On 29 September 2017, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan (CCCJ) hosted its annual Maple Leaf Gala at the Tokyo American Club, in Azabudai, Minato ward.
This year’s Gala was hosted in the presence of Her Imperial Highness, Princess Takamado, and His Excellency, Ambassador of Canada to Japan Ian Burney.
The CCCJ’s Maple Leaf Gala is truly one of the highest-profile events in the Japan-Canada relationship. This year attracted 260 Members and their guests, representing both Japanese and Canadian companies, as well as governments and other organizations. The theme of this year's Gala was Canada 150, to celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary of confederation.
CCCJ Chairman Neil van Wouw noted in his Gala address that the CCCJ embodies the mutual respect and affection Canada and Japan share, and the 2017 Maple Leaf Gala celebrates that friendship. Today, the CCCJ’s membership is increasingly a mixture of Canada and Japan, and its activities reflect this, embracing more Japanese organizations and individuals with an affinity for Canada than ever before, with events like the Maple Leaf Gala taking this into account.
Members and their guests enjoyed a luxurious five course meal and engaging entertainment.
The Chamber extends a special thanks to Maple Leaf Gala Platinum, Gold, and Silver Sponsors for their generous support, and to the Members and their guests who took part. It is this active engagement that allows for the strengthening of the ties across our Chamber, and between Japan and Canada.