Tony came to Canada in 1968 and studied engineering in Montreal, but his real interest is in numismatics (rare coin collecting). In 1975, he moved to Vancouver and got his first job as a numismatist. Then, in 1982, he started his own business – Vancouver Bullion and Currency Exchange, which he is still active in today. Besides collecting rare coins, Tony is also interested in collecting antiques and Canadian oil paintings.
Tony is a great believer in giving back to society. Other than being a dedicated supporter of Chi Heng Foundation Canada for years, Tony has also fundraised for other charities including various local hospitals.
Tony is married with three grown children.
Toby Chu is the founder, Chairman, and CEO of CIBT Education Group Inc. Established in 1994, headquartered in Canada, and listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange, CIBT is an international corporation with over 600 employees at 46 business locations, and a total annual enrollment exceeding 12,000 students.
CIBT’s education arms include Sprott Shaw College and Sprott Shaw Language College, together offering over 150 career, language and vocational programs. CIBT’s real-estate arm isan investment and development company focused on education-related real estate such as student hotels, serviced apartments and education super-centers.
Toby has won many awards and recognitions throughout his career, including:
Top 40 Business People under 40 by Business in Vancouver Newspaper
Top 30 finalists for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award across Canada by Ernst and Young Canada
Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs
In addition, CIBT Education Group was named Top 100 Public Companies in B.C for four consecutive years since 2016 and Top 500 Fastest-Growing Companies in North and South America ranked by the Financial Times of London in 2020, among many other recognitions.
Toby participates in and supports numerous charity organizations and social causes.