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"You get the best out of others when you give best of yourself."
Harry Firestone

Business activities affect the daily lives of all Canadians as they work, spend, save, invest, travel, and play. It influences jobs, incomes, opportunities for personal enterprise. Business has a significant effect on standard living, quality of life of Canadians and on the environment in which they live were future generations will inherit. The Business Studies Program will build a strong foundation for those who wish to move on to further study and training in specialized areas such as management, international business, marketing, accounting, information and communication technology, or entrepreneurship. It will also provide students with practical skills for those who wish to move directly into the workplace environment.

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Vanier SAGE Team in Cape Town, South Africa

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Cape Town, South Africa

Vanier's SAGE Team in Cape Town, South Africa

On July 26, 2010, 250 students in 21 teams from 14 countries gathered in Cape Town, South Africa to showcase their entrepreneurial ventures in the SAGE World Cup.  SAGE stands for “Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship”.  It was an exciting four-day competition showcasing the best SAGE high school teams in the world.

As national champions and winners of the TDSB Award of Excellence 2010, Georges Vanier Secondary School made it into the SAGE World Cup final after league play.  After presenting to over 350 spectators and judges from around the world, they placed 3rd in the SAGE World Cup, Cape Town, South Africa.  They also won the Bronze Medal for The Grossman Family International Award for Best Environmental Venture with a cash prize of $500.

SAGE creates opportunities for high school students to run their own commercial and social ventures locally, nationally and internationally through competition.  Georges Vanier Secondary School represented Canada after winning the National Championship at Ryerson University in May, 2010.

BOH4M – Business Leadership

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Click here to see PowerPoint Chapter Review


Click here to visit Ms. Yoon’s Classroom

BBB4M – International Business

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010

Class Schedule and Homework


KIVA – Georges Vanier SS


India – A Special Edition





**Fundamentals of Inernational Business –  A Canadian Perspective**

Chapter 1 – Introduction to International Trade

Canadian Importers Database – Provides lists of companies importing goods into Canada, by product, by city, and by country of origin.

Dirty Oil Sands – Provides up-to-date information on the oil industry

How Everyday Things Are Made – Introductory website that demonstrates the manufacturing processes used in the creation of over forty products.  Includes video.

Chapter 2 – Trade in the Modern World

Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade – Read about Canada’s foreign policy, international trade, and traveling and living abroad.

Central Asia Institute – promotes and supports community-based education, especially for girls in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Currency Market – TVO





Canadian Economic Sanctions


Market Access Database


 Protectionism – Financial Times



Chapter 3 – What Is Culture?

Earth Calendar – A day book of holidays and celebrations around the world

Kwint Vision – videos of intercultural communication

Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms – insight into Canadian Values 


Chapter 4 – Economics and Politics

 CIA World Factbook – history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, and military for most countries in the world

Executive Planet –  Provides business culture guides—including appropriate topics of conversation, attire, and behaviour—for many countries in the world.

Net MBA – Provides business knowledge resources, covering basic and advanced topics, including comparative advantage. 



Chapter 5 – International Trade Agreements & Organizations

 Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade – Provides information about Canada’s foreign policy, international trade, and travelling and living abroad.

NAFTA Now – Site produced by the Canadian, American, and Mexican governments; provides facts about NAFTA, as well as case studies of businesses that have benefited from the agreement.

Europa – The official EU website provides information about each of its twenty-seven member countries, legislation and treaties, institutions, statistics, videos, photos, etc.

EUTube – The European Union’s channel on YouTube.

World Trade Organization – Provides information on the WTO’s structure, agreements, and news, and includes audio and video resources.

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development – Provides general information about the OECD, as well as statistics and publications. Information can be searched by topic or by country.

World Bank – Provides information on the organization’s history, projects, members, news, etc.

International Monetary Fund – Provides research, data and statistics, reports and publications (searchable by country), as well as news and videos.

UN – Online book that provides information about the UN’s history and goals; includes answers to FAQs and self-test questions.

CBC News, “In Depth—Diamonds”


Brilliant Earth


Canadian Diamond Code of Conduct



Chapter 6 – Social responsibility and NGOs

Welcome to Ms. Yoon’s Classroom!

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Ms. Yoon's ClassroomClick here to visit Ms. Yoon’s Classroom.


