King Wan joined the Naval Reserve while at UBC and upon graduation from the Reserve Officers University Training Plan (ROUTP) he continued with his naval service. As a seagoing officer, he participated in many operational cruises as a watchkeeping officer at sea on NATO, NCS and training exercises. He attended the reserve command and staff course, the Canadian Securities program and later served four years as Commanding Officer of HMCS DISCOVERY.
He retired from the Royal Canadian Navy in late 2012. His civilian career included working as manager with TELUS and then in the public sector with the City of Vancouver. King joined the Naval Officers’ Association of BC and served twice as the president and in 2019 led the association in its centenary celebration.
He was also active with the BC and Yukon St. John Ambulance Brigade; served in many roles, became its Provincial Commissioner and then a director on the BC/Yukon St. John Council. King is currently the vice-chair on the Board of Governors of the BC Commissionaires. He is a member of the Vancouver cadre of Honorary Aides-de-Camp to the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia and has served six Lieutenant Governors to date. He was a director and now serves on the Board of the Vancouver Canadian Club as special advisor and a director of the BC Canadian Forces Liaison Council. His professional education and qualifications include an MBA, CPA, CIA and CRMA.