After having been in Japan for 30 years, many of which have been spent in the good company of fellow Canadians, the time has finally come for me to join the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ). I own and manage Cole and Company, a Japan-based, boutique executive search company specializing in servicing foreign-affiliated businesses in the consumer goods and services industry sectors.
I am a Canadian from Victoria, British Columbia, and I came to Japan as an English teacher shortly after graduating from the University of Toronto. I have spent my entire career in Japan, working for pharmaceutical companies such as Schering Plough and Merck in marketing, research and strategy development. I now work as a freelance consultant, helping to implement global marketing research projects in Japan. My motivation for joining the CCCJ is a desire to meet new people and expand my business contacts in the foreign community.
I am a Canadian of Romanian origin with a background in the software industry. My professional experience includes working in engineering and business roles for multinational organizations in Vancouver and Tokyo. I’m also the founder of a software company providing SaaS recruitment management solutions for multinational businesses and educational organizations. I’ve lived in Tokyo since 2007. I look forward to connecting with fellow Canadians and getting involved with the globally minded business community in Japan — especially in the area of technology and investment.
I am a communications professional with FleishmanHillard Japan and a McGill University MBA class of 2022 candidate. Growing up with Japanese–Canadian heritage, I have always had a strong bond with both countries. Currently working in global reputation management, I enjoy connecting local and global companies through communications. The CCCJ is an ideal organization for fostering such connections. I am excited about joining the chamber community, and I hope we meet soon.