Canada’s Role in the Korean Peninsula & the Indo-Pacific


October 18, 2022 | 9:00 am – 3:15 pm ET | Delta Hotel Ottawa City Centre, Pinnacle Room

Organized by The Peaceful Unification Advisory Council Toronto, in partnership with the Canadian Global Affairs Institute, the Asia-Pacific Foundation of Canada, and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.


09:00 Registration, Coffee, Light Breakfast & Networking

10:00 Opening Remarks – Head of PUAC & Keynote by Former Ambassador Ho-Young Ahn

10:30 Session One

12:00 Networking Lunch Buffet

13:00 Session Two

14:30 Keynote by Mélanie Joly, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs

14:45 Q&A

15:15 Adjourn & Networking


  • What are the prospects and challenges facing Canada as we seek to strengthen bilateral relationships with South Korea and multilateral relationships in the Indo-Pacific?
  • How can Canada help make progress in a peace agreement between South and North Korea?
  • Korean Peninsula, North Korea, China & Indo-Pacific. Why should Canada be there?
  • How to deal with DPRK & China? What should a middle power like Canada do?


  • Christopher Green, Senior Consultant, Crisis Group
  • Jonathan Fried, Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Seong-Whun Cheon, Fellow, Korean Institute of National Unification
  • Ho-Young Ahn, former Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States
  • Youngjun Kim, Professor, National Security College
  • Trevor Kennedy, Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • John Gruetzner, Fellow, Canadian Global Affairs Institute
  • Paul Thoppil, Assistant Deputy Minister (Asia Pacific), Global Affairs Canada
  • Jonathan Berkshire Miller, Senior Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs

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