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August 2016

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Arrival of new resources and books at the Canadian Resource Centre

The Embassy of Canada had a successful book donation event on July 26 with Dr. Simon Youngsuk Moon, Professor of Kangnam University.  Now retired, Professor Moon is a graduate of the University of Toronto and one of the pioneers of Canadian Studies in Korea, starting Korea’s first degree-granting program in Canadian Studies at Kangnam University in March 2001 and creating more than 30 courses for the four-year program.  At the event, Professor Moon donated 800 books and resources on Canada which he personally collected before his retirement. Ambassador Walsh expressed his deepest appreciation to Professor Moon for his contribution to the community, particularly for young Korean students. Along with Professor Moon, 28 students from Songrye Middle School also joined the event.

Canada Week 2016

Environment Talk: A Special Rendezvous for Environment and the Arts

The Embassy of Canada successfully hosted an environmental talk titled “A Special Rendezvous for Environment and the Arts” in partnership with the Seoul Metropolitan Government and UNEP Korea at Seoul City Hall on July 22. Ambassador Eric Walsh and Mr. Chang-beom Kim, Ambassador for International Relations of the Seoul Metropolitan Government, gave welcoming remarks to more than 200 people gathered to listen to three cultural experts from Canada and Korea. The three speakers, including Henry Tsang, sustainable architect and professor, Hoseob Yoon, green designer and professor, and Joan Marie Galat, author of the Dot to Dot in the Sky series, shared stories on how they tackle climate change in their respective fields by protecting the environment and fostering sustainability. The audience appreciated this unique opportunity to understand environmental issues through arts and culture.

Make Friends with Canadian authors

On July 23, the Embassy of Canada hosted a creative writing workshop for young students and their parents at the Embassy’s Schofield Hall. Three renowned children’s book authors from Canada - Dan Bar-el, shortlisted for 2015 Governor General’s Award for his book Audrey;  Kallie George, co-creator of the award-winning Simply Small board book series; and Lee Edward Fodi, co-founder of Creative Writing for Children Society in Vancouver – gave fascinating presentations to a packed house of more than 100 students and parents from Canadian curriculum schools and international schools in Korea.  An additional workshop with the three authors was held in partnership with the Korea Foundation later the same day in the Seminar Room of the KF Global Centre. About 80 students and parents from elementary and middle schools in the Seoul and Gyeonggi areas participated in this special workshop and enjoyed the opportunity to interact with the renowned Canadian authors and learned new ways to think and write creatively.  

Meet the Author: Special Storytelling Session with Joan Marie Galat

The Embassy of Canada and the Songpa English Library for Children organized a special storytelling session with Canadian award-winning author, Joan Marie Galat, on July 23 in the Songpa English Library for Children. Joan shared her love of the stars and the night sky through ancient myths and astronomy facts that reveal the marvels of space. More than 60 children and parents from the community enjoyed the chance to meet with the author and find out about her journey into publishing.

AIRPURA, Air Purifier from Canada is launched in Korea

JSP International launched AIRPURA (, an air purifier system developed by the Quebec-based company in October, 2015.  AIRPURA was founded in 2004 to meet the increased market demand for air purifiers which can be a solution for respiratory allergic diseases, one of the top 5 major chronic diseases in Canada.   It is equipped with 4 high efficient filtration systems: 1) the Pre-Filter traps larger dust and particles such as lint from clogging the other filters; 2) the Activated Carbon Bed absorbs airborne chemicals, noxious gases and odors; 3) the H14 HEPA Filter traps 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns – as small as some bacteria; and 4) TitanClean™, photocatalytic oxidation technology system which safely breaks down harmful chemicals and odors.  AIRPURA has been well received by consumers in North America since its foundation. Recently, Airpura obtained the KAA mark certified by the Korea Atopy Association.  The KAA mark is given to products which are safe from atopic disease. Airpura is sold at 31 shops across the nation including Lotte department store, Hyundai department store, the Galleria and AK Plaza.


