Councillor Wong brings to West Vancouver Council his extensive background in the strategic leadership of high profile organizations, board governance, public policy, and community leadership. As well as being someone who grew up in West Vancouver and who still lives here, he is a strong believer in the importance of vibrant, safe, and inclusive communities. He currently sits on the following committees as the Council representative: - Finance Committee - Audit Committee - Community Engagement Committee - Arts & Culture Advisory Committee - Awards Committee - Youth Advisory Committee - Parcel Tax Roll Committee - West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
A PROVEN RECORD OF GETTING THINGS DONE
Councillor Wong served on the West Vancouver Police Board from 2012 to 2018 (serving as chair of the Governance/Policy Committee and previously as chair of the Finance Committee). In these roles, he led the oversight of the Department’s finances as well as the development of the annual budget of approximately $14 million. In collaboration with the rest of the police board, he also ensured the continued safety and security of West Vancouver by setting and reviewing the Department’s policies and strategic direction through a four-year strategic plan. Most notably, Councillor Wong helped turn around the Department in 2014, when employee morale was extremely low due to widespread issues regarding sexual harassment, unfair hiring practises, and bullying in the workplace.
Previously, Councillor Wong served as a member of the University Council of Queen’s University from 2008 to 2014, and was re-elected to a second term in 2019. University Council is one of the three governing bodies of the University and in this role, Councillor Wong advised the University’s administration through the careful consideration of issues affecting the University’s continued well-being and prosperity. During his first term, he framed and passed bylaws for the appointment of the Chancellor; the election of the Rector by the students; the election of Council members to the Board of Trustees; as well as by-laws to ensure that Council was able to effectively carry out its powers and functions.
Councillor Wong has also served as a board member of the North Shore Multicultural Society (serving as Secretary of the Board), an agency that offers specialized settlement, English language services, integration, family programs, and immigrant-focused employment services. Together with his board colleagues of the most comprehensive settlement organization on the North Shore, Councillor Wong oversaw the strategic delivery of programs and services to help over 4,500 immigrants and refugees a year successfully integrate into life in Canada, as well as 3,400 settlement clients, 1,300 English language students, 730 employment service clients, 1,030 families and youth in the schools, and 2,100 North Shore youth through diversity workshops.
As the current president of the West Vancouver Track & Field Club, Councillor Wong led the strategic planning for the Club’s exponential growth over the last four years (to over 70 athletes and 5 coaches), including all aspects of annual budgeting, athlete development, training programs, and athlete/coach recruitment. He also managed the grant funding applications and revenue development opportunities, including sponsorships and fundraising, as well as branding, website, and media relations/social media strategy.
Councillor Wong is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has also previously served on: - Senate of the University of Birmingham - Board of Directors of the BC Association of Police Boards - Board of Directors of the Canadian Association of Police Governance - Board of Directors of the Pacific Baroque Orchestra - Board of Directors of the Queen’s University Alumni Association - Board of Directors of the BC Luge Association - Board of Directors of the Richmond Art Gallery
A PROVEN RECORD AS A LEADER
As a leader in strategic marketing communications and stakeholder relations, Councillor Wong is currently the Chief Executive Officer of AURUS Athletica Inc. He gained significant experience in diplomacy and high profile relationship-building working for the Canadian Olympic Committee and the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C., helping to strengthen relationships with key members of the International Olympic Committee, the World Olympians Association, Olympians Canada, and both houses of the United States Congress. Councillor Wong has also been the primary media spokesperson for a major utility company, as well as a communications advisor to several provincial cabinet ministers, notably the Minister of Finance and Minister Responsible for the Olympics.
He began his career working with high profile clients and sectors such as Olympic athletes, national sports teams, agriculture, natural resources, and non-profit organizations. He has a wealth of experience in developing and executing integrated marketing communications and stakeholder engagement strategies that span brand development/management, issues management, public relations, government/international relations, internal/external communications, as well as media relations.
A PROVEN RECORD AS AN IMPARTIAL, ANALYTICAL DECISION-MAKER
Councillor Wong’s background is further supported by his ability as an analytical, unbiased, and fact-based decision-maker through the gathering and assessing of complex information, as well as the interpretation and application of legislation and regulations. He recently retired as a provincially-appointed adjudicator on the Employment and Assistance Appeal Tribunal, which is a quasi-judicial decision-making body established under the authority of the Employment and Assistance Act, to provide parties with a judicially impartial, fair, and transparent appeals process that is independent from the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction. In this role, Councillor Wong impartially heard parties, witnesses, and evidence presented; assesses the credibility and arguments of the parties; and issues a written ruling regarding the decision made by the Ministry of Social Development & Poverty Reduction to refuse, reduce or discontinue certain benefits or supplements, under the Employment and Assistance Act, and the Employment and Assistance for Persons with Disabilities Act, as well as the Ministry of Children and Family Development that refuse, reduce or discontinue a subsidy under the Child Care Subsidy Act.
A PROVEN RECORD OF COMMITMENT TO WEST VANCOUVER
Born in 1981 in Vancouver, Councillor Wong is not only a long-time West Vancouver resident, but he also grew up in the community – attending École Pauline Johnson and graduating from Sentinel Secondary School in the French Immersion program.
Councillor Wong holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree from Queen's University in political studies and a Master of Science degree in marketing from the University of Birmingham (UK). In recognition of his community service to West Vancouver, he was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Governor General of Canada and the West Vancouver Police Centennial Medal.