Since 1955, JA has educated millions of Canadian students about financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Many of these JA Alum have made extraordinary contributions to the business and/or entrepreneurial landscape of British Columbia. We want to recognize and celebrate these incredible individuals through the JABC Exceptional Alumni Award.

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Nominees are extraordinary people who:

  1.  Must be a living Alum of Junior Achievement (may be an Alum of a charter outside of JA British Columbia)
  2.  Achieved their success in British Columbia
  3.  Are between the ages of 35-55 years
  4.  Demonstrated an entrepreneurial spirit or have a record of outstanding business achievements
  5.  Have shown leadership & achieved a high level of respect within the business and public communities
  6.  Contributed to improving the quality of life in the community
  7.  Are considered a role model for future generations of entrepreneurs and business leaders
  8.  May not be a current JA British Columbia Board Member, staff member, or laureate of the Business Laureates of British Columbia Hall of Fame


Nominations will be accepted till Wednesday, March 31, 2021 (11:59pm Pacific Time).

The winner will be selected by a committee made up of JA Volunteers and Alumni. For any questions, please contact Ayesha Hasan at

2020 Award Winner

Our 2020 Exceptional Alumni Award winner is Parveen Walia. Learn more.

Nominator Information

Please submit the online nomination form by the deadline. Information required to complete the form includes the nominee’s name, job title (if applicable), phone number, e-mail address, and information about the nominees leadership, business and philanthropic background and why you think they should be awarded the JABC Exceptional Alumni Award.

You may nominate multiple individuals including colleagues, friends, family, and community members. Once a JA Alum has received the JABC Exceptional Alumni Award, they may not be considered again.

The nominees will be informed of their nomination by JA British Columbia staff and asked to fill out a second form to accept and complete the nomination. JABC will not advise the nominee who nominated them, but you are welcome to tell them yourself.

A good nominee is an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to the business and/or entrepreneurial landscape of British Columbia through their career, volunteer and/or philanthropic endeavours. Measurable achievements are clear, such as increasing profits, recognition from professional associations or other groups, or completion of an important project. However, the selection committee understands that many achievements aren’t easily quantified and therefore ask for as much detail as possible.

Yes. The nominees may have completed a JA program anywhere in the world that JA programs are offered, but they need to have a strong connection to British Columbia. They must live and/or work in British Columbia. If you are unsure, submit a nomination and a JA staff member will review it and get back to you with a decision.

Nominee Information

To accept the nomination you must fill out the online nominee information form by the indicated deadline. The form includes questions about your career achievements, education, volunteering, community and philanthropic work. It also asks for a minimum of two references from your work and/or volunteer experiences.

The shortlisted nominee list will be shared with the selection committee. Shortlisted nominees will be contacted by JABC staff to let them know the results of the selection process.

Filling out and submitting the nominee form indicates to the selection committee that you agree to be considered for the award and will accept the award if you are selected. The selection committee also uses the nominee form to ensure that they have enough information to make a well-informed decision. If you have been nominated and you do not complete the nominee form, you will not be eligible for the JABC Exceptional Alumni Award.