD Bank
Prakash Amarasooriya is a Mobile Advisor at TD Canada Trust and the former School Boards Lead for the Toronto Youth Cabinet. He has been in the media lately for the financial literacy campaign he initiated in October. Prakash created a proposal to have financial literacy incorporated into the Grade 10 Careers course as well as a petition to get the attention of the public and the media. After months of preparation, and three weeks after publishing the petition, he obtained a meeting with the Ontario Ministry of Education and sat down with the Minister of Education herself, Mitzie Hunter. He was able to convince her of the need for financial literacy in schools and, two days after the meeting, Minister Hunter published a press release stating that she had accepted his proposal and will be putting financial literacy into the Grade 10 Careers course. He has done multiple interviews and podcasts on the importance of financial literacy as well as countless presentations teaching financial literacy through the Canadian Bankers Association, Junior Achievement and in his own spare time.

11 May

Risham Najeeb

Incoming 4th Year Student - Schulich School of Business
JA Company Program Alumna
Risham is an incoming 4th year student studying Marketing and Strategy at the Schulich School of Business. In the past, Risham has taken on leadership roles in her community such as being the co-chair for the Corporate Social Responsibility Society at Schulich. She also enjoys regularly participating in marketing and strategy case competitions including the Google Microlabs Case Competition, Google Social Consulting Challenge, and the TMX Innovation Challenge. Outside of school, Risham spends her free time writing, reading a variety of books, and developing her photography skills.

Blog: https://rishamnajeeb.wordpress.com/ 

Celestica

VentureON Presenting Sponsor
Celestica ensures the world’s most innovative companies stay ahead of their competition. We bring ideas that inspire, expertise that advances, and technology that transforms, to companies that are pushing the boundaries of innovation. Whether it’s highly sophisticated electronics for commercial aircraft, medical devices, or smart energy products, Celestica ensures these products are designed and manufactured with the highest quality and reliability.

CPA Ontario - Presenting Sponsor

Interview Night Sponsor
CPA Ontario protects the public interest by ensuring its members meet the highest standards of integrity and expertise. CPA Ontario serves and supports its more than 87,000 members and 19,000 students in their qualification and professional development in a wide range of senior positions in public accounting, business, finance, government, not-for-profits and academe. Chartered Professional Accountants are valued by organizations of all types and sizes for their financial expertise, strategic thinking, business insight, management skills and leadership. To become a CPA in Ontario, visit cpaontario.ca

Dentons - Venue Sponsor

Interview Night Sponsor

PwC

Preliminary Judging Sponsor
At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We’re a network of firms in 157 countries with more than 223,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. Find out more and tell us what matters to you by visiting us at www.pwc.com.

LoyaltyOne

JA Battle of the Ads Sponsor
LoyaltyOne is a global leader in the design and implementation of coalition loyalty programs, customer analytics, and loyalty services for Fortune 1000 clients around the world. LoyaltyOne has over 20 years of history leveraging data-driven insights to develop and operate some of the world's most effective loyalty programs and customer-centric solutions. These include the AIR MILES Reward Program, North America's premier coalition loyalty program, Precima, the global retail strategy and analytics arm, LoyaltyOne Global Solutions, Netherlands-based BrandLoyalty, and a working partnership with Latin America's leading coalition program, dotz. LoyaltyOne is an Alliance Data company. www.loyalty.com.

BDC

Company Program Sponsor
BDC is the only bank devoted exclusively to entrepreneurs. It promotes Canadian entrepreneurship with a focus on small and medium-sized businesses. With its 110+ business centres from coast to coast, BDC provides businesses in all industries with financing and advisory services. Its investment arm, BDC Capital, offers equity, venture capital and flexible growth and transition capital solutions. To find out more, visit bdc.ca.

BMO

Company Program Sponsor
Established in 1817, and currently marking its 200th year of operations, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services provider based in North America. With total assets of $692 billion as of January 31, 2017, and more than 45,000 employees, BMO provides a broad range of personal and commercial banking, wealth management and investment banking products and services to more than 12 million customers and conducts business through three operating groups: Personal and Commercial Banking, Wealth Management and BMO Capital Markets.

