June 6, 2023- The following  awards recognize outstanding student performance in a JA program during the 2022-23 school year: 

Individual Awards  

Jan Bell-Irving Award for Women’s Leadership 

Samantha Allaye-Chan, Vancouver

This $2,500 award recognizes a female Junior Achiever who demonstrates the ambition to lead and the ability to do so with collaboration and kindness.  

Dr. Donald Rix Inspiring Business Excellence Scholarship 

Edward Gordon, Richmond

This $2,500 award recognizes a new immigrant, rural or Indigenous student who has demonstrated significant growth in business, learning, leadership, and/or entrepreneurial skills.  

JABC Basin Impact Award sponsored by Columbia Basin Trust 

Aysha Hide, Fernie Secondary, Fernie 

Echo Heidt, Mount Baker Secondary, Cranbrook 

This $1,250 award per student recognizes students from the Columbia Basin who have demonstrated how a JA program significantly improved their work readiness skills and positively impacted their future. 

Student Award for Oratory & Presentation Skills 

Alex Hong, Moscrop Secondary, Burnaby 

Sophie Saied, Handsworth Secondary, North Vancouver

Tyler Sun, R.E. Mountain Secondary, Langley 

Kayla Wong, West Vancouver Secondary, West Vancouver

This $2,500 award per student recognizes achievement in the development of speaking and presentation skills. 

Student Company Awards  

Celebrate Entrepreneurship Award sponsored by the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness 

Mellow Cream Co.

This $3,000 award recognizes the JA Student Company that demonstrates the most innovation in their business.   View video

CIBC Student Company of the Year Award 

Happy Hive

This $3,000 award acknowledges excellence in teamwork, creativity, innovation and outstanding planning and operation of a JA Student Company.  View video 

Junior Entrepreneur Award 

Trisha Iamsakun, Kitsilano Secondary, Vancouver

Justin Jia, Point Grey Secondary, Vancouver

Chloe Nguyen, Churchill Secondary, Vancouver

Ken Wang, Urban Academy,  New Westminster

Eric Yan, McMath Secondary, Richmond 

This $2,500 award per student recognizes outstanding business acumen, growth or leadership of a JA Student Company. 

Team Competition Awards  

JABC Investment Strategies Stock Market Challenge Award 

Quad 1- B.C. and overall winner: James S., Collingwood School, West Vancouver

Quad 2- B.C. winner and second place nationally: Markus Frigaard, St. John’s School, Vancouver

Quad 3- B.C winner: Graham from G. P. Vanier, Courtenay

Quad 4- B.C. winner and fourth place nationally: Team Kirkstone, Sentinel Secondary, West Vancouver

Discover your Pitch Awards  

Discovery Foundation’s Discover your Pitch program, presented by JABC, is an exclusive investor pitch competition for high school students who have taken a JA entrepreneurial program.  

First Place ($3,000)  & Fan Favourite ($500)

Tidal Blue Technology

Second Place ($1,500) 


Third Place ($500) 

Fast N Fresh

Learn more about Discover Your Pitch winners here.

Congratulations to all these students! 

Learn more about JABC and JA Canada awards and scholarships at jabc.org/awards.