The Korean Consulate General in Vancouver, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and University of British Columbia are co-hosting a seminar on Korea-Canada Relations in the Indo-Pacific.
Time: Thursday, September 7th, 17:00-19:20 PTD
Place: Room #120, C. K. Choi Building
- Yves Tiberghien, Professor, UBC Political Science
- Jungyeop Woo, MOFA Director-General for Strategy
- Yuen Pau Woo, Senator
- Renee Umezuki, TCS-GAC Regional Director
- Donald W. Campbell, Former Ambassador, APFC Distinguished Fellow
Relations between Canada and Korea have developed significantly since establishing formal diplomatic ties 60 years ago. Based on strong people-to-people ties, shared values and interests, and due to the complementarity of their economies, both countries have established a comprehensive strategic partnership and developed a multifaceted relationship. Several recent high-level diplomatic visits between Canadian and Korean officials, including a visit by President Suk Yeol Yoon to Ottawa in September 2022 and a visit by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to Seoul in May 2023, reveal the current strength of the bilateral relationship and the potential for increased collaboration.
Especially as both Canada and Korea are redefining their relations with the Indo-Pacific, with both having released a strategy for the region at the end of 2022, the 60th anniversary of the CanadaKorea in 2023 provides an opportune time to reflect upon the strong ties that bind both countries and discuss how can the relationship be deepened over the next 60-year cycle. This event will include two presentations by senior Canadian and Korean officials on the importance of the relationship. This will be followed by a panel of experts from academia, government, and the private sector that will review key elements of each country’s approach to the Indo-Pacific region to identify areas of mutual interest and potential for further collaboration.