Participation in this event is by invitation only

Co-organized by the Seoul International Forum and Canada’s Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), the Canada-Korea Forum meets annually to discuss key issues affecting the state of relations between Canada and Korea as well as to provide insights and forward-looking advice to governments, businesses and other stakeholders involved in the relationship. The Forum consists of a high-level group of Koreans and Canadians drawn from business, academic institutions and think tanks, as well as current and former government officials.

Event Speakers

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Fen Osler Hampson

CIGI Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Global Security & Politics Program

Fen Hampson is a distinguished fellow and director of the Global Security & Politics program, overseeing the research direction of the program and related activities. Previously, he served as director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and will continue to serve as chancellor’s professor at Carleton University. He is the recipient of various awards and honours and is a frequent contributor to the national and international media.

Chuck Strahl

Chuck Strahl was elected to the House of Commons in 1993 and was re-elected in 6 consecutive elections before retiring from Parliament on the eve of the 2011 federal campaign.

Stephen Toope

Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto

Stephen J. Toope is Director of the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, President of the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Tom Paddon

Chairman, Baffinland Iron Mines, Ltd.

Tom Paddon is the Chairman of Baffinland Iron Mines, Ltd. The company recently developed Canada’s most northerly iron ore mine, the Mary River Project, located in the Qikiqtaaluk region of Nunavut.

Michael Turner

Vice President, System Strategies, Wesley Clover International

Michael Turner is VP System Strategies with Wesley Clover International, an investment management firm with global interests in ICT companies focused on software services, telecommunications and information technologies.

Joseph Caron

Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

From 2001 to 2005, Mr. Caron served as Canada’s Ambassador to the Peoples’ Republic of China, and from 2005 to 2008, he was Canada’s Ambassador to Japan before being named High Commissioner to the Republic of India.

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Leonard J. Edwards

CIGI Distinguished Fellow

Len Edwards joins CIGI in May 2013 as distinguished fellow, where he co-chairs and leads the Global Security & Politics research project on enhancing security cooperation between Australia and Canada in the Asia-Pacific. Previously, he held senior roles in Canada’s public service, including G8/G20 Sherpa, Ambassador to Japan and Korea, and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

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