Media Releases

The CKFTA & future of Canadian-Korean strategic partnership

June 10, 2015

TORONTO, ON – On Thurs­day, June 11, 2015, Massey Col­lege, Munk School of Glob­al Affairs and the Bill Gra­ham Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary Inter­na­tion­al His­to­ry at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to will be joint­ly host­ing a con­fer­ence enti­tled, “Cana­da-Korea Strate­gic Part­ner­ship” at the Camp­bell Con­fer­ence Facil­i­ty of the Munk School of Glob­al Affairs (1 Devon­shire Place).

In light of the recent agree­ment of the Cana­da-Korea Free Trade Agree­ment, this con­fer­ence aims to crit­i­cal­ly exam­ine oppor­tu­ni­ties, chal­lenges and strate­gies for strength­en­ing bilat­er­al rela­tion­ship between Cana­da and South Korea. It will bring togeth­er high-lev­el polit­i­cal lead­ers, civ­il ser­vants, schol­ars and legal & busi­ness lead­ers for a prac­ti­cal dis­cus­sion on the future of Cana­da-Korea bilat­er­al rela­tions.

The first keynote address will be deliv­ered by His Excel­len­cy Dae-Shik Jo, the recent­ly appoint­ed South Kore­an Ambas­sador to Cana­da, on “The Com­ing 50 Years: Trans­form­ing Pos­si­bil­i­ty into Real­i­ty.”

Fol­low­ing the first pan­el on CKFTA, there will be a pan­el on defence & strat­e­gy and anoth­er pan­el on edu­ca­tion and immi­gra­tion, includ­ing a spe­cial pre­sen­ta­tion by U of T Vice Pres­i­dent Judith Wolf­son.

This con­fer­ence is co-spon­sored by the Asian Insti­tute (Cen­tre for the Study of Korea & Dr.David Chu Pro­gram for Asia-Pacif­ic Stud­ies) at the Munk School, Cana­di­an Stud­ies Pro­gram at Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege, Inter­na­tion­al Rela­tions Pro­gram at Trin­i­ty Col­lege and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Kore­an Stu­dents Asso­ci­a­tion.

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The event is at full capac­i­ty but lim­it­ed num­bers of media pass­es are avail­able on a first-come, first-served basis. Please con­tact Tina Park at  for media reg­is­tra­tion.

Please see the attached pro­gramme & full bios of our speak­ers.


WHAT: Cana­da-Korea Strate­gic Part­ner­ship in the 21st cen­tu­ry

WHO: Massey Col­lege, Munk School of Glob­al Affairs, Bill Gra­ham Cen­tre for Con­tem­po­rary

Inter­na­tion­al His­to­ry (Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to)

WHERE: Camp­bell Con­fer­ence Facil­i­ty at the Munk School of Glob­al Affairs, 1 Devon­shire Place Toron­to

WHEN: 8:30 am — 6:30 pm on June 11, 2015


For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact:

Tina Park
Ph.D. Can­di­date
Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
Con­fer­ence Co-Chair