_ (press release) _ JUNE 8, 2016, OTTAWA – On Wednesday night, the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) celebrated Ottawa High School entrepreneurs at the 3rd Annual JA Company Awards. 28 award recipients were unveiled before nearly 250 attendees including top community and educational leaders and business stakeholders, including proud sponsors the Department of Economic Development & Innovation at the City of Ottawa, CIBC and the Telfer School of Management.
“JA Company Program inspires high school students to create an enterprise of their own.” remarked ONFE President and CEO, Kathy McKinlay. “The quality of this year’s companies is a true testament to the talented entrepreneurs who complete our program.”
“We are so proud of all 283 students who participated in this year’s program”, added Albert Wong, Director of JA Ottawa. “The 2015-16 school year was our most successful to date, with 356% growth from 62 young entrepreneurs just two years ago.”
Top award winners included, Achiever of the Year, Ryan Couvrette from Mother Teresa High School from the in-school program, Achiever of the Year, Khadeer Abdulkarim from John McCrae Secondary School from the after-school program, Company of the Year, Ache Breaker from Longfields Davidson Heights Secondary School from the in-school program, and Company of the Year, Straight up HYPE from John McCrae Secondary School from the after-school program.
Since 1985, the Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) has played a lead role in developing over forty innovative programs that harness the resources of the Ottawa community to help students overcome learning barriers, bolster essential skills and make informed life and career choices. ONFE is the only organization that works directly with, and is endorsed by, all four school boards to deliver programs in local schools. Over 80% of Ottawa schools have one or more ONFE programs, providing access to more than 122,000 students each year. To learn more, please visit our website at www.onfe-rope.ca.