About Us

Our Mission

The Quebec Japan Business Forum is an association founded in 1987 whose mission is to promote business relations between Quebec and Japan.

It is the gateway for Quebec companies to the Japanese
market, but also a facilitator for Japanese companies interested
in the Quebec market. 

It also acts with its members by being a
showcase for the promotion of Quebec expertise and services
to Japanese companies.

Networking

The Quebec Japan Business Forum organizes events such as webinars, conferences, company visits and receptions, among others, aims to develop new contacts and strengthen links between participants in order to promote economic exchanges.

Dissemination of business information

Our activities, including webinars and lunch & learn sessions, are also intended to provide participants with information, testimonials and analysis useful for the successful conduct of business between Japan and Quebec, thanks to speakers from the business, political and diplomatic communities.

Communication & marketing

October 1st, 1987, The Quebec Japan Business Forum is officially established.

The initial mission of the association is:

“To promote relations between Quebec business people and Japanese business people, as well as to promote economic exchanges. ”

Surrounded by a group of dynamic business people, the association is created by 3 founding members:

  • Mr. Normand Bernier, First Delegate General of the Government of Quebec in Tokyo
  • Mr. Masato Miyachi, banker (Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ)
  • Mr. Sumihiko Sato, Trade Commissioner (Japan External Trade Organization)

The Business Forum through time

Presidents of the Quebec-Japan business forum

(Delegate General of the Government of Quebec in Tokyo)

Normand Bernier 1987-1990

Hydro-Québec

Gaston Boucher 1990-1993

Stikeman Elliott

James A. Robb 1993-1995

Fraser Milner Casgrain

Jean Bazin 1995-1999

Banque Nationale du Canada

Michel Labonté 1999-2000

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ

Amos Simpson 2000-2001

Gouvernement du Québec

Suzanne Éthier 2001-2002

Hydro-Québec

Robert Jean 2002-2005

Sumitomo Canada Limited

Brian Lambert 2005-2007

Japan Airlines Co., Ltd.

Philippe Arseneau 2007-2009

Hydro-Québec

Lynda Paquin 2009-2012

Canippon Services

Claude Francoeur 2012-2016

Vacances Tour Est

Philippe Arseneau 2016-2017

Sun Bridge Inc.

Akira Yamaguchi 2017-2020

BCF Business Law

David-Kei Codere Maruyama 2020-2021

Fasken

Sara Couture 2021-2022

Investissement Québec International

Joanie Leroux-Côté 2022-2022

Investissement Québec International

André-Philippe Chenail 2022-2024

Investir au Canada

Anaïs Nguyen 2024-2025
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Board of Directors

Chairwoman

Anaïs NGUYEN

Regional Advisor, Quebec

Invest in Canada


Anaïs Nguyen is the Regional Advisor for Quebec at Invest in Canada, the Canadian agency responsible for attracting and promoting foreign direct investment (FDI).
Actively involved in Quebec’s economic development, she benefits from solid experience in international trade, particularly in export support and foreign investment prospecting, acquired within organizations such as Montréal International, the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and PME MTL.
Over the past few years, Anaïs has specialized in assisting companies in concluding strategic partnerships.

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Member of the Board

Ali AMADEE

Partner
Dentons Canada S.E.N.C.R.L


Ali is a corporate lawyer licensed in Quebec and New York and a partner at Dentons, where he acts as the national head of the Battery & Energy Storage Group. Ali’s practice focuses on corporate law, M&A, industrial project development and infrastructure. Ali acts as a legal, business, and strategic advisor to his Canadian and international clients and regularly advises them in their international expansion projects around the globe. With a passion for international relations and business as well as geopolitics, Ali has delivered various conferences on Canada-Asia-Pacific business relations and legal matters and currently chairs Dentons’ Canada-Asia Speaker Series.

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Ponora ANG

Partner
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin S.E.N.C.R.L., s.r.l.


Ponora Ang is a lawyer and the National Co-Leader of the Asia-Pacific Group of Fasken. Ponora is well known to companies in the Asia-Pacific region for his legal and strategic advice regarding implementation of projects in Canada. He is regularly asked to represent the interests of manufacturers and sellers in various industries.

Ponora has also taught business law at the faculty of law of the Université de Montréal. Ponora was also recognized in the prestigious repertoy Lexpert Rising Star 2021 / Top 40 Under 40 in Canada for his legal expertise. He was notably awarded with the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec. Ponora sits on numerous boards of directors relating to Asia.

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Alain AUBERTIN

Special Advisor

Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ)


Alain Aubertin, who earned his Ph.D. in Innovation Management from Polytechnique Montreal, currently Special Advisor, was President & CEO of the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ) from 2019 to 2024.