Celestica

Company Program Sponsor
Celestica ensures the world’s most innovative companies stay ahead of their competition. We bring ideas that inspire, expertise that advances, and technology that transforms, to companies that are pushing the boundaries of innovation. Whether it’s highly sophisticated electronics for commercial aircraft, medical devices, or smart energy products, Celestica ensures these products are designed and manufactured with the highest quality and reliability.

CIBC

Company Program Sponsor
CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with 11 million personal banking and business clients. Through our three major business units - Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management and Capital Markets - CIBC offers a full range of products and services through its comprehensive electronic banking network, branches and offices across Canada with offices in the United States and around the world.

Deloitte

Company Program Sponsor
Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited. Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity.

Enbridge

Company Program Sponsor
Enbridge Inc. is North America's premier energy infrastructure company with strategic business platforms that include an extensive network of crude oil, liquids and natural gas pipelines, regulated natural gas distribution utilities and renewable power generation. The Company safely delivers an average of 2.8 million barrels of crude oil each day through its Mainline and Express Pipeline, and accounts for nearly 68% of U.S.-bound Canadian crude oil production, and moves approximately 20% of all natural gas consumed in the U.S. serving key supply basins and demand markets. The Company's regulated utilities serve approximately 3.5 million retail customers in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and New York State. Enbridge also has a growing involvement in electricity infrastructure with interests in more than 2,500 MW of net renewable generating capacity, and an expanding offshore wind portfolio in Europe. The Company has ranked on the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations index for the past eight years; its common shares trade on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges under the symbol ENB.

EY

Company Program Sponsor
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

GE

Company Program Sponsor
GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry.

Idealogical Systems Inc

Company Program Sponsor
Idealogical is the IT and Cloud computing specialist for businesses between 25 – 125 employees in the GTA. Idealogical was founded to give small and medium-sized businesses equal access to highly-trained professionals and tried and tested best practices usually reserved for big business. Idealogical manages all levels of technical solutions for its clients, ranging from simple hardware and network deployments to complex custom systems and software development projects.

Manulife

Company Program Sponsor
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers' needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers.

Mercer

Company Program Sponsor
Mercer is a global consulting leader in talent, health, retirement and investments. Mercer helps clients around the world advance the health, wealth and careers of their most vital asset – their people. Mercer’s more than 20,000 employees are based in 43 countries and the firm operates in over 140 countries. Mercer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Companies (NYSE: MMC), a global professional services firm offering clients advice and solutions in the areas of risk, strategy and people. With annual revenue of $13 billion and 60,000 colleagues worldwide, Marsh & McLennan Companies is also the parent company of Marsh, a leader in insurance broking and risk management; Guy Carpenter, a leader in providing risk and reinsurance intermediary services; and Oliver Wyman, a leader in management consulting.

Newmarket Hydro

Company Program Sponsor
Newmarket-Tay Power Distribution Ltd. (NTPDL) is an Ontario Energy Board licensed electricity distribution company. NTPDL operates a distribution system in the service area approved by the Ontario Energy Board. The shareholders are the Town of Newmarket and the Township of Tay.

Pelmorex Media

Company Program Sponsor
Founded in 1989 by our Chairman, President & CEO, Pierre L. Morrissette, Pelmorex Media Inc. is a privately owned multi-media company specializing in weather content and technology. Headquartered in Oakville, Ontario, Pelmorex also has multiple office locations and broadcast facilities around the world to support international growth. Pelmorex employs a dedicated team of nearly 500 employees across Canada, the US and Europe. This includes 40 meteorological staff, one of the largest teams among all private sector companies.

