The Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Canada hosted the Korean National Day reception at the National Art Gallery of Canada on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.
The reception was well attended with close to 400 guests, including Canadian parliamentarians Mr. Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Senator Yonah Martin; Mr. Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade; Mr. Steve Blaney, Minister of Veteran Affairs; Senator Mac Harb; Senator Vern White; Mr. Chungsen Leung, Citizenship and Immigration Canada parliamentary secretary; Mr. Joe Daniel, Member of Parliament (& Co-Chair of the Canada-Korea Inter-parliamentary Friendship Group); Mr. Barry Devolin, Member of Parliament; Mr. Terence Young, Conservative Party Member of Parliament; Ms. Judy Sgro, Liberal Party Member of Parliament; and other political leaders, members of other embassies and overseas missions, Korean War veterans and members of the Canada-Korea Society, the Korean Canadian Association of Ottawa as well as Korean Student Associations.
In his welcoming remarks, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Canada, His Excellency Mr. Cho Hee-yong, not only addressed the exciting developments in Korea-Canada relations over the years with the many exchanges in human resources and firm bilateral commercial ties, but also pointed out boosts in bilateral cooperation in multiple other sectors such as the world economy, peace, security and development. His Excellency Mr. Cho Hee-yong also said he expects the two countries to further develop their partnership and continue to engage in cooperative efforts in the future.
A ceremony was held in which Taekwondo Grand Master Tae Eun Lee was presented with a certificate appointing him as the official Promotional Ambassador for the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations between Korea and Canada in 2013.
The reception also marked a good opportunity to showcase the beauty of Korea and Korean culture with an elaborate photo exhibition that helped to further promote awareness of Korea and Korean tourism. The event also saw the participation of Samsung Canada and the Korean Tourism Organization, who put on display the excellence of Korean products and culture, respectively. Finally, the Ottawa Hallyu Dance Team enlivened the festivities with their K-Pop Cover Dance numbers that included “Gangnam Style.”