Monday, January 20, 2014


Today I was a guest judge as part of the JA JAM. JA is Junior Achievement, the world wide organization with a mission of bringing business and entrepreneurial skills into the school classrooms of grades 5-12.

The JAM is an event held in Vancouver where by 20 schools from around BC are invited to send their brightest JA students for a business plan competition. Each school team is comprised of 6 students who must create a business plan on a specific topic during the competition and then a few hours later present it to a panel of judges. Only 4 teams will advance to the finals later this year.

This year the business plan theme was Sustainable Eco friendly business plans. I heard come fantastic pitches and was amazed at how prepared the kids were with only a few hours preparation. Here is the YouTube playlist with all the pitches.

What I was most amazed this was how bright these kids are. It was incredible the skills in public speaking, collaborating and unique ideas. I sat at lunch with one team and asked them about their plans for "what they want to be when they grow up" - and to happily hear around the table - lawyer, scientist, bio research, investment banker, entrepreneur, MBA's , doctorates, philanthropy and the list of dreams kept going. These kids and the JA JAM is special, very special. I had a smile on my face all day after that amazing experience.