Hi, my name is
Sonny Cho

Dear Neighbours,

For the past 20 years, I’ve worked passionately within the community for both the public and private sector, always keen on civic engagement in North York. I am entirely committed to building a stronger future for the hardworking families of Willowdale. 

As an experienced entrepreneur and a strong community leader, and Willowdale resident, I have the courage and vision to make the hard decisions that will make Willowdale the best place to live, work and raise a family.

A Willowdale where: 

  • Streets, schools and community are safe.
  • Better transit systems, environmental protections, and checks on high-rise development make our community more livable.
  • Affordable housing, education, and healthcare are available to all.
  • The economy is vibrant so that the middle-class can prosper and young Canadians have an abundance of job opportunities.
  • Seniors receive greater home support services and healthcare security, a deserved initiative.
  • Tax burden for homeowners and renters is lowered so they may save for the future.

The people of Willowdale deserve a strong City Councillor who will listen and get things done.

To ensure that your voice is heard at City Hall, I will host regular meetings at coffee shops and other venues throughout our Ward where you can discuss your concerns and issues with me in person. It is through respectful and collaborative relationships that we can solve the issues facing our community and improve the quality of life we have all come to enjoy.

As entrepreneur running a successful commercial and industrial real estate business, I have helped many Canadian and international manufacturing and technology companies to create jobs in Toronto with location selections, facility building and venture financing.

In my community work, I have worked with and helped many community organizations in Willowdale and Toronto, including senior centres, nursing homes, music groups, scholarship foundations, cultural festivals, community centres, credit unions and United Way in fundraising and in an advisory capacity.

For the past seven years I have served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Place Corporation helping with the revitalization of the iconic waterfront property in Toronto that is a venue for live music, culture, discovery, films, festivals and concerts and a gathering space for everyone to enjoy the skyline and waterfront trail.

I also serve as the President and CEO of the Canada Korea Business Council to assist Canadian entrepreneurs and companies with strategic insight, network access and practical solutions required to expand international trade.

In my personal time, I enjoy taking my daughter and son to curling, skiing, soccer, and biking.

I come from humble beginnings. Born in Seoul, South Korea, I moved to Toronto as a child with my mom, sister and brother in 1973. My father had arrived two years earlier as a heavy-duty equipment mechanic and worked hard to prepare for arrival of his wife and children. I grew up in very modest circumstances, inheriting my strong work ethic and dedication to my community from my parents.

I took on my first job at age 13 working at a local food market. While studying and working, I played an active role in school’s leadership, including the athletic association, varsity football team and swim team. To fund my university tuition expenses, I worked at the Silverwood Dairy as a yogurt machine operator and as a truck driver at the Hostess Potato Chips, which allowed me to study at the University of Toronto.

After graduating with a degree in Commerce and Finance, I began my career as an accountant and an investment analyst honing my skills in financial management. After several years of working for major corporations, became an entrepreneur so I could have the time and energy for my community activities and help my neighbours.

I look forward to meeting you, hearing from you and working with you to build a stronger community together.

Sincerely,

Sonny Cho

ENDORSEMENTS

“As someone who has worked in the intersection of private enterprise and public interest, in the education, philanthropic and media sectors for 20 years, I am proud to call Sonny Cho a friend and colleague who has the vision, determination and intelligence to move mountains in the best interest of the people he represents.”
Paul Koidis
Campaign Director, CANADA, WNED TV
"I became acquainted with Sonny, early in my residency in Willowdale. As a resident of Willowdale, I observed his warm interactions with people of all the various ethnicities, and later discovered his roles as a leader in various sections of the community. Sonny is always committed to action on behalf of community; and I am convinced that as City Councillor for Willowdale; he will be a great asset for defining future Prosperity and Safety in Willowdale."
Olive James (M. Sc.)
Willowdale Resident & Vaccine Development Scientist/ Biotechnolgy Consultant
“I have worked with Sonny on numerous community projects and have come to admire his expertise in business and financial management. Sonny is an experienced entrepreneur, a strong community leader, and Willowdale resident. He has the courage and vision to make the hard decisions that will make Willowdale the best place to live, work and play. Sonny is committed to ensuring that your voice is heard at City Hall. The people of Willowdale deserve a strong City Councillor who will listen and get things done. I strongly endorse his candidacy for the Toronto City Council.”
Jong You
Economics Professor and Bank Director
"With proud enthusiasm, I support Sonny as Councillor for Willowdale. Sonny’s many years of civic engagement, in addition to his several decades as an entrepreneur, has given him a unique perspective in solving issues facing the community. Sound urban planning and a vibrant business environment starts with understanding the needs of our neighbours. As someone with a passion for helping others and improving the quality of life for his local community, I am confident that Sonny will continuously work to make Willowdale a better place for everyone."
Changize Sadr
President, Global Belt Operations, DAYCO Canada Corporation
“Only Sonny Cho has the passion and vision to make sure that Willowdale gets the attention from Toronto City Council, Queen’s Park and Ottawa that it needs and deserves.”
Thomas Klassen
Professor of Political Science & Public Policy,
York University, and Willowdale resident
"Willowdale is a diverse and dynamic ward at the core of North York. It needs an active city councillor who understands local issues and can engage constituents to ensure the best possible development and representation of its communities. Sonny has the experience, the drive, and the personality necessary to be that City Councillor."
Chungsen Leung
Member of Parliament for Willowdale 2011-2015
“As a peace and social justice advocate, I have been quite saddened by the fact that social justice is no longer the prevailing norm of our society; or very often it was adopted as political rhetoric only. It is my hope to see some who really care about the values of humanity and social justice as well as the future of Canada – our young people joining the political arena. Sonny proves to be one of them. Not only does he volunteer his time and expertise in causes that address social justice, youth nourishment and racial harmony, his sincerity and dedication have certainly impressed many including myself who have worked with him along the years. I am sure with his hard work and passion, Sonny will serve the community as he always does.”
Flora Chong
Social Justice Advocate
"Sonny brings a deep commitment to Willowdale and an unbounded energy to everything he does within the community. He not only has a strong grasp of our city's issues but also works to bring people and viewpoints together for the good of the community. He communicates, listens and cares with a wonderful sincerity and genuine desire to do good.

