Michael Thompson is a Toronto City Councillor, Chair of Toronto’s Economic Development and Culture Committee and Chair of Invest Toronto’s Board of Directors. Councillor Thompson is a strong, active and influential leader in Toronto’s efforts to build economic development relationships with partner countries around the world.
Over his twelve years at City Hall, Councillor Thompson has earned a reputation as a community focused consensus builder and one of Toronto’s hardest working Councillors.
Councillor Thompson’s strong advocacy for public safety resulted in a City-wide Community Safety Plan, a police task force on guns and gangs and positive programs for young offenders. As Chair of Scarborough Community Council, he led the campaign to create the first ever TTC transit strategy for Scarborough to enhance public transit for residents. He also spearheaded the Taste of Lawrence Festival, which has attracted tens of thousands of people celebrating cultural diversity.
Prior to entering politics, Councillor 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, the Bob Marley Award, the Bob Marley Lifetime Achievement Award and continues to work with a number of charitable organizations including participation in the LIUNA Local 506 Scholarship Fund. He is a graduate of Concordia University in Montreal.