History of the CCCJ (J)

 
1970年半ばにカナダ人で構成された小さなグループが日本国内のカナダ人のビジネス活動のために、より整っていてよりよい存在となる組織が必要なことに気が付き、現在の在日カナダ商工会議所の先駆けとなるカナダ人ビジネスマン協会をつくりました。
当時の彼らは自身がつくりあげた協会がカナダ外にあるカナダ商工会議所の中では二番目に大きく、また300名にのぼる会員数をもつ組織になるなんて想像すらしなかったでしょう。
年を経て、在日カナダ商工会議所はカナダと日本間の通商貿易を促進するという重要な役割をもつ強くて優れた組織に発展したのです。
 
Key historical events
1975 CCCJ established as Canadian Businessman's Association
1976 First Canadian Maple Leaf Ball
1981 Name officially changes to Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ)
1985 CCCJ begins to focus on business activities
1985 CCCJ establishes first news publication, “The Chamber News”
1985 Chamber hires a manager and staff members
1990 Membership and number of events increase dramatically; The Canadian magazine is launched
1992 The Canadian produced entirely in-house for the first time
1993 The CCCJ Bulletin monthly newsletter launched
1994 Doing Business in Japan published; Small Business and Professional member category introduced
1995 Connections membership directory published for the first time
1996 Trade Policy Paper released
1997 CCCJ-Kansai opens; website launched
1999 Canada-Asia Card launched; revised Trade Policy Paper released
2000 25th anniversary of the CCCJ
2001 First Canada-Japan Business Awards; first CCCJ Cup Golf Tournament
2003 New bi-montly newspaper is introduced, replacing the quarterly magazine and monthly newsletter; CCCJ wins to act as official service provider of the Japan-Canada Working Holiday Program
2004 New bi-monthly newspaper is introduced, replacing the quarterly magazine and monthly newsletter; CCCJ wins to act as official service provider of the Japan-Canada Working Holiday Program Maple Leaf Ball returns to the Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Chinzan-so after a nine year absence
2005 CCCJ celebrates 30th anniversary and for the first time brings band in from Canada for the Maple Leaf Ball; over 2,600 guests attend CCCJ events; CCCJ office moves to Aoyama
2007 CCCJ advocates Canada-Japan FTA as its guiding principle

Presidents of the CCCJ — past to present

*Presidential terms begin at the CCCJ Annual General Meeting in June

  • Steve Kaufman
  • F.M. Galbraith
  • Derek Hood
  • Mark Paetkau
  • Ted Little
  • Stan Einarson
  • Vern Mckay
  • Roger Otley
  • Bob Fairweather
  • John Powles, COFI (1993-1995)
  • Robin Sears, Korn Ferry (1995)
  • Tony Buckley
  • Nick Rouse, Alcan Asia (1996-1997)
  • Glen Bonderud, MacMillan Blodel (1997-1998)
  • Gerry Cetkovski, Royal Bank of Canada (1998-2001)
  • David B. Iwaasa, CWB (2001-2003)
  • John D. Davis, Davis Law Office (2003-2005)
  • Philip O'Neill, McGill Japan (2005-2007)
  • Patricia Bader-Johnston, IBM (2007-2009)
  • Eric De Groot, Forbo Flooring B.V. Japan (2009-2011)
  • Wilf Wakely, Wakely Foreign Law Office (Present)

Canadian businesses in Japan before 1975

1949 Canadian Airlines International
1960 Air Canada
1960 Alcan Asia Ltd., Japan Branch
1961 The Canadian Wheat Board
1970 The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)
1970 The Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
1974 Council of Forest Industries (COFI)