The Executive Team


President – Emily Chen

Hello! I’m Emily Chen, a fourth-year student studying Political Science and Diaspora.
I will be serving as UTJA’s President and will work to ensure that our events will be a fun, positive worthwhile experience. At our events, I hope everyone can enjoy learning about Japanese culture/the Japanese language and meet some new friends in the process!
On the occasion that I get to travel to Japan, my favorite things include going to the hot springs (onsen) and gorging on Japanese sweets.
I’m always eager to find new opportunities for the UTJA community, so please feel free to reach out to me at our future events.


Vice President – Hinako Fujiwara

Hi there! I’m Hinako Fujiwara, and I’m a third-year student specializing in Spanish. As Vice President this year, I will be organizing events such as the annual Winter Cultural Festival and many others along with the exec team. As an international student, I hope to promote and share with you the wonders of Japanese culture. Feel free to come and talk to me if you have any questions or anything to talk about! Hope to see you all at our events!


Language Exchange – Haruka Saito

Hello everyone! My name is Haruka Saito. I am a second-year student. I am responsible for planning and hosting language exchanges during this year. I’m hoping on starting beginner Japanese teaching sessions during the LEs, too. If you have any ideas or concerns about the LEs or just want to talk to me, don’t be afraid to do so! I’m interested in travelling, learning languages/cultures, and watching anime. I’m looking forward to see you all at our events!


Webmaster – Alex Quach

Hello everyone! My name is Alex Quach and I am a second-year student specializing in Computer Science. I am super excited to return to UTJA as webmaster, so please check us out at our website for future events! I love all things Japan related and I hope to do all I can to ensure amazing Japanese related events come your way this year! If you ever see me at any events, please feel free to talk to me about anything. Looking forward to seeing you this year!


Finance Director – Ashley Walford

Hello! My name is Ashley Walford and I’m a third-year student studying Psychology and Math. I am very excited to be a part of the UTJA exec team as the Finance Director this year! I look forward to meeting you all and I hope I can help create fun experiences for you all to enjoy. Feel free to talk to me about Japanese culture and food or just about anything. I hope to see you all at our events and language exchanges!


Internal Events Associate – Niki

Niki here! I’m excited to be your internal event associate this year. I’ve enjoyed being and participating in UTJA events for the last 3 years and am ready to help make them better than ever! I love making things as best as they can be for maximum fun! Baking’s another specialty of mine and I have an affinity for Japanese treats, so definitely look out for more UTJA bake sales this year! よりしくお願いします!

External Events Associate – Jenny

初めまして!My name is Jenny Wang, a fourth year student studying economics and statistics. I will be UTJA’s external events associate for this year! I am very excited to be a part of the UTJA team! I will try my best to make a fun time for you! If you see me in the event, feel free to talk to me! I am looking forward to talk with you about anything!

External Events Associate – Caroline-Alicia

Hi! I’m Caroline-Alicia, a second year student majoring in Criminology. I’ll be serving as a UTJA external associate for the 18-19 year! I’m exited be part of the team and hope to create memorable events. I love anything coffee, cats, and food related! (Cafe recommendations are always welcome if you run into me at an event!)

First Year Representative – Chikako Yamamoto

Hello! こんにちは!
My name is Chikako Yamamoto and I am one of your first year representatives this year! I was born and raised in Japan and this is my 4th year in Canada. My interests are foods (both eating and cooking), cultures and history, feel free to talk to me in Japanese and/or English! I am very excited to be in part of UTJA team this year, looking forward to seeing you all at LEs and events:)

First Year Representative – Timothy Yu

Hi, I am Timothy Yu, a first-year student in the life science program. I am one of the first year representatives of the UTJA’s executive team this year. I am excited to be a member of the team to share the beauty of Japan and Japanese culture with others. I like traveling a lot and had been to various places in Japan, so please feel free to share with me your traveling experience in Japan or talk to me about your plans to visit Japan. Looking forward to seeing you at our events!

First Year Representative – Kyoko Shimizu

Hello! My name is Kyoko Shimizu and I am a first year studying Life Sciences. I am so excited to be a part of UTJA exec team as a first-year representative this year. Having been outside of Japan for almost half my life, Japanese culture has always had a special part in my heart, and I am glad to be able to share my passion for Japanese culture with so many of you. I hope to see you at our events this year!