SEDAI: The Japanese Canadian Legacy Project

Sharing the unique history and experiences of Canadians of Japanese ancestry

Monday, September 29, 2008

Janice Fukakusa, SEDAI Project Honourary Advisor

Among the Honourary Advisors to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre’s Sedai Committee in Toronto is Janice Fukakusa. Janice holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, an M.B.A. from York University, and the professional designations of Chartered Accountant and Chartered Business Valuator.

Janice is presently the Chief Financial Officer of Royal Bank of Canada. She joined RBC in 1985 and has held positions in retail and business banking, corporate banking, account management, corporate finance, treasury, strategic development, and corporate functions.

Janice sits on the Board of Governors of Ryerson University and on the International Advisory Board of the Schulich School of Business (York University).

The Women’s Executive Network has chosen Janice four times as being among “Canada’s Top 100 Women” and in 2007 inducted her into the Top 100 Hall of Fame. She was named as one of the 25 most powerful women in banking in 2005.

Janice is on the Board of CAMH Foundation, sits on the United Way of Greater Toronto Investment Committee, and will be joining the Board of Wellspring in the Fall.

At the beginning of World War II Janice’s Nisei mother and father were living in British Columbia. With the forced removal of the Japanese Canadians her mother was sent to Lemon Creek (a town in the B.C. interior) and her father to a labour camp in northern Ontario. After the war her parents met and married in Fort William (Thunder Bay) and then settled in Toronto.

Her parents rarely discussed the war experience at home. Janice maintained her links with the JC community in her youth by taking dance lessons at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre and attending selected events.

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