It is a great honour to have been elected as Chair in the 2023 election. I have been involved with the CCCJ for many years, serving on the board from 2011-2015 and 2020-2023, including a term as vice chair from 2012-2014. The CCCJ has become a second family to me here in Japan and I am proud to see the Chamber grow over the years under the leadership of past Chairs Wilf Wakely, Neil Van Wouw, and David Anderson.
I have also had the pleasure to serve on other boards such as the Forum Quebec-Japon and the Canada-Japan Society of British Columbia during my time back in Canada. I now look forward to contributing to the CCCJ and supporting the various committees that are striving to have a positive impact on Canada-Japan business.
In my professional life I have been supporting business between Canada and Japan for over 25 years. I have worked for large multinational companies such as Nestlé, Sumitomo Corporation, Hitachi High-Tech, Fleury Michon and in my current role at Intralox Japan as head of their Industrial Food Business and Country Director. Over the years, I have also done market entry consulting work for Quebec-based companies looking to build their presence in the Japanese market, such as Les 7 Doigts de la Main (The 7 Fingers) and Artika.
I look forward to furthering trade and investment relations between Canada and Japan with the support of our Vice Chair Annamarie Sasagawa, our board of Governors, our Executive Director Noriko Ishida and our office staff.