Father we lift up MLA: Richard Lee to You and ask that You continue to lead and guide him. May his love for the people of Burnaby-North continue to abound more and more. We pray that You will continue to give him wisdom, knowledge and discernment as he represents his constituents in Victoria. We thank You also for the many years he has served in this area. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
Richard T. Lee was re-elected to represent the riding of Burnaby North on May 14, 2013, and is currently serving as the Parliamentary Secretary for the Asia Pacific Strategy to the Minister of International Trade and Minister Responsible for the Asia Pacific Strategy and Multiculturalism.
Richard was first elected as MLA for Burnaby North in 2001. Previously, he served as Parliamentary Secretary for Multiculturalism and Parliamentary Secretary for the Asia-Pacific Initiative. He has also served as deputy chair of the Special Committee to Appoint a Merit Commissioner and chair of the Government Caucus Asian Economic Development Committee.
Before being elected to the Legislature, Richard was a programmer analyst at TRIUMF, Canada’s national particle research facility. In 1976, he earned a Combined Honours Bachelor of Science degree from UBC in physics and mathematics, and in 1980 received a Masters of Science from UBC in Applied Mathematics. Richard worked at UBC’s Department of Mathematics from 1975 to 1979. In 1979, he started working at TRIUMF, and in 1982 became a programmer analyst. Richard attended the United States Particle Accelerator School at Berkeley in 1989 and once again in 1990 at Harvard University.
Richard’s community service appointments include: British Columbia Heritage Language Association director; Burnaby District Parents’ Advisory Council member; Burnaby Chinese Parents Association vice-president; Burnaby Multicultural Society director; Burnaby Voters Non-Partisan Association director; and Civic Education Society director.
In 1971, Richard moved to British Columbia, where his grandfather settled in 1913. He and his wife Anne married in 1986 and settled in Burnaby. They have three children.