AJ is a professional chef and farmer with a diverse background that includes inter-governmental relations, youth sports, and executive experience, a unique combination that we need on Council.
It's clear to me that we have to do a lot more for small business owners, our farming community, and our young, aspiring athletes. I want be part of a great team to make real progress for Langley.— AJ CheemaFOR COUNCIL
AJ is a professional chef and owner of the Otter Trail Winery and Bistro, currently under construction, located on 248th Street on Langley’s Historic Otter Trail. He also owns and operates a blueberry farm in Salmon River.
AJ has a diverse background with a history in Real Estate, corporate development and government relations.
AJ has a deep understanding of governance and policy as it has been a huge part of his life since he was a child. Prior to relocating to British Columbia in 1993, the Cheema family lived in Winnipeg where his father, Dr. Gulzar Cheema, was the first Punjabi elected as an MLA.
Following the move to BC, Dr. Cheema was elected once again as an MLA, this time serving as a Minister of both Mental Health Services and Immigration and Multicultural Services. AJ took a page from his father’s book serving as a Special Assistant to the Minister of Public Service and Procurement where his key portfolio responsibilities were Canada Post, Real Property, Defence Procurement and Indigenous Community Relationships.
AJ also has an extensive background in business development and operations. He worked as the Manager of India Operations for RCI Capital Group and as the Vice President of Corporate Development for San Group where he was responsible for Corporate, Government and Aboriginal Relations. Has successfully built and maintained key relationships with several first nations on Vancouver Island where San Industries conducted the majority of their multi-faceted forestry business. He has also worked in real estate and was a partner in Desert Hills Estate Winery located in Oliver, BC.
AJ has been an athlete for most of his life. He played Cloverdale Community Football and now coaches his two young sons in both soccer and hockey. In his free time he enjoys golfing, spending time with friends and family, and outdoor activities.