Sarah Thomson


A city builder with a strong social conscience Sarah Thomson isn't your typical CEO.

Born in Toronto, she grew up in an eclectic and culturally rich household, an environment that shaped her appreciation for our city's arts and culture.

Sarah began her working life at a gas station, quickly becoming manager and then starting her own business at age 18. At age 24, she was recognized by Sunoco as their top dealer in Canada. By age 30, she had built a multi-million dollar company, turning around failing service stations and making them successful.

In 2002, she launched the Women's Post, a print and online magazine with a readership of over 300,000. The magazine is recognized as the reliable source of information and inspiration for women in business.

Sarah was one of the featured women in Patricia Lovett-Reid's book, Get Real: 26 Canadian Women Share the Secret to Authentic Success.

She is also a Director of, a non-profit organization advocating for world-class architecture in Toronto.

Sarah has long had an interest in public service, which led her to run for mayor of Toronto in 2010. The experience made her even more passionate about tackling the challenges facing our community.

Sarah attended McMaster University as a mature student, studying English and philosophy.

For the last ten years she has lived downtown, where she now resides with her husband Greg and two young sons.