CSS 2020 Speaker Patricia Bader-Johnston


Founder of Silverbirch Associates KK (clean energy development), and angel investor/founder of nine other companies, as well as a not-for-profit, all focused on various aspects of the UN SDGs.

Prior to becoming a serial entrepreneur, Patricia held leadership roles in four Fortune 100’s (VP in Goldman Sachs, Director of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs in Standard Chartered Bank and BAT and a Director and Board member of IBM Japan), after more than 10 years of public service in the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo, and Yokohama City government. She has led numerous philanthropic and sustainability-focused projects as a consultant for ADBI, World Bank among others, and was recently awarded the Presidential Medal in Mongolia in 2019 for her work in clean energy development.

Patricia has served as a consultant to a range of government entities including Tokyo Business Development Centre, Invest Northern Ireland, and US State governments. She is the only female (past) President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Japan; twice Leader of the Year for the American Chamber for her work in CSR. She has been/is a Professor/Lecturer in Sustainability and Globalization studies for Graduate Business programs in leading universities in Japan, Canada and the UK. Patricia holds an MBA in International Business from McGill University Canada. She is a Mother to four grown children, and has been married for 33 years to her musician husband, Brad.