Biography of Councillor Chin Lee
Chin Lee was elected to Toronto Council in 2006 and re-elected in 2010 & 2014 to serve Ward 41 Scarborough-Rouge River, one of the most populous and diverse wards in the city.
Prior to entering politics, Chin was a consultant and manager in the private sector in the Information Technology industry. With over 30 years of business experience, he knows the importance of providing excellent and cost-effective service. Chin uses his management expertise to ensure Toronto is a model of fiscal accountability, economic prosperity and environmental sustainability. He is a graduate of York University and Ryerson University.
As a 17-year Ward 41 resident, Chin has been an advocate for building strong communities. He served as the President of the Goldhawk Community Association and co-founded the Scarborough Homeowner Alliance for Fair Taxation (SHAFT). Through SHAFT, Chin was involved in challenging the province’s unfair system of property assessment and helped reduce property taxes for over 90% of Ward 41 homeowners.
In 1993, Chin was a part of a grassroots community organization, Scarborough Needs Accountable Politicians (SNAP), which was formed to hold local politicians more accountable to the electorate. Chin’s other volunteer accomplishments include:
- Member of the Chinese Community Liaison Committee – 42 Division Toronto Police
- Member of the Milliken Park Community Centre Advisory Committee
- Member of the Prince of Peace School Parent Council
- Initiated Neighbourhood Watch in Goldhawk Community
In his capacity as a City Councillor, Chin Lee has served on the Economic Development Committee and the influential Budget sub-committee. He currently serves on the following committees, agency, boards and commissions:
- Scarborough Community Council, Vice Chair
- Affordable Housing Committee
- Audit Committee, Chair
- Civic Appointments Committee, Vice Chair
- Employee and Labour Relations Committee
- Environmental Nominating Panel
- Public Works and Infrastructure Committee
- Striking Committee
- Toronto Zoo Board of Management, Mayor’s Designate
- Tribunals Nominating Panel
External Boards and Committees:
- Scarborough Hospital Directors Nominating Committee
- Toronto Parking Authority
- Toronto Police Services Board
- Toronto and Region Conservation Authority Partners in Project Green: A Pearson Eco-Business Zone Executive Committee
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(City of Toronto website on Councillor Lee: https://tinyurl.com/z3pj3or)
Chin and his wife Rita live in the Agincourt Community of Ward 41.