Japman is an innovation specialist and entrepreneur that has successfully built a number of initiatives, businesses, and organizations over his career. An award-winning entrepreneur, he is the co-founder of Soshal, one of Canada's top digital agencies, employing over 40 people, and dominating Canada's higher-education market.
In addition, he is a Founder of the Calgary Hub of the Global Shapers, a community of the World Economic Forum, and led that Hub to attain global influence in just one year. He was the Co-Chair of the SHAPE conference in Alberta which attracted an international audience for the first time, and wrote and compiled the innovative bid that not only beat out major cities like New York, Chicago, and Boston, but also raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in a short period of time in a depressed economic environment.
He is the co-founder of GenYOTT, actively involved in mentorship of young leaders, and a sought after speaker who has spoken from a variety of stages around the world. He is a guest contributor to the Mother Nature News Network, the StoriesON community, and a contributor to the Huffington Post.
Japman was born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, where he stayed to complete his University education with a Bachelor's degree in Finance. As a victim of extreme bullying, he learned from a young age that the world has challenges, and empathy is an important factor in overcoming those challenges.