Thank you Riverview Bingo!

Throughout all the shutdowns from the pandemic, Riverview Bingo has done everything in its power to keep the funding coming for JA and other charities in Chatham-Kent.

We’re so grateful for the support of Riverview across all three JA pillars – financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Knowing that funding is there each month has been a huge help in bringing essential JA education to students in our community. This proactive education will help keep students out of the cycle of poverty – and support the community builders of the future!

Thank you Riverview!

Nominations for 2022 London & District Business Hall of Fame open through March 25th

If you know someone who would be a good candidate  for the London and District Business Hall of Fame, now is the time to let us know! 2022 Laureate nominations will be open through March 25th.

Established by Junior Achievement of London and District in 1990, the London and District Business Hall of Fame honours the lifetime achievements of London and area’s most distinguished individuals who have helped shape our community through their business success, entrepreneurial spirit and philanthropic contributions. These distinguished leaders have planted the seeds of greatness that today’s youth will harvest to create their future.

Inductees are nominated by their peers and chosen by a selection committee. This year’s Laureates will be welcomed into the JA London and District Business Hall of Fame at the 2022 Induction Ceremonies and Gala Dinner on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at the RBC Place London (as possible).  Laureate portraits will be installed at the permanent exhibit located on the second floor of the downtown London Public Library, 251 Dundas Street, London, Ontario.

Read more about the selection criteria and make your nomination:  Laureate Nomination Form 2022

JA Worldwide Nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize

JA Worldwide Nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize;
JA South Western Ontario Celebrates this Prestigious Honour

JA Worldwide, a non-profit organization that helps young people develop the skillset and mindset to achieve success, has been nominated for the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize.

As a member of the worldwide Junior Achievement network, JA Southwestern Ontario prepares thousands of local students every year to compete in the global economy by delivering hands-on, experiential learning in work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship.

JA has been helping young people since the organization’s founding in 1919, but this recognition is about more than just JA’s impact on individuals. The effects of JA are felt in communities, countries, and the entire world because the organization has been able to scale up to reach over 10 million young people per year, partnering with more than 400,000 volunteers and teachers, who deliver hands-on, immersive learning experiences in 115 countries

For centuries, unemployment and poverty have led to political instability, violence, and war. By economically empowering youth on all continents, JA Worldwide—and especially JA’s 150+ million alumni living all over the world—serve as a conduit for peace and a global force for good.

This nomination for JA Worldwide is the beginning of a journey for the JA network, especially given that many organizations have been nominated multiple times before being shortlisted or selected as a winner. There are, of course, many deserving organizations, and JA feels privileged to be mentioned alongside with others that are striving for a more peaceful world.

Asheesh Advani, CEO of JA Worldwide, shared his perspective in response to the nomination: “Peace is only possible when youth in all countries and regions have economic empowerment. JA Worldwide is honoured to receive this nomination and will continue our work to enable all young people to have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. Our primary hope for solving the world’s most complex problems rests in the young people of today who will be the leaders of tomorrow.”

Brad Geddes, Director Emeritus of the JA SWO Board, explained how JA creates a lasting impact: “My own journey with JA began more than 50 years ago as a high-school student. Participating in the JA Company Program ignited my entrepreneurial passion. With fellow students we discovered how to overcome many challenges and find success by creating and running a business. JA is a transformational experience, with guidance provided by volunteer mentors and the financial support of the local business community.” Geddes also serves on the JA Worldwide Global Council.

Locally, JA has been inspiring and preparing youth in South Western Ontario for over 58 years. Last year JA South Western Ontario provided over 16.000 student experiences, working proactively to prepare students for their lives ahead as they become the community builders of the future.

IN THE NEWS: “Set to Celebrate” – London Inc Magazine

Junior Achievement hosts 31st Annual London and District Business Hall of Fame Gala honouring laureates Karen Fryday-Field and Joel McLean

THE 31st ANNUAL London and District Hall of Fame Gala will take place tonight from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

This year’s gala celebrates the achievements of two exceptional role models: Karen Fryday-Field, managing partner of Meridian Edge Leadership and Governance Consulting Group, and Joel McLean, founder of Info-Tech Research Group.


Set to celebrate



Junior Achievement hosting 31st Annual London and District Business Hall
of Fame Gala honouring laureates Karen Fryday-Field and Joel McLean

October 19th, 2021 – London, ON. JA South Western Ontario is taking the London and District
Business Hall of Fame Gala virtual again this year as Karen Fryday-Field and Joel McLean are inducted
in to the Hall and join an esteemed group of Laureates.

The 31st Annual London and District Hall of Fame Gala will take place online October 21st 2021 from 7-
8:30 PM. This year’s Gala celebrates the achievements of two exceptional role models: Karen FrydayField, Managing Partner of Meridian Edge Leadership and Governance Consulting Group and Joel McLean, Founder of Info-Tech Research Group.

Each year, in recognition of outstanding contributions and ethics in business, Hall of Fame Laureates are
nominated and selected by respected members of the London and District business community. This
signature gala event showcases the lives of the Inductees allowing us to learn about their achievements
and how they have developed and nurtured their legacies.

Karen Fryday-Field is a London born entrepreneur and highly experienced facilitator and consultant,
who received her MBA from the IVEY Business School. She has spoken and provided leadership
development, strategic thinking, and governance consultation in Canada, the United States, England, the
Middle East, and internationally.

