Phong Tran

Candidate For

Kitchener City Council
Ward 10

Phong Tran

Candidate For

Kitchener City Council
Ward 10

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My name is Phong Tran.
I am running for City Council for Kitchener’s Ward 10.

I have lived in many cities, but no place as long as Kitchener. This city has been home for the past 20 years, especially in Ward 10.

My family and I immigrated to Ottawa at the height of the Vietnamese Boat People. It was a struggle to learn a new language and adjust to a new culture. Winter in Canada was fun for the first week, then it got real. I graduated from Glebe Collegiate High School then moved to Manhattan, New York to start my film career. In the early 90’s I moved to Toronto to work on Imax features, and TV series. A catastrophic event happened in (911 & SARS) that brought the film industry to a halt.

In 2002, I moved to Kitchener with my wife Dawn. We saw an opportunity to start a business, so in 2004 we opened Matter of Taste Coffee Bar in the Downtown core.

For over the past 20 years living and operating business Downtown, I have seen many changes and faced many challenges. The most recent is the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time, we needed to maneuver quickly and find ways to survive. Our biggest supporters were our neighbours and our local communities. We are still here because of their support. I am so appreciative of the love.

Being an entrepreneur for most of my adult life, I made many mistakes and fell many times. The most valuable lesson I learned is to keep moving forward and not be afraid of failures. I want to bring this energy to the City Council. I want to keep pushing the City forward.

This is why I am running for City Council.

Downtown Kitchener is transforming into a high-density urban center and with this comes urban challenges.

We have many smart people in our city. Let’s use their expertise.

Let’s forward these conversations into actions.
Let’s take action.

I look forward to any opportunity for a conversation with you!

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For the next four years, my priorities are:

Safety and
beautification

Promoting a walkable Downtown:

• preserving green spaces,
• creating parks,
• arts and cultures.

A master vision for development of Downtown

548-255-2381

phong@matteroftaste.ca

© Phong Tran for Kitchener City Council – Ward 10