Established in 1978, the Association of Japanese Canadian Businesses and Professionals (Shinkikai) is an independent, non-profit organization with the mandate to provide our membership with networking and learning opportunities to develop, grown and improve their respective businesses through mutual exchange and friendship.
Originally, Shinkikai started out as a small group of entrepreneurial Japanese immigrants to Canada. Since our inception, membership in Shinkikai has steadily grown and now represents over 100 privately owned companies.
In response to our growth, Shinkikai continues to adapt to meet the needs and desires of our members and has become increasingly focused on contributing to the benefit of both the local communities in which we live, and to Canada Japan relations. To this end, Shinkikai established a student scholarship fund in 1990, and obtained the status of a non-profit organization in 1995.
We are proud of the fact that our membership now represents both a diverse mixture of small-medium size business owners and professionals and also their families, friends and broad range of individuals who are interested in participating in our organization.
Our activities extend to a wide range of relationships with Canadian and Japanese networking organizations such as the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC) and The Association of Japanese Commerce and Industry (Toronto Shokokai). Our members are also very active in many other Canadian business associations such as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Toronto Board of Trade.
Some of our events include:
- Lectures by our professional members or special guests speakers
- Organizing a Japanese Festival and Bazaar
- Golf Tournament
- Bowling Tournament
- Lake Ontario Cruise
- Sponsorship of special Japan related events
- Year-end Party