Canada-Japan Business Networking Cocktail Event

  • 16 Mar 2023
  • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • TORYS LLP (79 Wellington Street West 33rd floor Toronto, ON M5J 2N7)

This in-person event is co-hosted by the Japan Society, Toronto Shokokai, and Torys LLP.

Date and time:Thursday, March 16 2023, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM ET
TORYS LLP (79 Wellington Street West 33rd floor Toronto, ON M5J 2N7)
General Admission: 

We are delighted to invite you to a networking cocktail to celebrate the Sakura season in Japan and have a special guest, Mr. Ian Burney, Canada's former Ambassador to Japan (2016-21) to highlight the importance of the Canada-Japan relationship against the backdrop of an increasingly turbulent global environment, and speak candidly about the need for greater engagement, not only from governments but other key stakeholders including our respective business communities.

Ambassador Burney will lay out key areas of opportunity for the bilateral relationship going forward, with particular attention to the economic and trade dimension.

The perspectives he shares will be drawn both from his extensive career as a Canadian diplomat and lead government trade negotiator, and his current roles in the private sector. A social mixer will be followed by the speech for you to meet with business leaders from Canada-Japan business community in Toronto.


Bio: Mr. Burney joined Global Affairs Canada (then the Department of External Affairs and International Trade) in 1987, and over a distinguished career spanning 34 years held numerous positions in Ottawa and abroad, culminating with his assignment as Canada’s Ambassador to Japan from 2016-21.
Overseas, Mr. Burney had diplomatic assignments in Thailand and Vietnam as well as Japan. In Ottawa, he occupied a range of increasingly senior positions at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and the Privy Council Office (PCO). At GAC, Mr. Burney served as Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) for International Business Development, Investment & Innovation from 2009-11 and as ADM for Trade Policy and Negotiations from 2011-2015. At PCO, he served as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet for Economic and Regional Development from 2015-16.
Mr. Burney was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award (OAA) of the Public Service of Canada. Presented by the Prime Minister and the Governor General, the OAA is considered the highest recognition for senior leaders in the Public Service of Canada.
Mr. Burney retired from the Public Service in November 2021. He currently serves in a number of positions in the private sector, including as a Board Director and as a Senior Advisor at two firms in the financial services sector.
He is married and has four children.

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