CKBA Board Members


Sung Van


Principal, Latitude Agency

Sung Van is the Principal and Creative Director of Latitude Vancouver, a branding and marketing agency established in 1995.

With affiliated offices in London, Dubai and Singapore, Latitude has worked with Korean clients in developing their brand strategies for the international market. In BC, Latitude Vancouver provides branding, marketing and communication services for the public and private sectors.

Sung holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Victoria, and a Marketing Management Diploma from BCIT School of Business. He is a member of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada and the Vancouver Board of Trade, and has served on the Board of Directors at Vancouver Community College.


Richard Hall


Genesis Curtainwall Systems Inc.

Richard Hall is a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Geotechnical Engineering. He has twenty years of experience in the mining and civil construction industry. Nine Years as a geotechnical engineer providing consulting services to the mining industry and civil construction industry.  Eleven years in the procurement and supply of custom construction and manufacturing materials from Asia to America. Primary products are architectural; aluminum, aluminum composite panel, specialty glass, steel, stainless steel, and piping. His main specialty is consolidating multiple suppliers and trades to produce fully fabricated and assembled material ready for installation on buildings. Richard is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers British Columbia.  He has also been a Director of the Canada Korea Business Association since 2007.



Paul Irwin


Paul leads the East Asia branch within the BC Ministry of International Trade. Working with a team of business development professionals in the Ministry’s Vancouver offices, he is responsible for British Columbia’s six trade and investment representative offices in China, Japan and Korea.

Previously, Paul Irwin was responsible for leading the Ministry’s North Asia practice, advancing BC’s international relations and business development activities in Japan and Korea, working closely with BC’s Trade and Investment Representatives in Seoul, Korea and Tokyo, Japan.

Paul joined the Ministry’s Asia Pacific Trade and Investment Division in June 2007, serving as senior advisor within the Asia Pacific Unit and acting director of the International Partnerships and Programs Branch. He has also served as executive director for sector relations within the Pacific Coast Collaborative Commission, focusing on building BC relations with the Pacific US states of California, Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

Prior to joining the Ministry, Paul was a program director at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, responsible for implementing a range of initiatives related to strengthening Canada-Asia relations. Through his involvement in Asia Pacific regional organizations, including APEC and its Business Advisory Council, he has built extensive business and government contacts throughout the Asia Pacific region.



John C.H. Kim

Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright

John Kim is a partner in the firm’s business group. He specializes in corporate and investment structuring, commercial transactions and M&A work. He is also experienced in real estate transactions.

John assists major Korean and Japanese businesses to invest and establish operations overseas. He also assists major Canadian companies and organizations in their dealings with Korean and Japanese counterparts.

Prior to joining the firm, John worked at Hyundai Securities in Seoul, Korea. John worked on large-scale investments, acquisitions and financing transactions involving global financial institutions, large Korean conglomerates and major players in the energy, technology and mining industries.

John was seconded to the Japanese law firm of Anderson Mori & Tomotsune (Tokyo) in 2007. He advised on cross-border M&A and real estate transactions for investment funds and various clients in the financial services sector, including commercial and investment banks.

John also teaches at the University of British Columbia School of Law. His popular course on Korean law and economy provides an overview of modern Korean history, law, politics and economy, as well as candid insights into Korea’s corporations, business culture and practices using recent and real-world examples.

John’s international experience and global network of contacts has provided him with a worldly business perspective and intuition. As a result, his clients and partners benefit from carefully considered advice in relation to the global marketplace.

John is regularly consulted by companies and governments on matters relating to cross border business, trade and energy strategy.



Steve Kim

President, Boilingpoint Group

Steve Kim is the President of Boilingpoint Group, a boutique communications firm focused on thought leadership strategies and cross cultural advisory solutions.

In addition to his role with the CKBA, Steve currently volunteers his time serving as Board Director of Place des Arts, Co-Founder/Board Director of C3 Korean Canadian Society, Member the Multicultural Advisory Council of BC, Committee Member for the Economic Development Advisory Council for the City of Coquitlam, Member of the Past Presidents’ Council for the BC chapter of the American Marketing Association, President of the BC Liberals Coquitlam-Maillardville Riding Association and the Provincial Chair for the BC Liberals.

Steve is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario and holds a Master of Arts from Korea University, where he specialized in the study of venture-backed technology, business and industry.


Paul McGavin

President, Equinox Marine Inc; President, Equinox Seating Solutions Inc.

Equinox Marine Inc. is an international shipping company actively engaged with worldwide shipping & cargo brokering.

In addition to handling many types of vessels and cargoes, both Dry & Tanker, the firm serves their clients in all phases of transportation.
With affiliate offices in Korea, Singapore, Germany and Belgium clients are well served with proven expertise.

Equinox Seating Solutions Inc. represents the interests of Hosoo Company of Daegu, Korea ~ a manufacturer of stadium seating equipment with their full line of products being distributed worldwide.

Paul A. McGavin has maintained a long career with the development of two-way trade between Canada and Korea and has been serving in this capacity since 1970.



Sandra Suh

Senior Manager, Deloitte LLP

Sandra is a leader in the Financial Advisory practice and the Korean Services Group of Deloitte. Based in Vancouver, Sandra’s focus is working with clients to provide merger and acquisition services in various industries with a more specific focus on cross-border transactions. Sandra has over fifteen years of experience at Deloitte, including a secondment at the Seoul office from 2009 to 2011, where she was project lead on many cross-border transactions for both strategic and financial investors.

Sandra holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Honours in Accounting from McGill University. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant in Quebec, Chartered Business Valuator, and Certified Public Accountant in the state of Illinois. She is fluent in English, Korean and French.


Ella Kwak

Manager, KPMG LLP

Ella is a manager in the Assurance practice of KPMG LLP. She has built experience providing a wide range of assurance and advisory services to private and public companies at all stages of development from junior to multi-national companies. Her practices are with a focus on the technology industry including software-as-a-service, mobile games, satellite, imaging and biotechnology companies. Ella also has focused on mentoring and coaching engagement teams she leads and manages, and maintained the production of high-quality audit deliverables. These experiences have allowed her to be viewed as a reliable and professional source of advice.

She holds a Bachelor of Education from Korea University (고려대) and Diploma in Accounting from University of British Columbia (UBC). She is also a Chartered Professional Accountant in BC.