Above all, Sonny has been a respected advocate for our community, bringing people together and dedicated to service above self with integrity, experience and commitment. I am proud to support Sonny Cho as Councillor for Willowdale."
Michael Chan
Former MPP, Markham-Unionville
"Sonny worked with me to expand my business into Korea. He has a that rare combination of entrepreneurial instinct, dedication, and a social conscience. He is the kind of candidate that Willowdale needs and, by bringing the community together, is the candidate who can best serve the Willowdale."
Ray Simonson
Technology Entrepreneur
“Sonny has insight into the making of successful small businesses, that build prosperous local communities. Sonny is positive, approachable, family oriented, and a good neighbor. The kind of person that would thoughtfully represent the needs of his community.”
Barry Papoff
Technology Entrepreneur
“Sonny cares about the community and always works hard to ensure voices and views are heard and respected. He is a City builder and knowledgeable about City issues. Sonny will be a wonderful City Councillor to represent all of us!”​
Julia Shin-Doi​
Corporate Lawyer​, Toronto
“During my time working with Sonny in education, he demonstrated his passion about education and the need to develop a skilled global workforce for industry with a pathway to jobs for graduates!”​
Virginia Macchiavello​​
Executive Director, International Education​
"Sonny has been the exemplary community leader that Willowdale truly needs. His diligent campaign efforts and well articulated goals for the neighbourhood are a true reflection of the hard work he continues to do for the Willowdale community. As an experienced accountant and financial executive, Sonny will ensure prudent use of our taxes and finding ways to cut waste."
Peter Roh
MBA, CPA, CMA, CEO of Global Tax Services
"I've known Sonny for many years and had the opportunity to work with him in the past on several issues. He's an ardent advocate for the causes that he believes in and has been a great leader in the Korean Canadian community. I wholeheartedly endorse Sonny for city councillor and know that he will be a great representative of Willowdale."
Jack Kim
Corporate Immigration Lawyer, Toronto
“It is my great pleasure to endorse Mr. Sonny Cho for the position of City Councillor for Willowdale. I have known Sonny since he was a student at the University of Toronto, where I was doing postdoctoral research in the Dept. of Physics at that time. Over the many years that I have known Sonny, I am proud to say that Sonny Cho is an honest and hardworking person whom one can trust. There are many ethnic groups, including Koreans, in the Willowdale, North York area, and Willowdale needs an able and active City Councillor who not only understands the local issues, but also has a firsthand connection to the challenges faced by the various ethnic groups in the area. As a son of a first-generation Korean immigrant, Sonny is not only a capable businessman and politician, he understands and has lived through the hidden hardships often experienced by immigrants and new Canadians like the many that reside in Willowdale. I sincerely believe that the people of Willowdale deserve a strong, hardworking City Councillor who will listen to you and get things done for you and the City of Toronto and I endorse and support Sonny Cho in his quest to fulfill that role.”
Wooil M. Moon
Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, U of Manitoba; Founding Member CGU (Canadian Geophysical Union); Elected Life Fellow of IEEE (USA); Fellow KAST (Korean Academy of Science & Technology)
"I've known Sonny since I attended Riverdale Collegiate more than 30 years ago. Sonny was an active student leader helping with sports teams, fundraising efforts and an active promoter of the school during a period when the school was on a shortlist to be closed down. Because of alum like Sonny, Riverdale is again a vibrant and highly regarded high school. Sonny has carried that same enthusiasm and work ethic into every project and initiative he has been involved with. He is the kind of candidate that Willodale needs, and Willowdale will benefit immensely from his presence at City Hall."
Allan Meiusi
Entrepreneur, CEO of Ulaap Inc.
“There are far too few in our community who are willing to serve, but Sonny Cho is one of those few. Sonny has a proven record of community building, and a true commitment to making Toronto a better place to live. We need Sonny Cho at City Hall to help us build a strong community.”
D. Smith
Lawyer
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