About Us

Who we are:

JETAA Ottawa was founded in 1991 and is one of 52 JETAA chapters in 17 countries with over 23,000 members worldwide. We are alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme.  All of our members, located in and around Ottawa, have participated in the JET Programme as an Assistant Language Teacher or a Coordinator for International Relations.

What we do:

We promote a deeper and stronger relations between Japan and Canada. Together with the Japanese embassy in Ottawa, we help promote the JET Programme, assist with JET application interviews and pre-departure orientation, and offer support and information to JET alumni.

President Brandon Wallace

Brandon Wallace was an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) on the JET Programme, placed in Akashi city, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan from 2011 to 2013. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, NYC, with a particular interest in political philosophy. He has a passion for all things Japanese, including food, language, culture, and history. He has passed the N3 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). He currently works as Media Assistant at the Embassy of Japan.

Secretary Scott Farley

I’m Scott Farley, the secretary at JETAA Ottawa. I was a JET ALT with periods of CIR work in Miura, Kanagawa from 2012 to 2016. I’m originally from close to Melbourne, Australia, and left for JET from there. It’s been wonderful to meet so many people through JETAA Ottawa. They’ve shared similar experiences with me from our time as JETs and we have so much in common despite the culture-shock between Australia and Canada. 

Treasurer Andrew Campbell

Andrew was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. He attended Trent University in Peterborough to complete two degrees. First, he completed a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in History and minoring in English Literature. Next, he completed a Bachelor of Education degree so that he could one day teach intermediate/secondary level students in a public school board. He moved to Hiroshima, Japan in 2014 to teach elementary and junior high school English as a Second Language classes with the Higashihiroshima Board of Education. He returned to Canada in 2016 and currently does seasonal work including a short-term contract at the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa.

Newsletter Editor Anna Rayner-Grignon

I was an ALT for 5 years, 2010 - 2015, in Kumamoto and currently work for the Political Section in the Embassy of Japan. I enjoy reading and cooking. I have the N2 JLPT and am working very slowly towards the N1. I'm always interested to know how we could improve our newsletter for our members and friends. Feel free to drop me a line with your ideas!