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Shawn Lawlor

Shawn Lawlor

Director, Canada Wood Japan

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Shawn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa in 1990 and later from the Asia Pacific Management Program at Capilano College in 1995. His career has spanned 15 years in international forest and building products marketing and sales with leading primary producers. Shawn joined the Canada Wood group in April 2007 to take on the role of Director, Japan Operations. He resides in Tokyo with his wife Christine and son Cole.

Japan Economy, Construction & Lumber Shipments

Japan’s economy closed out 2013 on a fragile upwards growth trajectory. Annual GDP advanced 1.6% in 2013. However fourth quarter GDP results fell to a 0.9% annualized rate. Weaker than expected consumer demand as well as declining… more

Japan Economy, Housing, and Lumber Shipments

Economic Update: In Search of the Virtuous Cycle 
In 2013 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “Abenomics” economic reform policies showed progess in re-energizing Japan’s economy and ending two decades of deflation. As the year closed… more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economic Update: Almost A Year On, Are Abenomics Working?
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe returned the LDP to power in December 2012 based a on a  platform of revitalizing the Japanese economy and ending a two decade long deflationary spiral…. more

Japan Economy, Housing & Lumber Shipments

Economic Update:
Leading indicators pointed to continued economic recovery in August and September. The Bank of Japan “Tankan” Business confidence survey reported that large manufacturers dramatically improved their outlook to a… more