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High School Students Pitch their Social Enterprise Ideas at JABC Innovation Jam 2015

January 21, 2015

On Monday, January 19, 2015, 120 high school students from across British Columbia came together at the Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in downtown Vancouver for a day of creative thinking and competition at Junior Achievement of British Columbia’s (JABC) annual JABC Innovation Jam, presented by Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA).

Participants were led through a workshop which challenged them to develop business ideas that have a social mission. Teams were then coached on their pitches by local business leaders and entrepreneurs from Business in Vancouver’s Top Forty Under 40 as well as JABC sponsors. 20 social enterprises were developed and pitched to a panel of judges, and three finalist teams were selected to move on to the final round of judging which will take place in the coming weeks.

The three finalist teams chosen by the panel of judges were:

Checkout, by Rockridge Secondary School, West Vancouver

Checkout is an app that allows a user to scan the barcode of a product to find out where it originated and the path it took to arrive to its final destination. It can provide information such as the location, age of workers, factory conditions and more.

Presentation Coach: Jeff Smith, CHC Helicopters

No More Secrets, by Vernon Secondary School, Vernon

No More Secrets is a sustainable lingerie company aimed at eliminating sex slavery. The company employs disadvantaged women at a fair wage and profits go towards education for young women.
Presentation Coach: Jaclyn Tong, Marsh

Ecopac, by Windsor Secondary School, North Vancouver

Ecopac manufactures biodegradable beer and pop six-pack can holders in an effort to eliminate ocean waste.

Presentation Coach: Amanda Welschlau, Coast Capital Savings

The winning team will be announced in May and invited to attend the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame Gala Dinner & Induction Ceremonies on May 20, 2015 at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

JABC was pleased to welcome special guests, the Honourable Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business, and the Honourable Don McRae, Minister of Social Development and Social Innovation. Both provided words of encouragement and congratulatory remarks to the students.

JABC Innovation Jam gives high school students an opportunity see how innovation in business can have a positive impact on society. It also provides a platform for students to develop teamwork, creativity, critical thinking, networking and presentation skills and a number of other 21st century skills critical to success in today’s business world.

All of the presentations will be posted to JABC’s YouTube page on January 21st and teams will undertake a four-week social media campaign to generate the most number of ‘likes’ for their business idea. The winning video pitch will receive the People’s Choice Award. Follow JABC’s YouTube channel to view and vote for the social enterprise of your choice.

Photos from the event can be viewed here.


JABC Innovation Jam 2015 is grateful to the following sponsors for making this event possible:

See backgrounder below for the full list of school teams, judges and coaches.

For more information, please contact:
Rosine Hage-Moussa
Manager, Marketing & Communications
Junior Achievement of British Columbia
604.688.3887 ext. 231


Participating Schools

A.R. MacNeill Secondary, Richmond
Belmont Secondary, Vancouver
Britannia Secondary, Vancouver
Burnaby North Secondary, Burnaby
Correlieu Secondary, Quesnel
Duchess Park Secondary, Prince George
Elgin Park Secondary, Surrey
G.P. Vanier Secondary, Courtney
Kelowna Secondary, Kelowna
Kwantlen Park Secondary, Surrey
Lake City Secondary, Williams Lake
North Peace, Fort St. John
Prince of Wales Secondary, Vancouver
Rockridge Secondary, West Vancouver
Sa-Hali Secondary, Kamloops
St. George’s School, Vancouver
St. John’s School, Vancouver
Vernon Secondary, Vernon
West Vancouver Secondary, West Vancouver
Windsor Secondary, North Vancouver

Francesca Aguila, Hootsuite
Jennifer Carreiro, SAP
Robin Dhir, Fasken Martineau
Jill Earthy, Futurpreneur Canada
Alexandra Greenhill,
Colby Harder, Conti Evolution
Mirsada Jakupovic, Marsh
Julian Jimenez, SAP
Jody Leblanc, SAP
Joey Lin, Taipak Enterprises Ltd.
Charlotte Pecknold, Coast Capital Savings
Marissa Poratto-Cleghorn, MDA
Michelle Power, Hootsuite
James Reyes, The Active Network
Serge Salager
Jeff Smith, CHC Helicopters
Travis Stevenson, JTS Consulting Inc.
Jaclyn Tong, Marsh
Steve Wallace, Viking Profiles Inc.
Amanda Welschlau, Coast Capital Savings


Rob Bakos, HSBC
Julienne Hills, Coast Capital Savings
Ivailo Ivanov, SAP
Larina Lopez, BC Hydro
Ben Martin, Ledcor Group of Companies