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Megan Collyer

Megan's Story :

Working in business has been a goal of mine since my first experience with Junior Achievement, Peterborough, Lakeland, Muskoka. I participated in their company program when I was in grade ten and was the VP of Finance for a company called Green Beginnings which sold potted seedlings. Afterwards, I began working with JA and collaborating with them on some incredible projects.

I spoke at the first JA Peterborough Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony, where I introduced the Legacy Fund and spoke on their behalf along with other JA colleagues at the 100 Men Club of Peterborough. A couple months later I was incredibly honoured to receive the JA Student of the Year Award. JA had already completely changed my life and has inspired me to pursue a career in business management.

That’s when I got an email from Simon Treveranius asking if I was interested in applying for the first ever JA Global Conference in Vienna, Austria. I applied immediately and though I was beyond excited, I had never imagined that I would actually get chosen to attend, but a month later, I got an email saying I had been selected. On August 22nd, I was on a plane to Vienna for an international business conference full of JA alumni like myself. It was the most exciting moment of my life!

At the conference I met the most amazing people from all over the world that I’m still in touch with today, including people from Norway, Finland, Brazil, and Singapore. I listened to many inspirational speakers, like Cameron Sinclair, Florian Gschwandtner, and Brad Geddes as well as many young entrepreneurs like Maryam Edah-Tally, CEO of Fleur À Cheval.

JA has completely changed my life and I’m so grateful for all the opportunities I have had because of them.