President: Professor Ken Coates
I am delighted to have been asked to serve again as JSAC President. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as President and have been extremely well served by the JSAC Executive and Secretariat. It has been an joy and honour to work with the JSAC members and our partners, particularly the Japan Foundation.
Canada faces new challenges and opportunities in its broad relationships with Japan and Asia. Our country still does not have a deep and consistent understanding of Japan. Universities, researchers and others have major roles in play in raising public awareness, preparing people for life-long connections to Japan and to work collectively to promote Canada-Japan relations.
Please know that I will continue to do all that I can to make JSAC as successful as possible. It is a unique organization, justly celebrated for the high levels of collegiality, interdisciplinarity and engagement. It remains a great honour to be the President and to represent all of you.
With best wishes
President, Japan Studies Association of Canada
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School
University of Saskatchewan