Vivienne Poy

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Vivienne Poy
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Senator for Toronto, Ontario
In office
September 17, 1998 – September 17, 2012
Appointed byJean Chrétien
Personal details
Born (1941-05-15) May 15, 1941 (age 77)
Hong Kong
Political partyLiberal
Spouse(s)Neville Poy
Children3 sons
ResidenceToronto, Ontario
OccupationBusinesswoman, author

Vivienne Poy (née Lee; Chinese: 利德蕙; pinyin: Lì Déhuì; Jyutping: Lei6 Dak1-Wai6; Cantonese Yale: Leih Dāk-Waih; born May 15, 1941) is a Canadian businesswoman, author and philanthropist.[1] She served as a member of the Senate of Canada from 1998 until her retirement in 2012.

Early life and education[edit]

On May 15, 1941, Poy was born in British Hong Kong. She is the daughter of Richard Charles Lee (利銘澤; Cantonese: Lee Ming-Chak, Pinyin: Lì Míngzé) and Esther Yiu Pik Huang (黃瑤璧; Cantonese: Wong Yiu-Pik, Pinyin: Huáng Yáobì). Poy's paternal grandfather was Hysan Lee, who was tied to the Hong Kong opium refinery business and also land development in the early 1900s.

In 1959, Poy was a student in Canada. She is a graduate of St. Paul's Co-educational College (in Hong Kong), McGill University, Seneca College and the University of Toronto.


On her appointment, Poy became the first Canadian senator of Asian ancestry. For 14 years, Poy served as president of Vivienne Poy Mode, a fashion design company that she founded in 1981. She was selected as Chancellor of the University of Toronto in December 2002 and served until 2006.


Poy's husband is Dr. Neville Poy, a retired plastic surgeon, and they have 3 sons. Poy's sister-in-law is Adrienne Clarkson, who served as Governor General of Canada from 1999 to 2005.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Parliamentarian File - The Hon. Vivienne Poy". Retrieved August 24, 2017.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Hal Jackman
Chancellor of the University of Toronto
Succeeded by
David Peterson