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 a Senior Advisor at the Evans & Evans, Inc., which is a boutique investment bank that provides services in capital formation, M&A, going public and business valuation. Sonny has extensive experience in assisting a wide variety of businesses in technology, services, real estate, hospitality, distribution and retail. Sonny is a seasoned advisor in new ventures, business acquisitions, dispositions, real estate, financing and international business development. His prior experience includes management and financial roles at Avantis, Morguard Investments, Ivanhoe-Cambridge and Davnet Telecom. Some of the international clients include Hyundai, Kia, Samsung, Daewoo, Omron, Fuji, Shinhan and LG.
Sonny is also Senior Fellow at the Global Public Affairs and he advises international clients on how to incorporate a winning public affairs strategy when expanding their business, including the important step of achieving broader engagement with community and public-sector stakeholders.
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 served on many volunteer organizations including the Board of the Ontario Place Corporation, Korean-Canadian Scholarship Foundation and Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra. He is currently serving as the Advisor of York University Centre for Asian Research and steering committee member of the Space Place Planetarium Canada.
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.
Kelly Lee – Executive Director
Kelly Lee is the Executive Director of Canada Korea Business Council. Kelly is responsible for planning, managing, promoting and operating the CKBC programs and events. The CKBC is a bilateral business, trade and investment facilitator and catalyst for Canada and Korea .
Kelly is a senior software developer by profession with an extensive interest, passion and experience in social, community, international and human rights issues.
Kelly has strong networks in Korea and Canada and excels at running events, advocacy campaigns and projects. She has organized numerous campaigns, fundraisers, concerts, seminars, and conferences.
Kelly has served or serves on many volunteer organizations including Senior Vice President of the Peaceful Unification Advisory Council of Republic of Korea, Volunteer Team Lead of the Toronto Municipal Councillor Campaign, Public Relations Council of Peace Treaty Now and Executive Member of the Korean Computer Science Association.
Kelly is a graduate of Sungshim College of Business Administration and Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology.
Jae Chong – Senior Vice President, Business Development
Jae Chong has over 30 years of international business experience. As a computer science graduate from the University of Toronto, he started his career as a software developer and developed the first Korean language word processor which made him known in the industry as the father of Korean Word Processor. He has successfully founded and operated several IT companies providing consulting services to a wide variety of industry clients. Jae possesses an entrepreneurial spirit, strong organization skills and international business management experience to excel in new growth opportunities. He has a comprehensive knowledge of all aspects of today’s complex IT technology and a wide range of contacts worldwide. His extensive community involvements include the chair of the Korean Canadian Cultural Association, chair of the Foundation for support of Korean Studies at the University of Toronto, chair of the Korean Canadian Scholarship Foundation, and President of the Canadian Multicultural Council.
Celine Shin – Vice President
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
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.