Raised in Saskatchewan and educated at the University of Manitoba and later Harvard, I am licensed as an architect in Ontario and also one of a small number of foreigners designated as a 1st Class Licensed Architect in Japan, where I have lived and worked for the past 28 years in design, construction management, environmental sustainability, and real estate investment.
Through this experience with both Japanese and multinational organizations, I have learned important skills in problem-solving at a comprehensive scale and how to build consensus around clear objectives and innovative solutions. I also can bring a strong perspective based in blending world class best practices with local business and culture.
In addition to stepping up my involvement in the CCCJ, I have been an active member serving as a committee chair of several other foreign chambers, as well as an executive council member of the Urban Land Institute in Japan. Through my involvement with these organizations, I have enjoyed many benefits from participation in learning, networking, and advocacy initiatives, and hope to contribute to ensure the CCCJ can offer similar opportunities to its members.
I believe we are entering an important period of growth in relations between Canada and Japan. The voice of Canada is highly respected on the world stage and I see the Chamber as a key player in communicating the unique advantages that Canada has to offer and encouraging increased penetration for Canada in the Japanese market, making our opinions heard by industry and authorities.