Thanh Hai Ngo was appointed Citizenship Judge for Ottawa in December 2007. Judge Ngo was educated in France and Canada, receiving a Bachelor of Arts (Honours), from the University of Paris – la Sorbonne, and a Bachelor and a Master of Education from the University of Ottawa.
Prior to his appointment as Citizenship Judge, Mr. Ngo was Chairperson of the Employment Insurance Board of Referees in Ottawa. He has had a distinguished career in education both as a teacher in Ottawa and as an educator in Malaysia and Vietnam.
Mr. Ngo immigrated to Canada in 1975 after fleeing communist terror in Vietnam. Since then, he has been a champion of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law – and a strong advocate against communist oppression.
Mr. Ngo has also been an active member of various Vietnamese communities across Canada and overseas, and is the founder and former Chairperson of the Ottawa Vietnamese Non-Profit Residence Corporation. He is also the co-founder of the International Committee for a Free Vietnam – Canada chapter. He served as the President of the Vietnamese Community Association of Ottawa and as a board member and Vice-President of the Canadian Assessment and Placement Centre, Employment Centre for New Immigrants.
Mr. Ngo resides in Orleans, Ontario.