$100,000 Sponsorship from Economical Insurance Helps Extend Reach of JA Programs Across Canada

September 13, 2016 Waterloo Region

TORONTO, ON, September 8, 2016 — JA Canada, the largest provider of youth business
education programs in Canada, is pleased to announce a generous sponsorship from
Economical Insurance. The $100,000 contribution will enable JA Canada to reach more
students through JA Canada’s digital strategy — JA Excelerate — and deliver programs in the
areas of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. This brings the total
sponsorship funding from Economical to $500,000 since 2012.
JA Excelerate brings blended learning to classroom programs, the creation of an online
management system to continue education outside of the classroom, and the launch of an
online volunteer school and community school for volunteers.
“At Economical, supporting youth and their education is a priority for us,” said Karen Gavan,
President and CEO, Economical Insurance. “We are delighted to continue supporting JA in their
efforts to reach more students with high-quality programming in the critical areas of financial
literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship.”
Support from Economical also includes an ongoing commitment by employee volunteers to
deliver programs in classrooms in select locations across Canada. Over the past two years,
volunteers from Economical have delivered more than 550 hours of JA programming to
Canadian students.
“We are excited to continue our long-standing partnership with Economical Insurance,” said
Scott Hillier, CEO and President, JA Canada. “We are especially grateful for the commitment of
Economical employees who share their wealth of real world knowledge with students in
classrooms from coast to coast.”


About JA Canada
JA Canada is the country’s largest youth business education organization and is dedicated to
inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in the global economy. Offering programs in
the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness, JA Canada strives to help
students make informed and knowledgeable financial decisions, develop career plans and
express their innovative spirit. For more information please visit us at or
follow us on Twitter @ja_canada
About Economical Insurance
Founded in 1871, Economical is one of Canada's leading property and casualty insurers, with
$2.0 billion in premiums during 2015 and $5.4 billion in assets as at June 30, 2016. Based in
Waterloo, this Canadian-owned and operated company services the insurance needs of more
than one million customers across the country. Economical conducts business under the
following brands: Economical Insurance, Economical, Western General, Economical Select,
Perth Insurance, Sonnet, Economical Financial, and Family Insurance Solutions.
For more information, please contact:
Cheryl Hamelin
Chief Development Officer, JA Canada
Toronto: 647-680-2848 x239
Calgary: 403-781-2582
Cell: 403–200–0853
Doug Maybee, Manager, Public and Media Relations, Economical Insurance
(O) 519-570-8249
(C) 519-404-0989
Our mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy.