It’s been a very busy year for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ). Year-round Canada 150 celebrations have brought us a great series of speakers and special events, including the Canada Day celebration on July 1, the day the Canada 150 special edition of The Canadian was delivered.
First, I’d like to welcome two proud Canadian writers to this autumn issue of The Canadian: Tim Hornyak reveals the journey of the first Japanese immigrant to Canada on page 33.
Helen A. Langford-Matsui, meanwhile, shares with us her knowledge of opening a B&B in Japan on page 18.
The autumn edition of the magazine allows you to catch up on the latest goings on at the CCCJ as we head toward the end of the year. We have featured some great photos from the biggest celebration of the year, the Maple Leaf Gala, on page 29.
As the new year approaches, we can feel energized from the steps being taken by Canada’s resource-rich provinces to attain a more sustainable future and stronger ties with Japan. Our feature story looks at Premier of Alberta Rachel Notley’s Asia mission, with the opening of the Hangingstone expansion project and major investments in the forestry industry. You will also learn about Notley’s journey into politics.
Our event review on page 28 relays the hopes of Quebec Minister for Energy and Natural Resources Pierre Arcand for further Canada–Japan partnerships, as the province looks beyond the 49th parallel. At the event, Air Canada announced the introduction of a non-stop service between Montréal–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport and Narita International Airport, starting June 1 2018. Find out more on page 9 in our new section dedicated to the latest developments in Canada–Japan cultural and business relations.
Japan recently passed a bill that would allow integrated resorts in the country. The Canadian spoke to Clairvest Group Inc.’s Angus Cole about the steps they are taking to invest in the gaming industry in regional parts of Japan.
We celebrate the widespread adoption of Japanese food and drink on page 22, with Ken Valvur’s Ontario Spring Water Sake Company in Toronto. Japanese fashion, too, has made its way across the Pacific, with a range of Japanese designers having showcased their creative wares at Vancouver Fashion Week, which we tell you about on page 24.
The Canadian spoke to Philip O’Neill, director of the McGill MBA Japan Program, about how he made his way to Japan and the benefits of an MBA in an increasingly competitive global business environment.
Finally, I encourage you to visit our website below and share some of the magazine’s best features about the growing Canada–Japan relationship on your social media channels. thecanadian.cccj.or.jp