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October 2016


Ana Serrano Promotes Canadian Excellence in Technology and Innovation in Seoul

 Photo: Ana Serrano delivers presentation at the Korea Press Foundation
Photo: Ana Serrano delivers presentation at the Korea Press Foundation

Ana Serrano, Chief Digital Officer of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC), was in Seoul last month to participate in the annual Culture Communication Forum organized by the Corea Image Communications Institute (Sept. 4-6), along with a series of interactions coordinated by the Embassy of Canada (Sept. 7-9).  In her role as Chief Digital Officer, Ms. Serrano is credited with driving the digital transformation of the CFC into a unique blend of talent, product, company accelerator and creative production house, most recently launching Canada’s first digital entertainment accelerator IDEABOOST. She is also the founder of CFC Media Lab, the world-renowned institute for interactive storytelling, where Ms. Serrano is closely involved in Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) production through CFC’s own specialized labs.


While in Seoul Ms. Serrano met with Korean VR/AR startups, accelerators, multimedia content production companies and government agencies including the Gyeonggi Centre for Creative Economy and Innovation, and Korea Creative Content Agency.  The meetings helped her better-understand the Korean VR/AR industry and identify collaboration and partnership opportunities between Canada and Korea. Ms. Serrano gave a lecture on “VR and the Future of News Content” to over 80 new media experts, journalists, and VR/AR content creators at a seminar held at the Seoul Foreign Correspondents’ Club at Korea Press Foundation.  Ms. Serrano also met with major local film festivals and museums to talk about future collaboration on special VR exhibitions in Korea.

The Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan visited South Korea to promote business cooperation between Saskatchewan and South Korea

 Photo: The Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan delivering the keynote address at a luncheon
Photo: The Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan delivering the keynote address at a luncheon

The Honourable Brad Wall, Premier of Saskatchewan, successfully concluded a two-day trade mission to South Korea from September 19-20, 2016. This was the first visit by a Saskatchewan Premier to South Korea, and was an opportunity for the Premier to promote Saskatchewan agriculture products and its energy industry.  The mission coincided with a delegation of 16 exporters and seven industry associations led by the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP). 

During the visit, Premier Wall met with Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, Korea Flour Mills Industrial Association and E-Mart. Premier Wall also gave the keynote address at a luncheon hosted by STEP and the Korea Importers Association (KOIMA), in which he promoted increased business cooperation between Saskatchewan and South Korean industries.

Meet the Canadian Delegation at PAMS (Oct 4-8, 2016)

This year, some 20 Canadian performing arts experts including delegations from British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec will attend PAMS (Performing Arts Market in Seoul). PAMS is Korea's premier contemporary performing arts event, as well as a key platform for Asian and international performing arts professionals.  PAMS features outstanding works in the performing arts, booth exhibitions, and a variety of academic and networking programs. It also provides a setting for information exchanges among performing arts professionals in Korea and abroad. The Embassy welcomes the Canadian delegation and looks forward to their showcasing of excellence in the performing arts. We encourage readers to check out the program (especially PAMS Choice ), and to come down and meet Canada’s PAMS delegation in person!

Launch of Louis Garneau apparel

Photo: Louis Garneau Products
Photo: Louis Garneau Products

Louis Garneau Sports (, a Canadian premium bicycle clothing company, was launched in Korea in June 2016 by Hojeon Retail Co., Ltd (  The company was founded in 1983 by Olympic cyclist, Louis Garneau, who competed in the Men’s Road Race at the 1984 L.A. Olympics.  Garneau accomplished over 150 victories in 13 years of bike racing including the Canadian Championship in individual pursuit.  Before competing in the Olympics, he and his wife started manufacturing their first cycling clothes, as they could not find suitable products in the market.  The kit he and the rest of the Canadian team wore in the LA Olympic Games were among his first creations.  After participating in the Olympics in 1984, he decided to turn to business and launched a range of original and comfortable clothing based on his extensive experience in cycling and the intimate knowledge of a cyclists’ specific needs. 

