First elected in 2006, Councillor Godwin Chan, a lawyer by profession, has provided community leadership in a wide range of areas, including policing, education, public health and road safety for over two decades. He has served on the York Regional Police Services Board, the University of Toronto’s Academic Board and the Public Library Boards in Richmond Hill and Vaughan. As a volunteer, he helped found Richmond Hill Road Watch and served as the Founding Treasurer and Fundraising Chair. Working with other volunteers in the community, he helped to found the Youth Cadets Unit for St. John Ambulance. Councillor Chan is committed to fostering a sense of community belonging and promoting community safety.

Councillor Chan is currently serving his fourth term on Richmond Hill Council, and is one of the longest-serving Council members. For the term of 2018-2022, he serves as the Chair of Economic Development Committee, the Chair of Recover Richmond Hill Task Force and the Chair of David Dunlap Observatory Park Steering Committee. Between February 2021 and January 2022, he was appointed as the City’s representative on the York Regional Council as Acting Regional Councillor. In addition to local and regional levels, Councillor Chan has been elected by municipal peers to serve as a Director of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities at the national level between 2013 and 2020.

In June 2016, Councillor Chan’s achievements were recognized and he received the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award for making a positive difference in Canada. In 2017, Councillor Chan was chosen as one of the Canada 150 Community Leaders. As a lifelong learner, he earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University to deepen his knowledge and further hone his skills in public service.