Awards process Overview

Every year, JA Central Ontario recognizes outstanding Company Program students through individual and group awards.

Advisor Awards Due: Sunday March 24, 2024

Group Awards Due: Sunday April 7, 2024

Individual Awards Due: Sunday April 14, 2024

Please review the steps below for how to apply for awards.

Nomination

STep 1: NOMINATION

Individual Awards

Advisors must nominate students and let them know they have been nominated for all individual awards with the exception of the Jane Eisbrenner Award for Exceptional Leadership and the Attendance Award. One nomination per category per team is allowed.

Individual award nominations are due by advisors to JA by Sunday, March 24th. The nomination form will be emailed directly to the advising team. JA will email students to notify them of their nomination, however, advisors are encouraged to share the news directly with your students! 

GROUP AWARDS

Students do not require a nomination for the group awards but must include the name of an advisor to endorse their group award application.

AdvisorEndorsement

Step 2: ONLINE SUBMISSION & ADVISOR ENDORSEMENT

Online Submission

All award applications must be submitted through the online application portal through Judgify. Students will be asked to create an account and will be able to save their applications as they go. No email applications will be accepted.

There are specific questions in the Judgify application form for each award. To view these questions, log into Judgify and select the application form that you wish to view.

Advisor Endorsement

Students will be asked to include the name and email of an advisor to endorse their application after submission.

The advisor will be sent a copy of the submission automatically by email and a request for endorsement.

Advisors are not required to provide any additional references beyond the endorsement. Students are encouraged to check with their advising team to determine which advisor to include in their application to provide the endorsement.

Submission Links through Judgify will be available by early March.

Jane Eisbrenner Award for Exceptional Leadership

Step 3: preliminary judging & Interview Night

After the applications are received, they will be reviewed by external preliminary judges. Short-listed candidates will be determined to move on to Student Interview Night.

*New* JA Audit: There will be a JA audit this year for all group awards. In addition to meeting the awards eligibility criteria, the JA team will audit each team's application for accuracy and adherence to JA policies and guidelines throughout the year. Failure to pass the audit will disqualify you from awards consideration. JA will reach out to your team if there are any concerns with your application moving forward.

Interview Night Finalists Include:

  • Top 8 individual finalists
  • Top 6 Group finalists (Best Brand & Gary & Joanne Reamey)
  • Top 3 Group finalists per Company of the Year category (Social Enterprise, Technology, Retail)

Finalists for the following awards are not required to attend Interview Night: JA Journey Award, Jane Eisbrenner Award for Exceptional Leadership, Changemakers, Attendance Award, Team Challenge.

Student Interview Night

Short-listed candidates will be interviewed by a panel of judges selected by JA Central Ontario.

Interviews will be held in the evening in late April/early May. Exact event details TBC. Specific instructions will be sent to all finalists.

To be eligible for an award, students MUST attend Interview Night.

President of the Year

Step 4: Winner Announcement at ventureon

JA Central Ontario is committed to ensuring that the awards review and judging process is unbiased and transparent throughout.

Judging for written responses, videos and interviews will be completed by external judges.

JA will complete an audit of student companies to determine their eligibility to participate in the group awards process.

Award winners will be selected based on their combined written responses and interview scores with group awards requiring an additional JA audit score.

Individual Awards: 50% Written  |  50% Interview

Group Awards: 20% JA Audit  |  40% Written  |   40% Interview

All award winners will be announced at ventureON on Wednesday, May 15 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm (TBC). This is a virtual event that celebrates the Company Program year for all participants, and where we announce the award winners.

Changemaker Award

Application tips

  • Make sure you start writing your application in advance of the deadline to account for editing, reviewing, and any unforeseen circumstances. Try not to submit your answers last minute!
  • You can save your application online and return to it. It does not have to be completed all at once.
  • If you plan on working offline, take note of the word limits to ensure that you don't run into any issues when copy and pasting your answers.
  • Check in with your advisors to determine who you should include in your application for the endorsement.
  • Read the Frequently Asked Questions below for more tips.

Frequently Asked Questions

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

Carefully review all eligibility criteria and required submissions for each award. The questions included in the award applications are designed to collect information about your Company Program experience and learnings. Your answers to these questions will be used in connection with your application for these awards and will be divulged only to qualified persons who must see them in the course of their duties.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

ADVISOR Awards 

Advisor Awards (Students nominate their advisors)
Sunday, March 24, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Submission Links through Judgify will be available by March.

GROUP Awards 

Group Awards
Sunday, April 7, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Submission Links through Judgify will be available by March.

INDIVIDUAL Awards 

Individual Awards
Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Submission Links through Judgify will be available by March.

Changemaker Scholarship 

Changemaker Scholarship
Sunday, April 14, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Individual Awards

Governors-Celebration-star

PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR

Leadership in Finance

LEADERSHIP IN FINANCE

Leadership in Human Resources

LEADERSHIP IN HUMAN RESOURCES

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LEADERSHIP IN MARKETING

Leadership in Sales

LEADERSHIP IN SALES

Leadership in Production

LEADERSHIP IN PRODUCTION

Leadership in Technology

LEADERSHIP IN TECHNOLOGY

Extra Mile Award

EXTRA MILE AWARD

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JA JOURNEY AWARD

Students impacted

JANE EISBRENNER AWARD FOR EXCEPTIONAL LEADERSHIP

Any Grade 12 student can apply for this award if they meet all the criteria listed in the award details. Students do not need to be nominated by their advisors for this award, and there can be multiple submissions per company.

Give a Gift-Fundraise

CHANGEMAKER AWARD

This award is determined by the JA advisors and JA will reach out directly to advisors for their nomination.​ Once they have been nominated, students can apply for the changemaker scholarships.

Give a Gift-Leave a Legacy

ATTENDANCE AWARD

Group Awards

Teach-Learn-Gr3to8

BEST BRAND AWARD

Gift of life insurance

GARY & JOANNE REAMEY FAMILY AWARD (CSR)

A Business of Our Own

COMPANY OF THE YEAR

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TEAM CHALLENGE AWARD

Student orientation

Best Store Builder of the Year Award

Advisor Awards

Teach-Learn-Overview

Advisor Awards

Calling all Company Program students! You have the opportunity to nominate your outstanding advisors who consistently go above and beyond the normal duties of the advisor role.

ADVISOR HALL OF FAME

Each year, we induct outstanding Company Program advisors into our prestigious Hall of Fame. This award recognizes outstanding contributions to the program, and honours advisors who go above and beyond to support students throughout the experience.

Company program

Advisor Hall of Fame

This year's Advisor Hall of Fame inductee will be announced at the virtual ventureON celebration on Wednesday May 15, 2024 at 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. (TBC).

marianne grimaldi

Christine Davis

PAST WINNERS

2021-2022
Gerald Mak

2020-2021
Hiren Kapadia
Dave Steeves

2019-2020
Alexander Carbone
Joanna Williams