Past Events

Collision from Home 2020

A new initiative created by the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI) in 2018, the J-Startup Program cultivates the brightest of Japan's startups to succeed in the world market. This program aims to make winning startups in the global market and bring new values to the world.

JETRO is bringing a delegation consisting of 10 amazing Japanese startups to Collision from Home this June 23-25, 2020.

We would like to extend B2B opportunities with the delegation members to some of our key contacts outside of the scope Collision as well. This is a unique chance to find innovative Japanese technologies and partners, so we urge you to take advantage of this programme.

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Generating Innovation with Japan Series

Major Japanese firms, from manufacturing to finance to services in a whole variety of sectors, are increasingly looking to identify new innovation from Canadian start-ups in order to improve their business practices and to introduce new ideas and technology into the Japanese market and to their network of global clients.

For Canadian start-ups, the Japanese market (GDP: US$4.9 trillion; Pop.: 120 million) can be daunting but potentially hugely rewarding. One of the best ways to enter that market is through partnering with Japanese firms.

This series of events will provide unique opportunities for Canadian start-ups and major Japanese firms to connect and share information. Through reverse-pitch presentations, Japanese firms will explain about their technology needs and, during the networking session and follow-up meetings, Canadian start-ups can explain about their technology solutions.

Through this series of partnering sessions across Canada, JETRO aims to generate new innovation through partnerships between leading Japanese firms and innovative Canadian start-ups.

British Columbia 2021  HealthTech
Date/Time: March 9th, 2021          Closed
Venue:        Online         
Event Details

Halifax 2020  OceanTech

Date/Time:  December 7th-10th                                

Venue:        Online
Event Details

Ontario 2020  Sogo Shosha                                     

Date/Time: November 19th, 2020 (15:00-17:00 (EST)|13:00-15:00 (MST)|12:00-14:00 (PST))  Closed
Venue:         Online

Event Details

Toronto 2020  HealthTech

Date/Time: February 20th, 2020 (8:30 am - 3:30 pm)
Venue:        ONRamp at University of Toronto Entrepreneurship, Banting Institute          

Ottawa 2019

Date/Time: November 6th, 2019 (10:30 am - 1:15 pm)
Venue:         Bayview Yard

Edmonton 2019

Date/Time: March 6th, 2019 (11:00 am - 1:30 pm)  
Venue:         Startup Edmonton

Vancouver 2019

Date/Time: March 5th, 2019 (11:00 am - 1:30 pm)   
Venue:        SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

Toronto 2018

Date/Time: December 11th, 2018 (2:00 pm - 5:00 pm)   
Venue:         OneEleven

Kitchener / Waterloo 2018

Date/Time: December 10th, 2018 (2:30 pm - 5:00 pm)   
Venue:         Communitech

Montreal 2018

Date/Time:  September 27, 2018 (4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)  

Venue:         CEIM (Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal)

Canada IT Investment & Innovation Seminar / Toronto Innovation Hub Tour

カナダIT投資・イノベーション・セミナー &トロント・イノベーション・ハブ視察会

Date/Time: June 11, 2019  14:00~17:00(Canada IT Investment & Innovation Seminar)
Date/Time: June 12, 2019  13:00~18:00(Toronto Innovation Hub Tour)
Event Details (Japanese)

Japan-Canada Innovation Partnership Forum in Vancouver

JETRO was hosted a Forum to commemorate the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada.

The main theme of the event is innovation and how Canada and Japan can work together to advance innovation to the benefit of both Canadian and Japanese companies.

Friday, November 16th, 2018 (10:00 am - 1:00 pm)
Simon Fraser University - Vancouver Campus
Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C., V6B 5K3

For more details and to download the seminar presentations, please go to the event page here.

FUKUOKA, Japan Investment Attraction Seminar

Fukuoka City has played a key role as a gateway to Japan for the rest of Asia for more than 2,000 years. Its close proximity to the continent gives Fukuoka a geographical advantages as a business location in Asia Pacific Area. And Fukuoka has a number of competitive advantages over other Japanese cities. Through its designation as a “National Special Economic Zone for Global Startups and Job Creation” in 2014, Fukuoka has been hard at work to transform itself into the world’s most startup-friendly city. Fukuoka is a city with a pioneering spirit, striving to find solutions for social issues by utilizing deregulation measures under the special zone scheme.

- Overview of Japan’s Economy
- Potential of Fukuoka City in Japan, Asia
- Networking with companies from Fukuoka City , Japan

- Date: 15 Aug. 2018 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- Place: UBC Robson Square #C215 (first basement)
   800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC Canada V6Z 3B7

For more information, see flyer:


Japan’s Retail Power Market Seminar

JETRO was very happy to be a supporting organization for an event organized by the Ontario Ministry of International Trade entitled 'Japan's Retail Power Market Seminar' on June 21, 2018. Speakers from Kanden System Solutions (KSS), an affiliate company of Kansai Electric Power, the second largest utility in Japan, will explain about opportunities in Japan's retail electricity market and answer questions regarding market entry. For more information and to register, please see Flyer.


