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JA NORTHERN ALBERTA: VIRTUAL GALA, 2020 BUSINESS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES AND INNOVATOR AWARD RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

 
April 23, 2020 Northern Alberta and Northwest Territories

Junior Achievement North Alberta is pleased to announce its 2020 Alberta Business Hall of Fame inductees and Innovator Award recipients, who will be celebrated at the first virtual gala in the Hall of Fame’s 40 year history.  (INDIVIDUAL BIO’S BELOW)  Proceeds will support JA’s rapid shift to free online programs for Albertans to assist youth, teachers and parents during the Covid-19 pandemic.   JA’s annual in-person gala has been rescheduled from May to September, 16th, 2020 at the Edmonton Convention Centre.  Tickets to both events can be purchased at www.janorthalberta.org

The distinguished Alberta business people being recognized for their outstanding achievements and community giving will be formally announced at “Quikcard’s Virtual Night Out for JA”, on May 1st, 2020 at 7:30 pm.   This online event will utilize Zoom technology.  JA has partnered with Edmonton based company, Production World Studios, for technical execution.  A maximum of 500 registrant devices can be accommodated.

The 1-2 hour event will also feature a speech by Alberta Premier, Jason Kenney.  Premier Kenney will congratulate the award recipients, speak of the importance of entrepreneurship in Alberta at this time giving his perspective to the business audience in attendance, and pay homage to the late JR Shaw, who was a generous, longtime supporter of JA and countless other initiatives.  The Virtual Night Out will also feature:

  • Tribute to JR Shaw by former Shaw President, Peter Bissonnette  
  • Introduction of Junior Achievement’s 2020 AB Business Hall of Fame award recipients and acceptance comments
  • Iconic MC, Danny Hooper will lead a live auction, a silent auction will run online at https://shopproductionworld.com/shop-production-world-auctions/ (bids by registered guests only)
  • A few laughs with founder of The Comic Strip chain, Rick Bronson
  • Musical performance by John Cameron, CEO John Cameron Changing Lives Foundation and Keller Construction Ltd.
  • Catering delivered to the door of Virtual Night Out ticket holders by Buco, Sorrentino’s Group

 

2020 JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT NORTH ALBERTA BUSINESS HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES AND INNOVATOR AWARD RECIPIENTS

Radhe Gupta, Founder & CEO, Rohit Group of Companies

Krishna Gupta, Vice President

https://www.rohitgroup.com/

https://www.rohitgroup.com/giving-back/

https://renx.ca/rohit-group-edmonton-calgary-regina-expand/

https://edmontonjournal.com/life/homes/muttart-urban-district-breaks-ground-on-game-changing-community/

https://edmontonjournal.com/sponsored/realestate-sponsored/rohit-launches-competition-for-local-entrepreneurs-in-stadium-yards-who-will-make-the-cut/

 

Larry Andrews, CEO & Owner, Landrex

https://landrex.com/

https://landrex.com/about-us/community-involvement/

https://www.ualberta.ca/giving/giving-news/2017/february/some-days-you-are-a-diamond.html

https://bgcbigs.ca/building-communities/

 

Blaine LaBonte, President DJI Capital

https://www.creativedestructionlab.com/people/blaine-labonte/

Former President & Owner, Cougar Drilling Solutions

http://www.financialpost.com/executive/best-managed/winners/detail.html?id=10

Notable among many community gifts https://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/pair-donates-life-insurance-to-norquest-college/

 

2020 JA INNOVATOR AWARD RECIPIENTS

Sam Pillar, CEO & Co-Founder, GetJobber.com

Forrest Zeisler, Co-Founder & CTO, GetJobber.com

www.GetJobber.com

https://getjobber.com/about/

https://business.financialpost.com/pmn/press-releases-pmn/business-wire-news-releases-pmn/jobber-ranks-as-the-2-fastest-growing-software-company-by-canadian-business-2019-growth-500

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/business/article-tech-firm-jobber-hits-it-big-by-thinking-little-as-in-plumbers/

https://globalnews.ca/news/6039617/made-in-edmonton-jobber/

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/app-jobber-alberta-tech-startups-1.5285622

 

ABOUT JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT NORTH ALBERTA

JA Northern Alberta has operated based out of Edmonton for over 55 years.  As a chapter of JA Canada and JA Worldwide, it teaches students from grades 3-12 three key pillars for success – financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.  Half day programs are delivered in schools by volunteer mentors from the local business community.  JA’s “Company Program” for older students runs 18 weeks after school, its most famous JA alumni are the western Canadian founders of Skip The Dishes, but countless youths lives have been changed by JA students who go on to graduate high school and post-secondary more often than non-JA students, have less household debt, are more likely to attain middle and senior management positions and when they start companies, hire more staff and create more revenue.  $1 invested in JA returns $45 to society.

*Boston Consulting Group 2010

 

CONTACTS

For 2020 award recipients contact Junior Achievement Northern Alberta

 

Junior Achievement Northern Alberta - President & CEO, Jennifer Martin

780-993-9310 / jmartin@janorthalberta.org

 

Junior Achievement Northern Alberta - Director, Marketing & Events, Rochelle Gilmour

780-660-8824 / rgilmour@janorthalberta.org                                                              

 

Production World Studios – Director of Studio Services, Chris Duncan

780-860-5550 / chris.duncan@productionworld.ca                                                                    

 

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