Chair, Economic Development Committee, City of Toronto and Councillor, Ward 37 Scarborough Centre.
Michael Thompson is Chair of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Committee, Chair of Invest Toronto, a member of the Executive Committee and the Employee and Labour Relations Committee, a board member of Build Toronto and the City Councillor representing Ward 37, Scarborough Centre.
Now in his fourth term as City Councillor, Michael has earned a reputation as one of Toronto’s hardest working political leaders.
Michael’s commitment to economic development is longstanding. In his first term in office, he spearheaded the creation of the Wexford Heights Business Improvement Area and established a Job Fair that annually brings thousands of job seekers together with dozens of employers. He maintains a widespread network of business relationships that has helped to enhance business retention, promote growth and increase private sector employment. His active engagement with business has helped speed the launch of new business ventures, resolved business/residential conflicts and gained business participation in a wide range of community-building initiatives.
A believer in the critical value of culture as a builder of strong communities, Michael co-founded the Taste of Lawrence Avenue East Festival, which brings together tens of thousands of people each year to experience local performing arts and cuisine.
Michael received his public school education in Scarborough, and his BA from Concordia University in Montreal. Prior to entering politics, Mr. Thompson earned his business credentials as an entrepreneur in the business and financial services sector. He is the recipient of the African Achievement Award for Excellence in Politics, the York University International Award, the Jain Society of Toronto Community Award, and the Bob Marley Award. He continues to work with a number of charitable organizations including participation in the LIUNA Local 506 scholarship fund. He is a hockey and basketball dad who enjoys a range of activities that includes hockey, soccer, basketball and all things sports.
Small businesses add so much to the communities in which we live, work and play. Not only do they provide the day-to-day services we all rely on, they help build us up: they create a sense of place, of local identity. In short, they help make a grid of streets a neighbourhood.