Founding Board of Directors

Hon. Dr.  Vivienne Poy

  • Former Senator

Toronto, Ontario

Vivienne Poy is an author, historian, fashion designer, entrepreneur & community volunteer. She founded Vivienne Poy Mode in 1981, and over the following fourteen years enjoyed great success in fashion design, manufacturing, wholesale and retail. In 1998, she was the first Canadian of Asian descent to be appointed to the Senate of Canada where she focused on gender issues, multiculturalism, immigration, and human rights, and was instrumental in having May recognized as Asian Heritage Month across Canada. 

Vivienne is Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto. After her retirement from the Senate of Canada on 17 September, 2012, she continues to be actively involved with academia and with communities across Canada. 



Teresa Woo-Paw

  • Former Alberta Cabinet Minister, MLA

Calgary, AB

Ms. Woo-Paw holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from the University of Calgary and has dedicated her career to promoting active civic engagement and volunteerism, social inclusion, cross-cultural understanding and anti-discrimination awareness. Ms. Woo-Paw worked as a private consultant providing diversity training and program facilitation and instruction. She has worked for the Cultural Diversity Institute, the Calgary health region, United Way of Calgary, the Red Cross, Calgary board of education, the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association and the Calgary Immigrant Aid Society. Additionally, Ms. Woo-Paw served as the trustee and chair of the Calgary board of education from 1995 to 1999 and a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta and Associate Minister from 2008-2015. An active part of her community for over 30 years, Ms. Woo-Paw founded the Asian Heritage Foundation, the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary and the Calgary Chinese Community Services Association as well as served on over 30 committees and boards. Her community service has earned Ms. Woo-Paw an Immigrant of Distinction Award, YWCA’s Woman of Distinction Award, the Queen’s Jubilee Award for Multiculturalism and Community Services and the Canada 125th Commemorative Award for Community Services



David S. Tam

  • Lawyer – partner of Parlee McLaws LLP
  • Director – Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers (Western)
  • Director and Past-President – Hong Kong Canada Business Association (Edmonton)
  • Chairman and Director – Arts Habitat Edmonton

Edmonton, AB

David joined the Alberta law firm of Parlee McLaws LLP as a lawyer in 1990 and has been a partner since 1999. Since his call to the Bar, he has focused his practice on securities transactions and has developed valuable experience in numerous securities and corporate transactions. He has represented both issuers and agents for a number of public offerings, private placements and regulatory compliance matters for issuers listed on the TSX Venture Exchange. David currently works with a number of real estate companies, oil and gas companies, mining and resource companies and technology companies involved in high technology, biotechnology and advanced materials, guiding them from the formative stages through various private placements and eventually to initial public offerings. David is also a graduate of the Canadian Securities Course.


Dr. Henry Yu

  • Associate Professor, University of British Columbia
  • Principal, UBC’s International Graduate College
  • Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies

Vancouver, BC

Henry Yu is involved in the collaborative effort to reimagine the history of Vancouver and of British Columbia through the concept of “Pacific Canada,” a perspective that focuses on how migrants from Asia, Europe, and other parts of the Americas engaged with each other and with First Nations peoples historically. Prof. Yu has been the Principal since 2011of St. John’s Graduate College (link is external), UBC’s international graduate college, and served as its Associate Principal from 2005-2009. Prof. Yu is also the Director of the Initiative for Student Teaching and Research in Chinese Canadian Studies (INSTRCC), the first stage of a long term commitment at UBC to the study of trans-Pacific migrations and the long history of interactions between Asian and European migrants and First Nations peoples in Pacific Canada


Bang-Gu Jiang, B.L., J.D.

  • Barrister & Solicitor, Bang Gu Jiang Professional Corporation
  • Provincial Appointee of York Region Police Services Board
  • Former Assistant Law Professor, China

Toronto, Ontario

Born in Sichuan province, Bang-Gu obtained her first law degree in Beijing and taught at the China University of Political Science and Law. She immigrated to Canada in 1989 and continued her education at Centennial College and York University while raising her family. Bang-Gu obtained her J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2003, completed her articles in the Law Division of Ontario Power Generation, and started her own law practice in 2004. She has established herself as an experienced and well-regarded lawyer serving clients across the Greater Toronto Area.  

Bang-Gu is an active community advocate and leader. She has served as President of the Sichuan Association of Canada, President of the Canada-China Realty Professional Association, and is currently Vice-President of the Chinese Professionals Association of Canada. She was pivotal in spearheading local relief efforts in response to the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Bang-Gu is also a popular public speaker, having given talks on legal issues for new businesses, new immigrant career development, gender equality, and parenting approaches. She is a 2013 recipient of the Chinese Business Excellence Award (Social and Community Influence) and is a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient.  

In June 2013, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario appointed Bang-Gu to the York Region Police Services Board. In this important oversight capacity, Bang-Gu represents the citizens of York Region to ensure that our police services are fair, effective, and community-driven.

Bang-Gu is the mother of two children, both of whom were raised in Markham. Her son graduated from the University of Toronto and is now completing his final year of law school; her daughter attends the University of Toronto. 




