Teresa Wat was elected to represent the riding of Richmond Centre on May 14, 2013. She was appointed Minister for International Trade and Minister Responsible for the 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 has 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 B.C.’s first-ever live Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi daily television news programs. 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. She is also currently a board member of the school of journalism at UBC.
Wat holds a bachelor of social science degree from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Hawaii. In her spare time, she enjoys taking evening walks and spending time with her aging parents. She especially loves taking them to lunch for dim sum.