October 30, 2020- JA British Columbia (JABC) is pleased to announce that LNG Canada has committed $50,000 to help deliver more financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programs to students in B.C. for the 2020-2021 school year.
Half of the funding will go towards online and in-classroom program expansion to students in grades four to 12, in School District #82 Coast Mountains. Coast Mountains is a school district in Northern British Columbia with 19 schools and includes the major centres of Terrace and Kitimat.
The remaining $25,000 will go to JABC TechWorks, a program that introduces high school students in B.C. to a wide variety of tech and tech-related careers. With technology as the fastest growing industry in B.C. and a leading economic driver of growth, there is high demand for skilled workers. This funding will help expand JABC TechWorks into a virtual province-wide program in Spring 2021, giving more students exposure to new career options, regardless of where they live.
“The financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship programming and educational opportunities provided by JABC align directly with our social investment pillar of supporting community wellness and education,” said Susannah Pierce, director corporate affairs, LNG Canada. “The LNG terminal we are building in Kitimat will use state-of-the-art technology and our hope is that students will be inspired by the TechWorks program and potentially chose to work at our facility one day.”
“We are grateful for LNG Canada’s support,” said Sheila Biggers, President and CEO of JA British Columbia. “This funding gives more students in Northern B.C. the skills they need for long-term success and offers more youth province-wide the opportunity to learn about tech-related careers. These opportunities can make a real difference in the lives of many young people.”
About JA British Columbia
JABC is a member of JA Canada and JA Worldwide. As the first JA charter in Canada and JA’s first international chapter, JABC has been a leader in youth business education programs for 65 years. We are dedicated to preparing people who will create and shape the jobs of the future, foster stable economies, contribute to a healthy community and enjoy lifelong success. Our programs focus on financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship and are requested by educators across British Columbia. Thanks to the funding of generous donors, programs are delivered, free of charge, by local volunteers who provide their real-life experiences to students.
About LNG Canada
The LNG Canada joint venture is building a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Kitimat, British Columbia, Canada, which will initially consist of two LNG processing units referred to as “trains”. LNG Canada is a joint venture comprised of Royal Dutch Shell plc, through its affiliate Shell Canada Energy (40%); PETRONAS, through its wholly-owned entity, North Montney LNG Limited Partnership (25%); PetroChina Company Limited, through its subsidiary PetroChina Canada Ltd. (15%); Mitsubishi Corporation, through its subsidiary Diamond LNG Canada Partnership (15%); and Korea Gas Corporation, through its wholly-owned subsidiary Kogas Canada LNG Ltd (5%). It is operated through LNG Canada Development Inc.