With more than 20 years of Japan experience and 15 years as an international trade and international exchanges specialist, I have a very multifaceted expertise to share, especially when it comes to trade and investment relations with Japan. In August 2014, I founded BiBa Development Inc. a consulting firm providing its client with an in depth understanding of the Japanese market, its business culture, and extensive access to its major players. I am also supporting market entry of Foreign companies looking to develop their business in Japan through First Step Japan, which I co-founded in 2015.
My previous experience as a member of the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Japan has allowed me to create an extensive network of contacts in various sectors of the industry, starting with the Energy, Renewable Energy, and Natural Resources, but also including business software, telecommunications and the video game sectors. Working on attracting Foreign Direct Investment to Canada, and Canadian Direct Investment Abroad, I consistently engaged with large trading houses, energy and mining companies, as well as institutional investors such as banks, hedge funds and pension funds. I have also been very involved in market access issues in the forestry sector, including multilateral trade policy initiatives at the WTO, and supported the Canada - Japan Economic Partnership Agreement trade negotiations process.
I have been involved with the CCCJ during my time at the Embassy and have joined as a member as soon as I was allowed to. I took on a leadership role in the organisation of the Energy conference, and also took on the role of event committee coordinator. I hope to leverage my contacts and experience in Japan for the benefit of the chamber’s members and I am honoured to serve as a governor in order to facilitate this endeavour further.