Park In-kyu, a member of EDR Leadership, joined the 4th Canada-Korea Dialogue Series on the Hill held on May 26 as a panelist to discuss strategic partnership between the two countries. Park currently serves as Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Canada.

-EVENT REPORT-

The 4th Canada-Korea Dialogue Series on the Hill

Dear Board Members, Participants and Others,

The 4th Annual Canada-Korea Dialogue Series on the Hill on Tuesday, May 26th was a great success. Under the main title: “Post C-K FTA: What Lies Ahead” this year, the Dialogue focused on Strategic Partnerships, Agriculture and Science & Technology (S&T). Agriculture Minister, Hon. Gerry Ritz as Keynote speaker, held in the Aboriginal Room of the Centre Block, Parliament Hill, it was jointly presented by the Canada Korea Society (CKS) and the Canada-Korea Inter-Parliamentary Friendship Group (CKIFG) in partnership with the Korean Embassy.
 The Hon. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, opened this year’s Dialogue with an enthusiastically received address. Distinguished Panelists were: His Excellency Eric Walsh, the newly-arrived Canadian Ambassador to South Korea; Minister Park In-kyu, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Korea andProf. Elliot Tepper, Senior Fellow, Norman Patterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA), Carleton University. The Hon. Yonah Martin, Senator and Mr. Barry Devolin,MP: co-Chairs of CKIFG, and Ms. Young-Hae Lee, President, CKS were moderators.
Some 120 people attended the evening event. The 28 MPs & Senators included: the Hon. Jason Kenney, Minister of Defence; three Parliamentary Secretaries (MP Andrew Saxton – Finance, MP CS Leung – Multiculturalism and MP Peter Braid – Infrastructure & Communities). Other MPs included Rob Anderson; Bev Shipley; Susan Truppe; Ted Optiz; Harold Albrecht; Joe Daniel; Garry Breitkreuz; David Tilson; Joan Crockatt; Russ Hiebert; Joy Smith; Mark Warawa; Ed Kormanicki; Senators included the Honourable: Nancy Ruth; Salma Ataullahjan;  David Smith; Victor Oh; Norman Doyle and Joseph Day. Some 90 CKS members and guests in attendance represented business, academia and government departments and agencies, Korean War veterans, leaders of the Korean community and Korean diplomats. Other attendees from Ottawa included Mr. Martin T. Rice, Exec. Director, Canadian Pork Council; Mr. John Massowhl, Director, Canadian Cattlemen’s Association, Dr. David Park – Director, Brain and Mind Institute, U. of Ottawa, and representatives from various law firms. Out-of-town attendees included from Toronto: Mr. Byungkwon Kim, Director General, Korean Trade Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and Mr. Doug Morton, Director, Government Relations, Standards Policy & Accreditation, and Energy Sector, The CSA Group; from Montreal, Dr. & Mrs. Young-sup Chung, and from Calgary, in addition to Mr. Low, Mr. Colin Campbell and Mr. Howard Bekkering, both board members of Alberta Beef Producers.
 
For your information and interest, attached please find my full Event Report along with some memorable photos.  A News Release was earlier distributed by the office of Senator Yonah Martin. Photo DSC9475 includes the Key-note Speaker, the three Panelists & co-Chairs of the Dialogue Series.
From the left: Prof. Elliot Tepper, Senior Fellow, NPSIA, Carleton U.; H.E. Eric Walsh, Canadian Ambassador to South Korea; Senator Yonah Martin, Deputy Government Leader in the Senate & co-chair of CKIFG; The Hon. Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture & Agri-Food; Young-Hae Lee, Canada Korea Society President; MP Barry Devolin, Deputy Speaker & co-Chair, CKIFG and Minister Park In-kyu, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of the Republic of Korea. Photo by Grant Pacey
 
Other Photos CreditJiyun Shin, Ottawa Bureau Chief, Korean Newsweek and Grant Pacey, CKS Board Director. My personal appreciation also goes to Hamish & Trudy Sturton, Sudeep & Soyoung Bhattarai, CKS Board for their hard work for the Dialogue, as well as to office staff of the co-Chairs, CKIFG, Minister Ritz, and the Korean Embassy.
 
This unique high-level event with a timely subject contributed much to further bi-lateral understanding, cooperation and mutual interest between our two countries.
 
After the stimulating session, a Korean buffet dinner (with wine courtesy of the Korean Embassy) was served enabling attendees to network and share their views on the evening.
 
* For additional information please contact CKS President Young-Hae Lee at 613-736-8088 or young-hae.lee4@sympatico.ca.