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Introducing Our Speakers

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Eugene Kim is an Associate Partner at Bain & Company where he’s spent over 6 years working as a management consultant. Previous to this, he worked in investment banking for almost 6 years. Eugene has a BA in Finance from Richard Ivey and an MBA from Kellogg.

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Gloria Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Health Sciences program at Redeemer University. Prior to joining the University, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a Medical Regulatory Editor and as a lecturer at University of Toronto, Pharmacy program. She is also presently serving as a member of the Center for Innovations and Entrepreneurship Working Group at Redeemer University. Gloria earned her PhD degree in Pharmaceutical Studies from University of Toronto.

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Ed Ra is a Managing Director at Scotiabank in their capital markets division. Prior to his current role, Ed practised law at McCarthy Tetrault and McMillan, specializing in banking and derivatives. Ed has an MBA degree from the University of Toronto and a law degree from Queen’s University.


Justin Kim is a Director at TELUS Global Innovation in Health and oversees the delivery and operations of a digital health platform for international clients. Justin is also a Venture Partner with the Archangel Network's Axion Fund, which focuses on commercializing ideas and research-based companies that are generated within universities and innovation centers in Canada. Justin spent the majority of his career in various management consulting roles in the US and Canadian healthcare markets. He holds a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and from the Schulich School of Business at York University. 

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Soo Jin Kang is a Financial Governance Senior Manager at BMO Controllers Group. Previous to her current position, Soo Jin also worked in Internal Audit, and Operations Governance and Oversight group at the Bank, and previous to BMO, Soo Jin worked at KPMG and GSP as an external auditor. In total, Soo Jin has over 20 years of experience in audit, controls and governance. Soo Jin graduated from University of Toronto with the Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a CPA CA, FRM.

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Christine Kim is a Korean-Canadian visual artist born in Seoul, South Korea. Kim is an artist who works primarily in cut paper art, carving away the boundaries between illustration, sculpture, and installation. She holds a BFA from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, a BEd from York University, and a Master of Art Education from the University of Victoria in British Columbia.


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Microagressions: What Are They and How Can We Address Them?

Date: July 15, 2021

An in-depth discussion on microaggressions, exploring critical questions such as: What are microaggressions? What are some examples are microaggressions? What are some ways to respond to microaggressions in real time? How do you respond to a microaggression when it appears unintentional, or even as though it was intended to be a compliment?

Featuring a panel discussion with Monica Hahm, Vincent Lee, and Lilit Simonyan (bios below). Moderated by Leticia Vega and Yoo Jin Park.

Featuring our Panelists


Monica Hahm, Director of Development, University of Toronto

Monica is a senior executive with more than 25 years of expertise in post-secondary advancement and is a member of the University of Toronto’s senior advancement leadership. Monica serves as the Executive Director of KPWA, a non-profit organization which aims to “fill the gap” by fostering a positive influence through mentorship and leadership programs, as well as civic and community engagement, for young professionals in their career development.

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Vincent Lee, Managing Director, CIBC

Vincent is the Managing Director and Head of North American Institutional FX Sales at CIBC World Markets. With over two decades of experience, he leads teams in Toronto and New York servicing CIBC’s largest foreign exchange clients. Vincent is a Board Member of Ascend Canada and a Board Member of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council. He is an active participant in visible minority, mentoring and charitable initiatives.

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Lilit Simonyan, Co-Founder, LYP Program

Lilit is an award-winning not-for-profit founder, social entrepreneur and certified adult educator. She founded a youth not-for-profit organization, Stepanavan Youth Center, in her native country Armenia. In Canada, together with her partner Dr. Jean Kim, Lilit launched LYP Women's Leadership and Career Development Program to empower, education and enable women to reach their full potential. During the last 18 years, Lilit has worked with professionals from over 40 countries, at organizations such as the European Commission, United Nations Development Program, Ontario Public Service, and American University of Armenia.

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Light Up Your Path

Date: February 13, 2021

Find a Connection, Find Your Way

A Career Talk event hosted by KPWA and KSAC!

Featuring some of our very own KPWA members as well as our friends sharing their personal stories on their career journeys! 