“I really look forward to the upcoming celebration hosted by Junior Achievement.” said Fryday-Field.
“Their work of encouraging young leaders to build business, embrace entrepreneurship, and engage in
giving back is core to the fabric of building a healthy community. I feel very honoured to be inducted
into the London and District Business Hall of Fame. This award inspires me to engage and encourage
our younger leaders to take the lead on advancing excellent governance that presses organizations to
achieve their purpose with ethics, justice, inclusion, and prudence. Thank you so much for this honour.”

Joel McLean founded Info-Tech Research Group to help CIOs and large organizations successfully
manage complex technology projects, run successful IT departments, and lead digital transformations
for their organizations. As a recognized leader in the research industry, Joel is frequently invited to
speak in public and private executive forums on IT issues and business entrepreneurship.

“Thank you to Junior Achievement South Western Ontario for their decades-long commitment to
encouraging and developing young entrepreneurs. It is an honour to be named alongside the inspiring
Business Hall of Fame inductees from throughout JA’s history,” says Joel McLean, Founder of Info-Tech
Research Group. “Since starting Info-Tech in London 25 years ago, we have hired and supported various
JA alumni. As business leaders, we have a responsibility to give back and foster the next generation.
Together, with organizations such as JA, we can create future leaders who will positively impact our
community. Thank you for this honour and for the opportunity to support such an important program.”

Tickets for the Virtual Gala are available for purchase now at


About London and District Business Hall of Fame
Established in 1990, the London and District Business Hall of Fame supports the work of JA in London
and throughout Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford, Huron, Perth, Grey and Bruce Counties. It was created to
honour respected members of the London and area business community, past and present, for their
outstanding contributions to business, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.
London and District Business Hall of Fame Inductees join a distinguished list of previous Laureates whose
portraits are showcased in the London and District Business Hall of Fame Gallery located in the London
Public Library, downtown London.

About Junior Achievement South Western Ontario
JA South Western Ontario is a member of JA Canada and part of JA Worldwide (JA), the world’s largest
not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating young people about business. Through the delivery
of hands-on, blended learning in entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness, JA empowers
young people to grow their entrepreneurial ideas, hone their work skills, manage their earnings, and
secure better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.
Since 1963, schools in South Western Ontario have relied on JA to prepare young people for success in
an ever-changing global economy. JA South Western Ontario is responsible for the geographic area
including the counties of Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, Huron, Perth, Bruce,
Grey, Wellington, Waterloo, Brant, Hamilton, Haldimand-Norfolk, and Niagara.
For more information or to arrange an interview, contact Denise Pelley at

BID NOW – Virtual Silent Auction for London and District Business Hall of Fame!

The JA LBHF silent auction is open and ready for bidding until Thursday, October 28 at 11:00am. Check out our enhanced auction platform and a number of impressive items including a selection of stunning jewellery from Gordon’s Gold, a range of experiences including golf at Sunningdale and Twin Streams, yoga passes, wine and craft beer tours, music and other forms of family fun, sports memorabilia, home decor and more.

Thanks to our generous donors, we received 90+ items valued at $16,000+ dollars.

Bidding starts at 30-50% retail value! Start your Christmas shopping early while supporting regional youth in developing financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills.

View items:

Registration is required to bid on items:

IN THE NEWS: “Promoting skilled trades as road to success” – London Inc. Magazine

JA South Western Ontario, along with JA chapters across the province, will bring skilled trades and technology exposure into the classroom via a new interactive online event

IN AN EFFORT to make the skilled trades a more attractive pathway for high school students, Junior Achievement (JA) South Western Ontario is teaming up with JA chapters across the province to host a one-day virtual career symposium next week to connect students with industry pros.

Called “Building a Stronger Future”, the event is described as “an interactive, online experience that introduces high school students to the fascinating skilled trades and technology sectors, and gives them an opportunity to hear directly from industry experts.”

Promoting skilled trades as road to success

MEDIA RELEASE: JA South Western Ontario & JA Waterloo Region have joined forces

July 19, 2021 – London & Kitchener, ON. JA South Western Ontario has officially
merged with JA Waterloo Region to form one strong and dynamic charter.

Formed in 1963 and 1970 respectively, the two organizations will now operate together as the
amalgamated charter Junior Achievement of South Western Ontario. The new charter’s
geography includes the counties of Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford,
Huron, Perth, Bruce, Grey, Wellington, Waterloo, Brant, Hamilton, Haldimand-Norfolk, and

The two charters have been working closely together to deliver programs in a virtual format
for over a year and plan to continue building on the success of the partnership moving

“As difficult as things have been for everyone during the pandemic, we have seen many
bright spots in the ways our staff, volunteers, and students have been innovating,” said Karen
Gallant, President and CEO of JA South Western Ontario. “The team has done an incredible
job at being resourceful with new ideas and efficiencies to bring essential JA education to as
many students as possible. We’re excited to continue that work together as one robust

JA South Western Ontario will still be working locally in many ways. Funds raised in each
region will stay within that region. Volunteers will be working directly with schools in their
areas, and the three offices in Kitchener, London, and Chatham-Kent will be maintained with
current staff.

“We could not be more pleased with this amalgamation,” said Murray Flanagan, Board Chair
for JA Waterloo Region, who will be joining the Board of Directors for JA South Western
Ontario. “Ultimately, our highest priority is to increase our student reach in every city and
town across our region. This merging of resources allows us to streamline how we do the
work so that we can continue to grow and deliver the JA difference to more students.”

Gallant added, “Connecting with youth about financial literacy, work readiness, and
entrepreneurship is so important right now. We are inspiring the community builders of the
future, which will be crucial in the years of economic recovery that may lie ahead.”

JASWO Media Release – JA South Western Ontario and JA Waterloo Region amalgamating – FINAL