Josephine Pon was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019 as the MLA for Calgary-Beddington, and was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Seniors and Housing on April 30, 2019.
Pon has a wealth of work experience in banking. For more than 20 years, she has worked with three major chartered banks – HSBC, Royal Bank and Scotiabank. Her appointment with these banks includes experience in Personal/Commercial Banking and her last appointment was the Regional Manager, Business Development responsible for Multicultural Banking and working with over 3,000 staff in the Prairie Region for Scotiabank. During her career in the banking industry, she also worked at Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), a crown corporation in mortgage insurance, as an International Trade Consultant and in the Assisted Housing department for the Prairie Region.
Prior to being elected as MLA and her appointment as Minister, she was the Vice President of the Taste of Asia Group in Calgary; this executive role provided her the opportunity to enhance her corporate business experience, providing her hands-on insight into the current economic downturn situation in Alberta and the challenges faced by people in this province, including business owners, restaurant employees and grassroots Albertans.
Pon has been active in volunteering with numerous non-profit organizations in Calgary and Edmonton throughout her life. She was a member of the working group on the Edmonton Mayor’s Task Force to Eliminate Poverty, the Board Chair of Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC), Chair of the Immigrants of Distinction Awards Gala, Vice President of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association and Cultural Advisor for the Glenbow Museum.
Pon holds a Master of Science degree in Management from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom.