Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement

February 18, 2011 09:38 ET

A.Y. Jackson Team Takes Top Prize at Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2011) - A team of four students from A.Y. Jackson Secondary School today won the 10th Annual Stock Market Challenge, hosted by Junior Achievement of Central Ontario and Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX). The students competed against 28 other teams as they bought and sold fictitious companies' shares. Starting with $500,000 the A.Y. Jackson Secondary School team's portfolio ended the trading period at $1,522,955, an increase of 305%. The student event is event is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Capital One Canada.

"This year's Stock Market Challenge was a fantastic success, and once again gave an impressive group of young people the opportunity to learn about the world of investing," said Jane Eisbrenner, President and CEO, Junior Achievement of Central Ontario. "We congratulate the team from A.Y. Jackson Secondary School and we wish them much success as they manage their personal portfolios in the future." 

At the corporate Stock Market Challenge fundraiser later in the day, the team from Deloitte came away with the top prize. The event raised $100,000 toward the delivery of Junior Achievement Middle School Programs Dollars with Sense to Grade 7 students throughout Toronto, Peel, Halton, Durham, York and Simcoe.

"We appreciate the support we received from all attendees at the fundraiser," said Ms. Eisbrenner. "The funds raised will support our continued efforts to inspire and educate young Canadians to experience free enterprise, business and economics." 

Event sponsors for the 10th Annual Stock Market Challenge include TMX Group, TMX Money, Capital One Canada, iShares, Sodexo, BMO Financial Group, HSBC, KPMG LLP, Mosaic, Scotiabank, Vale and CDS Clearing and Depository Services.

About Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, Junior Achievement provides in-school and after-school programs for students which focus on three key content areas: work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. JA's programs reach over 9.7 million students in over 120 countries each year because of the dedication and commitment of volunteers from the business community. Junior Achievement of Central Ontario is the largest of Canada's charters and has strong alliances with local school boards and business partners. This year the organization will reach over 66,000 students this year in Toronto, Peel, Halton, Durham, York and Simcoe regions. For more information about Junior Achievement of Central Ontario, please visit our website www.jacentralontario.org.

About TMX Group (TSX-X)

TMX Group's key subsidiaries operate cash and derivative markets for multiple asset classes including equities, fixed income and energy. Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange, Montreal Exchange, Natural Gas Exchange, Boston Options Exchange (BOX), Shorcan, Equicom and other TMX Group companies provide trading markets, clearing facilities, data products and other services to the global financial community. TMX Group is headquartered in Toronto with offices in Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. For more information about TMX Group, visit our website at www.tsx.com.

Contact Information

  • For more information, to RSVP for the event
    or to schedule an interview, please contact:
    BMO Financial Group
    Martha McInnis