In an event well attended by men and women alike, a distinguished panel of speaker and panelists discussed "gender diversity in the board room" - a topic whose time has clearly come worldwide and especially in Japan.
News - Event Report
Following October's joint Board & Committee meeting, the CCCJ welcomed over 50 Members and guests to the Canadian Thanksgiving Reception. Although the turkey was quick to go, there was plenty of food and drink to be had for all. Aside from the Thanksgiving effect of the reception, participation by 2 of the CCCJ's Honorary Board of Advisors was made. Both Sadaaki Numata & Yoshio Nakatani made brief presentations on their relations with Canada and desires to strengthen the CCCJ. Congratulations to sparkling wine winners Kazuko Hayashi and lucky Tomomi Fukakusa.
With Japan representing the world's 3rd largest economy and being home to some of the most globally successful companies, the country has for a number of years been of top interest for many foreign investors. However, as of late and most recently due to a number of highly publicized corporate scandals, there has been some concern in regards to foreign investment leaving the Japanese market.
On 25 May, the CCCJ hosted a breakfast roundtable with visiting members of the Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group (CJIG). The event featured an engaged discussion spanning the challenges and opportunities in doing business in Japan, progress with Canada-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement talks, the complementary nature of the Canada-Japan trade relationship, and Japan’s aging population and lessons Canada can offer with regards to immigration policy.
On Wednesday, May 9th, Mr. Marvin Hildebrand, Director General of Trade Policy for the Government of Canada presented to a roundtable gathering of CCCJ Corporate Members discussing the recently launched Canada-Japan EPA negotiations. Marvin presented on the global strategy of the Government of Canada with respect to trade initiatives, as well as speaking more specifically on progress made thus far in since the launch of Canada-Japan negotiations and the steps moving forward. Marvin was joined by the Deputy Chief Negotiator for the Canada-Japan EPA Negotiations, Nadia Bourely.