The 2011 H.E. Miskiman Leadership Award

Toronto, ON – November 28, 2011 – On behalf of Junior Achievement of Canada’s National Board of Directors, Ms. Louise Mitchell, Immediate Past Chair, is pleased to announce Mr. Jos Wintermans as recipient of the 2011 H.E. Miskiman Leadership Award.  Jos was recently presented with the award at JACAN’s Annual Meeting of Members on November 24th.

“For over 18 years, Jos Wintermans’ commitment and active involvement with Junior Achievement has exemplified the invaluable role volunteers play in the sustainability and success of JA,” said Mitchell.  His dedicated years of service have taken JA to new heights in regards to fundraising, special events, board governance and operational efficiency.”

This award, inspired by former JA Canada President H.E. Miskiman, honours a volunteer whose demonstrated excellence in mentorship has advanced the goals of Junior Achievement, thereby making an indelible impact on Canadian youth.
A member of the JA Canada National Board of Directors (1997 – 2002) and as Chair (1999-2001), Jos served on the JA Canada Executive Committee as Vice Chair and on the Fundraising Committee as Chair (1998–1999).  Jos is currently Chair of the JA Canada Foundation Board of Directors, having joined the Board in 2002. He has held previous tenure on the JACF Board as Vice Chair and Treasurer of (2002-2003) where he provided fiduciary oversight to the financial operations of JACF.  Jos has also served on the Board of Governors for JA Toronto & York Region (2000 to 2003); now Junior Achievement of Central Ontario. 

During his time as Chair of the JA Canada Board of Directors, Jos provided exemplary leadership at a time in JA Canada’s history when the organization was undergoing fundamental change.  His knowledge and wise counsel proved invaluable when transitioning through many difficult situations.

With similar acumen, thoughtful insight and having transitioned to the JACF Board, Jos was instrumental in establishing the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Foundation (CBHFF); now the JA Canada Foundation. He recognized JA Canada’s need for new leadership, new resources and new capacity to fundraise. He understood that, by focusing responsibility for operations within Junior Achievement of Canada and responsibility for fundraising within the new Foundation, greater success could and would be achieved. He understood the value of the Foundation as a new resource dedicated to fundraising with the profile to engage Companions of Order of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame, family foundations and the ability to cultivate the philanthropic community.

Jos has also played a vital role in the mentorship, coaching and development of several Junior Achievement of Canada Presidents and has graciously given of his time and resources in providing guidance to the strategic evolution of JA Canada staff and management.
Jos is fully and wholeheartedly engaged in fundraising activities, leading by example through personal donations, soliciting sponsors for strategic initiatives, gifts-in-kind, and the Canadian Business Hall of Fame Gala. Through personal, corporate driven and fundraising contributions Jos has championed over $580,000 for the organization.

Most recently, in 2010, Jos played a critical role in securing the services of the Boston Consulting Group to conduct a pro-bono national study related to the impact of JA in Canada.  The study, released earlier this year, allows JA to better understand the impact our programs have on the students who participate in JA programs in Canada.  Its findings will prove to be a cornerstone for JA Canada to further demonstrate value to our stakeholders, to grow our funding base build for the future and ultimately enable more youth to access our programs. Impact studies are critical for organizations such as JA to demonstrate value and to make our case for funding growth and help shape the future of JA in Canada.

“Jos is an exemplary ambassador for JA and is wholeheartedly committed to JA’s principles, vision and our youth,” continued Mitchell. “His leadership and steadfast manner have supported the success achieved over many years in the renewal of JA Canada and the JA Canada Foundation… his dedication and extensive time commitment has impacted JA and our Achievers… he has, without a doubt, contributed significantly to the advancement of JA and Canadian youth and his contributions and leadership are deserving of the recognition of the H.E. Miskiman National Leadership Award.”