About

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Chinese Name: 陳志動

Education: UBC, Bachelor of Arts, 1978

Tung is dedicated to building social pathways to connect people in our society. He currently serves on a number of non profit boards. 

Tung Chan, an Honorary Captain of the Royal Canadian Navy, is the Chair of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 .  He is also a board member of The Laurier Institution, and the Canadian Foundation for Economic Education. From 2006 to 2010, Tung was the Chief Executive Officer of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (a group of registered charities dedicated to the creation of a world of multicultural harmony by building bridges, harvest diversity and foster social integration). 

Tung holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and a General Management Diploma from the Institute of Canadian Bankers where he is also a Fellow.

Tung has worked as a floor trader in the Kowloon stock exchange in Hong Kong and as a waiter in Holland. Since coming to Canada in 1974 at the age of 22, Tung has been a waiter, a bartender, a radio program producer, a Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the City of Vancouver, a branch manager of the Royal Bank and a vice president of the TD Bank Group where he had operational and strategic responsibilities for two overseas branches (Hong Kong and Taiwan) and 17 domestic branches.

Tung has volunteered his time in leadership positions of numerous civic, cultural, business and educational organizations. The following is an illustrative list of organizations: E-Comm Emergency Communications (Board Chair), Richmond Public Library (Board Chair), Fairchild TV (Program Advisory Committee Chair), International Financial Centre Society of BC ((now known as Advantage BC; Vice Chair), BC Premier’s Chinese Community Advisory Committee (Member), Province of BC Equal Opportunity Community Advisory Board (Member), the Vancouver Foundation (Board and Honourary Governor Council member), Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Board member), Asia Pacific Foundation (Board member), the Immigrant Employment Council of British Columbia (Board member), the Metropolis BC (Board member), Rick Hansen Instituteand the United Way of the Lower Mainland (Board and campaign cabinet member).

Tung was a frequent commentator in the media on social, multicultural and immigration related issues. He used to have a blog page in the Vancouver Sun.

In his leisure time, Tung enjoys reading, swimming and travelling.

Bragging rights

In 2002 and 2012, Tung was awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his contribution to the community. In 2013, Tung received an Honourary doctor of laws degree from University Canada West.  In July 2014, Tung was invested into the Order of British Columbia by the Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia in recognition of his community leadership. The citation reads, in part: “He is a shining example of how an almost penniless immigrant can become an influential citizen. He has built a successful career, contributed to the democratic process, and given back to society as a volunteer, philanthropist and community leader. He thrives on building understanding and bridges across racial and other divides.”

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Tung is dedicated to building social pathways to connect peoples in our community. He currently serves on a number of non profit boards and is frequent commentator on Chinese language media outlets on current issues.