Online Resume & Achievements

Mr. Scott Reid, Ms. Sheri Yasue, Mr. Colin Walker at the 2009 Champagne Ball

Presidents Choice, Hagiwara Award 2009

Returning to Edmonton at start of 2015.

Shortly after receiving the Bachelor of Commerce in 1999, I moved to Japan. Some of my results in 15 years in Japan…

  • Built a consulting business assisting various domestic companies incl. Toyota, Panasonic, & Mitsubishi
  • After 3 months of part time employment, offered and accepted a position in the Presidents office; annual sales: $300 million USD
  • Built an event series averaging from 50-350 attendees, year 1; 900+ attendees, year 2; 1200+ attendees
  • Planned and grew the social events of the Japan Canada Society, from 2 events to 25 events and from 130 annual attendees to over 850 attendees in two years

  •  Conceived of, launched and delivered the Canada Means Business series, from 1 event to 4 seasonal events, 10 attendees to over 250 attendees in two years. 250% growth; 2008-2009

  • Used company products + my own tracking system to prove their efficiency, in 3 months; lost 25lbs in body weight, reduced Body Fat by 38%, and finally stopped smoking

  • Instituted several company wide improvement projects, i.e. time logs, improving company wide time management

  • Sourced, marketed and retailed Japanese art online and auctions, initial investment of $2000, consolidated final collection valued over $35,000 

  • Self-taught myself multiple software applications and all relevant social media applications to obtain a professional understanding of inbound marketing including: twitter, facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, blogspot, wordpress, and hootsuite, plus Microsoft Office, Adobe Video authoring CS4, Photoshop CS4

In Japan, you are forced to be independent and flexible, so I created my own success. Accomplishments are satisfying but what is important is the ability to create new business and constantly build on success.
·       A facebook fan page to promote business and social news between Edmonton, Alberta and Canada as well as Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.
Kakemono Arts – Hand painted art from Japan and China:  
·       A facebook fan page to promote business and social news between Edmonton, Alberta and Canada as well as Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.

Online Social Engagement

Personal Account: RockyJapan 
Japanese Personal Account: Maru-De Japan
KakemonoArts: TrueJPNVintage

Northern Lights - Rising Sun
      Seeking an optimized business and personal life and a cross-cultural exploration of life in Japan and Canada. September 2008~

TJCS Canada Means Business
      A place to promote the activities and key players involved in the business committee of the Tokai Japan Canada Society. December 2012~

Colin Walker Personal Profile
Colin Walker G+ Link

Colin Walker LinkedIn Profile
Import Export Canada – Group Owner (2010~)

Import Export Japan – Group Owner (2010~)

Import Export USA – Group Owner (2009~)

 Proven Areas of Strength – Strengths Finder

      Organizer – Efficiently manage people and resources

      Focus - Persistent planning, stay on target

      Discipline – Utilize Japanese kaizen methodology to optimize results

      Positive – Enthusiastic & energetic personality

      Responsible – Ethical commitment to my work

      Activator - Instinctive impulse to move forward decisively

      Coach - Excelled at coaching executives, engineers, and doctors

      Japan Market Expert - Professional understanding of the Japanese marketplace, both motivations of the consumer and the traditions of the workplace


Online Content Production & Management, Project and Event Planning; Small & Large Events, Market Reporting, International Trade including Product Introduction, Sample Testing and Rollout, International & Domestic Marketing, Cross Cultural Administration & Communication Skills, Global Best Practices, Finance, Committee and Team Based Management, Negotiation Training

Language Skills:             Japanese Intermediate Proficiency

Personal Summary

A creative thinker and disciplined manager who consistently seeks new challenges and who is not afraid to work outside his comfort zone.  A motivated team player that has extensive experience in creating, managing and delivering on multiple projects and events.  Utilizing constant improvement best practices i.e. kaizen methodology learned through 15 years in Japan and an outgoing personality has made Mr. Walker a highly adaptable and experienced asset.


Now looking for a new and challenging managerial position in Edmonton as early as January 2015, one which will make best use of my existing skills and experience and also further my personal and professional development


True Japan Spirits - Owner                                                                                                 Nagoya, 2001 - Present

Trade Consultant & Coach - Corporate, Hospital and Government

      Deliver seminars on communication and social skills to small and large groups

      Hold private consultations with institutional and corporate Directors for communications consulting

      Manage lead generation, marketing, brand & website development for Japanese companies

      Assist with trade show preparation, meeting preparation, cross cultural training

      Contracted Corporate Clients: Toyota, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Panasonic, Denso, Japan Foundry Services, Lanchester Management

      Institutional Clients: Daido Hospital, Iwata Hospital, Chubu Rousai Hospital, City of Nagoya

