Richard T. Lee is the newest addition to Burnaby City Council, representing One Burnaby. Richard is committed to making sure that city hall focuses on making life more affordable for families.
In addition to his duties as councillor, RIchard is serving on various city council committees, and is also sitting as a member of the Metro Vancouver Regional District Invest Vancouver Management Board, a standing committee responsible for providing strategic oversight and guidance for the Regional Economic Prosperity Service and for providing advice and recommendations directly to the MVRD Board.
Prior to serving as councillor, Richard represented North Burnaby as a Member of the Legislative Assembly for sixteen years from 2001 to 2017, and served the people of British Columbia as Deputy Speaker between 2015 and 2017.
During his time as MLA, Richard also served as Parliamentary Secretary for Asia Pacific; as well as a member of the Cabinet Committees on Strong Economy, Open Government and Engagement, Jobs & Training, and Climate Action and Clean Energy. He also served as a member of the Government Caucus Committee on Economy and Government Operations as well as many Legislative Select Standing Committees.
Richard immigrated to Canada in 1971 to live with his grandfather who came to Canada in 1913. He married his late wife Anne and settled in Burnaby in 1986, where they raised three children.
Richard holds a combined Honours Bachelor of Science in Physics & Mathematics and a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics from UBC.
Richard began his career as a professional staff at TRIUMF, Canada's national particle research facility, and attended the United States Particle Accelerator School at UC Berkeley and Harvard University.
Richard has been an active volunteer in the community, having served as Founding President of BC Cultural Diversity Association, and served as director of BC Heritage Language Association, Burnaby DPAC, Burnaby Chinese Parents’ Association, Burnaby Multicultural Society, and Civic Education Society.