A Strong Voice for Students, Parents & Our Community on the York Region District School Board
A resident of Markham for over 23 years, Edward Choi wants to be a strong voice for you – the students, parents & the community of Markham Wards 2, 3 & 6.
Edward lives, works, volunteers and studied in Markham.
Edward knows what it is like to be a student in York Region. Edward graduated from YRDSB elementary and secondary schools in Markham. While at Markville Secondary School, Edward was elected as a member of the Students’ Council. He was also a co-founder and co-president of the Chinese Cultural Club.
Edward has experience advocating for students and the community. He was elected as a member of the University Senate of the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton campus where he scrutinized the academic curriculum and policies. Edward sat on the Student Standings and Promotions Committee where he heard and fairly decided academic appeal cases for students. Edward also served as a member of the Academic Planning Committee, Bookstore Advisory Committee, the Joint Board/Senate Residence Committee, Admissions and Curriculum Committee, Law Library Committee, and the Student’s Union Council.
In addition, Edward was elected on the Board of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong in Hong Kong. He served on the Faculty Review Committee where he, along with other faculty members, heard and fairly decided students’ academic appeal cases. Edward was also elected as a Course Representative of the Department of Law at Queen Mary, University of London in the United Kingdom.
Edward has knowledge and experience in law, accounting, business, education, and government.
Edward current works as a Barrister & Solicitor at a law firm in Markham.
Edward graduated from the Faculty of Law at the University of New Brunswick. Prior to practicing law, Edward held positions in the private, public, not-for-profit, and educational sectors.
In addition to his JD degree, Edward also holds a LLM in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from the University of Hong Kong, a LLB from Queen Mary, University of London, and a BBA (Honours Bachelor of Business Administration) from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Edward has experience working with students. Edward formerly worked with students as a Teaching Assistant (Ryerson University) , Exam Invigilator (York University), and a Co- Facilitator of a university transition program (Wilfrid Laurier University).
Edward has experience working for senior administration of an educational institution. Edward was hired as a Marketing Research Analyst to research and write a report on the feasibility of a continuing education service for senior administration.
Edward is active in your community.
Edward is an active member of the Christian Legal Fellowship, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, and the Ontario Bar Association of the Canadian Bar Association. Edward currently serves as an appointed member of the Race Relations Committee of the City of Markham.
Outside of the office, Edward enjoys travelling, learning and exploring, socializing, skiing, biking, volunteering and advocating for his community.
Edward listens to your concerns.
If elected, Edward will endeavour to listen to each and every concern of residents and stakeholders – students, parents, the community, and the taxpayers. He will be available via e-mail, via telephone, and in person to address your concerns. Together, we will make the YRDSB better for York Region.
A vote for EDWARD CHOI is a vote for:
- Maintaining and improving high academic standards in our public schools
- Improving skills in reading, writing, math, and sciences
- Safe & healthy schools
- Comfortable learning environments
- Career programs
- University/college preparation programs
- Extra curricular activities
- Respect for our multicultural diversity
- Respect for religious freedoms
- Moral and character education
- Continuing Education
- French and foreign language programs
- Newcomer programs (language & culture)
- Smaller class sizes (even as our region grows)
- Efficient use of your hard-earned tax dollars
A vote for EDWARD CHOI is a vote for knowledge and experience:
- A GRADUATE of YRDSB Elementary & Secondary Schools (Markville S.S.) – first hand knowledge and experience of the YRDSB system
- Former elected university senate member and former faculty board member – proposed and scrutinized the academic curriculum and policies, fairly heard appeal cases
- Former Teaching Assistant, Exam Invigilator, Co-Facilitator of a university transition program, and Research Analyst for educational institutions in Ontario
