Raymond Chan has lived and worked in Greater Vancouver for 35 years and in Richmond for more than 10 years. He was born in Hong Kong in 1951 and immigrated to Canada in 1969.
He attended the University of British Columbia, where he earned a Bachelor of Applied Science (Engineering Physics) in 1977. He immediately went to work at Triumph (UBC), where he worked for 16 years as leader for a research engineering team. He also owned and operated restaurants in North Vancouver and Vancouver from 1975 to 1989.
Mr. Chan first became involved with public policy issues when founded the Vancouver Society in Support of Democratic Movement in 1989. As a private citizen, he led a team on democratic and human rights reforms to China in 1991, and later, as a cabinet minister, to Indonesia in 1998 and East Timor in 1999.
He was first elected to Parliament in 1993. As Canada’s first cabinet minister of Chinese descent, Mr. Chan served as Secretary of State (Asia-Pacific) from 1993 to 2000. He frequently led Canadian trade delegations to Asia. He also represented Canada at international meetings such as the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, Commonwealth Ministerial Action Groups (CMAG), the United Nations (UN), the South Pacific Forum, and Director’s Meetings of the Asia Development Bank (ADB).
Since 2000, he has again been in private business. As President of Global Business Development Inc., he helps business clients target newly emerging export markets for Canadian and British Columbian products in China, Taiwan and Korea.
He has two young adult children.