Japan-Canada Innovation Partnership Forum in Toronto

Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) hosted a lare Forum focused on Japan-Canada Innovation Partnerships to commemorate the 90th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada. 
Date/Time: May 10th, 2018 (2-6 pm)
Venue: Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel (at Rogers Centre)
More details here including speaker PowerPoints available for download.
日本語版はこちらから (Japanese)



Let's Talk Japan

JETRO Toronto held an panel event focused on the challenges of setting up and operating a business in Japan. 
Date/Time: March 26, 2018 (5-8 pm)
Venue: Bennett Jones LLP at First Canadian Place, Toronto
More details as well as a recording of the event here.

Japan Fintech Seminar

JETRO invited two outstanding speakers from FINOLAB, the Fintech hub in Tokyo, and Mizuho Bank to explain about opportunities for Canadian Fintech firms and to encourage them to think about Japan as their next market:
1) Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)
2) Privacy Law
October 18, 2017 (8:30 am - 10:00 am)
The Ritz-Carlton Toronto (Salon A)
181 Wellington St W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G7
For more details and to download the seminar presentations, please go to the event page here.



Toronto Business Seminar for Japanese Companies

Topics to be covered:
1) Canada Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL)
2) Privacy Law
July 27, 2017 (10:00 am - 11:35 am)
JETRO Toronto office
120 Adelaide Street West, Suite 916, Toronto, ON, M5H 1T1


[Webinar] Life Sciences Opportunities in Japan Webinar   

The Ontario government and JETRO was hosting this webinar to provide information on how foreign companies can take advantage of these opportunities in Japan’s healthcare market, focusing on medical devices and healthcare IT sectors. In addition, there was explanation about the up-coming Ontario Life Sciences Mission to Medical Japan 2018 as well as export assistance provided by the Ontario Government and investment support provided by JETRO.

Date/Time: October 25, 2017 (10:30 am EST)

Details and to Register


[Webinar] Japan Regenerative Medicine Webinar   

This session featured a high-level overview of the RM Market in Japan, including an outline of regulatory changes that have led to a fast-track approval process for RM products and a survey of recent business deals between Japanese and foreign companies. This was followed by comments from Lee Buckler, CEO of RepliCel, who has first-hand experience in Japan’s RM market.

Date/Time: April 27, 2017 (2 pm EST)

Details and to Register


[Webinar] A Look into Japan's Renewable Energy Market   

This session featured a presentation by JETRO Toronto on Japan’s current renewables energy market, along with upcoming industry forecasts for key verticals such as solar PV, on-shore and off-shore wind and more. The purpose of this webinar was to provide general background information about the renewables market in Japan for Canadian and other foreign companies in energy related businesses interested in pursuing potential opportunities in Japan, ahead of World Smart Energy Week 2017.

Date/Time: February 16, 2017 (2 pm EST)

Details and to Register


Oita Food Business Meeting   

On November 15th, 2016 (1:30 - 4:05 pm), JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) held an Oita Food Business Meeting in Vancouver. Local importers and distributors were able to sample a number of food products from Oita Prefecture with an eye to potentially selling these products in the Canadian market.



Nova Scotia Seminar

On October 27, 2016, JETRO Toronto held a seminar on the Nova Scotia market for Japanese companies in cooperation with the NSBI. 
For details and the presentation, please see here.


Japan IoT Market: Growth Opportunities for Canadian Technology in the Japanese Connected Space   

These seminars on the IoT market in Japan were designed to highlight the opportunities for Canadian IoT companies in Japan and the opportunities to work with Japanese partners to develop IoT solutions for global markets.

We were excited to present a Keynote presentation by NTT DoCoMo to share their perspective of the expanding smart connected market in Japan, as well as their initiatives in pursuing partnership opportunities with foreign IoTcompanies. In addition, JETRO’s IoT Advisor based in San Francisco highlighted for the Canadian audience the current status of Japan’s IoT market. We were also pleased to have Tokyo Metropolitan Government share with us the business environment of one of the most dynamic cities in the world.

October 11, 2016
1:30-4:30 pm
Hilton Hotel (Carmichael Jackson Room)
145 Richmond St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2L2

October 14, 2016
11:30-3:00 pm (w/ light lunch provided)
CEIM, 33 Rue Prince, Montréal, QC H3C 2M7



Osaka Industry Seminar: Corporate Growth Opportunities   

On September 15, 2016, Osaka Prefectural Government and JETRO Canada, with the support of the Consulate General of Japan in Toronto, Global Affairs Canada, the Ontario Government and Torys LLP, will hold a seminar on corporate growth opportunities in the Osaka region.