Science, Technology and Innovation Networking Reception held at the Canadian Embassy

The Association of Korean-Canadian Scientist and Engineers (AKCSE) held a networking reception at the Embassy of Canada on July 15th to mark the association’s 30th anniversary. More than 30 scientists from Canadian universities and key representatives from Korea’s science communities including former Ministers of Science and Technology joined in the celebration.  In his welcoming remarks, Ambassador Eric Walsh noted the growing ties between Canada and Korea in the field of Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and expressed high hopes for increased collaboration after the implementation of the Canada-Korea STI Cooperation Agreement, expected to be signed and ratified later this year.  As part of the celebration, the AKCSE gave an award of appreciation to three individuals to recognize their valuable contributions to the Association: Dr. Byung-Joo Min, former member of the National Assembly; Dr. Nam Sung Ahn, former President of Korea Institute Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning; and Mr. Sung-wook Hwang, Chair of Goryo Medical Foundation. 

News from Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Korea   

Are you an alumnus or a current student at a Canadian University or College? Or are you interested in finding out what it’s like to study at a Canadian University or College from graduates? 

Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Korea (CanCham Korea) will be hosting Canadian University Alumni (CUA) Night on Friday, August 26th. CUA Night is an annual networking event which brings together business professionals, senior executives, educators and young professionals who graduated from Canadian universities or colleges.

This year the event will take place at the Embassy of Canada in Korea, and there will be great food, entertainment, and raffles, along with a chance to meet mentors from different industry fields. This will be an excellent opportunity to expand your network and also form lasting friendships. We encourage you to join us and stay tuned for more details at

Canadian Stories:

Explore Canadian Pubs Near You!

Canucks Restaurant

Canucks is a restaurant started by a Korean couple who moved to Canada 11 years ago with the hope of using their experience to help Koreans who are interested in Canada, and help Canadians in Korea feel a little closer to home. Why don’t we listen to this couple’s story?

 Hi, we are Sue and John from Canucks.

Thank you so much for your support for Canucks Restaurant. We are Korean Canadian. One spring day 11 years ago, we moved to Vancouver, Canada with our little sons, Ryan and Dexter, as well as our parents. In retrospect, there were so many mistakes and trials and errors, as well as numerous moments of joy and sorrow over the past 11 years. Although it’s never been easy to adapt and live as immigrants in a strange land, we were able to raise our kids without big difficulties and live as Canadians because Canada is a place where your ethnic, cultural and language differences can be accepted. Interestingly, we were born and raised in Itaewon, so we know the traits and history of Itaewon better than anybody. By chance, we came back to visit Korea last year and saw how much the appearance of Itaewon had changed. We saw lots of foreign restaurants in the streets, but noticed that there was no restaurant that represents Canada. That’s how Canucks started. We both hope that this restaurant will be a place for everybody to share and enjoy Canadian food, culture, and information at the very center of Itaewon. 

We invite you to Canada, and Canucks!!

Sue & John



Phillies is a North American style pub owned by Jim Cuthbertson. Jim was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta Canada and moved to Korea in 2004. He has run the Phillis Pub since 2011 in Haebangchon in Seoul, well-known as Seoul’s expat and foreigner neighbourhood.

Phillies has two floors; the ground floor has the main bar and kitchen for regular dining and drinking and downstairs is where all the fun happens. They have dart boards and a pool table for everyone to enjoy. With a North American style pub menu, all the food is made fresh on site. The pub also offers a varied choice of special offers to the customers. For instance, they are running ‘Wing Night’ on Thursdays and providing a ‘Phillies Sunday Special’ menu on Sundays.

As the pub’s symbol is a pheasant, they created a special drink called ‘Pleasant Pheasant’ which you can enjoy only at Phillies. Please check out more details from Phillies’ official Facebook Page!


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The Embassy in Seoul and the Consulate in Busan will be closed on August 15 for Liberation Day.

Passport application drop-off

Our consular/passport service hours are 9:00~11:30 am Monday to Friday. However, you can drop off your completed application at the Embassy after our service hours.

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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