Biography : Michael Chan

Michael Chan

Michael Chan

Minister of International Trade

MPP Markham-Unionville

Political Career

  • Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade, June 2014 – June 2016
  • Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, December 2011 – May 2014
  • Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan and Parapan American Games, November 2012 – May 2014
  • Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, October 2007 – January 2010, November 2012 – February 2013
  • Ministry of Tourism and Culture, January 2010 – December 2011
  • Minister of Revenue, February 2007 – October 2007

Personal and Family Life

  • Married (Elaine) with two sons, Alex and Brian

Memberships & Associations

  • Founder, Chinese Seniors Health and Recreation Association of Ontario
  • Markham Board of Trade and Advisory Council for the Ontario Medal for Police Bravery

Executive Biography

Michael Chan was first elected to the Ontario legislature as the Member of Provincial Parliament for Markham-Unionville in a by-election in 2007, and was re-elected in 2007, 2011, and 2014.

Michael Chan serves as Ontario’s Minister of International Trade. He previously served as Minister of Revenue; Minister of Citizenship and Immigration; Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, and Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade.

As the longest serving Minister of Tourism, Culture, and Sport and Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, he strengthened Ontario’s reputation as a premier destination for investment in multiple sectors. In doing so, he oversaw key priorities of economic growth through close collaboration with Ontario’s creative industries, the expansion of the Celebrate Ontario program, the creation of the Ontario Music Fund, the successful implementation of Regional Tourism Offices throughout the province, and the development of a sustainable long-term plans of several cultural and tourism agencies. In his capacity as Minister Responsible for the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games, he ensured that the largest multi-sport event in Canadian history showcased Ontario’s reputation as a world-class sport host and left a lasting legacy for generations to come.

During his tenure as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, he focused on enhancing Ontario’s ability to attract jobs and skilled employees, and worked to expand the province’s Bridge Training Programs to assist newcomers with economic integration. In 2015, he also oversaw the preparation and welcome of refugees from the Syrian conflict.

As Minister of International Trade, Minister Chan is harnessing the province’s creative and diverse potential to build opportunities for all Ontarians, by increasing trade beyond Ontario’s traditional markets of the U.S. and Western Eu­rope. He is also promoting export market diversification and investment by leveraging diversity as an economic driver to open fast-growing and emerging markets for Ontario’s goods and services.

Prior to embarking on his political career, Chan — who emigrated from Hong Kong more than 40 years ago and has lived in Markham since 1995 — founded and operated a successful insurance brokerage firm.

Michael and his wife, Elaine, live in Markham with their two sons, Alex and Brian.

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