"To develop the next generation of inspirational leaders to create synergistic Korean communities abroad"
JoinTheLeaders (previously known as the Korean-Canadian Leadership Development Committee) is a registered non-profit and non-partisan organization that promotes the national network of young Korean professionals in North America. The organization strives to become the hub between other fellow Korean organizations in North America and further in South Korea. Currently JoinTheLeaders is officially sponsored by Overseas Korean Foundation, an affiliation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Republic of Korea, and many other valued sponsors.
1.We will encourage aspiring individuals to develop leadership skills by providing roadmaps, mentorships, and opportunities to network.
2. We will seek for opportunities to foster partnership with fellow organizations by working in conjunction and supporting them.
Steve Ha 하승수 (Vancouver, BC) LinkedIn Seungsoo (Steve) was the secretary of University of Waterloo Korean Students Association (UWKSA) during 2005- 2006. He participated in various activities with the executive team. Steve is working as an analyst at Accenture Business Service of Utilities in Vancouver. Steve serves as a canvasser for United Ways for Accenture to get people involved in the community and raise money. He is currently working towards his CGA (Certified General Accountant) designation. Steve wants to incorporate all of the Korean communities into one, the hub and develop a strong connection between each and all of the Korean Canadian organizations. He also believes in the success of bringing Korean Canadians together and building a national wide Korea- Canadian Community.
Andrea Yeo 여지현 (Vancouver, BC) Andrea is studying at the University of British Columbia as an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Science. Throughout her high school years, she has been involved in many volunteer organizations and has dedicated time the community. During the time, she wrote an article in the Vancouver Educational Post to illustrate what she was able to gain how she matured by providing aid. As shown, it is her passion to actively engage in philanthropic initiatives and she hopes to contribute her effort in strengthening such areas of JoinTheLeaders. Although, Andrea feels as if she lacks much experience, she hopes to learn quickly and help individuals in the Korean-Canadian community to become more familiar with various ways of volunteering. By establishing more sustainable philanthropic projects that Korean- Canadians can continuously participate, Andrea aims to motivate people to always give back to the community.
Jack Kim 김진범 (Vancouver, BC) Jack recently graduated from University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Sciences in the Department of Pathology, and is currently working in the AbLab at the Biomedical Research Centre at UBC. He has been pursing constantly improving leadership style since highschool, as an elected body of the student council. He has volunteered with various organizations and community centres, such as Vancouver General Hospital, Needle Exchange, Sunrise Adoption, Frontier College, Writing History Together Project, and MOSAIC. Jack also has been involved with Korean-Canadian organizations, such as Cheon Doong and AKCSE UBC, promoting Korean culture and effective networking in Canada. With his experience, he wishes to build upon the already existing network of young Korean professionals and make sure the tower of information is always cumulative. Through effective networking within Korean and Canadian communities, he believes young Korean-Canadian professionals and students can expand their ideology and goals.
Eliot Hong 홍찬영 (Vancouver, BC) LinkedIn Eliot is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (formally known as Western University) with a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies degree. He currently works for the BC Lions Football Club as an Event Operations Coordinator, and has previously worked for Canucks Sports & Entertainment, TrojanOne Ltd. and Western University. He is specialized in event planning, operations management, public relations, corporate communications and marketing strategy. Eliot is passionate about networking, community building and mentorship, and he aims to further develop JoinTheLeaders on their outreach and professional networks in the Korean-Canadian community. He also enjoys photography, fitness, video games and a good sunset or two.
Seungil Paik 백승일 (Vancouver, BC) LinkedIn Seungil is a PhD student at UBC in Pharmaceutical Science, and has completed his BSc in Biology at University of Waterloo and Masters of Medical Science at Yonsei University in Korea. After completion of Master's degree, Seungil has worked at international non-profit research facility Institut Pasteur Korea. Interested in gaining new experience in every opportunity, he has pursued wide range of volunteer opportunities whenever possible, working as interpreter at numerous international conferences such as G20 Summit Meeting in Korea and 2nd Annual Texas MD Anderson-Yonsei Medical School Joint Symposium. Through his career, Seungil has deep appreciation of the value of professional networking, and is currently serving as a Professional Development Workshop Director at UBC Pharmacy Graduate Student Society. When he is not doing his lab work, he enjoys basketball, judo, traveling and photography.