Mark Sakamoto, Author, Lawyer, Political Advisor

Guest Speaker:  Friday, April 10, 2015
Location:  Upper Canada Room, 18th Floor - Fairmont Royal York
Topic:  "Forgiveness:  The Japanese Canadian Experience"
 A lawyer by training, Mark Sakamoto has enjoyed a rich and varied career.   He began his professional career in live music, working with several international acts.  He has worked at a national law firm (Heenan Blaikie LLP), a national broadcaster (CBC) and has served as a senior political advisor to a national party leader (Michael Ignatieff).
He is an entrepreneur and investor in digital health and real estate.   He is the Executive Vice President, Business Development for Think Research Group, a leading health care software company.  Mark sits on the Board of the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the University of Toronto’s Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict and Justice at the Munk School of Global Affairs.
Mark Sakamoto’s book Forgiveness:  A Gift from My Grandparents is a number one national bestseller and shares remarkable true stories about two Canadian families, Japanese and Canadian, that were at war with each other and found peace and forgiveness together against one of the darkest periods in Canada’s history.