Results: Election to the CCCJ Board of Governors 2016-2018

New Governors for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ)


The CCCJ held its Annual General Meeting at the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo on September 29, 2016. 


“While we had a few unique challenges over the past year, we are back in high gear,” said board of governors’ chair Ron Haigh. “We have a new management team in place, we are building new bridges to potential members and we have great plans for the coming year.”


The meeting was a review of the year past and an opportunity to announce the election of a new vice-chair and four new members of the CCCJ Board of Governors.


At the event, board secretary Karl Pires announced the results of the Autumn 2016 election for the Chamber’s Board of Governors. The election was to replace outgoing vice-chair Eric De Groot (who is staying on as a governor) and to elect four new governors.


“We had outstanding candidates in this election for governors,” said Pires. “There were so few votes separating first from sixth. It’s too bad that all six candidates couldn’t be on the board.”


The new vice-chair of the CCCJ board of governors is Neil van Wouw. Neil has run his own company, Vanten K.K., since 1998 and moved to Tokyo in 1995 to join one of the first ISPs in Japan.


“We need to look at how best to grow our membership and provide stability to the organisation,” said Neil. “At the same time, we need to contribute where we can to policy issues of the day concerning Canada-Japan relations, and continue to deliver lots of great events for the membership.”


Newly elected or Re-Elected  to the Board of Governors are:


Kiyo Weiss is the General Manager for Air Canada in Japan.

Claire Deronzier is the Quebec Delegate General to Tokyo and is in her fourth year living in Japan.

Warren Arbuckle owns a corporate consulting and training firm focusing on communication, negotiation and innovation.

Shawn Lawlor has lived in Japan since 2007 when he joined the Canada Wood Group representing Canada’s softwood lumber industry.