Mr. Ichiro Matsui, Governor of Osaka, will highlight the powerful energy related clusters, innovations and the market potentials in Osaka. Also Mr. Shinya Fujii, Director-General of JETRO Osaka, will share insights on the business opportunities for Canadian companies entering the Japanese market and outline the JETRO services available to support Canadian companies.

Date: September 15th, 2016
Time: 14:00 - 15:30

Location: Torys LLP, 79 Wellington St. West, 33rd floor, TD South Tower, Toronto, ON M5K 1N2

For more information and to register: Osaka Seminar Event Page


[Webinar] Three Keys to Business Success in Japan   

JETRO launched of its first North America webinar for foreign companies interested in entering the Japanese market. Expert speakers discussed about legal, tax and HR issues related to setting up a business in Japan.

Three Keys to Business Success in Japan: Legal Tax & Labour Management
Date: July 14th, 2016
Time: 1pm PDT; 3pm CDT; 4pm EDT

- Agenda/Speakers
- Registration    


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New Brunswick Seminar

On April 21, 2016, JETRO Toronto held a seminar on the New Brunswick market for Japanese companies in cooperation with the Opportunities New Brunswick. 
For details and the presentation, please see here.


Japan Power Market Seminar

JETRO hosted a seminar on Japan's Power Market on April 7th, 2016 at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.


Alberta Seminar (in Vancouver)

On March 1, 2016, JETRO Toronto held a seminar on the Alberta market for Japanese companies in the Vancouver area in cooperation with the Alberta Government and Deloitte. 
For details and the presentation, please see here.


Japan RM Seminar

JETRO and the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) hosted a seminar on Japan's Regenerative Medicine Market on January 29th, 2016 at the Hilton Toronto.


Alberta Seminar

On October 27, 2015, JETRO Toronto held a seminar on the Alberta market for Japanese companies in cooperation with the Alberta Government. 
For details and presentations (where possible), please see here.


Japan Pavilion at Third Annual International LNG in BC Conference

On October 14-16, 2015 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, JETRO organized a Japan pavilion of 11 Japanese companies and organizations, at the Third Annual International LNG in BC Conference. With an extensive track record in the LNG industry throughout the world, the exhibiting Japanese companies are looking to showcase their technology and services in support of BC’s emerging LNG sector.
Company Profiles (one pager)


Japan ICT Market Seminar Series

JETRO held a cross-Canada series of seminars featuring JETRO San Francisco’s ICT Advisor who explained about opportunities for Canadian companies in Japan’s ICT market. Events also featured foreign company success stories.
     Japan’s ICT Market: Business Opportunities for Canadian Companies

- Toronto: October 5 (12:00-2:00 pm w/ light lunch)
- Kitchener-Waterloo: October 6 (8:00-10:00 am w/ light breakfast)
- Montreal: October 7 (8:30-10:30 am w/ light breakfast)
- Vancouver: October 8 (8:30-10:30 am w/ light breakfast)

For full details:


Saskatchewan Seminar

On September 15, 2015, JETRO Toronto held a seminar on the Saskatchewan market for Japanese companies in cooperation with the Saskatchewan Government.
For details and presentations (where possible), please see here.


Manitoba Seminar

On April 21, 2015, JETRO Toronto held a seminar on the Manitoba market for Japanese companies in cooperation with Manitoba Trade & Investment.
For details and presentations (where possible), please see here.


Japan Business Seminar

JETRO organized a Japan Business Seminar on March 3, 2015 (9:30 am - 1:00 pm) at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Toronto (145 Richmond Street West) in cooperation with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD). The keynote speaker was Tsuneyuki Kato, Executive Vice President of JETRO in Tokyo. Also, speakers from major Canadian corporations talked about their activities in Japan. Full details at the link below.


To register, please contact JETRO Toronto: CLOSED

Calgary Business Seminar for Japanese Companies 2015

On February 20, 2015 in Calgary, JETRO Toronto held a seminar on issues of interest to Japanese companies located in Alberta in cooperation with the Government of Alberta and Davis LLP. 
For details and presentations (where possible), please see here.

Quebec Seminar

On February 4, 2015, JETRO Toronto held a seminar on the Quebec market for Japanese companies in cooperation with Invest Quebec ( 
For details and presentations (where possible), please see here.

Shale Gas & LNG Business Mission to BC

JETRO organized a business mission to BC for Japanese companies looking to become involved in the potential of BC's burgeoning shale gas & LNG industry. From October 20-24, 2014, the group visited various locations, from upstream exploration and production to downstream processing, and meet with key related companies and organization.

Japan at Globe 2014

The Japan External Trade Organization will be participating in Globe 2014To other site (March 26-28, 2014) with the Japan Pavilion Booth 919 in Vancouver. Information on participants and business matching opportunities are now available.

