Mayor of Sudbury
First Chinese-Canadian Mayor
Mayor of the City of Sudbury for 9 years (1982-1991)
First elected Regional Chair of Sudbury
Peter Wong was formerly the Mayor and Regional Chair of Sudbury.
He was born July 8, 1931 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and attended public and high school in Radville, Saskatchewan. He attended University of Denver where he graduated in 1954 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He returned to Canada where he began working for the Department of Highways in Ontario.
In 1966, he took an assignment working on infrastructure projects in Thailand for a period of 2 years. Returning to Canada in 1969, he became the Roads Engineer in the City of Sudbury and then was promoted to City Engineer.
In 1982, he ran and became the first Chinese Canadian mayor. He ran 3 successful campaigns and was Mayor of the City of Sudbury for 9 years. After a brief period out of politics, he returned as the first elected Regional Chair of Sudbury in 1997. After only 6 months in office, he passed away suddenly on June 6, 1998.
Peter Wong enjoyed tennis, downhill skiing, curling and cycling. In fact, he was an avid and competitive curler most of his life. In 1973, he was part of the Don Harry team who represented Northern Ontario at the Canadian Brier in Edmonton.