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Executive Director Spotlight: Jim Zhang of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Canadians are, by nature an opportunistic people.  After all, Canada was formed by individuals seeking new opportunities in a new land.  That spirit has never died.  When we seek out economic opportunities now, we often look outwards to countries that we may need to relocate to, or take our businesses to. When we decide to do this, working with a local Canadian Chamber of Commerce or Business Council in the region can provide a wealth of resources to help get started and subsequently grow. Jim Zhang, Executive Director with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan let us know a little bit about himself, and his role.  He helped give us some insight on what he does, how the chamber can benefit businesses, and how being a part of the chamber has provided him with new opportunities.

 

 

 

Background on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan

The chamber is dedicated to helping those that have an interest in bilateral trade between Canada and Japan. They work with those that have just moved, those that want to set up shop, or those that have been in Japan for a while but are keenly interested in developing. Through the chamber, members can network, connect and meet with others that have relocated from Canada and at the same time, with Japanese businesses seeking connections to Canada.

The chamber works to provide meetings and events for both Canadian companies doing business in Japan and also Japanese businesses hoping to grow their operations in Canada.  These meetings and events are organized so that everyone is able to come together, network and learn from each other to help make opportunities become fruitful.

We would encourage you to connect with the chamber to find out more. Contact information is at the bottom of the article.

The Choice to Move to Japan

Executive Director of the chamber, Jim Zhang, originally from Edmonton, AB, spent a few years in Japan as a child. After graduating from University in Canada, he joined the JET Program and returned back to Japan. Jim describes the country as being “a third home”.

He’s currently been away from Canada since 2013, though he does go back every year or two to visit and reconnect with home.

JimjiangStarting at the Chamber

Jim started working at the Canadian Embassy in Japan in 2015, and eventually began working with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on events that involved both organizations.  He didn’t actually obtain his official chamber position until August 2016.

The journey that he took, supporting the Embassy’s programs after finishing up with the JET Program provided him with a great deal of experience. However, working as the executive director for the chamber truly has allowed Jim to shine. He has helped develop a vision for the chamber and goals to work towards, all the while, being able to offer more to the members and building trust and respect between communities, ultimately helping all parties work together as a whole.

Though it has taken not long to get into the executive director chair, he has worked hard to get to where he currently is and loves being able to be a part of something that benefits both Canada and Japan. Bringing people together and helping them become successful is something that he loves to be a part of.

What Does the Executive Director for the Chamber Do?

Jim’s main job is to manage the chamber office. They then manage and organize multiple member events, joint-chamber events and other activities to help those that are connected to the chamber.

“Our Chamber also has two main publications, The Canadian Magazine and the Invest in Canada/Japan Business Guide.” explains Jim.  

In addition to these responsibilities, He is also in charge of membership development, membership outreach, internal and external communications and a wide assortment of other duties to help not only members, but those considering being members when they make the move.

The Canadian Expat has met with a lot of people and have spoken with many businesses that want to succeed in Japan. These businesses have found immense benefits from being a part of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

What are the Plans for Canada 150?

As so many from Canada know, Canada 150 is a big day, and with all of the talk about the festivities and events, it is no wonder that there are going to be plans found in many of the Canadian chambers and business councils around the world.

With large plans underway, there is a little something for everyone to be excited about. Whether you’re originally from Canada or Japan, one can make the most of the extras that are being provided during this large event that is meant to bring everyone together from both communities.

The chamber is co-organizing the Canada Day 150 event with the Embassy on June 30. This event is expected to see over 300 guests arrive at the Official Residence of the Canadian Ambassador. This will make Canada Day 150 one of the largest Canada Day events that Japan has ever seen.

In His Own Words About the Chamber

“The Canadian Chamber and the entire Canadian community has had a long history in Japan. As a relatively recent member of the community, I always try to portray myself as a “cultural ambassador”, who has the responsibility to represent Canada in the best way possible. Canadians have a great reputation in this country, and I think all of us here intend to keep it that way.”

