Teresa Wat has served the people of Richmond as their representative in the Legislature since 2013. She was first elected as Member of the Legislative Assembly for the riding of Richmond Centre, and re-elected for the riding of Richmond North Centre for a second term in May 2017. From 2013-2017, she served as the BC Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism.
Prior to entering politics, Teresa was News Director at Channel M Television (now OMNI TV) and instrumental in the launch of the first-ever live Cantonese, Mandarin, and Punjabi daily television news programs in British Columbia. She was also the News Editor of Ming Pao Daily News, and the President and CEO of Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation, a multicultural broadcasting station. Prior to immigrating to Canada in 1989, she worked extensively in the communications industry in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Teresa has been honoured with the Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown, one of the highest decorations from the Kingdom of Belgium, as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award for her community service. She was also previously named one of BC’s top 100 most influential women by the Vancouver Sun, and one of Greater Vancouver’s top 33 most outstanding Chinese Canadians by Sing Tao Daily Vancouver.
VANCOUVER (October 20, 2020) – As part of their plan to dramatically increase access to affordable child care for parents, the BC Liberals have committed to building an additional 10,000 new child care spaces all across British Columbia.