Let's Talk Japan

JETRO Toronto organized this event to highlight successful Canadian businesses in Japan. We were excited to present a panel discussion featuring guests with extensive and rich experience of successfully operating Canadian businesses in Japan. Discussion topics included tips when initially establishing a foreign-affiliated operation in Japan, common concerns from Canadian companies, how to sustain and grow a business in Japan post-establishment, and much more!

The event brouht together experienced professionals in the Canada-Japan business community to share their expertise, as well as Canadian companies with recent and ongoing Japan expansion plans open to different perspectives and guidance. As such, the second half of the event featured a networking segment to stimulate lively conversations between all participants over delicious Japanese food and beverages.

Monday, March 26th, 2018
5:00 to 8:00 pm (including networking reception)
Bennett Jones LLP
First Canadian Place, 100 King St W, Suite 3400, Toronto, ON, M5X 1A4
- Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Supporting Organizations:
- Consul-General of Japan in Toronto
- Global Affairs Canada
- Ontario Government
- Bennett Jones LLP

Let's Talk Japan Event Flyer  
Panel Bios   
5:00 – 5:30 pm:
Registration / Networking
5:30 – 5:35 pm:
Welcome Remarks
- Mr. Takuji Sakai, Executive Director, JETRO Toronto
5:35 – 5:40 pm:
Opening Address
- Ms. Takako Ito, Consul-General of Japan
5:40 – 6:30 pm (including Q&A Session 6:15-6:30 pm):
Keynote Panel: How to establish and operate a business in Japan
- Moderator: Mr. Johnny Tan, Business Development, Team Lead, JETRO Toronto
- Mr. Eric De Groot, President, Icynene Asia Pacific Inc.
- Mr. Robert Crane, Corporate Development Director of Equiom (Canada)
- Mr. Ron Di Carlantonio, Founder and CEO, iNAGO
6:30 – 6:40 pm:
JETRO Services and Support Programmes
JETRO Toronto
6:40 – 6:45 pm:
Closing Remarks
6:45 - 8:00 pm:
Networking Reception


As a record of the event, we have made a detailed summary of the panel discussion which you can download at the following link:

A video of the event and the JETRO presentation can be found at the following links:
JETRO Presentation