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When: Friday, January 15th, 2021
Time: 7:30 am — 8:30 am



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You are cordially invited to the launch of the 2020 Canada-Korea Forum Report on January 15th at 7:30AM EST (9:30PM in Seoul)! Please find the agenda below and you will receive a zoom invitation in the first week of January upon successful registration.

The report will be available on the Canada-Korea Forum website following the event. 



  • Opening comments by Co-Chairs, Len Edwards & Sung Joon Yim
  • Panel discussion moderated by the Hon. Jean Charest featuring:

>> Goldy Hyder, President & CEO, Business Council of Canada

>> Margaret Biggs, Chair, Board of Governors, International Development Research Centre

>> Prof Ku-Hyun Jung, Chief Research Officer, J Campus

>> Dr. Sung-Han Kim, Dean and Professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Korea University & Former Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, ROK

  • Interactive Q & A with the audience
  • Closing remarks by Myung-Ja Kim, President of Seoul International Forum & Dean Dana Brown of Sprott School of Business

Thank you everyone for your interests and we look forward to seeing you online in the new year!

Best wishes,

Len Edwards & Sung Joon Yim

Co-Chairs, Canada-Korea Forum



Margaret Biggs is the Chair of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, the Matthews Fellow in Global Public Policy at Queen’s University and member of the Advisory Council for FinDevCanada. Previously she was President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet (Government of Canada) and Executive Co-Chair of the China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development. Ms. Biggs is also Chair of World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and co-led the Study Group on Global Education and its report Global Education for Canadians: Equipping the Next Generation of Canadians to Succeed in a Complex World.

Dr Dana Brown currently serves as the Dean of the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University. She joined Carleton University from De Montfort University in Leicester, England, where she was Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law and Pro Vice Chancellor for Enterprise. Previously, she was Director of the MBA at Oxford University’s Said Business School, Professor of Strategic Management and Academic Director of the joint DBA with Sun Yat Sen University at EMLYON Business School in Lyon, France and University Lecturer in International Business and Management Fellow at Oxford University. Dana has worked in business and with several new start-ups, including in its early years. Dana works with the Vedica Scholars Program for Women in India and Warm Heart Worldwide in Thailand, and previously worked with the Alfa Fellowship Program in Russia. Dana holds a BA in Political Science from Rutgers University, an M.Phil. in Russian and East European Studies from Oxford University, and a PhD in Political Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dana is a Rhodes Scholar and has trained as an Executive Coach with Meyler Campbell in London.

The Hon. Jean Charest: As Deputy Prime Minister of Canada and Premier of Québec, Jean Charest is one of Canada’s best known political figures. His government initiated an unprecedented labour mobility agreement between France and Québec and was best known for a major initiative for the sustainable development of Northern Québec called “Plan Nord”. He is notably the initiator of the negotiation for the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic Trade Agreement (CETA). He is today a Partner at Canadian law firm McCarthy Tétrault.

Len Edwards retired in 2010 after 41 years in Canada’s Public Service, including 9 years as a deputy minister (vice minister) of Foreign Affairs, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and International Trade. He was G8 and G20 Sherpa under Prime Minister Stephen Harper from 2008 to 2010, and led preparations for the G8 and G20 Summits in Canada in 2010. In his foreign service career he served as Ambassador to Japan and Ambassador to Korea, Assistant Deputy Minister for Asia-Pacific Affairs, and Canada’s Senior APEC Official, overseeing preparations for the 1997 APEC Summit in Vancouver. His foreign assignments included Hanoi and the former Saigon, the NATO Secretariat in Brussels, and Canada’s Mission to the UN in Geneva. In retirement, Mr. Edwards has been a distinguished fellow with the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada and the Centre for International Government Innovation (CIGI). He is currently a policy fellow at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina.

Goldy Hyder Goldy Hyder is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Business Council of Canada. From July 2014 to October 2018, Goldy was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hill+Knowlton Strategies (Canada). Prior to joining Hill+Knowlton in 2001, he served as Director of Policy and Chief of Staff to The Right Honourable Joe Clark, former prime minister and former leader of the federal Progressive Conservative Party. Goldy is vice chair of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada’s Asia Business Leaders Advisory Council, and Canada’s Co-Chair of World Trade Organization Business Advisory Council. In addition, he sits on two advisory boards promoting advancement of women leaders: Catalyst Canada and the 30% Club. Goldy is a regular commentator in Canadian media on business, politics and leadership. He also hosts “Speaking of Business” podcast featuring interviews with Canada’s business leaders. Goldy has a track-record of service on behalf of charities and non-profit organizations. He is a past co-chair of the United Way of Ottawa’s Campaign Cabinet, former chair of the Ottawa Senators Foundation, and a former member of the Board of Governors at Carleton University. In 2013, he received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contributions to Canada.

