Meet The Candidate...

James Li

MBA CMA CPA

James Li TDSB Trustee Candidate for Don Valley North Ward 13 in 2018

ABOUT ME

James Li TDSB Trustee Candidate for Don Valley North Ward 13 in 2018 Talking In Class

Who is James Li?

I was born into a family of scholars about 2 hours outside of Beijing. My father was a professor and one of the first postdoctoral scholars in China, while my grandfather was the president of a university. My family environment and upbringing led me to develop an enduring passion for learning, and I believe a solid education builds a critical foundation for every child’s future.

After arriving in Canada at age 10 and receiving both my elementary and secondary education in the Toronto District School Board, I went on to complete a bachelor’s degree at the University of Western Ontario. Soon after, my passion for learning led me to pursue a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA CMA) certification, followed by a marketing-focused MBA degree from the Schulich School of Business.

MY PASSION FOR EDUCATION

My passion for education and desire to contribute to my community later motivated me to become a Civilian Instructor with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 166 Bulldog Squadron, which operates right here in Don Valley North, from Woodbine Junior High School in the Don Mills Peanut area. 

I served as the Training Officer in charge of cadets in their second year of studies, and remain deeply proud of my students every day. I particularly love the Air Cadets organization because it gives young people a chance to develop many important skills: leadership, discipline, teamwork, and confidence in one’s ability to achieve any goal.  

James Li TDSB Trustee Candidate for Don Valley North Ward 13 in 2018 Air Cadets Cert

WHY AM I THE BEST CHOICE?

James Li TDSB Trustee Candidate for Don Valley North Ward 13 in 2018 Civilian Instructor of Royal Air Cadet
James Li TDSB Trustee Candidate for Don Valley North Ward 13 in 2018 STEM Class

Passion aside, my work at the TDSB would also draw from the experience I have gained over the years from my past successes in the business world. Throughout my fruitful career, I have provided financial management in the aerospace and defense industry, as well as financial portfolio management in private equity. In my present position, I serve as a senior manager of marketing strategy management in the telecommunications industry. My wide-ranging knowledge base and diverse set of experiences have allowed me to achieve success in every role I have taken on.

One of my greatest accomplishments to date is establishing a revolutionary STEM-focused educational program. My team used a forward-thinking set of edutainment-style teaching methods to help youth aged 6–12 learn important STEM concepts that are typically only learned by high school-aged students — all while having a ton of fun!

As my personal and professional background demonstrates, I want to become Trustee in Don Valley North because I have a deep drive to contribute to the community I live in, and an unyielding desire to put all of my knowledge and experiences into action making our area a better place to live with each passing day.

I want to become Trustee in Don Valley North because I know I will work tirelessly to ensure that the voices of all parents are heard — and that the needs of all students are met.

I want to become Trustee because, quite simply, I know I am the best candidate for the job.