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Celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and Korea

April 26, 2013

TORONTO, ON – On Saturday, April 27th, 2013, the University of Toronto will be hosting a full-day conference to celebrate the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Canada.

Entitled “The Past, Present and Future of Korean-Canadian Relations: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Korea & Canada,” this conference will feature a keynote address by Senator Yonah Martin as well as speakers as Ins Choi from the popular play Kim’s Convenience, Dr. Greg Donaghy from the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, the Very Rev. Honourable Lois Wilson and; Mr. Randell Baran-Chong from Hanvoice.

The conference aims to raise awareness about the key milestones and turning points in the history of bilateral relations between Canada and Korea; to inspire discussions on the past and future of the Korean-Canadian relations, encompassing immigration, trade, culture and religion. As Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced in 2012, this year 2013 has been designated as the Year of Korea in Canada, which aims to highlight Korea’s culture, traditions and diversity and celebrate the contributions of the Korean community to Canadian society.

The conference will start run from 8:30am to 6:00pm on Saturday at the Campbell Conference Facility of the Munk School, located at 1 Devonshire Place, Toronto.  It is co-hosted by the Korean Women International Network Toronto Chapter and the Centre for the Study of Korea at University of Toronto.  It is sponsored by the Asian Institute at Munk school of Global Affairs and the Consulate of the Republic of Korea in Toronto.

The event will feature three interactive panel discussions on the following topics:  “Korean-Canadian Relations during the Cold War”; “People Matters: Human & Intellectual Exchanges between Canada and Korea in the 20th-21st century”; and “Moving forward: What lies ahead between Canada & Korea.”

  • Honourable Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne: “The Korean Canadian community is a valued part of Ontario’s cherished diversity—and of the diverse and multilingual society that enables us to better engage with the rest of the world.”
  • His Worship Mayor Rob Ford: “This conference will allow attendees to engage in dialogue with experts who will raise awareness and share information about the history of bilateral relations between Canada and Korea, in addition to networking opportunities.”
  • University of Toronto President Dr.David Naylor: “The University of Toronto is proud to be a Canadian trailblazer in the field of Korean Studies. Thirty Five years ago we were the first university in Canada to offer a course on Korea. Since then, we have established a formidable program as well as excellent Centre for the Study of Korea. This year we welcomed more than 700 new and returning students from Korea. Together with our faculty and students of Korean descent, they form an important and vibrant part of the U of T community and of the City of Toronto more generally.”

Free media passes are available to any members of press interested in attending/covering this event.  Interviews with participants can also be arranged on the day of.  Please register in advance at

Tickets: $20 public, $10 students


For media inquiries, please contact:

Tina Park
Conference Chair
Tel: 647-228-5705