Amb. Yim Sung Joon is a senior advisor at Lee International IP & Law Group and former president of the Korea Foundation from 2007 until 2010. Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1974, he has served in a number of major foreign-service posts as a career diplomat such as an ambassador to Canada (2004-2007) and Egypt (1996-1999). He also assumed the role of an executive director of the Headquarters of the Summit Preparation for the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) in 1999. In 2001, he served as Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) and in 2002, he was appointed as the National Security Adviser to President Kim Dae-Jung. He currently co-chairs the Korea-Canada Forum, an annual track two dialogue event between the two countries. He also participates in various Korea’s dialogue forums including the U.S, the U.K., Japan, Spain and the Middle East. He holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Seoul National University in 1971, and he also engaged in graduate studies at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, as well as Keio University in Tokyo, Japan.

Dr. Ku-Hyun Jung is Professor Emeritus of Yonsei University in Seoul and Chair of Korea Business Education Accreditation Board. Professor Jung started a research institute, called J Campus, early 2018 to conduct research on contemporary economic and business issues. He served as President of the Seoul Forum for International Affairs from 2012 to 2020. He taught at Yonsei University’s School of Business from 1978 to 2002 and served as Director of the Institute of East and West Studies and the Dean of the Graduate School of Business Administration at the same university. In 2003, Dr. Jung moved to Samsung Group to serve as President and CEO of Samsung Economic Research Institute and has contributed to the upgrading and internationalization of the Institute. Returning to the academia, Dr. Jung taught at the College of Business of KAIST from 2011 to 2017 as a visiting professor. He has published several books in recent years, focusing on Korean corporations and East Asian economy. His most recent book is titled The Rise of East Asian Corporations: 1960-2020 (Cloud Nine, 2019), published in Korean. Graduated from Seoul National University with B.A. in 1969 and completed graduate studies at the University of Michigan with Ph.D. in 1976.

Dr. Myung Ja Kim is currently serving as the President of The Seoul Forum for International Affairs(SFIA), the International Advisory Panel (IAP) of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank(AIIB), President Emeritus of the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies(KOFST), and President Emeritus of the Korea Business Council for Sustainable Development(KBCSD). She also serves as either a board member or a chairperson to various institutions, such as the Korean Academy of Science and Technology(KAST), the Korean Academy of Environment Science(KAES) and the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Korea Network(SDSN Korea). Moreover, Dr. Kim serves as an advisor to the President of Seoul National University, the President of KAIST(Korean Advanced Institute of Science & Technology) as well as the Minister of SMEs and Startups. Dr. Kim served as the Minister of Environment(1999-2003) becoming the Kim Dae Jung Administration’s longest serving minister, and a Member of the National Assembly(2004-08) as Chairperson of the Ethics Committee, and Vice-chairperson of the Defense Committee. Dr. Kim graduated from Seoul National University and received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Virginia in 1971 prior to a three-decade long academic career at Sookmyung Women’s University, Myong-gi University(Chair Professor), and KAIST(Distinguished Visiting Professor). Her numerous scientific publications include the Korean translation of The Structure of Scientific Revolutions (1982) by Tomas S. Kuhn, Science and Modern Society (1991), The Oriental and Occidental Tradition of Science and Environmental Movement (1992), and recently published Industrial Revolutions and the Modern History of World (2019) and Pandemics and Civilization (2020). She received the Presidential High Decoration of Changjo-jang in Science and Technology (2015), the Seoul National University’s Proud Alumni Award (2015), Blue Stripes Order of Service Merit (2004), and the Presidential Award for the Advancement of Science and Technology (1994).

Dr. Sung-han Kim (Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin) is a Dean and Professor of International Relations at the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) / Division of International Studies (DIS) and director of Ilmin International Relations Institute, Korea University as of March 2017. He served as a Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs andTrade, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2012-2013. He was a professor from 1994 to 2007 at the Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS), Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade. In 2013-2014, Dr. Kim was the Chair of World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on WMD. He is now the President of the Korean National Committee of CSCAP (Council on Security Cooperation in the Asia Pacific) after having completed his service as a Vice President of the Korean Association of International Studies; President of Korean Association of American Politics (KAAP); and Chairman of the Vision Council for the ROK-U.S. Security Policy Initiative. After the North Korean military attack to the Cheonan naval corvette in March 2010, he served as a member of the Presidential Commission for National Security Review (May – August 2010) and the Presidential Commission for Defense Reform (July – December 2010). His recent contributed articles to scholarly journals include “From Blood Alliance to Strategic Alliance” (Korean Journal of Defense Analysis), “The End of Humanitarian Intervention?” (Orbis), and “The Day After: ROK-U.S. Cooperation for Korean Unification” (The Washington Quarterly).


The Canada-Korea Forum is jointly hosted by the Sprott School of Business at Carleton University and the Seoul Forum of International Affairs.

We are grateful to our sponsors: Global Affairs Canada, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Republic of Korea), Embassy of the ROK in Canada, MapleLeaf Foods, Bombardier & Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada


Report written by Marshall Palmer

Report design by Jeff Stoub & Poster design by Randy Hanbyul Lee

Project Management by The Park Group