Regional Councillor Joe Li was elected to Markham Council in 2010. He is the first Hakka Chinese from India elected to hold public office in Canada and the first Council member with Indian background in Markham and the Region of York.
Born and raised in Calcutta, Mr. Li has a keen interest in strengthening relationships between India and Markham, especially in his current capacity as Regional Councillor. This is his second trade mission to India as an elected official. He has also participated in Pravasi Bharatiya Divas events in the past.
Before beginning his political career in 2010, Mr. Li served as the Vice-President of the Board of South Asians in Ontario and the President of the Yin Hua (Chinese from India) Association of Ontario.
Mr. Li is a Chartered Financial Consultant and a Chartered Life Underwriter by profession. He has been in the financial planning industry for over 23 years. After graduating from high school in India, he has spent 9 years in Sweden before immigrating to Canada in 1984.
In addition to Hindi/Urdu, Mr. Li is also conversant in English, Swedish and various Chinese dialects including Hakka, Cantonese and Mandarin.