What years were you in Company Program?
I was in Company Program from 2013-2016!
What companies were you part of? What were your positions?
My first company was Alpine Adventures! We were a bus charter service that provided safe transportation for students from their high school to Martock! At Alpine Adventures I was the VP of Human Resources
My second company was Etch It! We produced custom etched glassware. I was the President of this company.
My final year I was the VP HR for Flambeau, a company that made candles with gel wax.
What year was your favourite?
Etch It! Was my favourite year/company. Not only because our company was so successful within the program, but because we offered a unique product and had a lot of fun making the orders each week. After having gone through the Company Program the year prior, I felt comfortable enough to step into a larger leadership role in which I learned so much about motivating others and working together.
What did you do after graduating high school?
I moved to Ottawa, Ontario to pursue my Bachelor of International Business at Carleton University (with a concentration in Human Resources).
What are you working on now?
I am the Human Resources Coordinator for Ross Video Limited, an Ottawa-based company which manufactures live production broadcast equipment across a variety of industries like news broadcast and live sports events (including the SuperBowl!). My day-to-day consists of administrative support for the HR team and coordinating our Co-op Program of 50+ students.
What value do you see in Junior Achievement? Would you recommend it to high school students?
I attribute a lot of where I am today to my experience with Junior Achievement. It was the foundation that ultimately led me to study business and human resources in university. The Company Program provided exposure to entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and general business acumen in a safe and encouraging environment. Those things aren’t directly taught in our education system but absolutely should be! I wholeheartedly recommend that students join the Company Program. Regardless of if you are interested in pursuing a career in business or not, you will gain valuable transferable skills such as problem solving, teamwork, and leadership. And who knows? Maybe you’ll find a new passion along the way!
Thanks so much Alexa, it’s been great to hear from you!
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