The Garneau company is the oldest and longest-running custom cycling clothing firm in North America.  It remains a family-owned company with products that span a wide spectrum of levels and cycling interests.  Distributed in more than 50 countries and with production facilities in Canada, the United States, and Mexico, Garneau is a designer and an actual manufacturer with numerous patents and industry-leading production designs and techniques.  The Garneau products are available at the following shops:

- Ulvine shop - Cheonho, Pankyo, Songdo, Tareung
- Shinsegye department store - Centum City, Chungcheong, Hanam
- Hyundai Premium Outlet – Kimpo, Songdo, Dongdaemun
- Lotte department store – Pankyo, Bundang

Newly Published Canadian Book, “The Murder Stone”

Newly Published  Canadian Book, “The Murder Stone”

“The Murder Stone”, written by Louise Penny, has been translated into Korean and published by Finis Africae ( in July. “The Murder Stone” is the 4th book in the Chief Inspector Armand Gamache mysteries series.  Armand Gamache and his wife are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary at the Manoir Bellechasse, an isolated, luxurious inn, not far from their home in the village of Three Pines.  The Finney family – rich, cultured, and respectable – has also arrived for a memorial to pay tribute to their late father.   The morning after the ceremony, a body is found and the Finney family has another member to mourn.  A guest at the hotel, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache finds himself with a building full of suspects – even the Manoir’s staff have something to hide, and it’s clear that the victim had many enemies.  It is up to Chief Inspector Gamache to unearth secrets long buried and hatreds hidden behind polite smiles.

Louise Penny is the multi-award-winning author of mystery novels, set in Quebec, centred on the work of Chief Inspector Armand Gamanche of the Sûreté du Québec.  Penny’s first career was as a radio broadcaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).  After turning to writing, she won numerous awards for her work, including the Agatha Award for best mystery novel of the year, five times, and the Anthony Award for best novel of the year five times. “The Murder Stone” was nominated for an Arthur Ellis Award which is presented annually by the Crime Writers of Canada for the best Canadian crime and mystery writing.  She has authored 13 novels, which have been published in 23 languages. 


2016 KACS Conference: Cybersecurity, Culture and Identity in a Global Era

The 2016 Korean Association for Canadian Studies (KACS) Conference will take place at Chungnam National University in Daejeon on October 7, 2016. Organized by KACS and supported by the Embassy, Chungnam National University and the International Council for Canadian Studies, this multi-disciplinary conference will bring together Korean and Canadian scholars to share perspectives on Canada’s political landscape, cybersecurity, and  other issues of the day – all towards closer academic and people-to-people ties between the two countries. This year’s conference will feature two keynote speakers: Barry Devolin, Former Assistant Deputy Speaker and Member of Parliament in Canada, and Ronald Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.  The conference will also hold concurrent sessions comparing Canadian and Korean politics, economics and management, society, culture and education.

Embassy of Canada as NATO Contact Point Embassy Hosted Conference on WMD Proliferation

 Photo: Louis Garneau Products
Photo: Mr. Rudischhauser from NATO giving his presentation

On September 9, as current NATO Contact Point Embassy (CPE) for Korea, the Embassy of Canada hosted a conference on “ROK-NATO Cooperation and Perspectives on Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Proliferation Challenges in Asia and Beyond”. This CPE event brought together NATO-member missions in Seoul, Korean government officials, and local experts for an in-depth discussion on one of the most pressing security issues in the region.  Ambassador Walsh moderated the event, and the keynote address was given by President Shin Dong-ik of the Institute for Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS).  The conference also featured presentations by Director Lee Ju Yong of MOFA’s International Security Affairs Division, Director Wolfgang Rudischhauser from NATO’s WMD Non-proliferation Centre, and Dr. Daniel Pinkston, Lecturer and WMD expert with Troy University. The discussions focused on evolving security cooperation between Korea and NATO, as well as WMD proliferation challenges in Asia – including those presented by North Korea’s nuclear program.

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The Embassy in Seoul will be closed on October 10 for Thanksgiving Day and the Consulate in Busan will be closed on October 3 for National Foundation Day of Korea.

Federal By-Election – Issue of the Writ

The writ for the federal by-election in the electoral district of Medicine Hat–Cardston–Warner (Alberta) was issued on September 18, 2016.

Election day will be on Monday, October 24, 2016. Registration for voting can be done online and deadline is October 18, 2016, 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For more information, please refer to the Elections Canada website.

Passport application drop-off

A representative for consular services is available from 9:00-11:30 am excluding statutory holidays. You can submit your completed passport application by mail or in person. Completed passport applications can be dropped off at any time during the Embassy’s hours of operation.

Notice to Canadians   (Registration of Canadians Abroad)

Canadian citizens residing in Korea are invited to register with the Embassy. Registration may be made online at


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