SWY 34 – National Leader
Brandon Wallace was born in 1986 in Brampton, Ontario, and grew up in the Toronto area until moving to Ottawa in 1994. His family is of Irish descent and has lived in Canada for several generations. Brandon studied philosophy at Carleton university before participating on the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme from 2011 – 2013, where he taught English at Akashi Nishi Senior High School in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan. This experience created a life-long passion for Japan; its language, culture, history, and food! After JET Brandon received a Master’s degree in Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York City and returned to Ottawa where he became active in the JET Alumni Association. Shortly thereafter he began working at the Embassy of Japan in Canada, first in the Information and Culture Centre, and then in the Political Section. Brandon speaks French and Japanese, enjoys reading (especially history, politics, economics, literature, and philosophy), and playing chess!