Jason Wong is a second-generation Chinese Canadian and has been a lifelong resident of Metro Vancouver. Though he calls Coquitlam home with his wife and two daughters, he runs a successful business in Surrey and spent the majority of his childhood and young adult life growing up in Surrey and North Delta, graduating from North Delta Senior Secondary back in 1998.
He later earned his bachelor’s in communication at SFU and spent nearly a decade in the corporate world before realizing that entrepreneurship was his calling. That’s when he did what most aspiring freelancers would do … he became a dad. The challenge of being a “parentrepreneur” soon inspired him to open Surrey’s first coworking space, the award-winning Beta Collective. Jason’s collaborative workspace has not only helped more than 100 startups and non-profit organizations get their own start since 2014, but has motivated him to pursue other shared economy ventures, most recently a commissary kitchen for small-scale food producers in Burnaby called YVR Prep.
Jason is also very active as a volunteer. In addition to his involvement with DIVERSEcity, he is a board member at the BC Small Business Roundtable (under the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness), a director of the Burnaby Board of Trade, and a co-founder of the CoworkingBC Society.
Looking back at the generosity of the numerous friends and acquaintances who helped to shape his Canadian identity as he was growing up, Jason is deeply inspired to pay it forward and extend the same selflessness and dedication to supporting newcomers of today. He hopes to bring his entrepreneurial spirit, business acumen and passion for community engagement to help further DIVERSEcity’s mission.