Experience

Drawing On Over 15 Years of Public Service In Richmond & the Lower Mainland

It’s been a privilege working for the people of Richmond on a wide variety of issues to improve Richmond. This has allowed me more opportunities to make Richmond a better place for now and the future.

As Mayor of Richmond

  • I worked to maintain Richmond as a safe, healthy, active and affordable community with abundant amenities and a strong business sector.
  • We continued to celebrate our success through our community spirit and how we work together.
  • We have a vibrant volunteer community which immeasurably improves the quality of life for others.
  • With tremendous growth over the last two decades, I have enjoyed welcoming newcomers from many other countries to live, work, and study in Richmond. Together we have developed a strong, healthy and fast growing community by seizing the unprecedented opportunities and meeting significant challenges, making Richmond an enriched home to many new residents.

As a Pacific Rim Mayor

  • I recognize the importance of the Pacific Rim to our local economy.
  • I have supported the expansion of our extensive international connections.
  • We have extended the Sister City status to Xiamen in China, while retaining Friendship City status for Qingdao. This opens many doors for business and cultural opportunities.

As a Richmond City Councillor, Lawyer, Resident & Volunteer

  • When I was a Councillor, I was immersed in the City’s history and heritage.
  • When I was a lawyer, I learned how to implement strategies and effectively negotiate. This was especially important whether advocating for the Oval, the Olympics, the Canada Line or for other local benefits.
  • As a long-time Richmond resident, I have learned how fortunate we are to live in a City with such abundant resources.
  • As a long-time Richmond volunteer, I understand the significant contribution volunteers make to improve our quality of life.

As a Metro Vancouver Director

  • I have served on numerous Metro Vancouver committees over the past years.
  • In particular, my years as the Chair of the Zero Waste Committee have demonstrated the need to foster sustainable methods to deal with solid waste.
  • Financial restraint, public consultation and partnership with other levels of government remain important in meeting the future challenges facing the region and our city.

With Translink

  • In the past, I have taken a lead role as Director and Chair of the Board, where I worked hard to realize the Canada Line while improving public transportation throughout Richmond.
  • As a member of Translink’s Council of Mayors, to meet our ongoing transportation requirements, I have advocated for an expanded, prioritized public transportation system, supported by reasonable, sustainable long-term funding.

As Trustee & Vice-Chair of the Municipal Financing Authority

  • If we keep pace with infrastructure requirements, all municipalities in BC will benefit. Through the Municipal Finance Authority, BC cities and regions borrow money for their infrastructure initiatives.  This facilitates cost-effective capital financing for important projects.