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 - Today!
  • 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
TONIGHT (Nov 27) | 5 to 6:30 p.m.

If you haven't yet registered, you can do so here:

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.
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 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!
Attendance, Cameras & Participation

ATTENDANCE: This is a reminder that weekly attendance is MANDATORY and students are required to attend at a minimum 80% of their weekly meetings.

If you need to be absent for any reason, please reach out to your Lead Advisors in advance to let them know.

If a student has missed three meetings with no communication/response to Advisors or has provided no excuses, these students may be removed from the program.

CAMERA: We encourage you to put your camera on when possible and when interacting and meeting with your team. In a regular CP year, you would be meeting in person and we want to try and reflect that environment as much as possible. Your advisors and your fellow colleagues in the program want to meet you and get to know you face-to-face! As a team, you will also decide on what are the expectations to be on camera for everyone - this might mean every meeting, or some meetings or part of some meetings.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding being on camera for any reason, please feel free to reach out to JA or your advisors in confidence.

PARTICIPATION: We know that participation in a virtual environment may be challenging! We are all getting used to this new normal. If you are feeling like you aren't able to participate fully, we encourage you to reach out to your advisors and let them know ways they may be able to help you or maybe they can suggest ways to help you as well. Your advisors and JA are here to support you and to help you make the best out of your Company Program experience.
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 are also saved on the JACO Resource Page.
Switching Programs - Deadline is TODAY

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 TODAY. 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.

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

December 21 to January 1
Winter Holiday Break (no meetings)

Friday, January 8
Product/Service Approval Form Due
Your approval form can be submitted anytime leading up to January 8.
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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