On February 26, 2019, JABC hosted the 2019 EFS@TRU (Economics for Success program held at Thompson Rivers University). 850+ Grade 10 students from ten different schools in three different school districts (SD73, SD74, SD83) attended.

With the help of over 50 dedicated volunteers from the Kamloops business community, JABC’s annual EFS@TRU conference helps Grade 10 students bridge the gap between high school and post-secondary education and careers. JABC’s mission for the conference is to help students identify their post-secondary goals and develop the tools to achieve them. JABC has expanded the event from 500 students in 2014 to over 850 students in 2019. 


For the first year since its inception in 2008, the EFS@TRU Conference was fully funded by donors’ generous financial contributions and in-kind donations. These include:

   EFS@TRU Supporters & Participants

  • Rotary Club of Kamloops
  • BC Interior Community Foundation
  • Interior Savings Credit Union
  • Aurora Rotary Club  
  • School District 73  
  • Thompson Rivers University 
  • Sun Peaks Resort 
  • Aberdeen Mall 
  • TRU Bookstore  

Welcome Breakfast & Mini Tradeshow 
At the Welcome Breakfast kicking off the event, JABC showcased the success of several JABC programs with a mini tradeshow featuring JABC Alumni and their products developed through the JA Company program or Be Entrepreneurial program. The following four JABC Alumni teams have also been selected as finalists for the live Junior Dragons Den competition on April 4, 2019:

  • Recycled Sounds
  • Apiculture
  • NoPoke
  • Animal Donate

Campus Tours 
Student Recruitment partnered with us to offer a variety of engaging campus tours for students including: 

  • Robotics Competition hosted by the Software Engineering Department 
  • Trades Tour  
  • Adventure Studies Presentation 
  • Campus Tour 

Learn more about JA’s Economics for Success.