A Reading and Discussion with Author
ANN Y.K. Choi

Date: January 8, 2020

In an exclusive KPWA members-only event, members joined
author Ann Y.K. Choi for a reading and discussion of her book, Kay's Lucky Coin Variety. 

The event provided an opportunity delve into meaningful themes and questions with the author in an intimate setting. 

Read more about
Ann Y.K. Choi here.


KPWA 2019 Annual General Meeting

Date: December 6, 2019

Location: KPMG LLP, Bay Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay Street, 46th Floor

Join us for our Annual General Meeting, as we celebrate our accomplishments in 2019 and review all that's in store for 2020!
Meet fellow members, stay for dinner and network with us! 

This year's AGM features a Speaker Address from KPWA's very own, Monica Hahm, newly-appointed Executive Director for KPWA!

Speaker Address by Monica Hahm

Monica Hahm is an accomplished senior executive with more than 20 years of expertise in post-secondary advancement and is a member of the University of Toronto’s senior advancement leadership. She is a results-oriented, strategic and diplomatic leader with a track record of instilling creativity, inspiration and achievement toward accomplishing ambitious goals. She is currently the Director of Development at the Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy, and has extensive experience leading high-performance teams with responsibility for philanthropic revenue generation, meaningful alumni engagement and volunteer management, impactful donor relations, recognition events and effective communications.

5th Annual Mentorship Program Launch Event


A Conversation about Owning Your Own Happiness

Date: September 11, 2019

Location: KPMG LLP, Bay Adelaide Centre, 333 Bay Street, 46th Floor

We invite you to our 5th annual Mentorship Program Launch Event! Come out to learn about our annual mentorship program, hear from the panelists and mix & mingle with professionals in all levels from various industries. Refreshments will be provided.


Details of the KPWA's Mentorship Program can be found here:

Date: June 8, 2019

Location: Angus Glen Golf Club, Markham

Join Lindsay Knowlton, founder of Iron Lady for an introductory morning of golf at the beautiful Angus Glen Golf Course.


Registration fee includes breakfast, a golf shirt and two hours of instruction including chipping, driving range, rules and etiquette, as well as video swing analysis for everyone. Come out for a fun day on the course with KPWA!

Date & Time: Friday, May 31, 2019, starting at 6:00 pm

Are you LGBTQ+? Korean living in the GTA? Out – or not? Curious, confused? Want to be a supportive ally? Join us for VOICES of Korean LGBTQ+ and allies in the GTA. Come hear their brave stories and experiences. Share yours too. All are welcome.

VOICES is designed as a safe, inclusive, empowering event to create opportunities for support, leadership and community-building among Korean LGBTQ+ and their families and allies.

It is a first-ever initiative by a new Korean-Canadian (KC) community collaboration in the GTA. We are a collaborative of KC community members and leaders who self-identify as LGBTQ+, as well as straight allies.


Connect with us as we envision a Korean identity that welcomes, celebrates and advocates for LGBTQ+ inclusion and seeks to foster health and well-being within our intergenerational and diverse community in Canada.

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Date & Time: Mondays, May 6 to July 15, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Location: Studio KO at 672 Queen St E

KPWA is excited to announce the latest in its series promoting female empowerment: Boxing lessons with Sylvia Kim at Studio KO! Join us for 11 weeks in the studio to learn the basics of boxing and work up a sweet sweat in the meantime! Sylvia is a client-turned-instructor and is a strong advocate of women and men strengthening their minds and bodies. We will be participating in Studio KO's introductory offering for first-time boxers. 






Past Events - 2016

You Are a Changemaker

Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016 

Location: St. Andrew's Club & Conference Centre, 150 King Street West

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


  • Keynote Address by Senator Yonah Martin

  • Panelists 

Erin Kang, Creator of Story of Ours   

Wayne Kim, Founder & CEO, StorageASP & KIGALabs
Won Kim, Founding Principal, Kim Orr Barristers P.C.
Sharmila Setaram, Former President of Amnesty International 

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

Special Greetings from the Prime Minister!

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

A Special Greeting from the Prime Minister's Office for our You Are A Changemaker Conference! Check out this message from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to KPWA! We are so honoured!

Watch our Video for the You Are A Changemaker Conference!

About the Conference:

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. 


Media Sponsors

Thank you to our Community Supporters

Take a peak at all of our other events we held in 2016!


Past Events - 2015

Our Stories: A KPWA International Women's Day Event

Date: March 7, 2020

In celebration of this year's International Women's Day theme of #EachForEqual, KPWA presents "Our Stories" where we'll hear stories of Korean womxn in our community who have championed for and/or have created spaces for womxn to build, foster, and nurture equity and enablement within our community.

Jane Hur was born in South Korea, raised in Canada, and studied History and Literature at the University of Toronto. She began writing her YA historical mystery, The Silence of Bones, after obsessing over books about Joseon-dynasty Korea. Set to be released in April by Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan, it was recently selected by the American Booksellers Association as one of the top debuts of Winter/Spring 2020. She lives in Toronto with her husband and daughter.

Young Park is a corporate board member, strategic advisor, mentor, and lecturer with more than 35 years of experience in FinTech, Insurance, Telecommunications, and public sectors. She is also an accomplished
C-level executive with a unique combination of business and technology transformations, corporate governance, and risk management experience.

Currently, Young is serving on 4 corporate boards: Calian Group Ltd., President's Choice Financial, RSA Canada, and Fundserv Inc. She is also a long-time member of not-for-profit boards that include a focus on skilled immigrant employment, healthcare, and community well-being. Young holds a ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Mina Yun is a personal trainer by day, and financial advisor by night. She has dedicated her life to helping women build healthy lives and healthy wallets. In 2017, she was given a devastating breast cancer diagnosis, despite having nearly 15 years experience in the holistic health space. More recently, she has had to face her biggest challenge yet, when only three months ago, it was discovered that her breast cancer has returned. Mina will be sharing her breast cancer journey, the experience of going through a bilateral mastectomy, and the life-altering lessons that have been a springboard to learning about what it means to be a woman living a blessed life.

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