24th Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
B.Sc. University of Manitoba
The Honourable Philip Lee was named Manitoba’s first Chinese-Canadian lieutenant-governor by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2009.
Born in Hong Kong, Mr. Lee came to Canada to study chemistry at the University of Manitoba. During his student career, he was elected Chairman of the University College Student Association. In June, 2011 he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree by the University of Manitoba. Mr. Lee began his career as a research chemist, where he worked in the area of water research, dealing with water supply and water quality studies for the City of Winnipeg. While building a career in chemistry and business, Philip continued his community work and was active in Winnipeg’s Chinese-Canadian community for over 35 years.
Philip was appointed a member of the Human Rights Council of Manitoba and later became chairperson of the policy review committee for Human Rights, Manitoba. He served as a member of the City of Winnipeg’s Refugee Assistance Committee. In addition to being an Executive Board Member of the Winnipeg Chinese Cultural and Community Centre, he was also a member of the Chinese Development Corporation and the 1995 Manitoba’s 125th Anniversary Committee.
Philip was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1999. He was the recipient of The Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and The Queen’s Diamond Jubiee Medal in 2012. He became a member and the Chancellor of the Order of Manitoba in August 2009.
Philip’s leadership has also been recognized through the City of Winnipeg Community Service Award(1984). He served on the Multiculturalism Council of Canada between 1984 and 1988 and received the Recognition of Service Award from the Community and Race Relations Committee, City of Winnipeg(1990). in 1993, Philip received the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation. Between 1995 and 1999, Mr. Lee was a board member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and a board member of the Alumi Association of the University of Manitoba.