RBC

Company Program Sponsor
Royal Bank of Canada is Canada’s largest bank, and one of the largest banks in the world, based on market capitalization. We are one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies, and provide personal and commercial banking, wealth management, insurance, investor services and capital markets products and services on a global basis. We have over 80,000 full- and part-time employees who serve more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the U.S. and 35 other countries. RBC helps communities prosper, supporting a broad range of community initiatives through donations, community investments and employee volunteer activities.

SAP

Company Program Sponsor
A subsidiary of SAP SE, SAP Canada is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. Operating in the Canadian market since 1989, SAP Canada serves customers across the country, and has a significant research and development presence with labs located in Montreal, Toronto, Waterloo, and Vancouver.

Scotiabank

Company Program Sponsor
Scotiabank is Canada's international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 23 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 88,000 employees and assets of $887 billion (as at January 31, 2017), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS).

TD Bank

Company Program Sponsor
We’re proud to celebrate more than 100 years of serving newcomers to Canada, delivering on our reputation as a bank you can trust.

Barrie Regional Council

Company Program funded by the Government of Ontario

Compass Group Canada

Company Program funded by the Government of Ontario
Compass Group Canada is the country's leading foodservice and support services provider with over $1.9 billion in revenues in 2015 and over 26,000 associates working throughout the country. The company specializes in providing foodservices and support services across the core sectors including leading sports and leisure venues, executive dining rooms and cafes, schools, universities, seniors' residences and hospitals as well as remote camps and off shore oil rigs. With over 500,000 associates worldwide and operations in more than 50 countries, Compass Group Canada's parent company had revenues of £16.9 billion in the year to September 30, 2015.

IBM

Company Program funded by the Government of Ontario
IBM is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, serving clients in 170 countries. In this new era of Cognitive Business, IBM is helping to reshape industries by bringing together our expertise in Cloud, Analytics, Security, Mobile, and the Internet of Things. We are changing how we create. How we collaborate. How we analyze. How we engage. IBM is a leader in this global transformation so there is no better place to launch your career or further your career. Transforming healthcare, improving the retail shopping experience, rerouting traffic and even designing the next generation fan experience in sports stadiums around the world – this is what IBMers do.

Ipsos

Company Program funded by the Government of Ontario
Ipsos is an independent market research company controlled and managed by research professionals. Founded in France in 1975, Ipsos has grown into a worldwide research group with a strong presence in all key markets. Ipsos ranks third in the global research industry. With offices in 88 countries, Ipsos delivers insightful expertise across five research specializations: brand, advertising and media, customer loyalty, marketing, public affairs research, and survey management. Ipsos researchers assess market potential and interpret market trends. They develop and build brands. They help clients build long-term relationships with their customers. They test advertising and study audience responses to various media and they measure public opinion around the globe.

6ixBox

BMO


We're uniting Toronto by empowering local businesses with quality snacks delivered to your doorstep, one box at a time.
Nothing says more about Toronto culture than the snacks proudly produced and prepared by local Torontonians. The channel to the heart of Toronto, we believe, starts with a taste of Toronto.

We are a group of dedicated and passionate high school students from the Greater Toronto Area that acquired a fortunate opportunity to meet and share the beliefs and values in which we all take pride in; to empower local Toronto producers and to provide everyone with a taste of Toronto. We do so by reaching out to individual Toronto producers and providing customers with six different and unique snacks monthly, each with stories behind the producer.

Amare

GE


Mission statement: “To bring people together, spread smiles, and make our community a more cheerful place.”

OUR BOX


Have you ever had a day where you were feeling down? Or sad? Or lonely? Or have you ever wished you had something to give a loved one feeling any of those things?
Well you're in luck! The mystery items inside our mood box will help to lift your (or your friend's) spirits by appealing to the senses in ways proven to unlock positive moods.
Examples of the moods/feelings we can induce are:
  • Happiness
  • Peaceful
  • Excitement
  • Loved
  • Many many more!

