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JA (Junior Achievement) Worldwide
Junior Achievement Logo.svg
Founded1919; 103 years ago (1919)
FoundersTheodore Vail
Horace A. Moses
Winthrop M. Crane
TypeInternational NGO
Legal status501c3
  • Prepare youth for employment and entrepreneurship
  • Mission: To inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy
Area served
More than 110 countries

JA (Junior Achievement) Worldwide is a global non-profit youth organization founded in 1919 by Horace A. Moses, Theodore Vail, and Winthrop M. Crane. JA works with local businesses, schools, and organizations to deliver experiential learning programs in the areas of work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship to students from ages 5 to 25.[1][2][3][4][5]


Boys' and Girls' Bureau of the Eastern States was founded in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1919, as a spinoff of the Eastern States Exposition, to help educate young people moving from rural America to the country's booming cities about the means of production and free enterprise. The following year, the organization's name was changed to the Junior Achievement Bureau. The name was modified in 1926 to Junior Achievement, Inc.[6]

Following World War II, the organization grew from a regional into a national organization.[7] In the 1960s, JA began its growth into an international organization.[7]

Beginning in 1944, Junior Achievement organized an annual national conference, known as the National Junior Achievers Conference, NAJAC, to bring together student representatives of local programs to participate in contests. In 1949, the organization began allowing conference delegates to elect national leadership to play an active role contributing to program development, increasing public awareness and supporting fundraising.[6]

In 1975, Junior Achievement introduced its first in-school program, Project Business, featuring volunteers from the local business community teaching middle school students about business and personal finance.[7]

JA annually reaches more than 12 million students in more than 100 countries around the world. Programs are delivered by more than 450,000 JA volunteers.[8]

JA Worldwide has six regional offices: JA Africa, JA Americas, JA Asia Pacific, JA Europe, JA Middle East and Africa (INJAZ Al-Arab), Junior Achievement USA.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable JA alumni include former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala, U.S. Congressman Bob Clement, Subway restaurant founder Fred DeLuca, American actor Arte Johnson, journalist Dan Rather, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, comedian Amy Sedaris, and British Labor Party Politician David Lammy.[9][10][11]

Notable Canadian JA alumni include entrepreneur and television personality Manjit Minhas (Alberta),[12] marketing executive Jennifer Wilnechenko (British Columbia),[13] executive director of The DMZ at Ryerson University Abdullah Snobar (Ontario),[14] and young philanthropist Ben Sabic (Manitoba).[15]

Bank company[edit]

Bryson Media
Bryson Media
FormerlyBryson Corporation (2019–2020, legal name)
IndustryFinancial services
Founded2011; 11 years ago (2011)
London, Ontario
HeadquartersOne London Place
Key people
  • Paul Maller (founder)
  • James Burges (co-founder)
RevenueIncrease C$27.19 billion (2021)[16]
Increase C$7.75 billion (2021)[16]
AUMIncrease C$523.27 billion (2021)[16]
Total assetsIncrease C$988.18 billion (2021)[16]
Total equityIncrease C$57.52 billion (2021)[16]
Number of employees
Increase 43,863 (FTE, 2021)[16]
SubsidiariesBryson Bank Company
Bryson Health Company
Bryson Insurance Company of Canada

Bryson Media (also known as Bryson) is a Canadian media, health and multinational investment bank and financial services company. It is owned by JA Canada.

History and founding[edit]

In 2010, Lorne Ave announced any plans for the company to found a new company called Access Media, a Canadian television media company. In 2011, Paul Maller and James Burges founded the company as Bryson Media, a television and health company. Its first store opening was VapeStop, a store that is intended for adults aged 19 and up.

In 2012, the company's headquarters were relocated to Blessed Sacrament Catholic School. At the same time, the company was brought out by Crossroads Christian Communications (owner of Yes TV formerly known as Crossroads Television System), and the CRTC gained a new television station, IndieNET, a television network that is in a format similar to VapeStop. The IndieNET license was used to launch CIBS-TV.

