2021-2022 Board of Directors

Teresa Woo-Paw
Chair

Teresa is a tireless advocate for diversity, social inclusion and active civic participation. She is known for her ability in bringing diverse people together to joint efforts, break new grounds and create bigger impacts in society.

She is the first Canadian woman of Asian descent elected to the Calgary Board of Education (1995-2000), the Alberta Legislature and Cabinet Minister in Alberta (2008-2015).

Teresa holds a bachelor of arts degree in social work from the University of Calgary. She founded and built eight non-profit entities over a span of 40 plus years including the ACCT Foundation & Asian Canadians Together-ACT2EndRacism National Network; Asian Heritage Foundation, the Ethnocultural Council of Calgary (Action Dignity) and the Calgary Chinese Community Service Association. She has worked with almost 100 organizations in Canada.

Teresa received appointment as the Chair of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation by the Governor in Council in 2018 and is currently Chair of ACCT Foundation and created the Inspire to Lead Leaders’ Summit and the Aspire to Act Leadership Training Program; Convener of ACT2EndRacism Network; Co-Chair of Asian Heritage Foundation; Board member of Calgary Arts Foundation; City of Calgary-Tomorrow’s Chinatown and Lougheed House Advisory Committees.

Karen Cho
Vice-Chair

Karen Cho is a Chinese-Canadian filmmaker known for her socially-engaged documentaries. Karen has directed In the Shadow of Gold Mountain (2004) a documentary about the Chinese Head Tax and Exclusion Act, Seeking Refuge (Terre d’asile) (2009) a film following refugees in Canada, and Status Quo? The Unfinished Business of Feminism in Canada (2012). Karen’s TV and web series work has touched on subjects like Aboriginal health, the Japanese Canadian Internment, Vancouver’s downtown east side, and artist activists around the world.

In 2018, Karen was nominated for a Best Directing Canadian Screen Award for her work on Interrupt this Program. She is currently shooting a documentary on endangered Chinatowns in North America.

Karen’s involvement with community organizing stems from her experience with the Head Tax Redress movement, as a volunteer with Montreal’s Chinatown Working Group, the Progressive Chinese Quebeckers and Act2End Racism Network.

Alex Cheung
Treasurer

Alex Cheung has been a professional accountant since 1987 in Hong Kong and 1994 in Canada. He has been performing cost recovery audits for Canadian oil and gas companies for over 25 years and engaged in various tax planning work for Canadian small-to- medium enterprises for over 20 years.

As a member of the business community, Alex volunteers his time to host a weekly radio talk in Calgary on Canadian tax topics, which he has been doing since 1995.

Janet Yee Board Director

Janet Yee
Secretary

Born in Calgary, Janet Yee is passionate about community work. She studied Psychology, while working as an accountant in the oil and gas industry and volunteering in areas against sexism and racism. She became the Crisis Coordinator for the Calgary Sexual Assault Centre, where she trained, counselled, and operated the crisis line. Janet co founded the ‘Women of Colour Collective’ examining issues around racism, sexism and intersecting oppressions.

Janet moved to Vancouver, BC, helping to start up a crisis line and counselling programs at Surrey Women’s Centre. After counselling for many years, she owned and managed an engineering manufacturing company with her husband. While the company grew, Janet still found a way to volunteer in the community by being on local, provincial and national committees, boards and direct services. Janet now volunteers with the ACCT Foundation in training development, administration and on the Board as Executive Secretary.

David S. Tam

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, David 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.

Larry Yen

Larry Yen

Larry is an Associate Counsel working in Boughton’s Securities Group. He helps public and private companies strategize, coordinate and plan international corporate transactions. Larry advises his clients on private securities offerings, initial public offerings, regulatory requirements under Canada and US federal securities statutes and business succession strategies through buy-sell arrangements and shareholders’ agreements.

With an international background and fluency in Mandarin, Larry’s practice reaches across borders to the United States, Europe and Asia where he provides his clients with counsel on acquisitions, mergers, and reverse takeovers. As a cross-border business facilitator, Larry helps new businesses establish in Canada in areas such as consulting, information technology and manufacturing.

Dr. Ying Lu

Dr. Ying Lu

Dr. Lu graduated from Queen’s University with M.D and M.Sc in 1994. Dr. Lu completed her five-year Ophthalmology specialty training at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto with six months Glaucoma subspecialty training under leading glaucoma specialists Professor Graham Trope and Professor Yvonne Buys at Toronto Western Hospital.

Upon finishing her training, Dr. Lu was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Today Dr. Lu is the Head of the Ophthalmology Division at the Scarborough Health Network, one of the largest hospital networks in Canada , and an assistant Professor at the University Of Toronto.

Dr. Lu is the only female ophthalmologist who holds a headship at ophthalmology departments in the public hospitals in Canada . Ophthalmology is the dominant male surgical specialty. She is also the only Chinese female to hold the position in Canada .

Albert Wong

Albert was appointed Citizenship Judge by the Government of Canada in June 2014. As an independent decision-maker, Judge Wong conducts hearings and presides over citizenship ceremonies in the Greater Toronto Area.

Judge Wong had over thirty-nine years of service in the Canadian Armed Forces. He served in various public affairs positions with the military across Canada, on a UN peacekeeping mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia, with a multi-national headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark; and with a Strategic Advisory Team in Afghanistan. He attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

He also served as the Chief Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from April 2013 to December 2020. The first Chinese Canadian to hold this title. He was awarded the Vice-Regal commendation in 2014.

He was named the 2016 Person of the Year by the Transformation Magazine.

An active community volunteer, Albert has made valuable leadership contribution to several organizations including as Chair of the Mississauga Board of Chinese Professionals and Businesses (CPB) and currently supports various other community boards and organizations.

Annual Report 2020-2021