Hello Advisors & Students!

*Please note this weekly email is sent to Advisors & Students registered in the JA Company Program 2020-2021*

As we get ready to kick-start the program next week, please review this email for some important reminders and updates.

Included in this email:
  • Getting ready for your First Meeting
  • Product Ideation & Design Thinking Workshop - November 27, 2020
  • Link to the Student Orientation Recording
  • Upcoming Dates
Getting Ready for your First Meeting

STUDENTS: You should receive an email from your advisors on how to join your first meeting. If you do not hear from them within 24 hours of your meeting day, please email us at companyprogram@jacentralontario.org

GETTING READY: Make sure you complete the goal sheet and getting to know you sheet by your first meeting. These sheets can be found below.

SWITCHING PROGRAMS: If you need to request a change in programs, please complete this request form: https://forms.gle/cFpeKBJwPYYixUzJ7 Changes can only be made if the program you want to switch into has the capacity. The last day to make changes is November 27.
JA Company Program Product Ideation & Design Thinking Workshop
Friday, November 27 | 5 to 6:30 p.m.

STUDENTS: You're invited to attend JA Company Program's Virtual Product Ideation & Design Thinking Workshop!

Please register here to attend the virtual workshop:

ADVISORS: Due to our virtual platform capacity, we are giving students first priority to attend the virtual workshop. However, we invite a maximum of TWO advisors per team to attend the workshop. Please register using the link above. A recording of the workshop will also be made available.

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP:
During this workshop, led by Farwa Kamzi from Kira Systems, students will learn how to start brainstorming a product/service idea for Company Program. They will also learn about the importance of design when creating their product. It is highly recommended for ALL students to attend this workshop. The workshop will be recorded for those that are unable to attend, but we encourage students to participate live if they are available.

About Farwa Kazmi
Farwa Kazmi is an award-winning Product leader in Toronto and has conceived digital experiences for brands like Shoppers Drug Mart, Kraft, TSN, Sunnybrook Hospital, U.S Army, Blackberry and more to impact millions of customers through technology and human-centered design. Farwa previously led product design at Nudge AI, a relationship intelligence platform & Canada's AI company of the year that was acquired by Affinity. As the founder and CEO of Explorux - a product strategy consultancy, she has worked with multiple startups and took financial trading exchange BCM from a proof-of-concept to acquisition. Farwa is currently the Director of Product Design at Kira Systems - a fast growing AI/ML scaleup, helping lawyers leverage machine learning for contract analysis.
Virtual Student Orientation - Recording

If you were unable to attend Virtual Student Orientation last Wednesday (November 4th), you can review the recording here. The videos on working remotely won't share in the recording so if you want to watch them, they can be found here and here.

Orientation Slides
The slides from the session can be viewed here.

Handouts
Students: Make sure you complete the goal sheet and getting to know you sheet by your first meeting. These sheets can be found on the resource portal and below.
Upcoming Dates

Week of November 16 to 20
First CP Meeting

Friday, November 27 | 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Product Ideation & Design Thinking Virtual Workshop (open to all students)

Saturday, December 5 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Virtual Student Management Training (open to all students)
Happy Diwali!

To all those celebrating tomorrow, we wish you a Happy Diwali!
Should you have questions or concerns regarding any of the above information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at companyprogram@jacentralontario.org

Thank you and hope you have a great first week of Company Program!

Lucia & Lesley
The Company Program Team
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