CCCJ Committees

Get Involved

Volunteering to sit on a Chamber committee offers an excellent opportunity to have hands-on involvement in the development of the CCCJ and Canada-Japan business relations. Your input will influence Chamber programs, activities and policies, and the tangible results can offer great personal and professional satisfaction. Subcommittees are also periodically established to work on specific projects or tasks. Members are encouraged to participate on any committee of interest. Enthusiasm is the only prerequisite!

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Standing Committees

Publications and Communications Committee

This committee provides direction for the Chamber’s Communications and Publications, aimed at both engaging members and promoting the CCCJ and the causes it represents across the wider business community. In close collaboration with the other committees, activities include production of the daily Canada-Japan Newsletter, support for development of content for the website and quarterly magazine The Canadian, media outreach surrounding CCCJ announcements, as well as communication with members for events, Town Hall meetings and surveys.

Chair: Annamarie Sasagawa

Events Committee

Plans and implements events that are of two basic types: purely informational in nature or essentially social, ‘networking’ types. Themes and speakers are selected for the ability to reflect economic, social and cultural realities in the Japan/Canada relationship. Examples of the former include issues of interest to Canadian business people living and working in Japan such as corporate governance issues, ‘how to’ series in beginning and operating a business in Japan and issues of a social nature relating to living and working in Japan. Major ‘networking’ events include: the Maple Leaf Gala, the Annual Golf Tournament, resident and visiting political and business guest speakers, as well as monthly member networking events.

Chair: Noriko Ishida

Finance and Administration Committee

Ensures that the fiduciary responsibilities of the CCCJ are in place and maintained. The committee also oversees human resource requirements and works with the Chamber staff on general operations.

Chair: Gordon Hatton

Membership Committee

Endeavors to develop initiatives that enhance the benefits of membership and attract new members. Also assists with the implementation and analysis of an annual membership satisfaction survey.

Chair: Shawn Lawlor

CSR Committee

The CCCJ CSR Committee has been running as a subcommittee, and has been raising funds and supporting projects for the last five years. These CSR projects have given the chamber and members a chance to “give back” to the community, helped raise the profile of the chamber, and bring value to CCCJ members. One member went as far as to say that participating in one of the CCCJ CSR projects was the most satisfying experience as a chamber member so far.

Chair: Christian Howes

Global Diversity Management Committee

The goal of the committee is to bring together business people from the CCCJ's membership as well as the greater international chamber network to learn from one another and discuss gender, racial, sexual and cultural diversity as well as equality in Japan. Increased diversity in corporations have been proven by numerous studies, such as a 2015 report by McKinsey and Company, to have higher profits, success, and employee satisfaction. By creating an environment of diversity in Japan, the CCCJ will facilitate the growth of Japanese firms’ talent that can apply themselves around the world and thus create higher returns.

The work of the Global Diversity Management Committee will strengthen the CCCJ’s brand and ultimately increase our membership.

Chair: Jackie F. Steele

Investment and Business Committee

This committee provides direction and consultation for investment opportunities as a result of CPTPP and other trade agreements. The key product is the annual Investment Business Guide.

Chair: Aaron Reist

Special Constitutional Reform Committee

The Special Constitutional Reform Committee is currently reviewing the CCCJ's Gender Policy of the Board of Governors.

Chair: Jackie F. Steele


Other Committees

IT Committee

Chair: Nicolas Chow Chin Sung

Wellness Committee

Chair: Joey Wu

Team Canada Committee

Chair: Tadamichi Furuta

Education Committee

Chair: Riyo Whitney

Golf Committee

Chair: David Anderson

Gala Committee

Chair: Donovan Gordon

External Relations Committee

Chair: Harold Godsoe