New CCCJ Members
Summer 2022


Li Ma
I am a Chinese Canadian who grew up in the East and was educated in the West. After graduating from university in Canada, I started my long career journey at financial institutions and currently am working for Barclays Japan. I majored in economics and Japanese at the University of British Columbia and have an MBA from McGill University. Having lived and worked in Japan for more than a decade, I am extremely happy to be a member of the CCCJ. I hope to work with my fellow members to contribute to the organization.


David Macdonald
Born in Canada, raised in Germany, I call Japan home.  From Kingston, I arrived in Aomori on the JET program in 1995. Since 1999 I’ve stood in the front ranks of the digital media revolution – DoCoMo and i-mode, Disney, YouTube, and Discovery.  Post-merger, I’m now Vice President Networks Japan, Warner Bros. Discovery. I joined the Chamber to start contributing back to the Canadian-Japanese business community. I’m passionate about diversity, inclusion, and the power of a global mindset.


Chiaki Nonaka

I am an assistant manager in the ESG Department at Kaneka Corporation, a chemical company that provides a range of products globally. Before taking my current position, I worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a corporate secretariat. I graduated from the University of Lethbridge in 2011 with an MSc in management. I spent seven years in Alberta, where I enjoyed the panorama of the Rockies. I became a CCCJ member to be a part of the Canadian community.


Kevin Plastow

I think there could be just a few people in the CCCJ who might remember me. I was a member for several years a few years back, even serving as a director for a couple of them. I look forward to meeting you all at upcoming events and doing what I can to help make the chamber an even better organization. For those who see my company name—and think, “Wow, that BTS!?”—sorry to disappoint; we are a forty-year-old Swedish company, not a boy band out of South Korea. Apologies for any confusion caused.


Cody Poulton

I taught courses about Japan at the University of Victoria for thirty-two years before retiring at the end of 2020. A specialist in Japanese theatre, I am the author, editor and co-editor of many books on modern Japanese drama. My wife, Mitsuko, and I moved back to Japan in the middle of the pandemic. I think it a good idea to get to know more fellow Canadians living here by becoming a member of the CCCJ.



Northleaf Capital Partners

Northleaf Capital Partners is a global private markets investment firm with more than US$20 billion in private equity, private credit and infrastructure commitments from public, corporate and multi-employer pension plans, endowments, foundations, financial institutions and family offices. Northleaf’s team of two hundred professionals focuses exclusively on sourcing, evaluating and managing private market investments globally, with an emphasis on mid-market companies and assets. For more about Northleaf, please visit

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