Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement

February 17, 2011 06:00 ET

Junior Achievement Hosts Stock Market Challenge

Student teams compete for highest net worth at Toronto Stock Exchange

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 17, 2011) - More than 120 students from high schools across the GTA will get the chance to succeed in the high-stakes equities market at the 10th Annual Stock Market Challenge, hosted by Junior Achievement of Central Ontario and Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX).

Using state-of-the-art wireless technology in a realistic trading environment, 30 student teams of four will buy and sell fictitious companies' shares, aiming to build the highest value portfolio by the end of the trading period. The students will also have the opportunity in the morning to ring the opening bell at the TSX. The student event is event is made possible by a generous sponsorship from Capital One Canada.

"The Stock Market Challenge gives JA students the opportunity to learn investment and money management principles in a fun environment," said Jane Eisbrenner, President and CEO, Junior Achievement of Central Ontario. "With more and more people active in the stock market every day, there's no time like the present to give young people the opportunity to learn about the ins and outs of equity investing."

Later that evening, The Stock Market Challenge fundraiser will pit over 30 corporate teams against each other in their own competition, with the goal of raising $120,000 toward the delivery of Junior Achievement Middle School Program Dollars with Sense to Grade 7 students throughout Toronto, Peel, Halton, Durham, York and Simcoe.

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 Clearing and Depository Services Inc. (CDS).

Interview and Photo Opportunity for Stock Market Challenge February 17, 2011: 
9.00am TSX Market Open for Event Sponsors
Place: TSX Broadcast Centre, TSX Reception Area at Street Level
  The Exchange Tower, 130 King Street West
Photo Opportunities for Stock Market Challenge February 17, 2011: 
9:25am TSX Market Open for Event Sponsors
11:15am Student Stock Market Challenge ringing of the Bell
5:30pm – 9pm Corporate Stock Market Challenge
Place: TSX Broadcast Centre, TSX Reception Area at Street Level
  The Exchange Tower, 130 King Street West

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