This type of attitude has made it possible for many that have decided to expand into Japan feel comfortable doing so. With a strong united community, there is nothing that is going to hold the chamber back from creating an atmosphere that enables Canadian businesses to succeed in Japan.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan can be reached through various means. Here are some of the ways you can get connected to the chamber for more information:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: +81 (0)3 5775-9500

Executive Director Spotlight: Jim Zhang of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan

Canadians are, by nature an opportunistic people.  After all, Canada was formed by individuals seeking new opportunities in a new land.  That spirit has never died.  When we seek out economic opportunities now, we often look outwards to countries that we may need to relocate to, or take our businesses to. When we decide to do this, working with a local Canadian Chamber of Commerce or Business Council in the region can provide a wealth of resources to help get started and subsequently grow. Jim Zhang, Executive Director with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan let us know a little bit about himself, and his role.  He helped give us some insight on what he does, how the chamber can benefit businesses, and how being a part of the chamber has provided him with new opportunities.

Background on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan

The chamber is dedicated to helping those that have an interest in bilateral trade between Canada and Japan. They work with those that have just moved, those that want to set up shop, or those that have been in Japan for a while but are keenly interested in developing. Through the chamber, members can network, connect and meet with others that have relocated from Canada and at the same time, with Japanese businesses seeking connections to Canada.

The chamber works to provide meetings and events for both Canadian companies doing business in Japan and also Japanese businesses hoping to grow their operations in Canada.  These meetings and events are organized so that everyone is able to come together, network and learn from each other to help make opportunities become fruitful.

We would encourage you to connect with the chamber to find out more. Contact information is at the bottom of the article.

  

The Choice to Move to Japan

Executive Director of the chamber, Jim Zhang, originally from Edmonton, AB, spent a few years in Japan as a child. After graduating from University in Canada, he joined the JET Program and returned back to Japan. Jim describes the country as being “a third home”.

He’s currently been away from Canada since 2013, though he does go back every year or two to visit and reconnect with home.

Starting at the Chamber

Jim started working at the Canadian Embassy in Japan in 2015, and eventually began working with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce on events that involved both organizations.  He didn’t actually obtain his official chamber position until August 2016.

The journey that he took, supporting the Embassy’s programs after finishing up with the JET Program provided him with a great deal of experience. However, working as the executive director for the chamber truly has allowed Jim to shine. He has helped develop a vision for the chamber and goals to work towards, all the while, being able to offer more to the members and building trust and respect between communities, ultimately helping all parties work together as a whole.

Though it has taken not long to get into the executive director chair, he has worked hard to get to where he currently is and loves being able to be a part of something that benefits both Canada and Japan. Bringing people together and helping them become successful is something that he loves to be a part of.

What Does the Executive Director for the Chamber Do?

Jim’s main job is to manage the chamber office. They then manage and organize multiple member events, joint-chamber events and other activities to help those that are connected to the chamber.

“Our Chamber also has two main publications, The Canadian Magazine and the Invest in Canada/Japan Business Guide.” explains Jim.  

In addition to these responsibilities, He is also in charge of membership development, membership outreach, internal and external communications and a wide assortment of other duties to help not only members, but those considering being members when they make the move.

The Canadian Expat has met with a lot of people and have spoken with many businesses that want to succeed in Japan. These businesses have found immense benefits from being a part of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

What are the Plans for Canada 150?

As so many from Canada know, Canada 150 is a big day, and with all of the talk about the festivities and events, it is no wonder that there are going to be plans found in many of the Canadian chambers and business councils around the world.

With large plans underway, there is a little something for everyone to be excited about. Whether you’re originally from Canada or Japan, one can make the most of the extras that are being provided during this large event that is meant to bring everyone together from both communities.

The chamber is co-organizing the Canada Day 150 event with the Embassy on June 30. This event is expected to see over 300 guests arrive at the Official Residence of the Canadian Ambassador. This will make Canada Day 150 one of the largest Canada Day events that Japan has ever seen.

In His Own Words About the Chamber

“The Canadian Chamber and the entire Canadian community has had a long history in Japan. As a relatively recent member of the community, I always try to portray myself as a “cultural ambassador”, who has the responsibility to represent Canada in the best way possible. Canadians have a great reputation in this country, and I think all of us here intend to keep it that way.”

This type of attitude has made it possible for many that have decided to expand into Japan feel comfortable doing so. With a strong united community, there is nothing that is going to hold the chamber back from creating an atmosphere that enables Canadian businesses to succeed in Japan.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan can be reached through various means. Here are some of the ways you can get connected to the chamber for more information:

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: +81 (0)3 5775-9500

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