Hello Advisors & Students!

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

Please review this email for some important reminders and updates.

Included in this email:
  • Product Ideation & Design Thinking Workshop - November 27, 2020
  • Student Management Training - December 5, 2020
  • Access to JA Resources
  • Switching Programs
  • Link to the Student Orientation Recording
  • Upcoming Dates
Virtual 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.

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 Management Training
Saturday, December 5 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

STUDENTS: You're invited to attend JA Company Program's Virtual Student Management Training! We encourage ALL students to attend and it is MANDATORY for all those who plan to run for an executive role in their company.

Please register here to attend the virtual workshop:

Steps to register:
1. Go to the link above and select "student" ticket
2. Add event to calendar
3. Create your profile on Hopin 

EVENT GUIDE: Information about the event including the agenda and user guide for our platform, Hopin, can be found here.

ADVISORS: Due to our virtual platform capacity, we are giving students first priority to attend the virtual workshop. However, we will keep you posted in the next two weeks if any spots become available for advisors.

At virtual Student Management Training, students are invited to learn more about departmental roles and responsibilities. During the event, students will have the opportunity to network with each other and ask questions to alumni, advisors and industry experts.

This is an exciting opportunity as for the first time ever we are opening up registration to ALL Company Program students and not just the students elected into the executive roles. Whether you're interested in running for an executive role or not and whether you are elected into a role or not, this is a great opportunity for you to hear from an engaging keynote speaker (Tam Pham), industry experts and learn more about a particular executive department. You will also have an opportunity to work with your team on a challenge for the chance to win Team Challenge points!
Access to JA Resources

Students and Advisors have access to two areas for information:

The JA Campus includes the JA Company Program Curriculum Resources.
The JACO Page includes information specific to JA Central Ontario including upcoming dates/deadlines, calendar, communications, advisor corner and awards & team challenge details.

STUDENTS: In order to view the JA Company Program resources on the JA Campus, please follow the following step-by-step instructions:

  1. Sign up for a JA Campus account here.
  2. Log into the account and scroll to find the "Student Company Program Materials"
  3. Select "Enroll"
  4. Go back to the Dashboard - the CP Materials should now be accessible.

NOTE TO ADVISORS: The students can see everything on the resource portal with the exception of the folder marked "JACO CP Advisor Files". These files will also be saved on the JACO Resource Page going forward.
Switching Programs - Deadline is Nov 27

STUDENTS: 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 next Friday, November 27. No changes or additions will be allowed past this date.
Team Challenge Award

Throughout the Company Program year, teams can collect points for participating in various activities, and challenges, having high attendance and for meeting deadlines.

Example of points that will be awarded are outlined here. As well, JA has the right to add in additional challenges throughout the year that will be communicated through email to advisors and students.

The team with the highest point score at the conclusion of the program will be awarded the Team Challenge Award.

To learn more about how to submit for points, please visit this page.
Virtual Student Orientation - Recording

If you were unable to attend Virtual Student Orientation on November 4, 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.

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

To view the full CP Calendar including upcoming deadlines, click here.

Friday, November 27
Last Day to Switch Programs

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)
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!

Lucia & Lesley
The Company Program Team
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