Michael Hwang brings wide-ranging experience in leadership positions and boards that are focused on community building and business improvement.
Hwang was born in Seoul, Korea and immigrated to Canada in 1972. After receiving his law degree from UBC in 1989 and being called to the B.C. Bar in 1990, he practiced with prominent firms in Vancouver before establishing his own firm to serve the small business community. As one of B.C.’s first lawyers fluent in Korean, Hwang has spent 26 years serving business owners in diverse sectors, the non-profit community and cultural organizations.
From 2014-2016, Hwang served as board chair for Sharons Credit Union, which has more than 10,000 members and 50 employees. From 2002 to 2008, he worked with other small business owners to create the North Road Business Improvement Association and was named Businessperson of the Year by the Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce in 2007. He then relocated his firm to New Westminster and served as the president of the Downtown New Westminster Business Improvement Association and as a director of Douglas College.
Hwang has volunteered for several local and international not-for-profit organizations including the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Coast BC, Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society, the SHARE Family & Community Services Society, Presbyterian World Service & Development and Felice Choir Society, which is a multicultural choir whose mission is to promote harmonious diversity.
Michael was Chair of the Small Business Task Force. He joined the Small Business Roundtable in 2018.