Ray Cheung was born in Hong Kong in 1951 and received a BSc (Agr) degree in Food Science UBC in 1975.
Following graduation, Ray started his career as a microbiology lab technician with the Provincial Health Laboratory. From there, he joined the BC Provincial Dairy and Food Laboratory as a Laboratory Scientist and a BC Government appointed analyst. Ray’s primary responsibility was the supervision of staff responsible for the testing of raw and finished dairy products for the province. In 1988, the provincial government decided to privatize a number of functions including the Dairy Testing Laboratory. Consequently Ray headed up a group of employees to purchase the laboratory from the government. In 1989, JR Laboratories Inc. was formed under the direction of Ray as a major shareholder and Laboratory Director and his partner Jimmy Chang, President. Under the new ownership the company expanded and opened laboratories in both Burnaby, BC, and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It has become the only laboratory designated and certified by the Government of BC for dairy and food analysis. In addition, it has obtained accreditation from the Standards Council of Canada (ISO Guide 25), the Canadian Association of Environmental and Analytical Laboratories (CAEAL), Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Health Canada (GMP), United States Food and Drug Administration and the Quality Management Institute (ISO9002). The company now provides a wide range of analytical and related services.
Ray is registered Professional Agrologist (PAg) and a member of the BC Institute of Agrologists.
He resides in Vancouver, BC, with wife Tina and they have two children (Stephen and Maegan).