Canada-Korea FTA conference


Please click here for the FINAL PROGRAMME AND BIOS

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 jointly hosted a full-day 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 aimed to critically examine opportunities, challenges and strategies for strengthening bilateral relationship between Canada and South Korea. It brought 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 was delivered by His Excellency Dae-Shik Jo, the recently appointed South Korean Ambassador to Canada, on “The Coming 50 Years: Transforming Possibility into Reality.”

There were three panel discussions at this conference, first on CKFTA, second on defence, and the final one on culture/education. Hon. Justice Michael Kirby delivered a special luncheon keynote address at the Upper Library of Massey College.

This conference was 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.

Please click here >> Canada Korea Conference- June 11th key highlights for the summary of the conference by the Hon. Hugh Segal & Tina Park

Please click here for the full transcript of the conference proceedings.



Media Coverage by the Korea Times Daily 

News Coverage by the University of Toronto Media Department 

For more information, please visit or contact Tina Park, conference co-chair

(c) Photo by Nicolett Jakab


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Left to Right: Mr. John Roach (Department of National Defence), Prof. George Georgeopoulos (Department of Economics, U of T), Ms. Tina Park (conference co-chair), Master Hugh Segal (conference co-chair), His Excellency Dae-Shik Jo (Ambassador of the ROK to Canada), Mr. Ian Burney (DFATD), Hon. Jim Peterson, Sonny Cho (CKBC), Colonel Jang Min Choi (Korean Embassy), Tae-Hoon Lee & Sungchul Ahn (UTKSA)



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First panel on the challenges and opportunities of the CKFTA: Ian Burney, Sonny Cho, Prof. Don Brean & Prof. George Georgeopoulos


Reception at Massey College 


Tina Park and Justice Michael Kirby at Massey College, June 2015


The Hon. Justice Michael Kirby’s Luncheon Keynote Address on the Human Rights situation in the DPRK at Massey College