As President of Mitsui Canada, Mr. Hidaka is responsible for the strategy and operations of Mitsui & Co. in Canada, overseeing two Canadian offices. His responsibilities include developing the company’s growth strategy and developing new businesses and industrial partnerships, enhancing Mitsui’s local presence and social contributions (CSR), and providing global functional support. In addition, he is currently serving as a director on the board of Toyota Canada Inc.
Mr. Hidaka’s expertise is management of automotive distributors and dealerships. Over his career at Mitsui, Mr. Hidaka assumed various executive roles such as the president of Toyota Chile from 2002 to 2010, the area distributor of Toyota vehicles, and the president of Mitsui Automotriz, the #1 Toyota dealership group in Peru, from 2013 to 2018. In addition, Mr. Hidaka supported the Japan-Chile Free Trade Agreement negotiations as a representative of Japanese companies in Chile in 2007. Prior to his current role, Mr. Hidaka was the operating officer of Mitsui’s mobility division, overseeing automobiles, trucks, construction machinery, passenger railway, and next generation businesses of the entire Mitsui mobility portfolio.
With over 30 years of experience at Mitsui as a devoted automotive business expert, Mr. Hidaka currently oversees Mitsui Canada’s steel, mobility, chemical, natural resources, energy & mineral resources, and food business departments as well as corporate functions. He graduated from the School of Political Science and Economics at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan.