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  • Saturday, October 29, 2016
  • St. Andrew's Club & Conference Centre


  • Free for KPWA Members. Registration is required to attend.
  • For those KPWA Members attending both the Conference and Dinner.
  • Registration includes entrance fee to the Conference and one drink ticket during the Networking Cocktail Session
  • Includes conference fee, networking cocktail session (with one drink ticket) and dinner reception.
  • Includes Entrance to networking cocktail session (with one drink ticket) and dinner reception.
  • Registration open on October 29 only. Open to those who attended the conference and wish to sign up for dinner the day of.

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Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Location: St. Andrews Club & Conference Centre, 150 King St W, Sun Life Financial Tower (NE Corner of King & University), Toronto

With an amazing panel of active changemakers from our community and a Keynote Address by Senator Yonah Martin, join us for an engaging afternoon of conversation, learning and inspiration.

Speaker Lineup

  • Keynote Address by Senator Yonah Martin

  • Panelists (full bios below)

    Erin KangFounder of Stories of Ours 
    Won Kim, Founder of Kim Orr Barristers PC
    Wayne Kim, CEO, KIGALabs & Serial Entrepreneur
    Sharmila Setaram, Former President of Amnesty International 

  • Closing Address by Karen Lee, First Female Korean Police Officer in Canada


  • 1:30 pm – Conference
  • 5:00 pm – Networking Cocktail Session
  • 6:00 pm – Dinner Reception

Registration Fees

  • Conference + Networking Cocktail Session
    • KPWA Members: Free Admission
    • Non-Members: $20 (includes one drink ticket)
  • Networking Dinner 
    • KPWA Member & Conference Attendees: $30
    • Dinner Only (for Non-Members and Non-Conference Attendees): $50 (includes one drink ticket)

You Are A Changemaker is a conference that serves as a kick-off to the Leading Change Initiative, which has been formed with a mandate to build social capital and effective infrastructure within the Korean-Canadian community and generate greater representation, including political engagement, of Korean-Canadians in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, nationwide. 

Thank you to our Sponsors:
  • Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto
Thank you to our Community Supporters:
  • Korean Canadian Lawyers Association (KCLA)
  • Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation (KCSF) 
  • HanVoice
  • KCWA Family and Social Services
  • Korean Canadian Athletics Association (KCAA)
  • Dosaan Foundation
  • International Network of Korean Entrepreneurs (INKE)
  • Canada Korea Business Council
  • Korean Canadian Cultural Association (KCCA)

Speaker Bios

Senator Yonah Martin, Keynote Address

The Honourable Yonah Martin is a Conservative Senator of British Columbia, who is the first Canadian of Korean descent to serve in the Senate of Canada and the first Parliamentarian of Korean descent in Canadian history. She is currently the Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate (since November 2015). She has previously served as Deputy Leader of the Government (2013-2015); and as the Deputy Whip of the Government (2011-2013). She has also been Co-Chair of Canada Korea Inter-Parliamentary Group on Parliament Hill since 2009. Born in Seoul, Korea, Senator Martin immigrated to Canada in 1972 and has lived in Lower Mainland BC ever since. She spent 21 years (1987-2008) as a BC educator before her appointment to the Senate in 2009.

Erin Kang

Erin is a Project Manager and Consultant for Meta Strategies, primarily managing a network for grassroots and community groups in Toronto called Shape My City. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of Stories of Ours, a project that uses storytelling and art to challenge dominant narratives in Canada. She works to bridge different communities and create platforms for marginalized individuals and communities to be heard through her professional and personal work. Erin recently participated in prestigious fellowship called Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship at the University of Cambridge for her work in storytelling and cross-cultural dialogue.

Won J. Kim

Won is a founding principal with Kim Orr Barristers – one of Canada’s leading litigation firms. He has been the lead counsel on many of Canada’s most notable and important class actions in the past 25 years. Among his current retainers, he is the national lead counsel on the RCMP sexual harassment class action which settled for 9 figures (announced in October 2016). He is the past Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ontario Museum, Litigation Chair of Ecojustice Canada, a past Member of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and has served as the Editor in Chief of Canadian Cases on the Law of Insurance since 1994. Won is the co-founder of the KCLA.

Wayne Kim

A serial entrepreneur with over 30 years of marketing, sales and management experience as CEO and founder of StorageASP, ZOINet, ZOI World and SNI. In the past 10+ years, Wayne has been building a Cloud Based secure storage, backup, and Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery services to enterprise customers in Canada/USA. Under Wayne’s leadership, StorageASP was able to obtain over U$4 Million venture funding to develop and deploy the Cloud Services in Canada and the USA. Currently, StorageASP is the Managed Cloud Service market leader in Canada. Wayne’s work experience includes Director of Marketing at AT&T Canada, Technical Manager at Convergent Technology in Santa Clara, CA. and INKE(International Network of Korean Entrepreneurs) North America Chairperson. Wayne is a graduate of Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Sharmila Setaram

Sharmila is a human resources professional with experience in occupational health and safety, training and development, labour relations, organizational development, and governance. She works as a Wastewater Quality Management System Manager with the Ontario Clean Water Agency. Sharmila is the former President of Amnesty International Canada. Amnesty Canada is part of a global movement of over 7 million people in more than 150 countries working together to protect and promote human rights. Sharmila has worked with civil society organizations, such as OPSEU, Oxfam, Waterloo Public Interest Research Group, and Warchild Canada, to support leadership development initiatives that enable leaders across Canada to have a positive impact in their communities. In 2016, she was presented with OPSEU’s Region 5 Bread & Roses Award for her contribution in moving forward women’s issues.

Karen Lee, Closing Address

Sergeant Karen Lee graduated from the University of Toronto and in 1998 joined the Toronto Police Service as the first Korean female police officer in Canada. She has been involved in investigations ranging from homicide to narcotics, prostitution and organized crime. Karen was the recipient of the East Asian Excellence in Law Enforcement award in 2010. Her greatest achievement is her marriage to a fellow Korean Police Sergeant and their three wonderful children who are involved in rep hockey, competitive swimming and ballet.

Questions? Email us at CivicEngagement@kpwa.ca or leadership@kpwa.ca

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