- Former Students’ Council member (Markville)
- Former university senate member (UNB)
- Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public in Ontario, practicing law in Markham
- A resident of Markham for over 23 years
- Experience in law, accounting, business, education & government
- Former Victim Services of York Region Volunteer
- Member of the City of Markham Race Relations Committee
Associate (Barrister & Solicitor, Notary Public), Metcalfe, Blainey & Burns LLP
Student-at-Law, Metcalfe, Blainey & Burns LLP
Legal Research Assistant, Canadian Council of Christian Charities (Legal Affairs Department)
Summer Student, The Law Society of Upper Canada
Marketing Research Analyst, Wilfrid Laurier University (Brantford Campus)
University 102 Co-Facilitator, Wilfrid Laurier University (Brantford Campus)
Teaching Assistant, Ryerson University (Ted Rogers School of Management)
Internal Audit Team Member, London Life Insurance Company (Internal Audit)
Research Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal
Summer Employment Officer, Service Canada (Service Canada Centre for Youth)
Barrister & Solicitor, The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario)
Juris Doctor, University of New Brunswick
Master of Laws (LLM in Arbitration & Dispute Resolution), The University of Hong Kong
Bachelor of Laws, 2:1 Honours, Queen Mary, University of London
Diploma in Accounting (post-degree), with distinction, The University of Western Ontario
Honours Bachelor of Business Administration Co-op, Accounting, Wilfrid Laurier University
Ontario Secondary School Diploma, Markville Secondary School
Current/Previous volunteer experience:
Race Relations Committee Member, City of Markham
Founder and Co-organizer, Christmas Once Again
Member of the Senate (and committees) of the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton campus)
Student Legal Information Centre, University of New Brunswick
Member of the Board of the Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong
Course Representative, Queen Mary, University of London
Career Events Director, Queen Mary Law Society
Student Advisor, Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre
Victim Response Volunteer, Victim Services of York Region
Volunteer, Legal Resources (Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union)
Internal Vice President/Activities Coordinator, WLU Chinese Students’ Association
Christian Legal Fellowship
Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers
Ontario Bar Association of the Canadian Bar Association
The Law Society of Ontario (formerly the Law Society of Upper Canada)
Here is what others have to say:
“I had the pleasure of serving with Edward on the University of New Brunswick Senate. He represented his constituents effectively and conscientiously. Edward’s commitment to public service is sincere and he is an excellent advocate. He would be superb in this position. Vote Edward Choi!!” – Dr. Nicole O’Byrne – Professor of Criminal Law and Aboriginal Law, University of New Brunswick Faculty of Law
“Please consider voting for Edward Choi for School Board Trustee. He is a man of integrity and excellence. Not to mention that he is a really good lawyer.” – Shawn Knights, Partner, Knights Law Professional Corporation
“Vote for Edward Choi because we need more ethically conscience representatives in office, that will help teachers provide the best learning environments and experiences for our students” – Anelia D’Souza (OCT) Ontario Public School Teacher
“Been serving with Edward for Christmas once again for 11 years. He is enthusiastic in what he does and will get the job done. I believe he will be able to bring positive changes to the YRDSB if elected. Vote ed for education!” – Roy Wong, Co-Founder and Co-Organizer, Christmas Once Again
“在過去1 1 年以來，一直與蔡永聰律師為「聖誕 節再臨」的組織服務。 蔡律師總是對所
做的事情充滿熱情，盡心盡意去完成工作。我相信如果蔡律師當選，他定必能夠為Y R D S B
帶來正面的影響。 請投蔡永聰律師一票！“ – 王學輝，聯合創辦人兼聯合組織者，聖誕節再臨
“Edward is a man in whom we can trust. I know because I know Edward. He worked for me when he was a student. He is dependable and dedicated. He is educated, talented, and a person who cares for others. I am convinced that he will do great work for the community. He has my unqualified support.” – Barry W. Bussey, B.A., LL.B., M.A., LL.M. M.P.A.C.S., PhD. (Cand.) Lawyer
“Edward is a hardworking, loving, and caring person who always want to work for a better future for the community. Vote Edward Choi.” – Sammy Lee, Partner, Metcalfe, Blainey & Burns LLP
“蔡永聰律師為人勤奮盡責，有愛心，樂意助人，並致 力為社區創造更美好的將來。請投蔡永聰律師一票。” – 李健昌律師，合夥人，麥費潘律師樓