International Sales - True Japan Spirits (USA Sake Project, 2010-2011)        

      Sourced and prepared eight Sake and Shochu breweries for export to the USA

      Held formal meetings and negotiations between Japanese breweries and American importer

      Prepared to launch new exporting business in conjunction with American and German partners

      Visited and built relationships with several regional producers of hand crafted sake and spirits

Kakemono Arts – Owner                                                                                                       Nagoya, 2011 - Present

      Created new business entity to purchase local art and antique items

      Art procurement and detailing artist information

      Selling art to global customers via e-commerce

      Designed and built company website and all social media channels

      Utilize social media marketing to penetrate international audience

      Blog about Japanese culture, business and history to international audience through videos and social media channels

      Manage all aspects of creating and managing an export business including marketing, procurement, cataloging, online sales, shipping and customer service

Oak Lawn Marketing – Shop Japan                                                            Nagoya, 2006 - 2009

Assistant to Chairman, CEO & COO

      Coached International Best Practices to Directors and Senior Managers,

      Team Leader; Global Best Practices Division

      Assisted the President and Chief operating Officer with all Executive level corporate planning plus Annual General Meeting preparation

      Managed the Asia Committee of the Electronic Retailing Association

      Acted as liaison to American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) for President and Central Japan Chairman

      Managed communications for international suppliers doing business with Japan

      Planned, managed and oversaw all scheduling of President and Chief Operating Office

      Coordinated negotiations, and meetings with overseas suppliers

      Planned and participated in Executive Meetings

ALTIA Central                                                                                                                               Nagoya, 2001 – 2007

Nagoya City Teacher Manager – Senior ALT

      Conducted communications seminars to elicit English fluency in junior high schools

      Taught Japanese teachers of English international best practices at teaching English as a Second Language

      Managed 10 teachers and advised teachers on adjusting to life in Japan

      Created semester curricula, and summer school programs for teachers

      Created ‘Guide to living in Nagoya’

      Taught students about Edmonton/Alberta/Canada culture and family life

      Have instructed over 10,000 students in Nagoya region

      Instructed teachers on best practices of teaching English as Second Language

      Team taught with over 150 Japanese teachers (almost zero English skills)

Chuo Publishing                                                                                                                        Matsuyama, 1999 -2001

Area Manager - Ehime Prefecture

      Solo-Teaching English to over 1000 children (2-15 years old)

      Promoted to Area Manager two months after hire

      Managed teachers from various countries across Ehime Prefecture

      Proposed teaching, sales and administrative improvement ideas in monthly leadership meetings

      Balanced needs of independent contracted teachers with management objectives

Parks Canada - Bar U Ranch National Historic Site                                                        Calgary, 1995 -1997

Volunteer Coordinator

      Promoted the site at local trade shows including the Calgary Stampede

      Coordinated events and volunteer work between the Bar U NHS and the Friends of the Bar U Ranch Association

      Checked, cleaned & Inventoried over 1000 artifacts at Curatorial services

      Worked on database of artifacts for Parks Canada curatorial services MS Access

      Created trade show, on site and museum programming for visitors

      Created and managed the logistics plan for Grand Opening ceremony


University of Calgary                                                                                                             Calgary, 1994-1999

Studied; Bachelor of Commerce

Major: Tourism & Hospitality Management - Co-operative Education

Minor: Psychology

Coursework: Finance, Accounting, Operations Management, and Economics

Volunteer Activities

2004 Founding Member

2005 Membership Committee Vice Chair

      Worked on membership drive and event planning

      EXPO 2005 event planning and delivery

2006 – 2007 Social Committee Chairman

      Took society from 2 events/ 130 annual attendees to 25 events and over 850 attendees from 2005 to 2007

      Initiated TGIF at corporate member’s location; average 30 attendees

      Initiated Camp Canada trip; 2006: 50 attendees, 2007: 75 attendees

      Coordinated Cherry Blossom party, Canada Day BBQ event with Ambassador, Champagne Ball

2008 – 2010 Business Committee Chairman

      Took committee from 1 lunch 10 attendees event to 4 annual events and over 250 attendees

      Created Canada Means Business event series

      Hosted Canada Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner at events

      Hosted senior Toyota executives at Canada Means Business Event

      Hosted a meet n greet with over 75 attendees introducing companies

      Created and hosted ‘A Breakfast Round Table’ with Mr. David Emerson fmr. CEO Canadian Western Bank with Canada Consul, Executive Advisor to Toyota

      Coordinated with American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ) to co-host events share marketing and promotion of each others events

2012 – 2013 Business Committee Advisor

      Created the New Years event January 16, 2013, planned and expected 50 attendees, final attendee list was over 100

      Created blog and Google+ page for TJCS Business Committee

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