Ai is responsible for sourcing Canadian start-ups looking to work with Marubeni Corporation across the globe. Known as a Japanese “sogo shosha”, Marubeni is a general trading company that began trading textiles in 1858. It has since grown to become a conglomerate of 438 consolidated companies, with 16 divisions across six diverse industrial groups. Today, Marubeni has offices in 66 countries and regions. As the first point of contact for businesses exploring opportunities with Marubeni, Ai has worked with numerous Canadian start-ups to identify synergies with Marubeni’s business units. She also assists start-up companies as they navigate through Japanese business culture. Ai’s primary industry focus includes -- but is not limited to -- construction, mining and industrial equipment.