Sonny Cho (조성용) - President & CEO
Sonny Cho is the President & CEO of Canada Korea Business Council. Sonny is responsible for establishing, developing, promoting and operating the CKBC. The CKBC is a bilateral business, trade and investment facilitator and catalyst for Canada and Korea .
Sonny is an advisor in real estate investment and financing to developers entrepreneurs. Sonny was the President of Avantis Inc., a corporate real estate brokerage and consulting company assisting international companies. Some of the international clients include Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, Daewoo, Shinhan and LG. Sonny has worked for Morguard, Ivanhoe-Cambridge and Davnet and has extensive experience in business development, sales, team building, fundraising, venture start-ups, financing and investments.
Sonny has strong networks in Korea and Canada and excels at running campaigns and projects. He has organized numerous political campaigns (including his own), fundraisers, concerts, festivals, and conferences.
Sonny currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ontario Place Corporation and has served as an executive officer on many non-profit organizations such as International Network of Korean Entrepreneurs, Korean-Canadian Scholarship Foundation and Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra.
Sonny is fluent in Korean and English and is a sought-after emcee for Canada-Korea international events. Sonny holds a bachelor of arts in commerce and economics from the University of Toronto.
Jae Chong – Senior Vice President, Business Development
Peter Roh, MBA, CPA, CMA – Vice President, Finance
Myung S. Kim, CPA, CGA – Vice President, Arts & Culture
Ahrum Lee – Director, Public Relations
Ahrum is a Director of Public Relations at Canada Korea Business Council (CKBC). She is responsible for overseeing CKBC’s communications and media relations.
Ahrum is founding lawyer of Article 33, a boutique immigration and refugee law practice in downtown Toronto. Prior to starting her own practice, she worked as an associate lawyer at immigration law firms in Toronto. She was admitted to the Bar of Ontario in 2014 and obtained a law degree from the University of Ottawa in 2013.
Ahrum has worked in the private sector and a non-profit organization in Korea, where she assisted with government, corporate and media communications.
As a Canadian-Korean lawyer, Ahrum is committed to facilitating economic development and business opportunities between the two countries. She is able to assist with public relations inquiries at CKBC in English, Korean and French.
Somi Eom – Director, Business Development
Somi is a Director of Business Development at Canada Korea Business Council (CKBC). She oversees the implementation of CKBC’s growth opportunities and reach in the Canadian market.
Somi is a Commercial Real Estate advisor at Titan York Realty Corporation, a brokerage that specializes in office leasing services for corporate tenants in the Greater Toronto Area. As an exclusive tenant representative, she offers conflict-free solutions for corporate clients in all of their real estate needs.
As a Korean-Canadian, Somi is fluent in Korean and English and is committed to nurturing the business exchange between the two countries. In addition to Somi’s pursuit in commercial real estate and the CKBC, she is a competitive bikini bodybuilder with the Ontario Physique Association (OPA).
Chris Han – Director, Operations
Anna Han – Director, Public Relations
Rebecca Ro – Associate Director, Policy
Rebecca is the Associate Director of Policy at the Canada Korea Business Council. She is responsible for researching and analyzing economic and trade policy developments between Canada and Korea.
Rebecca holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from the University of Victoria. She has worked at various public sector organizations including at the Consulate-General of Japan in Calgary as the Economic Advisor and at Indian Oil and Gas Canada as a Policy Analyst.
In her spare time, Rebecca enjoys hiking, travelling, and playing soccer and beach volleyball. She is pursuing her J.D. in the fall at Western University.
Sunny Choi – Associate Director, Policy
Joony Suh – Director, Marketing
Edward Ko – Director, Marketing
Christie Yoon – Director, Events
Naga Surapaneni – Associate Director, Research