Click here to see the class schedule for BBB4M.


Click here to see the class schedule for BAF3M.


Accumulated Value of Savings


Financial Jeopardy 1


Financial Jeopardy – Credit Card


BBB4M – on line resources


The Crisis of Credit Visualized


Capitalism, Chinese style



Vanier’s SAGE Team is the New National Champion!

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010


We did it again!

Vanier’s SAGE team won the National Championship at Ryerson University on May 29, 2010.  They showcased 30 different initiatives and fundraising events competing against schools like St. Marguerite D’Youville and Agincourt C.I.  Gajan Jegatheeswaran also won ‘2010 Student Leader of the Year Award’. 

The team will be going to Cape Town, South Africa in July to represent Canada during SAGE World Cup.



Check out and–teens-take-top-spot-in-national-entrepreneurial-competition for more stories.

Vanier Students’ Entrepreneurial Adventure

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010


Vanier’s Business students participated in the 2010 Entrepreneurial Adventure at the First Canadian Place on June 3rd.  They showcased their entrepreneurial ventures such as International Food Festival and Pizza Lunch Sales.  Students raised $150 for Free the Children and $100 for KIVA.

The Learning Partnership’s Regional Entrepreneurial Adventure (EA) Program has been designed to instill a sense of entrepreneurial spirit in children from kindergarten to Grade 12. It is the goal of the program to harness local resources and to provide students with a foundation of knowledge that will allow them to envision, create and operate their own entrepreneurial undertakings.

TDSB Award of Excellence for Program – SAGE

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Vanier’s SAGE team is the winner of TDSB Award of Excellence 2010!  We thank all members and supporters for this greatest honour!

Award of Excellence for Program: SAGE









The Award of Excellence Gala was held on Thursday, May 27 at Forest Valley Outdoor Education Centre.  Co-Presidents: Gajan Jegatheeswaran and Deepak Sangha, Project Managers: Sarosh Sarkari, James Rouse and Grayson Beatty attended the ceremony with teachers: Ms. Klein, Ms. Lam, Mr. Welham and Ms. Yoon.  Principal, Ms. Jackson and superintendent, Mr. Chang, were also there to support Vanier’s SAGE Team.










Vanier’s SAGE Team is the winner of Regional 2010!

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

regional-20101Yes, we did it again!  We are still the SAGE Regional Champion!  
On Saturday, March 27, Vanier‘s SAGE Team showcased their contribution to school community and their entrepreneurial success in front of 11 judges and received a standing ovation.  Some comments were:  “You’ve done great things for your school.  Congratulations!’ ‘Your presentation is far better than some university students’ presentation.’ 
Our students did really great job representing Georges Vanier.  I was so proud; I was almost in tears!
Vanier’s SAGE team thanks all teachers and staff.  We couldn’t have done it without you!
National competition will be held on May 29th.  If (when) we win the National, we will be representing Canada in Cape Town, South Africa in July. 
Other participating schools were: Agincourt CI, St. Joseph SS, St. Marguerite D’Youville SS, Harold Braithwaite SS and Western Tech.

Funny Money Man was at Vanier!

Monday, December 28th, 2009

funny-money-programThe Funny Money Man, James Cunningham visited Georges Vanier on October 20, 2009 to promote financial literacy. Funny Money is a fun and interactive award-winning presentation, which motivates and entertains students while they learn key money management tips.

Click here to watch Funny Money Videos!

SAGE Team Returns with Two Awards!

Monday, August 24th, 2009

Team Canada wins two special awards!Three Grade 11 students from Vanier – Patrick, Gajan and Amirul – represented Canada in Brasilia, Brazil during SAGE World Cup 2009.  14 teams from 10 countries – Brazil, Canada, China, Nigeria, USA, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea and Ukraine participated to showcase their entrepreneurial success. 

SAGE Team @ Vanier won 1st Place in the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) #1 – To End Poverty & Hunger and Spirit Award for accomplishing so much in only 4 months.

Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship—SAGE—is an international network that links teams of secondary school students to nearby university students, business leaders and civic leaders  to help create the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders whose innovations and social enterprises address the major unmet needs of our global community.

 Team Canada: Patrick, Gajan & Amirul



Country Day Finale





Country Day Presentation