JA Waterloo Region

JA Waterloo provides programs in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, and work readiness to students in Waterloo Region and the surrounding area. We are a proud partner with local businesses, educators and school boards to deliver these programs to students.




Our priority is to educate our youth about




Financial Literacy

Work Readiness




JA South Western Ontario & JA Waterloo Region appoint new President and CEO



Karen is taking the reins from Bev Robinson, who will be retiring after 14 years in the post at JA South Western Ontario after having successfully strengthened the organization while steering through significant change. Robinson has also been serving as Interim President of JA Waterloo Region since March 2019.

“We’re thrilled to have Karen joining us in this role,” said Mark Russell, Chair, JA South Western Ontario Board of Directors. “She has the perfect combination of leadership and non-profit experience to continue driving the organization forward. Her depth of knowledge about Junior Achievement on a national and global scale will be a tremendous asset to us as we strive to deliver essential JA education to more and more local students.”

“I am honoured to be able to continue my work with JA in this way,” says Karen. “I’ve seen firsthand the impact JA has on students—and right now supporting their education is more important than ever.  I’m joining an incredible team of staff, volunteers, and partners—and I’m looking forward to working alongside them to build an even brighter future for students in our region.”


Karen comes to the JA charters from JA Canada where she was VP, Programs and Charter Services for more than three years.  During that time Karen made many significant contributions including advancing the nationwide digital strategy, expanding program delivery methods through the launch of jacampus.org and the creation of digital programs, and implementing national student events including Innovation Day, the JA Youth Success Summit and Company of the Year Championship

Prior to her work at JA Canada, Gallant was President and CEO of JA Waterloo Region.
Karen began her work in JA South Western Ontario and JA Waterloo Region last week, with Bev Robinson staying until July 1st.






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