Japan has been a consistent focus throughout my academic and professional career. Originally from Toronto, Ontario, I attended Columbia University where I majored in East Asian Language and Cultures, with a concentration in Japanese literature. In my third year I spent a semester abroad studying at Kyoto University.
My first professional experience in Japan was, like many, via the JET Program. I spent two years based in Gifu Prefecture where I had the pleasure of negotiating and supporting the establishment of a sister-city arrangement between Motosu City and Devon, Alberta. This experience cemented my desire to develop a career dedicated to supporting the Canada-Japan relationship.
Since graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School, my legal career has been split between Toronto and Tokyo. I am currently a partner at DLA Piper. DLA Piper is an international law firm with offices in over 40 countries, including (in no particular order) offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto and Montreal. My practice has a particular focus on Japan-Canada matters. I regularly advise Canadian entities on investments into Japan and support Japanese entities on their business opportunities in Canada. As a proud Canadian in Tokyo I was honored to provide pro bono legal support to the Canadian Olympic Committee during the recent Tokyo Olympic Games.
I have been an active member of the CCCJ since 2010 and am eager to contribute to its continued growth and success. As a Governor, I will be committed to fostering a supportive, welcoming environment that encourages participation and collaboration.
I will work hard to support our membership and develop opportunities to promote our collective knowledge and expertise.