June 24, 2024- The following  awards recognize outstanding student performance in a JA program during the 2023-24 school year: 

Individual Awards  

Jan Bell-Irving Award for Women’s Leadership 

Tiffany Spurgeon, Sentinel Secondary, West 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 

Ozioma Memeh, Belmont Secondary, Langford

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.  

Student Award for Oratory & Presentation Skills 

Aaliyah Cabiles, York House School, Vancouver 

Linda Dai, University Hill Secondary, Vancouver

Ryan Wood, University Hill Secondary, 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 


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 

Ink Again

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 

Bryan Ma, University Hill Secondary, Vancouver

William Preto, Point Grey Secondary, Vancouver

Tiffany Spurgeon, Sentinel Secondary, West Vancouver

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

Team Competition Awards  

B.C. Winners of JA Investment Strategies Stock Market Challenge Award 

Quad 1: Devon Basford, Windsor Secondary, North Vancouver

Quad 2: Peter Nguyen, North Surrey Secondary, Surrey

Quad 3: Jayson Baluran, Kwantlen Park Secondary, Surrey

Quad 4: Jack Norman and Jack Shields, Shawnigan Lake School, Vancouver Island

Discover your Pitch Awards  

Discovery Foundation’s Discover your Pitch program, presented by JABC, is an exclusive investor pitch competition for high school students.

First Place ($3,000) 

Compostaboard: Presenters Bryan Ma, Ryan Lei, Yirei Zhou, Haocheng Luo | Grade 11, Vancouver

Second Place ($1,500) 

BinBuddy: Presenter Peter Boudjok | Grade 12, Burnaby 

Third Place ($500) 

Beyond Leather: Presenters Linda Dai, Aviva Liu, Anya Liu | Grade 11, Vancouver

Fan Favourite ($500)

My Medical Bling: Presenter Malina Zmavc | Grade 9, Nelson

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.