About Us

Preparing youth to succeed
in a global economy


Our Story


Here at JA Central Ontario, we envision a world in which young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities. 

We want to make sure all young people are economically empowered with the skills, confidence and networks to shape their future in a way that works for them and those around them. 

Start a local business? Set up a community food bank? Land the job of their dreams? Save for that trip of a lifetime? No matter what they dream of, through JA Central Ontario they will build the skills, practice the thinking and meet the people who will help them get there.

Together with a dedicated network of volunteers, partners and educators, we deliver immersive learning experiences for students in grades 3-12, focusing on work readiness, financial health, entrepreneurship and more. JA students benefit from real-world work experience and know-how, transforming their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and aspirations as they build their futures.

As young Canadians plan a future in the wake of a global pandemic and a rapidly changing world, JA learning experiences are more important than ever. By building a wide range of skills and nurturing self-belief, JA prepares young people for the future of work, teaches them how to think entrepreneurially, and ensures they have the tools to be financially capable adults.

Our work covers Halton, Peel, Toronto, York, Durham and Simcoe regions. We are part of the world’s largest and most-impactful youth-serving NGOs – JA Worldwide – and work closely with our national network, JA Canada.

We are proudly accredited by Imagine Canada.


Our Purpose

Our Mission

JA Central Ontario inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy.

Our Vision

A world in which young people have the skillset and mindset to build thriving communities.

Our Values

  • Believe in the boundless potential of young people
  • Advocate for relevant, hands-on learning
  • Teach principled, market-based economics and entrepreneurship that build a more sustainable world
  • Approach our work with passion, honesty, integrity, and excellence
  • Seek out diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and talents in our staff, volunteers, and boards to reflect the geographies and communities we serve
  • Nurture the power of partnership and collaboration

Our Team

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Anthony Boright

Chair, Board of Directors

Technology Entrepreneur and Financial Services Executive (Retired)

Board of Directors

Rhonda Klosler

Vice Chair, Board of Directors

National Chief Operating Officer & Toronto Office Managing Leader
RSM Canada

Board of Directors

Chris Cornell

Treasurer; Chair, Operations

Partner, Audit, National Sector Lead, Insurance

Board of Directors

Vivian Leung, CPA, CA


National Tax Learning and Development Leader
Director, National Tax Centre

Board of Directors

Kathy Falconi


Strategy Executive (Retired)

Board of Directors

Nicole Court


Vice President, Corporate Affairs
Aecon Group Inc.

Board of Directors

Michelle Cowan

Chair, Governance & Nominations

Regional Vice President, North Toronto Region

Board of Directors

Amy Flood

Chair, Fundraising Advisory Committee

Director, Corporate Partnerships ON & NU
Heart and Stroke Foundation

Board of Directors

Stephen Jurisic


Creative Director Consultant

Board of Directors

Nancy King


Vice President, Executive Product Owner
TD Bank

Board of Directors

Prashant Matta

Chair, Investment Sub-Committee

Panache Ventures

Board of Directors

Manasi Koushik


Vice President Sustainability, Quality & Community
Dexterra Group

Board of Directors

Jamal Pascall

Director, Emerging Leader

Senior Strategic Manager

Board of Directors

Dean Percy

Chair, Audit

Finance Services Executive (Retired)

Board of Directors

Hitesh Peshavaria


Partner, Government & Public Services

Board of Directors

Steve Tyers


SVP Modernization & Enablement, Technology, Infrastructure and Innovation

Board of Directors

Daniel Shum


Vice-President & Senior Partner
IBM Canada


Senior Leadership

Jennifer Holmes Weier

President and CEO

Senior Leadership

Simone Cowdery

Senior Director, Programs

Senior Leadership

Katherine Dalziel

Senior Director, Finance and Operations

Senior Leadership

Erica Stone

Senior Director, Fund Development


Meet our Governors

Our Team

JA Central Ontario team photo
The JA Central Ontario Team (August 2022). Clockwise from top: Shain Lambert, Erica Stone, Jennifer Holmes Weier, Olga Korpalo, Nichole Quan, Lucia Ly, Stephanie Kipfer, Lesley Tulipano, Mysha Raida, Yvonne Yuen-Kei Leung, Simone Cowdery, Theodora Doukas, Katherine Dalziel, Jenny Early, Hamdi Kalifa, Daniela Cuhna. Not pictured: Michelle Stone, Karen Sun, Maleeha Mujib, Maxine Webster, Sheri Neill

Our Partners

Become a Partner

We couldn’t empower a new generation without the support of our generous partners – thank you!


  • Community Services Recovery Fund



  • Peter & Catherine Clark Family Foundation


  • Accenture Inc.
  • AEO Foundation
  • Aecon
  • AIG
  • Albourne Partners Limited
  • Altus Group Limited
  • Amazon Canada
  • American Express Canada
  • Antares Capital
  • A.W.B. Charitable Foundation
  • Avanade Canada Inc.
  • Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance
  • Broadridge
  • Burgundy Asset
  • Canada Life
  • Capgemini
  • Capital One
  • CIBC
  • Community Trust
  • Cushman & Wakefield
  • CWB Maximum Financial
  • Environics Research Group Ltd.
  • Export Development Canada (EDC)
  • FactSet Canada Inc.
  • Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd.
  • Fairstone
  • F. K. Morrow Foundation
  • Franklin Templeton
  • Francophone Community Grants Program
  • General Motors of Canada Ltd.
  • Google
  • iA Financial
  • International Financial Data Services (IFDS)
  • Jones DesLauriers Insurance Management Inc. (JDMI)
  • Invesco Canada Ltd.
  • Jarislowsky Fraser Ltd.
  • KingSett Capital
  • Liberty Mutual
  • McCall MacBain Foundation
  • Meridian Credit Union
  • National Bank of Canada
  • No Fixed Address
  • CIRO
  • PaceZero
  • Pacific Life Re
  • RBC Capital Markets
  • RBC Insurance
  • RSM Canada
  • Rogers Media
  • State Street Corporation
  • Sutter Hill
  • TC Energy
  • theScore
  • The Actuarial Foundation of Canada
  • The Meaningful Work Foundation
  • The Starke Group
  • Thomas, Large and Singer
  • Torys LLP
  • Wells Fargo Securities Canada, Ltd.
  • Whitchurch-Stoufville Legacy Fund

Our Donors

Become a Donor

We couldn't impact our students without the support of generous individual donors. Thank you to everybody who has helped us raise funds to empower a new generation.

You can find a full list of our donors in our Annual Report