The Honorable Dr. Vivienne Poy, Ph.D. (History, University of Toronto), is an author, entrepreneur, historian, fashion designer (Fashion Arts, Seneca College), board member of for-profit and non-profit institutions, and community activist.
In 1998, she was the first Canadian of Asian heritage to be appointed to the Senate of Canada where she focused on gender issues, multiculturalism, immigration and human rights. She was instrumental in having the month of May recognized as Asian Heritage Month across Canada. She is Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto and the author/co-editor of numerous publications. Since her retirement from the Senate in September 2012, she remains an active participant in communities across Canada.
Despite a very busy public life, Vivienne treasures the tranquility that nature provides. Gardening is her favourite pastime. She uses her design talent in all her pursuits, including her gardens, creating useful items with material retrieved from natural surroundings, as well as arranging floral displays.
Vivienne is a recipient of many honours and awards, including numerous honorary degrees and professorships from universities in Canada, the USA, China, Hong Kong and South Korea.