Honourable Teresa Wat
Teresa Wat was elected to represent the riding of Richmond Centre on May 14, 2013. She was appointed Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism on June 10, 2013.
Wat also serves as a member of the Cabinet Committee on Strong Economy and was the President and CEO of Mainstream Broadcasting Corporation CHMB AM1320. She also served as the News Director at Channel M Television (now OMNI TV), and previously served as a Communications Advisor at B.C.'s Cabinet Policy and Communications Secretariat.
Wat was instrumental in the launch of the first ever live Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi daily television news programs. In 2015, Princess Astrid bestowed Wat with the Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown, one of the highest decorations from the Kingdom of Belgium. In 2013, she received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award for her community service work. In 2010, she was appointed to the Canadian Women Voters Congress Advisory Board and was recognized as one of B.C.'s top 100 most influential women by the Vancouver Sun Newspaper in 2010.
Wat started her journalistic career in Hong Kong and worked in senior positions in both Hong Kong and Singapore governments.
Wat speaks Cantonese and Mandarin, and holds a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Hawaii. She also has a Bachelor of Social Science with First Class Honours from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She attended the Executive Program in Public Sector leadership at Royal Roads University.