Our History

Junior Achievement (JA) was founded in 1919 by Horace A. Moses in Springfield, Massachusetts. Moses was an industrialist, social engineer and philanthropist who dedicated much of his time towards the betterment of youth, the furthering of the arts, and the study of agricultural sciences.

JA was first introduced to Canada in 1955 when Ralph Baker, former President of the Standard Oil Company, recruited Vancouver’s business community to provide programs for 250 students. JA Canada was established in 1967. Since then, over 4 million Canadian youth have participated in JA’s business and entrepreneurial education programs. One of 16 charters and ADMs across Canada, JABC relies wholly on the support and enthusiasm of our dedicated financial supporters and volunteers who bring the real world experience into the classroom. To best serve the variety of regions across the province we have offices in Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, Kelowna, Kamloops, and Northern BC.

The first program held was Company Program which remains our flagship program to this very day. Twenty-two student companies were formed in the first year, involving 375 students.

Today, JABC offers eight programs to students in grades 5 through 12 and reaches over 35,000 annually. We’re proud to be in 55 of British Columbia’s 60 school districts, having reached a cumulative total of over half a million students since our inception in 1955.