Don Campbell had a distinguished career with Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, serving as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs 1997-2000, the Personal Representative of the Prime Minster for G8 Summits 1997-2000, Ambassador to Japan 1993-1997, Deputy Minister of International Trade 1989-1993, Assistant Deputy Minister for the United States 1985-1989 and Ambassador to Korea 1984-1985. As Assistant Deputy Minister, Don was deeply involved in the Canada-United States Free Trade Agreement and as Deputy Minister of International Trade, he supervised the negotiation of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
Don joined the private sector in 2000 and was Group President of CAE Inc. from 2000 to 2007. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Toyota Canada Inc., Canfor Pulp, Mecachrome International Inc., Exeltech Inc. and the Perimeter Institute. He serves on the Council of International Advisors to the Asia Society, New York. In addition, Don is a Senior Strategy Advisor at DLP Piper, a law firm with offices across Canada and in Tokyo, Japan.
In 2003, Don was appointed by the Prime Minister as the Canadian co-chairman of the Canada-Japan Forum, an external advisory group established by the governments of Japan and Canada to provide advice and to promote the bilateral relationship between the two countries. He is a graduate of Laurier University (Hon. B.A. Economics and Political Science) and holds Honorary Doctorate degrees from the University of Ottawa, Carleton University and Laurier University. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the Public Service of Canada from the Governor General and the Prime Minister in 1999.
Ben Ciprietti is President of The Japan Society, a position he has held since September, 1992.
Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Ben is a graduate of McMaster University and completed Advanced Management Studies at The Banff School of Advanced Management and the Sloan Business School. He worked at Dofasco Inc. throughout his initial career (37 years) and, in his last assignment as Vice President - Planning, was responsible for the preparation and recommendation of its strategic direction, corporate development and international business activities. He was also Chairman and President of DNN Corporation, a galvanizing line Joint Venture with NKK Corporation of Japan and National Steel of the United States.
Ben has been involved in many community activities, including being President of The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra and President of The Hamilton Foundation. And he was awarded with Japan’s 2014 Foreign Minister’s Commendations and the Order of the Rising Sun, Spring 2019.
Born in Toronto in 1948, David graduated with a BA (Economics and Philosophy) from the University of Toronto in 1971, and an MBA (Arts Administration) from York University in 1973.After graduation, he was assistant to the Director, Arts Administration Programme, Faculty of Administrative Studies, York University, Toronto.
From 1975 to 1981, David was a project manager with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) in Toronto. In 1981, he started Context Design as an exhibit design consultant - clients included JETRO, the Japan Vacuum Bottle Association and artmagazine.
In 1984, David joined the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association of Canada as General Manager, and became Executive Director and Corporate Secretary in 1992, a position he still holds.
Associations: The Japan Society, Society of Automotive Analysts, Huron Sussex Residents Organization, Muskoka Lakes Association David and his wife Susan have two children and two grandchildren, and continue to live in Toronto.