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Event Report: McGill Japan Forum & MAAJ Shinnenkai

The McGill Community in Japan kicked off 2017 in great style again with the annual McGill Japan Forum and Shinnenkai which was attended by over one-hundred and forty students, alumni, friends and guests. The Forum was a very in-depth and informative look at the preparations surrounding the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Our Speakers: Tristan Lavier -a manager at the International Communications Department of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Mr. Kazufumi Watanabe – Group Manager at Coca-Cola Japan Company, and Philip Rubel – Managing &  Representative Director of Designit Tokyo, helped us understand the impact that an Olympics can have on a community, as well as the opportunity and challenges faced by the cities and organizations involved.  

Mr David Hackett (MBA 2002) also gave insight into McGill’s Olympic connection through McGill Alumni and former Chancellor Richard (Dick) Pound, First President of the World Anti-Doping Committee. Chancellor Pound headed up the drive to make the Olympics financially viable in the 1980s, and we can thank him for the continued success of the Olympics today. 
Special thanks to Former Ambassador of Japan to Canada, and Chairman of the CCCJ Honorary Advisory Board–Sadaaki Numata, who gave the Kampai toast. We were also joined by Professor Robert David of the Desautels Faculty of Management–in Tokyo to teach his course in Competitive Strategy–and who conveyed greetings from the Faculty and the University. Congratulations also to our moderator, Christopher Rizanow (MBA 2018 Candidate) for his Tokyo debut.  
The McGill Alumni Association in Japan, and the staff at McGill Japan look forward to inviting you to another of their events later in 2017.