Richard N. Liu (BA, MA)
Senior Advisor (Asia-Pacific)
Richard N. Liu’s family has unique Canada-China ties for three generations. His great-uncle Dr. Liu Shih-shun was China’s first Ambassador to Canada in the 1940s, and his father, Dr. Liu Dun-ren, built relations in education, culture and tourism for three decades, including establishing the first Twin Sister City between Victoria and Suzhou (1980). Richard’s great-grandfather Dr. Wu Han-chi played an active role in uprisings that shaped the future of modern China, was an elected member of the first parliament in 1913. Dr. Wu’s daughter, Dr. Wu Zhimei, served as Guangzhou City Counselor and Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s secretary, and visited Vancouver in 1929 and 1932.
Born in Canada and educated at UBC and Peking University, Richard resided in Beijing for over 20 years, started the influential “Canadians in China” network and founded the Canadian Alumni Network connecting thousands of individuals in China who attended Canadian post-secondary institutions. His career has ranged from public relations, diplomacy and events organization to education. He has been a leader in developing volunteer projects in China, such as the Terry Fox Run and the Special Olympics in Beijing. Richard has also volunteered for three Olympic Games and was Team Attaché of the Canadian Paralympic Committee delegation for the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games. In 2011, Richard was honoured by Mr. Rick Hansen for the “valuable contribution to the Rick Hansen Man in Motion World Tour 25th Anniversary in Beijing.” Since returning to Canada in 2014, Richard now sits on various boards; and advises companies and organizations on a variety of sectors in Asia.