Shaun Chen is the Liberal Member of Parliament for Scarborough North. He was elected to the House of Commons in 2015. He is Vice-Chair of the CanadaChina Legislative Association.
Chen is a lifelong advocate for children and youth. He was first elected to the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in 2006 as Trustee for Scarborough–Rouge River, where he championed programs to support newcomers, launched an annual tree planting initiative in the Rouge Park, and initiated a popular leadership training program for parents.
In 2014, Chen was elected Chair of the TDSB on a pledge to restore transparency and accountability at Canada’s largest school board. He served as director of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and member of the City of Toronto Children’s Services Advisory Committee, where he worked to support a multi-year strategy to expand Toronto’s child care system.
Named by Maclean’s as one of “100 young Canadians to watch,” Chen grew up in Scarborough and went on to the University of Toronto, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Equity Studies and an MA in Sociology in Education. He is currently a PhD student in Social Justice Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.