Eric De Groot - President, Icynene Asia Pacific Inc.
Eric De Groot has more than 20 years’ experience in the import, distribution, and sales of construction materials in Japan and South Korea. Beginning in 1991, Eric worked for the British Columbia Ministry of Trade at their Trade and Investment Office in Kobe, where he conducted market research and advised B.C. companies on Japan market access. In 1996 he was appointed General Manager for Japan and South Korea at the B.C. Wood Specialties Group, an industry association of value added wood products manufacturers. In 2003 he joined Forbo Industries, a Swiss-based manufacturer, as Japan Country Manager of the Flooring Systems Division. In 2009, he was elected for a two-year term as President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan, and still serves as an officer in that organization.