Vivienne Poy

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Vivienne Poy
Vivienne Poy.jpg
Senator for Toronto, Ontario
In office
September 17, 1998 – September 17, 2012
Appointed by Jean Chrétien
Personal details
Born (1941-05-15) May 15, 1941 (age 76)
Hong Kong Hong Kong
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Neville Poy
Children 3 sons
Residence Toronto, Ontario
Occupation Businesswoman, 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.

Achievements[edit]

Poy is 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.

Personal[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parliamentarian File - The Hon. Vivienne Poy". www.lop.parl.gc.ca. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Hal Jackman
Chancellor of the University of Toronto
2003–2006
Succeeded by
David Peterson