JA Company Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities with JA Company Program

Inspire students to become Canada’s next entrepreneurs

Help build a more creative, resilient, and resourceful workforce 

JA Company Program inspires high school students to create an enterprise of their own. Over the course of the program, students experience how a small enterprise functions by collaborating with peers and volunteer Business Advisors to design, organize and operate a real business.

As a volunteer Business Advisor you faciliate the JA Company program and act as a mentor and resource to the students. JA Ottawa provides volunteer Business Advisors with extensive training and all program materials as well as ongoing support.

JA Ottawa has 3 streams of JA Company program:

1 day per week | after school | 3 hours | 18 weeks 

Students meet once a week to create and operate their business. These programs are fully facilitated by a team of 2-4 volunteer Business Advisors. These volunteers do not need to attend each week, but can create a schedule to ensure that 2 volunteers are present each week.

Fall 2017: programs begin the week of October 10

Volunteer needs: 10+ Business Advisors, locations across the city  

1 afternoon per week| | 3 hours per week |15 weeks

JA Company Program Co-op offers students a
teamwork-based experiential learning opportunity in an environment where they will gain valuable employment skills while they learn about entrepreneurship by creating an enterprise of their own.  In the JA Company Co-op program,students will collaborate with students from other schools/school boards as they gain skills they can apply to their work placement and learn about entrepreneurship as a viable career option.
 The Co-op program is fully facilitated by a team of 2-4 volunteer Business Advisors. These volunteers do not need to attend each week but can create a schedule to ensure that 2 volunteers are present each week to deliver the program.

Programs begin on February 15, 2018 

Volunteer needs: 3 Business Advisors, at Centrepointe Library, Ben Franklin Place

Occasional/on-call | regular class time | over a 10-12 week period

 JA Company In-School programs are incorporated into various Business classes (Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Business Management Leadership) and led by the classroom teacher with JA Ottawa support. JA Company In-School Skills-Based Mentors visit the class for approximately one hour, on an as-needed basis to share their expertise in a particular field and provide feedback and insight into the JA Company. We are seeking Skills-Based Mentors in the following fields: Production, Innovation, Leadership, Human Resources, Marketing, Finance and Sales.

Please read the full job description for details.  

Delivery periods: October 2017 to January 2018 AND March 2018 to June 2018

Volunteer needs: 10 Mentors, locations across the city


Why Become a JA Company volunteer?

As a JA volunteer, you’ll deliver programs to local students– facilitating critical financial and business knowledge to students. JA provides you with program materials, in-depth training, and support to ensure that everyone has a fun and meaningful experience.

  • Enhance your presentation, coaching and team-building skills
  • Give back to the community and boost your organization’s profile
  • Open young minds to their limitless potential
  • Become a positive role model to youth


Next steps for volunteers interested in JA Company: 

  • Register online 
  • Provide 2 references  (who have known you for 2 years) 
  • Contact Program Manager for a phone conversation to review the program and volunteer expectations 
  • Schedule an in-person interview (30 minutes) at 205-900 Morrison Drive, Ottawa
  • Obtain a police records check for the vulnerable sector

For more information contact:
Kristina Price, Program Manager
613-366-3085 ext.250 |

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Albert Wong, CPA, CA
JA Ottawa
613-366-3085 ext. 251

Kristina Price
Program Manager - High School
JA Ottawa
613-366-3085 ext. 250

Steven Jones
Program Manager 
JA Ottawa
613 366-3085 ext. 263 

Rebecca Kaell
Program Manager - Elementary and Middle School
JA Ottawa
613 366-3085 ext. 263 

Sonia Simoneau
Program Administrator
JA Ottawa
613 366-3085 ext. 256

Louis Béland
Program Manager, French Programs
JA Ottawa
613 366-3085 ext. 263

There are many ways you can support the JA program. 

 Consider making a donation in one of the increments below and make a real impact in the lives of Ottawa students.