Jim Doherty, Appointed Chair, Junior Achievement of Canada

Xerox Canada Ltd. has a long-standing relationship with Junior Achievement of Canada (JA Canada); a relationship largely predicated on the belief that investing in tomorrow’s next generation of leaders requires more than just money… it requires time.  As part of his ongoing commitment to JA Canada, its mission and the like-minded cultural values of Xerox, Jim Doherty - Vice President and General Manager, Central Sales and Operations, Xerox Canada Ltd., takes over as Chair of the Board at a time when technology will pave the way for program expansion and an exciting future.  

Recently, upon taking the helm, Jim noted: “As business leaders and mentors we have to continue to inspire our youth if, as an organization, we want to remain successful at giving them the confidence and knowledge they need to define their personal success, be workforce ready and pursue their dreams. How do we do it… we do it by demonstrating leadership… innovation, creativity and collaboration.”

And, for a company that is technology-based, it is not a coincidence but perhaps more by design that Jim’s sentiments are closely aligned with those of Xerox CEO Ursula Burns: “Companies like Xerox succeed through innovation, collaboration and the fresh ideas of our people.  If we can inspire someone today, perhaps their dreams and efforts will shape our products, performance and workplace in the not too distant future.”

These findings could not come at a more important time as JA prepares to bring forward a new strategic plan and brand framework.  Specifically, the organization will be looking, in part, to expand the reach of its program delivery; to make an even greater, more meaningful impact, with the addition of digital learning to its traditional classroom delivery model. The integration of technology will create a world of limitless possibilities for JA and, not unlike the Xerox, success will depend heavily on innovation, collaboration and fresh ideas. 

When asked what he hopes to bring to the role Jim noted: “With over a decade of senior leadership experience, an in-depth understanding of regional differences and an intrinsic desire to make a meaningful difference, it’s a challenge I look forward to tackling.  Most of all, just like at Xerox, I intend to keep it fast, focused, flexible and perhaps most of all… fun. Xerox and JA have a lot more in common that people might think.”

Members of the recently elected 2011/2012 Junior Achievement of Canada, Board of Directors include:

  • Jim Doherty, Chair 
  • Vice President & General Manager, Central Sales Operations
  • Xerox Canada Limited
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  • Neil Harrison, Vice Chair and Treasurer
  • Partner, Financial Services Industry, Assurance & Advisory
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP
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  • Jeffrey Singer, Secretary and Legal Counsel 
  • Partner
  • Stikeman Elliott LLP
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  • Louise Mitchell, Immediate Past Chair 
  • Senior Vice President, Sales, Client Strategy, Life and Health Products
  • TD Insurance
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  • Lynn Clark
  • Senior Partner, Financial Services
  • Deloitte & Touche LLP
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  • Brian McMillan 
  • President
  • Holland College
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  • Scott McGeachy
  • President
  • McGeachy Farms 1997 Ltd.
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  • Norm Attridge 
  • Assistant Vice President, Business Services
  • EnVision Credit Union
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  • Brenda Brown
  • Senior Vice President, Human Resources
  • Compass Group Canada
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  • Valerie Campbell
  • Principal
  • Valerie Campbell & Associates
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  • Dr. Mary Anne Chambers
  • Senior Vice-President (retired)
  • Scotiabank
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  • David Gordon 
  • Managing Partner
  • Cohn & Wolfe
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  • Tim Hewat 
  • Partner
  • Amrop Knightsbridge Executive Search
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  • Dr. Bill Hogarth
  • Director of Education (retired)
  • York Region District School Board
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  • Joseph Mardini
  • Vice President, Data Center Solutions
  • Bell Canada
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  • Jamie O’Born
  • President
  • The Printing House Ltd.
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  • Brian Phillips
  • Vice President (retired)
  • RBC Phillips Hager & North Investment Counsel
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  • Roberto Sbrugnera 
  • Senior Director Treasury, Risk and Investor Relations
  • Metro Inc.