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

Photo of Fen Osler Hampson

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

Mr. 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. He filled a number of Parliamentary roles while in Opposition from 1993 to 2006, including House Leader and Deputy Speaker. As a member of the Privy Council, he served in several senior roles including Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and Minister of Transport and Infrastructure.

Director, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto Stephen Toope

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. Previously, he was President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia. A former President of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation and Dean of Law at McGill University, In September 2016, Dr. Toope was nominated as vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge.

John Ibbitson

Mr. Ibbitson has worked as a reporter and columnist for the Ottawa Citizen, Southam News, National Post and, since 1999, the Globe and Mail. He has served as the paper’s Queen’s Park, Washington, and Ottawa bureau chief, becoming Chief Political Writer and then Writer at Large. He co-authored 'The Big Shift' (HarperCollins, 2013) with Darrell Bricker, and authored the biography 'Stephen Harper' (Signal/McClelland & Stewart, 2015), which won the 2015 Shaughnessy Cohen Prize for political writing.

Chairman, Baffinland Iron Mines, Ltd. Tom Paddon

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. Mr. Paddon’s experience in developing and operating projects in Canada’s north has involved successfully reconciling the rights of indigenous peoples, demanding environmental performance standards and the developer’s commercial interests. He is the founding Chairman of the Arctic Economic Council.

Vice President, System Strategies, Wesley Clover International Michael Turner

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. Michael currently serves on Canada’s Defence Advisory Board and the Advisory Board of the National Research Council’s Emerging Technologies Division.

Distinguished Fellow, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada Joseph Caron

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. He is currently a Distinguished Fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and a Professor and Honorary Research Associate at the Institute of Asian Research of the University of British Columbia.
Photo of Leonard J. Edwards

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.

Thematics