Meet Josephine Pon

About me

I'm a proud Albertan. After immigrating to Canada from Hong Kong in 1981, I grew up in Edmonton and have spent over 20 years in Calgary with my husband, James, and my son, Justin.

Alberta is my heart and home.

 

Bringing solid business and finance experience to government

A career in banking

I started to work part-time as a bank teller during my younger days. I worked my way up to account manager for commercial banking for Scotia Bank in Edmonton. In 1998, I accepted a promotion and transferred to Calgary to be an assistant manager for a brokerage centre.

In 1999, I joined Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), a crown corporation, as an account manager for mortgage insurance. Then I became the International Trade Consultant and also served as the Program Advisor assisting housing services in the prairie region.

I provided training and presentations to local businesses, mortgage brokers, real estate agents and most importantly residents regarding mortgage insurance and other financial services. While at CMHC, I developed strong relationships with non-profit associations which paved the way to work as a community builder.

Expanding multicultural financial services

After CMHC, I joined Scotia Bank again which provided me with the opportunity to lead a brand new initiative called multicultural banking. As the Regional Business Development Manager, I led all the Scotia Bank branches in the prairie region in developing essential financial services for new immigrants, refugees and international students.

Vice President of a successful business

Currently, I’m the Vice President of the Taste of Asia Group Inc., which owns and operates five restaurants in Calgary and employ over two hundred people. I find the restaurant business exciting and rewarding!

This executive position has also given me insights into the current economic situation and the challenges faced by everyone in this city including business owners, restaurant staff and customers.

After I am elected, I will use my strong business experience and financial expertise to ensure the provincial government is held accountable, controls spending and brings common sense to the Alberta legislature. Let’s restore the Alberta advantage!

 

Making a difference by building stronger communities

Joining Immigrant Services Calgary board

From 2013 to 2016, I was the chair of the board of directors for Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC). ISC serves over 27,000 immigrants each year with over 50 programs. 

I’m sure many people know what it’s like to look for a job and the stress of providing food on the table when times are uncertain and tough.

As the former Board Chair for Immigrant Services Calgary, I’ve seen first hand how public services and community work can uplift and support new Canadians. Over the years, I’ve led free workshops on how to find a job and the basics of personal banking for newcomers.

In addition, I was very proud to be the chair of the prestigious Immigrants of Distinction Awards Gala which celebrates the achievements of immigrants in Calgary.

Success stories that touch my heart

Attendees from my training sessions have told me that they felt my programs have made a difference to them – sometimes at unexpected moments! For example, while in a Tim Horton’s ordering a coffee, a young man behind the counter recognized me from a workshop. He had attended one of my employment seminars from two years ago. He couldn’t speak English at the time and found it difficult to find a job. He said the seminar encouraged him to keep learning and not to give up. Soon he got an entry level job at Tim Horton’s and two years later, he was working as a manager in training.

Because of him and many other success stories, they encouraged me to provide more services to Albertans. Through the experience, education and training that I have gained, I want to contribute and share my knowledge and skills to help anyone who wants to succeed.

Edmonton Mayor's task force to eliminate poverty

In 2014, I was invited to join the mayor’s task force to eliminate poverty in Edmonton. I was a member of the educational group that provided specific actions to the Mayor with the principle that quality education reduces poverty. Working with the Mayor’s task force really opened my eyes to some of the social issues in Alberta. I was grateful to contribute to this effort.

My commitment to the community continues

I also had the pleasure of volunteering with the Lion’s Club, Hong Kong Canada Business Association, and Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Currently, I’m serving as a board member on the UCP Calgary Beddington Constituency, the Calgary Nose Hill Conservative Association and Immigrant Services Calgary.

With over 20 years of experience serving as dedicated volunteer, I understand the issues and challenges in your neighbourhood. As your MLA, I will work to address all of your concerns and issues to improve the community we all live in.

 

United Conservative Party

I was honoured to be part of Jason Kenney’s leadership announcement on July 29th, 2017. View video below.

Josephine Pon at Jason Kenney leadership announcement

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