Aura

GE


Aura is a Junior Achievement company in Oakville Ontario dedicated to delivering elegant lighting and decor products including Himalayan salt lamps and light-up vases. At Aura we strive to use as many natural ingredients as we can in our products to promote health and wellness. We use natural salts and soy wax candles in our ingredients for our products to help us achieve this goal. The use of natural ingredients in our products sets us apart from the average lighting and decor company. And our competitive prices set us apart from international and diy business owners.

BAS

RBC


Our company is a student run company, thanks to the program JA. As students, we have come up with what we believe is a profitable business and took the opportunity to make it a reality. Throughout the year, our company will be offering products, seasonal or year round.

Bellum Beads

RBC


Fighting to be an advocate and promote awareness for individuals with everyday battles.💛 No battle is too big to conquer!👊🏼‼️

Bezh

RBC



Bézh is a social enterprise that strives to help out the Aboriginal Community. We do this by partnering with artists and showcasing their art in the form of apparel. We are making an impact on the community by giving back to the people that were here first. 50% of all profits are donated to 7th generation image makers, who provide resources to help out young aboriginal artists.

Bliss

BMO


Bliss is a Junior Achievement company of 27 incredibly hardworking entrepreneurial high school students. We aim to create positive change in the community by promoting positive thinking with our positive mindset journal, “INK Positive”. We are committed to the cause of promoting positive mental health; we’ve partnered with Healthy Minds Canada, an organization supporting the research of mental health addiction and illness; and we’ve created a product aimed to help our readers relieve stress.

Cat Stack

Enbridge

CNDL29

Manulife

Cogito

RBC

Create Co.

Ipsos

Discover Colour

TD

Elite

TD

Etch2O

RBC

Fortune Bath Bombs

Scotiabank

Flotr

Enbridge

Herban

RBC

Ignight

IBM

Intrst Financial

Deloitte

Iuvenis

RBC

Kaizen

RBC

Kang Athletics

RBC

Le Satt

RBC

Lingado

Deloitte

Lunch Lock

EY

Lynx Branding Services

Newmarket Hydro

M.A.P.

IBM

New Youth

BDC

Orenda

TD

Paradime

RBC

Peace of Mind

Compass Group Canada

Potful Thoughts

Pelmorex Media Inc.

Prodigy

RBC

Quote Totes

Barrie Region

Recogneyez

TD

Spark

TD

STCK

SAP

Star145

CIBC

SLARK

TD

Szns

RBC

Take

RBC

Tech Cube Co.

RBC

Tee-Clo

RBC

Tempus

TD

Tinker Co.

RBC

ToronToes

TD

Unity

Celestica

JA Central Ontario



Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. With over 120 charters world wide, JA brings a global view of business to local communities.

Since 1968 JA Central Ontario has partnered with educators, donors and volunteers to bring a real world experience into the classroom. Our programs give students in grades 4-12 the confidence and skills they need to become the next generation of business and community leaders.

Purpose:
To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.

Vision:
JA will be the partner of choice for businesses, educators, and policy-makers around the globe seeking to expand workforce and economic development. We will be revered for providing experiences that promote the skills, understanding, and perspectives students will need to succeed in a global economy and become productive, contributing members of society.

Values:
• Belief in the boundless potential of young people.
• Commitment to the principles of market-based economics and entrepreneurship.
• Passion for what we do and honesty, integrity, and excellence in how we do it.
• Respect for the talents, creativity, perspectives, and backgrounds of all individuals.
• Belief in the power of partnership and collaboration.
• Conviction in the educational and motivational impact of relevant, hands-on learning

Charitable Number: 10755 4297 RR0001

To find out more about JA Central Ontario and the additional programs offered click here.

Doors Open

06:00 PM 06:30 PM

JA VentureON Celebration

06:30 PM 09:00 PM University of Toronto Convocation Hall

Order of Presentation:

Speakers

Volunteer Advisor Appreciation After-Party

09:00 PM 11:00 PM Stone Lobby

This ticketed event recognizes our dedicated Volunteer Advisors who participated in the 2016-2017 JA Central Ontario Company Program