Passing the Torch

We hope that this issue finds you well and looking forward to discovering more about what has been happening in the Canada–Japan community. 

With the effects of climate change being felt around the globe, more and more businesses — across a variety of industries — have been taking action to make their operations more sustainable. 

This drive can be seen among a group of Québec-based companies that are putting sustainability front and center, whether it be through creating hybrid-electric air­craft engines and pioneering plastic recycling methods or by putting financial backing behind the develop­ment of clean technology innovation projects.

WINS FOR ALL

For the article mentioned above, David Brulotte, who until just recently has been the delegate general for Québec in Tokyo, was instrumental in arranging contacts and introducing businesses. He is now the delegate general for Québec in the western United States, and we had the opportunity to speak with him about his experiences, both representing Québec and being a governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ) during his time in Tokyo.

A sentiment that Brulotte expressed — that a win for one province in Canada is a win for the whole nation — is a driving force behind the extensive webinar series, Gateway to New Horizons, which was held last year. The six­-part series, co-hosted by the Japan Society, Invest in Canada and JETRO Toronto, focused on the significant investment opportu­nities for Japan in Canada. Highlighted were the specific strengths of each province, as well as the pioneering work being done at each of Canada’s Superclusters.

FOND FAREWELL

And in bringing this note to a close, I’d like to say a farewell to the CCCJ community, as this is the final issue of The Canadian that Custom Media is publishing for the chamber. Working on the magazine has been a distinct pleasure for the past four years. 

I hail from California, but have had a fond feeling for Canada since I attended a jazz festival in Montréal many years ago. With each issue of the magazine, I’ve deepened my understanding of Canada and Canada–Japan relations, while discovering what the Canadian community is involved with in Japan. Through it all, I’ve come away with an even greater appreciation for my northern neighbours.

I’d also like to extend my gratitude to the CCCJ — from its leaders to the members whom I’ve met over the years at various events. Your warmth, professionalism and good wishes have been greatly appreciated.

Having been given a window into how the chamber is running, I have no doubt it will continue to thrive in the years to come, and I look forward to following its activities. All the best, and thank you for your readership. 

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