In 2014, CTS was renamed to Yes TV. There was no change in programming, while the CTS website was discomissioned.[17]

In 2019, Bryson Media was renamed to Bryson Corporation, and relocated its headquarters to Hillcrest Public School. On June 8, 2019, it was announced that Crossroads Christian Communications was to purchase its interest from Lorne Ave Public School, reaching 100% ownership. The acquisition was completed on September 12, 2019.

In July 2020, the company started to relocate its headquartes to its current location in One London Place. In June 2022, the company expanded into a bank and was given a major overhaul featuring a multicolor "B" symbol (representation of "religion" and "faith"; blue for television, red for radio, orange for health, green for technology and purple for games). At this time, the company began to trade as "Bryson".

Television channel[edit]

CBS logo (2020).svg
BrandingCBS Canada
Affiliations14.1: Yes TV (2007–present)
First air date
September 30, 2011 (10 years ago) (2011-09-30)
Former call signs
CBTS-TV (2011-2012)
Former channel number(s)
36 (UHF, 2011-2012)
35 (UHF, 2012-presemt)
Independent (2011-2022)
Call sign meaning
Columbia Independent Broadcasting System
Technical information
Licensing authority
ERP221 kW
HAAT335.0 m (1,099 ft)
Transmitter coordinates43°12′27″N 79°46′31″W / 43.20750°N 79.77528°W / 43.20750; -79.77528
Translator(s)See below

CIBS-DT is a Canadian television channel owned and operated by Bryson Media. The channel is devorted to dramas and comedy programming and its transmitter is located at One London Place.

The channel launched in 2011 as CBTS-TV, and was originally foucused on religious programming, including a block of video games, and original series foucusing on Jesus. In the years since its inception, CIBS-DT cancelled majority of its religious programming due to staff and budget cuts.


Original CBS logo, used from 2011 to 2021

The channel launched on September 30, 2011 as CBTS-DT, a Canadian television channel foucusing on religious programming. The first program to air on the channel was the 2010 movie Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. The channel used the slogan TV That's Religious, a parody of the U.S. based-G4's slogan used during most of the time, TV That's Plugged In.

Through its years, CIBS-DT has since been acquired by Bryson Media, which was renamed to Bryson due to its partership with CBS Corporation. Until then, and since its launch in 2011, CIBS-DT maintained a consistent look — its "eyemark" logo, which had undergone slight differences than the original logo. On March 31, 2021, CBS Canada was relaunched with a new look, adopting its U.S. counterpart's current logo. The channel's on-air slogan, was also dropped.

At this time, on January 5, 2021, two new licenes were given, PDXToon, a Canadian TV channel aimed at younger viewers, and PDXAction, a Canadian TV channel aimed at male audiences. The PDXToon licene was used to launch the Bryson-owned MTV.

On April 20, 2021, the channel cut back to its religious programming, with most of the programs featured on "Midnight Spank" being removed to make room for the "Movie Junk" segment, which airs on Thursdays and Fridays. The block was discountinued in May 2022.


When the channel launched in 2011, the channel previously aired some programming in the genre of religion. With the removal of the religion rules, it was announced in January 2022 that CIBS-DT was no longer required to air religious programming, leading to the channel dropping its original format in May of that year.

Current Programming[edit]

Note: Series list is current as of May 2022.


From its founding in 1919 until 1962, JA was managed by volunteers from the business community. In 1962, the organization hired its first, full-time, paid president.[6]

Notable Board Chairs have included:


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  12. ^ "Alumni of Influence Award". JA Southern Alberta. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  13. ^ "About JA Alumni BC". JA Alumni British Columbia. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  14. ^ "JA Central Ontario Governors' Dinner (2018) - JA Alumni Panel". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2021-12-21. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
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  16. ^ a b c d e f "2021 Annual Report to Shareholders" (PDF). Investor Relations. BMO Financial Group. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  17. ^ "Say "Yes" to YES TV - YES TV Set to Launch This Fall". CTSTV.com. Crossroads Christian Communications. Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 13, 2014.

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