Details and Past Events

Japan’s Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) Market: Business Opportunities for Canadian Companies

JETRO Toronto, February 19, 2014 (12:00 – 1:30 pm)
Seminar Topics:
Outline of Japan’s FIT Market
Solar Power Network - Canadian company success story
Japan's Solar Power Market Outlook

Calgary Business Seminar for Japanese Companies 2014

In conjunction with Davis LLP, JETRO will hold a seminar for Japanese companies in Calgary (Hyatt Regency Calgary, 3rd Fl., Nelson Rm.) on February 4 (9:00-11:20 am). It will cover Alberta labour and employment law as well as the Investment Canada Act and new rules for investing in Canada. (In Japanese with some English.)
Details (in Japanese)
For details and presentations (where possible), please see here.

Tap Japan's R&D Potential

Vancouver (June 17), Toronto (June 19), and Montreal (June 20, 2013) — Canadian companies in the R&D sector are invited to participate in the seminar Harnessing Japan’s Innovation Power, which is designed to help Canadian companies to increase their R&D capacity.

The Canadian Trade Commissioner Service in Japan, in partnership with the Japan External Trade Organization, is organizing a series of seminars on how companies can maximize their R&D potential through various strategies and specific government programs.

Speakers from industry, government, and academia will share their expertise and answer questions during each 90-minute seminar and subsequent networking luncheon.

Participation is free but spaces are limited, so register today.


Vancouver (June 17, 2013)
Detailed Programme pdf

Toronto (June 19, 2013)
Detailed Programme pdf

Montreal (June 20, 2013)
Detailed Programme (French) pdf
Detailed Programme (English) pdf


All Locations (June 17, 19 & 20, 2013)
DFAITe pdf
DFAITf pdf

Vancouver (June 17, 2013)
BC Cancer Agency pdf
UBC pdf

Toronto (June 19, 2013)
Medicago pdf

Montreal (June 20, 2013)
IREQ pdf
McGill pdf

GLOBE 2012 Japan Pavilion

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) organized the participation of five companies in the Japan pavilion at Globe 2012. These five environmental leaders showcased cutting-edge technology in the fields of wastewater treatment, energy saving, environmental protection, and air purification.

GLOBE 2010 Japan Pavilion

Eight Japanese environment technology companies participated in the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)Japan Pavilion at Globe 2010. They showcased cutting edge, sustainable technology in the areas of sustainable construction/ renovation, facilities management, recycling and waste treatment, and renewable energy businesses.

Canada-Japan Business Symposium 2009

Date: Nov. 4, 2009
Place: Mississauga, Ontario
Co-Sponsors: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT),
Consulate General of Japan in Toronto
Full Program Itinerary: Download pdf(910KB)

Keynote Presentations:
"Kanagawa’s Attractive Investment Environment” pdf(4.32MB),
Shigefumi Matsuzawa, Governor, Kanagawa Prefecture
"R&D and Manufacturing in Kanagawa Prefecture – Case Study of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd” pdf(2.06MB),
Tadao Takahashi, Former Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor CO., Ltd and President, Kanagawa-ken Employer's Association

Panel Discussion: Business Opportunities in Kanagawa
-Deval Desai, Magna International Inc., Executive Director, Strategy & Planning(1.11MB)
-Jay McNaughton, VP, Sales & Innovation Wescast Industries pdf(538KB)
-Patrick Bothwell, Representative Director, EHC Japan K.K. pdf(211KB)
-Steve Rodgers, President, GS Global Solutions pdf(1.17MB)

Canada-Japan Business Symposium 2008

Date: Oct. 23, 2008
Place: Toronto, ON
Co-Sponsors: Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT),
Consulate General of Japan in Toronto, Toronto Japanese Association of Commerce & Industry
Full Program Itinerary: Download pdf(1.78MB)

Opening Presentation:
Mr. Yasuo Hayashi(JETRO) pdf(180KB), Chairman, Japan External Trade Organization

Keynote Presentations -Why Japan Now?:
Ms. Patricia Bader-Johnston pdf(1.02MB), Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ)
Mr. Yoshiki Nagatomo pdf(893KB), Mayor of Chofu City, Tokyo

Panel Discussions:
Mr. Joe Caci pdf(444KB), Vice President, Products, Reseach in Motion
Mr. Martin J. Mazza pdf(1MB), Senior Vice President, Marketing & Global Sales, Woodbridge Group
Mr. Piere Chamberland pdf(360KB), Chief Ececutive Officer, Messaging Architects
Mr. Tadayoshi Otsuka pdf(813KB), Vice President & Corporate Officer, Insurance Products & Pricing,Manulife Life Insurance Company, Japan
Keynote Presentation from Japanese Company in Canada:
Mr. Noriaki Sakamoto pdf(702KB), President & CEO, Mitsui & Co. Canada Ltd.