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Chartered Professional Accountants Support Business Education for Youth

January 29, 2014

Vancouver, BC – Junior Achievement of British Columbia (JABC) is pleased to announce that Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) has made a generous donation. Once again, CPABC has committed its support to Junior Achievement business education programs for youth. Their generous and increased funding of $45,000 will specifically go towards the JA Innovation Jam and JA TITAN.

The JABC Innovation Jam is a new student event that was held on January 20, 2014.  Approximately 120 students who have participated in JA’s high school programs participated in teams where they learned how to work collaboratively to develop and “pitch” an innovative business idea addressing the theme of environmental innovation.

The day-long program was facilitated by Joanna Buczkowska-McCumber, Managing Director at the ISIS Research Centre for Social Innovation and Sustainability at Sauder School of Business. She taught the students new ways to enhance business and entrepreneurship to create environmental change. Students then pitched their business ideas to a group of panelists, including Business in Vancouver’s Forty Under 40, who determined the finalists. All team pitches have been posted on YouTube (JuniorAchievementBC) where votes can be cast for the winning team.

This year the event was held at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel, with a business networking reception for the students the night before.

JA Titan is an interactive web-based business simulation where high school students compete as companies in a fictitious market. Over a period of 5-8 weeks, students engage in critical economics and management decisions, navigating the dynamic changes of a technology-driven global marketplace. Schools that participate in JA Titan are eligible to submit teams to the Junior Achievement Innovation Jam.

Junior Achievement would like to thank CPABC for their support since 1999. CPABC’s commitment to helping their members excel by providing exceptional education, regulation, and member services programs so that chartered professional accountants can provide the highest quality of professional services is exemplified by their partnership with Junior Achievement.

“CPABC is committed to the development and growth of business education programs for youth in BC,” says Richard Rees, CEO of CPABC. “The creativity and dedication of the students is inspiring and we are thrilled to be continuing our longstanding relationship with Junior Achievement.”  Richard Rees, CPA, FCA.