Dr. Ying Lu

  • Head, Department of Ophthalmology, The Toronto Scarborough Hospital
  • Surgeon and Lecturer, Dept of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto

Toronto, ON

Dr. Ying Lu graduated from Queen’s University Medical School in 1994. She then completed her five-year Ophthalmology specialty training in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. Upon finishing her training, Dr. Lu was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, registered as a member of the Canadian Ophthalmology Society and a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Lu specializes in laser and cataract surgeries for glaucoma and cataract patients at her clinic in Toronto. She was one of the first ophthalmologists in North America to implant multifocal intraocular lenses (IOLs). Dr. Lu also lectures at the University of Toronto Medical School. At the same time, she serves as a medical volunteer for the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital.

In 2008, Dr. Lu won the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award at the Mandarin Profile Award organized by Fairchild Television. That same year, Dr. Lu was one of the six recipients of the 2008 Chinese Canadian Legend Award, being recognized by the Asian Business Network Association for her commitment and contribution to Canada. In 2009, Dr. Lu was recognized with the Best Community Service Award by the Association of Chinese Canadian Entrepreneurs.

Dr. Lu is fluent in English and three major Chinese dialects including Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese.


Larry Yen

  • Counsel, Dentons
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
  • Hong Kong Canada Business Association

Vancouver, BC

Larry has a wealth of experience in acquisitions, mergers and reverse takeovers, and is able to assist clients from the US, Europe and Asia in establishing new businesses in Canada in areas such as consulting, information technology and manufacturing. Fluent in Mandarin, Larry received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Biology from Boston College, and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Seattle University. He was called to the bar in Washington State in 1998 and British Columbia in 2000.


Hao Shi

  • Chief Representative for Canada, Agricultural Bank of China
  • Business Council of BC

Vancouver, BC

Mr. Shi was born in Shanghai and raised in Beijing and has been working in the financial sector for more than 20 years. After graduation from Tsinghua University, Hao worked for Bank of China in Beijing as team leader of SWIFT project. In late 90s, Hao worked for the Bank of Montreal in Toronto after he graduated from UBC, then First Union/Wachovia in Charlotte, North Carolina in commercial and retail banking. In 2005, he moved back to Asia and was managing director of retail banking, product and operation for China Mingsheng Bank and later head of investor solutions for China at Barclays Capital. In 2009, he was appointed as deputy General Manager for the investment banking department of Agricultural Bank of China (ABC). Just over two years ago, he moved his family back to Canada to open ABC’s first Canadian office in Vancouver due to his love for the city and Canada. Mr. Shi is currently a board member of governors of Business Council of BC. Hao is also an active UBC alumnus and joined the UBC Alumni Advisory Council last year. He received a Master of Engineer in Computer Engineering from Tsinghua University and a Master of Science in Computer Science from UBC.


Alex Cheung
  • Accountant – Managing Partner of CLW Partners LLP since 2008
  • Treasurer – Hong Kong Canada Business Association (Calgary) since 2011
  • Radio Talk Show Host – Fairchild Radio FM947 Calgary since 1998

Calgary, AB

Alex Cheung has obtained accounting professional designations in Hong Kong (1987) and Canada (1994). He has two areas of expertise: oil and gas audit and consulting; and tax planning for small-to-medium enterprises.

Alex has been performing cost recovery audits for Canadian oil and gas companies for over 25 years. His experience in oil and gas contracts, projects, operations and expenditure has contributed to the successful recoveries of million dollars for the clients.

Alex is also engaged in various tax planning work for Canadian small-to- medium enterprises for over 20 years and holds a weekly radio talk show on Canadian tax topics since 1995. With his accounting background in Hong Kong, he also assists companies from Hong Kong and China to invest in Canada and save taxes.



Senator Hon. Yuen Pau Woo

  • Former President, HQ Vancouver
  • Former CEO, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

British Columbia, Western Canada Region

Yuen Pau Woo has three decades’ experience in strategy and policy for business, government and not-for-profit organizations. Widely recognized as a leading thinker on international economic issues and Canada-Asia relations, he was appointed to the Senate of Canada in November 2016, and sits as an independent representing British Columbia.

Prior to joining the Senate, he was President of HQ Vancouver (2015-2016), a public-private partnership that promotes British Columbia as a location for head offices of international companies. From 2005-2014, he was President and CEO of the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. From 2002-2012, Senator Woo was Canada’s representative on the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), and served as the founding chair of PECC’s flagship State of the Region report. Senator Woo has previously worked for the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, and the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation. In addition, Senator Woo has been an advisor/consultant to the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).. He has published widely on international economic issues and contemporary Asian affairs. His previous board appointments include the Public Policy Forum, the Ontario Brain Institute, the Standards Council of Canada, and the Greater Vancouver Advisory Council for the Salvation Army. In 2012, he was honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for his contributions to Canada-Asia relations.

Senator Woo is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Beedie School of Business, Simon Fraser University; Senior Fellow in Public Policy at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, as well as co-founder and President of China Global: The Vancouver Society for Promotion of Chinese Art and Culture. Currently, he is chair of the board of the Vancouver Academy of Music, and a member of the Global Council of the Asia Society, as well as on the Advisory Boards of the Mosaic Institute, and the Canadian Ditchley Foundation.

On September 25, 2017 Senator Woo was elected as the Facilitator of the Independent Senators Group.