Teresa Wat was elected to represent the riding of Richmond Centre in 2013, and was re-elected in the riding of Richmond North Centre in 2017. She currently serves as Opposition Trade Critic.
She has previously served as British Columbia’s Minister for International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism, as well as a member of the Cabinet Committee on Strong Economy.
She holds a Master of Arts in Communication from the University of Hawaii. Before entering politics, Teresa was the president and CEO of a Vancouver multicultural broadcasting station and news director at Channel M Television (now OMNI TV). She was instrumental in the launch of the first-ever live Cantonese, Mandarin, and Punjabi daily television news programs. Teresa has also served as a communications advisor at B.C.’s Cabinet Policy and Communications Secretariat and was a board member of the UBC School of Journalism.
In 2017, she received the Golden Scissors Award from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business for reducing trade barriers with the new Canada FreeTrade Agreement. She was also chosen by Sing Tao Daily News Vancouver as one of the 33 most outstanding Chinese Canadians in BC. In 2015, she 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.
In 2010, she was appointed to the Canadian Women Voters Congress Advisory Board and was appointed one of B.C.’s top 100 most influential women by the Vancouver Sun.