From Here to There: David Proctor, JA Alumni

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I was a member of Junior Achievement through grades 10-12 and graduated from Dr. J.H. Gillis in 2010. From there I went to St. Francis Xavier University earning two degrees: a Bachelor of Business Administration, majoring in accounting and graduated in 2014 and a Bachelor of Information Systems majoring in Enterprise Systems and I graduated in 2016. 

I’m currently living in Charlottetown PEI and working as a Consultant for CONTAX Inc., focusing specifically in the area of EDI (electronic data interchange) between businesses. 

Prior to joining JA, I was primarily science focused, assuming I would go to university and pursue pharmacy or engineering. JA exposed me to things that just weren’t offered within our high school curriculum and really captured my interest more than any science courses had in the past. It encouraged me to think differently and change what my perceived path had been up to that point, making a hard shift from science and accumulating as many business / economic courses as possible prior to my graduation from high school. At that point I still wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do, but JA provided a jumping off point for me and allowed me to learn and try things that I otherwise would have never been exposed to.

From Here to There: Can Büge, JA Alumni

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“As an international student in Canada, I was always looking for opportunities that would lead me to success and help me to become a better entrepreneur. When I participated in the JA Company program, I was inspired. I was given the chance to work with one of the world's biggest company IBM to develop new ideas and businesses that would contribute to my community. This was a life changing experience for anyone who are willing to become a top entrepreneur should experience. I was not just thinking about financial literacy and entrepreneurship, but I also received a scholarship for my university. If you are ready to impact your life and your society, JA Nova Scotia is the best way to start your journey!” 

- Can Büge, JA Alumni 

From Here to There: Katrina MacLean, JA Alumni

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JA is helping students harness their potential and focus towards achieving their goals. They are helping our youth develop their confidence, communication skills and analytical thinking. Did you know that JA achievers are 3 times more likely to plan for their future?

There is no way that I could have known that my decision to attend my first Company Program meeting would com­pletely shape my future. My involvement with JA opened my eyes to the world of busi­ness, the value of financial lit­eracy and instilled in me the belief that I can succeed in whatever career I choose.


My story starts in rural Cape Breton, where I grew up on a family-owned and operated oyster farm. I spent my child­hood watching my parents run their business quite literally in our back yard. Our head office was in the living room! But outside my living room, there were very few formal oppor­tunities for youth to develop tangible skills that would help them transition into the workplace. When JA came to my small school of just 150 students from grades primary to twelve, I jumped in head first and gave it my all. Company Program gives students a safe place to push themselves and get outside of their comfort zone.  Currently I am doing a Master of Employment Relations degree at MUN.


JA provides valuable lessons that cannot be taught in a classroom. And because of JA, I earned a scholarship which has helped me afford a post-secondary education. For the first time in my life, I finally feel like I am at the right place at the right time as I am now preparing to launch my next venture and that is because of the start I got from JA!



To learn more about JA Nova Scotia, or if you are an alumni yourself and want to share your story, please contact, Emma Eagles at 902-233-9688 or

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