A Japanese Perspective on Issues in Responsible Business @ Room N108, Schulich School of Business
Oct 30 @ 10:15 am – 11:20 am

Energy Transition in Japan and Impacts to Business
Ms. Miho Kurosaki, Head of Japan and Korea Research, BloombergNEF

Role of Diversity and Inclusion in Helping to Address Sustainability Issues
Mr. Keita Kakehashi, Corporate Officer and HR Director, Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd

Chaired by Lorna Wright, EDC Professor in International Business, Schulich School of Business

Q & A to follow.

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With special thanks to Takako Ito, Consul General of Japan in Toronto and Kenjiro Monji, former Ambassador of Japan to Canada.

This talk is part of the “Walk in Canada, Talk on Japan” program which aims to further develop Japan-Canada relations by increasing understanding of Japan in Canada.

Presented by the Schulich School of Business and the Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto with support from the York Centre for Asian Research. Special thanks to Professor Monica Da Ponte.

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Presenter Bios

Mr. Kakehashi is Corporate Officer, HR Director for Asia excluding Japan, and HR Director for key global HR projects at NSG, one of the world’s largest glass manufacturers. After joining NSG in 1985, he worked in various management positions including an eight-year secondment to the firm’s US office, initially based in Lexington, KY and next in NYC, NY. He was also closely involved in the management integration process, particularly in the area of HR, after NSG acquired the UK-listed glass company Pilkington in 2006. He is currently chair of NSG’s Group Inclusion & Diversity Steering Committee.

Ms. Miho Kurosaki worked as Head of Japan and Korea Research for BloombergNEF, energy and transport research division of Bloomberg. She leads analysis and research on topics including impact of the energy market liberalization. She served as a committee member of climate change advisory panel for Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to BloombergNEF, she has developed Bloomberg’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) analytics platform as senior ESG analyst. Miho holds an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London and a BA in Economics from Keio University.

Challenges for Participatory Wetland Conservation in India: Current Research in Kuttanad Wetland Region, Kerala @ Room 626, Kaneff Tower, Keele Campus
Nov 7 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Sanil Kumar, Doctoral Research Scholar, Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and Shastri Research Student Fellow, York University

This illustrated presentation discusses the unique aspects of India’s longest lake, Vembanad Kol, which is surrounded by the Kuttanad Wetland Region, in the state of Kerala. The ecosystem is the only location in India where paddy farming has been practiced for over two centuries. It is also known as the ‘Venice of the East’ owing to its unique canal system and waterways with tourism avenues operated through unique houseboats. The seminar discusses the author’s current research into this unique wetland and the need for its better management through a series of participatory planning strategies. The work, in collaboration with local authorities, residents, and field experts, focuses on preparation of an integrated planning framework for this wetland region. Sustainable management of the wetlands must consider ‘wise use’ of resources with possibilities of sustainable livelihoods for the residents.

Sanil Kumar is a doctoral research scholar in the Department of Architecture and Planning, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, Uttarakhand State, India. He received a graduate degree in architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, India, and a master’s degree in urban and rural planning from IIT Roorkee. He has been a recipient of IIT Masters Sandwich Programme 2014-15, sponsored by DAAD, Germany, and the Shastri Research Student Fellowship 2018-19, supported by the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, India. He is now working at York University under the guidance of Patricia E. Perkins, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University. He has worked in the field of architecture and planning, serving as an architect, architectural journalist, urban planner and associate professor of architecture and planning. His other interests include linguistics, cultural studies and endurance running.

This event is presented by the York Centre for Asian Research, the Faculty of Environmental Studies with thanks to the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, India.

From the 2019 Hong Kong Protests to the World’s Tomorrow: The Power of Disobedience, Discourse, and Creative Dissent @ Room 306 | Accolade West Building
Nov 8 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Roundtable Discussion:
A review of the development of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong and to discuss the latest events on the global solidarity to Hong Kong

Hong Kong. Now What?!! – Civil movements through a cartoonist’s eyes
Workshop/Talk by Zunzi, Hong Kong political cartoonist
Zunzi, the renowned Hong Kong political cartoonist, will share his creative experience in this workshop/talk with hands-on demonstrations and review his nearly 40 years of experience witnessing civil movements in Hong Kong and the People’s Republic of China.

Design Show
A design show of placards and disobedience objects of the 2019 Hong Kong protests will be on display at 4/F Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, Department of Design from 23 October 2019 to 7 November 2019.

All are welcome!

This event is supported by the Canada-China Initiatives Fund at York University.