Don Valley North
Geng Tan emigrated to Canada from mainland China in 1998. He came to Canada as an international student and is the first immigrant from mainland China ever elected to the Canadian House of Commons. He is also the first Mandarin speaker ever elected as an MP. He wants to help strengthen Canada’s ties to China.
Tan is currently a member of the Standing Joint Committee for the Scrutiny of Regulations and the Standing Committee on Natural Resources.
Before being elected as the new MP for Don Valley North, Tan worked as a chemist at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. and at the Pulp and Paper Research Institute of Canada.
Tan has a Bachelor’s in organic chemical engineering from Hunan University. Since coming to Canada he has completed a Master’s in applied science and a PhD in chemical engineering and applied chemistry at the University of Toronto.
Tan is the founder and current co-chair of the Council of Newcomer Organizations and was the vice-chair of the Confederation of Toronto Chinese Canadian Organization, two groups that help new Canadians. He believes that Canada needs the right policies to maximize the contribution of new immigrants in society.
He has been awarded a Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal for the work he has put in on immigration and community development. He has also been the recipient of an Ontario Volunteer Service Award.
Tan says Ontario MPP Michael Chan has been his friend and mentor in politics.