Alberta Government Hong Kong Office
Personnel in Hong Kong
Gary Mar, Alberta Representative in Asia
Christopher Liu, Director – Trade & Investment
Juliana Che, Commercial Officer
Peggy Mou, Office Administrator
Alberta has three other international offices in Greater China
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Gary G. Mar Q.C.
Alberta Representative in Asia
Gary Mar was appointed by Premier Alison Redford on October 14, 2011 as the Province of Alberta’s Representative in Asia. He leads the province’s strategic outreach efforts from his post in Hong Kong.
Gary most recently served as the Official Representative (Minister-Counselor) of the Province of Alberta to the United States of America in Washington D.C., from 2007 – 2011. Prior to this, Gary served 14 years as a Member of the Legislative Assembly in the Province of Alberta, Canada. During his time as an elected official, Gary held several Cabinet portfolios – Community Development; Health and Wellness; Education; Environment; and International and Intergovernmental Relations.
As Minister of Environment, Gary served as co-chair of Climate Change Central, a public/private partnership formed in response to the international agreement on climate change. He also led efforts to create a new provincial park in Spray Valley to protect this unique and vulnerable area of Alberta’s Rocky Mountains.
As Minister of Education, Gary introduced First Things First…Our Children, an initiative aimed at ensuring that children can read well by grade 3, and focused on high standards for junior and senior high school students, keeping children in school and ensuring they have the needed skills when they graduate.
As Minister of Health and Wellness, Gary introduced a series of reforms to Alberta’s health care system, including a province-wide electronic health record system and an innovative pilot project to reduce wait times for hip and knee surgeries. As Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations, Gary led the highly successful Alberta at the Smithsonian project in 2006. This event was especially meaningful, since Alberta was the first Canadian province ever featured at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Before serving Albertans as an elected Member of the Alberta Legislature, Gary practiced criminal, civil, corporate, commercial and real estate law in Calgary, Alberta. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1994, a honourary designation conferred by the Crown in Commonwealth countries and recognized by the courts.
Gary has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) degree from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Alberta. Gary and his wife Nancy have three children, Lauren, Jared and Mackenzie.