The Museum of Vancouver Honours Robert Fung and the Wong Family as Vancouver City Shapers

October 4, 2012

The Museum of Vancouver Honours Robert Fung and the Wong Family as Vancouver City Shapers

(VANCOUVER, BC) If the city itself is looked at as an artifact, to whom do we credit its creation? The Museum of Vancouver — in its ongoing mission to hold a mirror to the city and provoke dialogue about its past, present, and future — has responded to this question with a new award. The first inaugural Vancouver City Shapers Award will be presented on Wednesday, October 11, at the MOV Legacy Dinner.

Uniquely positioned to look at the entire city as an artifact, the MOV pulled seven well recognized city historians, urban planners, influencers in the business and philanthropic sector, as well as representatives from the MOV Board of Directors to select recipients for two new awards. They spent two months reviewing over 50 families and individuals who have helped to mould the city as we know it today, and who continue to influence its path to tomorrow.

The resulting selection brought forward three extraordinary individuals for this inaugural year:

City Legacy Award:                                      Milton and Fei Wong
Emerging City Visionary Award:                Robert Fung

The City Legacy Award acknowledges Milton and Fei’s extraordinary contribution and influence over the city’s celebration of diversity, academic success, and mentorship of business innovators and new entrepreneurs.

“They touched so many sectors in Vancouver with their idealism and leadership, from finance and philanthropy to diversity and culture,” explains Nancy Noble, Museum of Vancouver CEO. “Their legacy is our harmonious and diverse city.”

The Emerging City Visionary Award recognizes individuals shaping Vancouver for tomorrow. Salient Group partner and developer Robert Fung will receive this award for his successful preservation and revitalization of Gastown.

The Museum of Vancouver’ City Shapers Award legacy dinner will be an ongoing annual award.


The Museum of Vancouver is an independent non-profit organization which holds a mirror to the city and leads provocative conversations about its past, present, and future.

For full background on selection committee and criteria, download the PDF.

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Thursday, October 4, 2012