Q&A plus a more personalized and interactive experience with the speakers.


This year marked KPWA's 5th Anniversary – re-live the moments shared through our video!

And despite the pandemic, we held over 10 events within our organization and our community partners this year. Take a peek at all that transpired in 2020 and we'll see you in 2021!


KPWA Annual General Meeting 2020


Date: December 11, 2020

Celebrating 5 yeas of KPWA! This year's Annual General Meeting also includes the Election of the Board of Directors.

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Speaker Address, Janet Oh

As a senior executive with expertise in establishing and directing strategy, Janet combines her vision and range of experience to ensure current corporate objectives and performance goals are met. Her people-first principle has empowered Janet’s teams to navigate and develop results-driven solutions across the ever-changing landscape of the industry. Whether it be within the product, sales & marketing, or organization realms, she faces all undertakings head-on with the focus to lead change and flourish.  

As President of Gerber Plumbing Fixtures, Retail & Private Brand, Janet is accountable for delivering the commercial success of the North American Group's division of Globe Union Industrial Corp., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of plumbing fixtures. By articulating a clear vision for growth and leading highly engaged team members, Janet oversees the strategic market planning, business development, and customer relations to deliver the right product and service value proposition for a wide portfolio of strategic partners in the retail and wholesale home improvement landscape.  


Amongst her accomplishments, she is particularly proud to serve as President of the KPWA (Korean Professional Women’s Association), a federally incorporated, non-profit organization of which she is a founding member. KPWA’s aim is to 'fill the gap' – to inspire, mentor, and lead young professionals in their career development, while fostering a positive influence through mentorship and leadership programs, as well as civic and community engagement.

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How to Talk to Our Asian Families about
Black Lives Matter


Date: December 3, 2020

How can we talk to our Asian parents, siblings, friends, and families about anti-Black racism? How can we work to dismantle the stereotypes, tropes, and divisive narratives that strain the relationship between Asian and Black communities? How can we hold space for the lived experiences of intergenerational anti-Asian racism and trauma while also fighting anti-Black systems within our communities? And how can we do this with consideration to the specific contexts, nuances, and cultural barriers involved with being members of racialized communities?


Featuring a panel discussion with Jenna Tenn-Yuk, Pamela Uppal, and Emily Jung. Moderated by Erin Kang.

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2020 KPWA Mentorship Program
Wrap Up Social

Date: July 23, 2020

Participants of the 2020 Mentorship Program gather for a wrap up social event.


Hear from fellow mentors and collaborate with each other. Includes breakout and improv sessions hosted by Jeff & James. 

Jeff & James are founding members of Asiansploitation, an award-winning Sketch-Comedy troupe based in Toronto.  For the last 8 years, they have been leading career development and team-building workshops in the Corporate and Community settings.  (Procter & Gamble, BIC, T&T Night Market, Nuit Blanche, and AWB).


KPWA Book Club

Beyond the Cover

Start Date: July 3, 2020

Open to KPWA members and hosted by the Leadership Committee, our book club series is dedicated to exploring literature writty by Korean authors. 


KPWA Wellness Series – Stay Strong, Stay Connected

Part 3 – Boxing HIIT

Date: July 11, 2020

In support of our community through COVID-19, KPWA is hosting a series of events focused on mental & physical wellness. This final session in our series featured Sylvia Kim, Boxing Instructor.

All events within this wellness series hosted via Zoom. 

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KPWA Wellness Series – Stay Strong, Stay Connected

Part 2 – Be Kind to Your Mind

Date: June 20, 2020

In support of our community through COVID-19, KPWA is hosting a series of events focused on mental & physical wellness. This series featured Jaeyell (Jae) Kim, MSW, RSW, Social Worker and Psychotherapist. 

All events within this wellness series hosted via Zoom. 


KPWA Wellness Series – Stay Strong, Stay Connected

Part 1 – Pilates by Stav

Date: June 20, 2020

In support of our community through COVID-19, KPWA is hosting a series of events focused on mental & physical wellness, starting with Pilates by Stav

All events within this wellness series hosted via Zoom. 


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.


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. 

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Read more about
Ann Y.K. Choi here.