P.C. Choo is currently on full-time release from the University of Toronto to head up the Job Evaluation Committee at United Steelworkers Local 1998 (USW Local 1998). Prior to this, he was one of three Principals of the Union Job Evaluation Committee from 2000 to 2007 before returning to his job in Enrolment Services. He was a member of the Negotiating Committee that negotiated the first USW Local 1998 Collective Agreement and was Chair of the Election Committee. Choo is currently the Vice-President of USW Local 1998, representing 7,500 administrative staff at the University of Toronto. Choo is the Editor of Steeldrum, USW Local 1998’s quarterly magazine.
Choo holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree in Economics from the University of London, England, and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto. He was awarded the David Lewis Memorial Prize in Canadian Politics in 1993 and nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal Award for Academic Excellence in 1994.
As an elected Public School Trustee for the Etobicoke Board of Education in 1994, Choo fought to bring back the ‘basics’ and to instill a sense of fiscal responsibility into the budgeting process by capping trustee expenditures and voting against yearly hikes in property taxes. He was a Senior Personnel Officer in a leading bank in Malaysia before immigrating to Canada.
Choo is active in community affairs, and he has served as Director at the Herbert H. Carnegie Future Aces Foundation; Co-Chair of the Ursula Franklin Academy School Advisory Council; Member of the Society for Quality Education; Director of Youth Without Shelter; Director of the Ontario School Boards’ Reform Network; Member of the Etobicoke Mayor’s Committee on Multi-Culturalism and Race Relations; Member of the East Timor Alert Network; and Treasurer for Party-in-the- Park, National Night Out, a community-based crime prevention initiative in Etobicoke.
Choo has been with the University of Toronto since 1998. In 2004, Choo ran for Governing Council and won. Choo has served on the Executive Committee, the Budget and Planning Committee, the Business Board and the Elections Committee of Governing Council. He is also a member of the Towards 2030 Task Force on Governance and the Committee to Review the Office of the University’s Ombudsperson.
P.C. Choo is asking for your vote so that he can continue to represent your interests and concerns at the highest level.