Victor Oh immigrated to Canada from Singapore in 1978. Since then, he has been a proud resident of Mississauga and an active community leader. As a prominent member of the Chinese Canadian community, he has devoted himself to helping newcomers and their families establish themselves in Canada and start their own businesses.
Since his appointed to the Senate of Canada in January 2013, he has been committed to advancing the interests and rights of seniors, youth and migrants, as well as to promoting job creation, economic development and cultural diversity.
He is a member of the Standing Senate Committees on Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Agriculture and Forestry, and Aboriginal Peoples. He is currently a Vice-Chair of the Canada-China Legislative Association and a member of the Canada-Europe Parliamentary Association, the Canadian Section of ParlAmericas, Canada-Japan Inter-Parliamentary Group and Canada-United States Inter-Parliamentary Group. In addition, he has held executive positions in a number of parliamentary friendship groups including the Canada-Bulgaria, Canada-Indonesia, Canada-Malaysia, Canada-Nordic-Baltic and Canada-Peru. Most recently, in 2016, he joined the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank & International Monetary Fund, which provides a platform for parliamentarians from over 140 countries to advocate for increased accountability and transparency in International Financial Institutions and multilateral development financing.
Prior to his appointment, Senator Oh was the founding chairman of the Canada-China Business Communication Council and former President of Wyford Holdings, a property development and management business. In addition to sitting on the boards of multiple nonprofit organizations, he continues to serve on the Board of Governors of Sheridan College, Institute of Technology and Advance Learning.
Over the years, Senator Oh has been awarded with several distinctions. He received the Robert Boyne Memorial Award by the Peel Regional Police in 2007 and the prestigious Citation for Citizenship by the Government of Canada in 2008. In 2010, Senator Oh became the first Chinese Canadian to receive a tribute dinner by the Community Living Foundation of Mississauga in 26 years.