SEDAI: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project

Sharing the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry

Friday, August 8, 2008

Bill Hatanaka joins SEDAI Project’s Honorary Advisors

TORONTO, Ontario, August 7, 2008: Connie Sugiyama, Founding Chair of  SEDAI , the Japanese Canadian Legacy Project (www.sedai.ca) ( the “Sedai Project“) of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre, is pleased to announce that William H. Hatanaka, Group Head, Wealth Management for the TD Bank, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, TD Waterhouse Canada Inc., has joined the Sedai Project’s distinguished panel of Honorary Advisors.

Mr. Hatanaka has 29 years of experience in the financial services industry. He joined TD Bank Financial Group in January 2003 as Executive Vice President, Wealth Management and prior to that was the Chief Operating Officer of the Global Wealth Management Organization of the Royal Bank of Canada. Previously, Mr. Hatanaka also held senior executive positions at investment firms Richardson Greenshields and Midland Walwyn Capital. During his career he has gained considerable experience as a leader of various businesses including discount brokerage, financial planning and full service brokerage, private banking and trust, global operations and asset management.

Prior to his career in the financial services industry, Mr. Hatanaka played professional football in the Canadian Football League and was a member of the 1976 Ottawa Rough Riders Grey Cup Championship Team setting a record for the longest punt return (79 yards) for a touchdown in a Grey Cup game.

Mr. Hatanaka also acts as Chairman of the TD Bank’s Diversity Leadership Council, which has been charged with the building of an inclusive organization through “best in class” diversity initiatives which in turn will contribute to the building of an intuitive and relevant institution for customers and employees. Additionally, he serves on the Board of TD Ameritrade, is the former Chairman of the Board for the Investment Industry Association of Canada and is also a board member of the York University Foundation, currently co-chairing the University’s capital campaign.

“We are both delighted and honoured that Bill Hatanaka has agreed to become an Honorary Advisor to the Sedai Project.  Bill has distinguished himself as a leader in a number of fields, most recently in financial services, and he has deep roots in our community” said Sedai Project Chair, Connie Sugiyama.

Mr. Hatanaka joins Janice Fukakusa, Chief Financial Officer, RBC Financial Group, Tom Ikeda, Executive Director, Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project; Joy Kogawa, Author; Bruce Kuwabara, Partner, KPMB Architects; Karen Kuwahara, President, Nestle Purina Canada; Judge Maryka Omatsu, Ontario Court of Justice; Raymond Moriyama, O.C., O.Ont., Architect; Linda Ohama,  Filmmaker; Scott Oki, Philanthropist; Senator Vivienne Poy, Senate of Canada; Kerri Sakamoto, Author; Dr. Henry J. Shimizu, M.D., FRCS(C), C.M.; Dr. Gerri Sinclair, Executive Director, Masters of Digital Media Program @ the Centre for Digital Media, Vancouver, B.C.; David Tsubouchi, Former Ontario Cabinet Minister, Counsel to Fraser Milner Casgrain; and Akemi Kikamura Yano, Chief Executive Officer, Japanese American National Museum, Los Angeles, California, all Honorary Advisors to the Sedai Project.

The goal of the Sedai Project is to share the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry using oral histories, text, archival photographs and related material, available to everyone, everywhere, anytime through a “digital archive” on its website.  The first version of the Sedai Project website was launched in May of this year and has already attracted widespread interest and accolades. The Sedai Project operates under the auspices of the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre.

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