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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