Collaborating with national and international partners on various continents, Mr. Aubertin has an excellent network of industrial, government and institutional and academic contacts, and in research and innovation circles and several industrial sectors.  An excellent communicator, he has 30 years of diversified experience in private enterprise and in the public sector.

Committed and innovative, he is passionate about the development of collaborative approaches to innovation and business aimed at creating lasting benefits for the partners involved and the society.

Mr. Aubertin has a keen interest in emerging technologies, innovation systems of many countries, business, international development and research partnerships. He has notably managed more than 150 case studies of private and public organizations in North America, Europe, Russia, Japan and South America.

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Treasurer (Interim)

André-Philippe CHENAIL

Senior Project Director, Foreign Direct Investment
Investissement Québec International


André-Philippe actively supports international investors and entrepreneurs in investment assessment and return optimization for their global expansion through Quebec. Invest Quebec International is the economic development agency of the province and acts as a single-window point of services for investor inquiries.

Prior to joining Invest Quebec International, André-Philippe held executive positions with Tenet Fintech Group, a holding company supporting China based SMEs in accessing credit facilities and with the Canada China Business Council, Canada’s leading bilateral business facilitator between the two countries.

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Member of the Board

Charles-Anica ENDO

President & CEO
AGY-ENDO Corporation


CEO of AGY-Endo Corporation and EAM Advanced Materials. He has been working for more than 10 years in the fields of animal feed chemicals and advanced materials. Dr. Endo is best known for his background in nanotechnology. He has been a member of Prima Québec’s Board of Directors for Advanced Materials.

In his career, Dr. Endo has held various scientific and management positions, including with the Government of Quebec. At the university and graduate level, he has been involved in research and teaching. He has more than 40 publications and scientific conferences to his credit. He also led the Quebec initiative on the impacts of nanotechnologies (Ne3LS Network) for 5 years.

Dr. Endo has been involved in international trade and business development for over 10 years where he distributes the products of major corporations including Sumitomo Chemicals, Itochu Corporation, GSI Creos Corporation and Mitsui chemicals. He has also organized more than 18 economic missions to Asia (Japan, South Korea) in nanotechnology and environment. He has also organized more than 10 international conferences and is the initiator of 6 collaborative agreements between Canada and Japan. Dr. Endo was also awarded the 2009 International Collaboration Award by the Association for Nanotechnology Research (NTRA), the Ministry of Knowledge Economy (MKE) and the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST), South Korea.

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Member of the Board

Éric FILION

Business Dev./Special Projects
YKK Canada Inc.


With over 30 years of experience in business development, finance and management, Eric is currently providing support to the direction of YKK Canada in the areas of strategic planning and new market development. He has presented at numerous conferences and has developed a large business network both in the private and government sectors in the Canadian, American, and European markets.

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Secretary

Christine LAVOIE-GAGNON

President / CLAGA Productions
Director of Operations / ASIASIE


23 years in Japan and one year in South Korea, Christine has been Director of Communications for large companies, such as Renault Asia Pacific and Takefuji. CEO of CLAGA Productions since 2007, she has coordinated many filming projects as well as large-scale events, and served as a business development Consultant for the Japanese market, thanks to her extensive network. Fluent in Japanese, she also leads the operations of major Asian festivals such as YATAI and is the instigator of the Salon du Japon.

 

Christine also founded the NADIA NPO, a post-tsunami reconstruction support organization in Tohoku.

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Joanie LEROUX-CÔTÉ

Expert Advisor – Export and Internationalization – Japan/South-Korea

Investissement Québec International


For the past 15 years, Joanie has established her management expertise for creative industries. She’s a passionate and reliable manager known for her skills in business strategy, marketing, public relation, operation and finance in both local and international markets. She evolved for 10 years with the company Les 7 Doigts, a production and exportation enterprise of cultural, entertainment and multimedia show, where she worked as Vice-President Strategy & Business Development.

In December 2020, she joined Investissement Québec International (IQI) as an Specialized advisor for the creative industry. In this role, she covered the Asia-Pacific and Oceania territory. In November 2021, she took a new role covering as an Expert advisor for Japan and South Korean markets.

She holds a Master degree of Management (MM) of Cultural Enterprises from HEC Montréal and she is also a National Circus School of Montreal graduate.

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Member of the Board

Laurent PEFFERKORN

Executive Vice-President
VELAN Inc.


Laurent has been working in the Energy sector for over 20 years, specialising in Export and International Trade. He occupied various management positions in large industrial groups, mainly manufacturing companies. In his roles, he has been posted in France, Scotland, Brazil, United Arab Emirates and Canada. That was frequently combined with active participation into professional associations, with a strong Asian focus.

Since October 2020, Laurent joined Velan Inc. Headquarters in Montreal, QC, as a General Manager for the Projects Business Unit. In addition to graduating from the Institute of Political Studies, Laurent holds an MBA

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