Record-breaking year for Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia

JA Nova Scotia reports on the success of 2017-2018 program year and announces new membership to the board of directors

Halifax, NS — JA Nova Scotia recently hosted an AGM and reported on program and financial results for the school year of 2017-2018.  At the meeting, the board also ratified a new board chair and three new directors at large.  Accepting the chair role from outgoing chair, Mark Parkhill of KPMG, is Jennifer Chiasson of NSCC. Also joining the board: Karen Gardener of McInnes Cooper, Kevin McCann of National PR and David Reid of Cox & Palmer.

 “Much of our success is dependent on the volunteer leadership and talent we have around the board table and we are very fortunate to have strong volunteer engagement to help us continue to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in the global economy”, said President & CEO, Kristin Williams.

At the AGM, JA shared record results program volume, student reach, volunteer engagement and fundraising. The charity delivered 847 programs to 18,013 students who committed 93,172 hours of learning across three educational pillars linked to success: financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship. This represented a 41% increase in program volume and a 35% increase in student reach. JA also engaged 917 program volunteers to deliver their programs who committed 15,201 hours of volunteer service (a 23% increase). JA raised $1,337,058 through program sponsorship, the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame and the Legacy Project. For more details, see the annual report:

The full slate of board members for 2017-2018 is listed below:

Executive Committee

Jennifer Chiasson, NSCC, Chair
Bruce Young, RBC, 1st Vice Chair

Karn Nichols, Sobey School of Business, Secretary
Mark Sidebottom, NSP, Treasurer

Mark Parkhill, KPMG, Past Chair
Kristin Williams, President & CEO (ex officio/non-voting)


Tim Blais, Gateway Business Brokers

Michelle Bussey, NSCC Foundation

Jakki Brierley-Shorrok, Fastrak Global Inc.

Charl Du Plooy, Emera

Stephanie Fitzner, Student/JA Alumni

Michelle Fitzgerald, Knightsbridge Robertson Surette

Eric Fry, Sandler Training
Chris Guinan, CIBC Wood Gundy

Troy Harnish, Rogers

Lynn Hogan Gillespie, Province of Nova Scotia

Paul Janes, Deloitte
Lori-Anne Jones, Shift Strategies - Change Consulting

Roger King, Supplement King – Canada

Andrew MacKinnon, SBW

Jodi Posaved, Grassroots Human Resources Consulting

NEW – Karen Gardiner, McInnes Cooper
NEW – Kevin McCann, National PR

NEW – David A Reid, Cox & Palmer



Media Contact

Kristin Williams

902-454-4564 x 107


About JA Nova Scotia

Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia provides hands-on experiential learning in the classroom and through extra-curricular activities. Programs focus on three educational pillars: financial literacy, workplace readiness and entrepreneurship. JA recruits volunteers from the business community to collaborate on the delivery of programs, which exposes students to real world business perspectives and ideas.

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