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

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

Fen Osler Hampson was a CIGI distinguished fellow and director of the Global Security & Politics Program (2012-2019). Currently he serves as chancellor’s professor at Carleton University and continues to provide leading research and insight to policy makers in the areas of Canadian foreign policy and international and regional security. He also serves as executive director of the World Refugee Council and was co-director of the Global Commission on Internet Governance and director of the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs.

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

Leonard J. Edwards joined CIGI in May 2013 as a distinguished fellow. He has led several projects designed to find new paths for enhanced cooperation between Canada and the Asia Pacific region in security, economic and innovation domains, with a particular focus on Korea, Japan, Australia and Indonesia. He is Canadian co-chair of the annual Canada-Korea Forum. He has also participated in CIGI’s work on Group of Twenty (G20) and Group of Seven (G7) summitry and in regular meetings of the D10 track 1.5 group of democratic countries discussing foreign policy issues and the future of the international rules-based order. 

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