Chungsen Leung

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Chungsen Leung
MP
梁中心
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Willowdale
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 30, 2011
Preceded by Martha Hall Findlay
Personal details
Born (1950-07-14) July 14, 1950 (age 64)
Taipei, Taiwan
Political party Conservative
Residence Toronto, Ontario

Chungsen (C. S.) Leung, MP (Chinese: 梁中心) (born July 14, 1950) is a Taiwanese born Canadian businessman and politician, currently the MP for Willowdale[1] [2] and Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism. Mr.Leung is also a member of the Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration.

Immigration from Taiwan[edit]

Chungsen (C. S.) Leung was born in Taiwan and pursued his secondary education in Japan.[3] As the international community gradually recognized the mainland People's Republic of China in the 1960s, he feared that he could become stateless as a person born in Taiwan.[4] Thus, when the opportunity presented itself, he came to Canada to pursue his university education at Ottawa's Carleton University and adopted Canada as his new home. After spending eight years in Canada as an international student and as a landed immigrant, he became a citizen of Canada.[5] He met his wife while studying in Canada.

Education[edit]

He received a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) at Carleton University specialized in Economics and Commerce. He also holds Master of Science (M.Sc.) from the University of Southern California.

Career[edit]

Leung is an entrepreneur with business experiences in disaster mitigation management, urban mass transit projects, building environmentally friendly houses, air & water purification, sports equipment retailing and red deer farming.

He is, presently, a business owner and chief executive officer of four Richmond Hill small and medium size enterprises, as well as, a past director and audit chair of the Xenos Group,[6] a Toronto Stock Exchange listed public company in software development and engineering, and a director with Active Growth Capital.[7][8]

His international business experience includes: being a member of numerous federal and provincial trade missions during the last two decades; the Toronto-Chongqing Sister City Twinning Mission; organizing the 1st Team Richmond Hill Mission to Asia Pacific; Richmond Hill – Shijiazhuang Sister City Twinning Mission, a member of the Advisory Board for Ontario Export Inc. and the bid team leader to host the 1997 World Chinese Entrepreneur Convention in Toronto.

Community involvement[edit]

As an active community participant,[9][10] Leung has been: founding president of the Richmond Hill & Markham Chinese Business Association, a corporate cabinet director of the Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto, a member of the Richmond Hill Naturalist, a director of the Richmond Hill Chamber of Commerce and numerous other bi-lateral trade or business related associations.

Leung is a director of the York Central Hospital Foundation, and a director of the Toronto Regional Conservation Authority Foundation.[11]

Leung is a piper with the Royal Canadian Legion North York Branch.

In 2003, Leung and his wife, Deborah Chute, received five national “Green” awards for building their energy efficient and environmentally friendly house in Richmond Hill. These awards are: Enerquality Corporation for a super R-2000 house, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation for a healthy home, Canadian Home Builder Association for best environmental practices, Enbridge for low gas consumption guarantee, and Enerwork for being one of the first to use solar energy heating.

Political involvement[edit]

Before becoming the Conservative Party candidate in 2011, he was previously the party's candidate for Richmond Hill in the 2008 federal election, losing to Liberal candidate Bryon Wilfert,[12] and the candidate for Willowdale representing the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada in the 2000 federal election, losing to Liberal candidate Jim Peterson.[13]

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