An interview with Xerxes Cooper

Xerxes Cooper
General Manager, Global Technology Services, IBM Canada

We spoke to Mr. Cooper about how supporting JA Central Ontario has not only helped him empower the next generation, but also learn and grow himself.

As General Manager for Global Technology Services at IBM Canada, Mr. Cooper leads the country’s largest services integrator that that designs, builds and manages systems and services that Canadian organizations rely upon. Drawing on his vast corporate experience, he supports JA Central Ontario as a member of our Board of Governors.

He joined the Board in 2019, and has worked with the organization since 2016. With his support, we are able to champion the next generation of entrepreneurs, business leaders and financial experts.

What’s your favourite part of volunteering for JA Central Ontario?

My favourite part of my time with JA is speaking with the students. I am incredibly impressed by their breadth of knowledge, perspective and creativity.

Why do you think JA Central Ontario’s work is important for young learners?

Technology makes it increasingly easy for young people to become isolated. Learning to work together, to create and maintain personal networks, and gaining the confidence they need to ask questions and be bold is so important. These are skills they learn, develop and master through JA’s programs.

What would you say is the biggest impact of JA Central Ontario’s work?

One of the many impacts that I’m most proud of is the fact that JA Alumni are three times more likely to hold senior and middle management positions. Not only are the alumni better prepared for their future overall, but they have skills and tools to excel, lead, and make a difference.

Would you recommend getting involved in JA Central Ontario’s programs? Why?

I am a passionate advocate for giving back in the communities where we live and work. Volunteering with JA Central Ontario is an excellent opportunity to make a positive impact on future employees and leaders, and the best part is that it is a two-way street – the inspiration and lessons we gain from them at the same time are unique and incredibly valuable.