This month we are shining a spotlight on ELN member Harvey Lam – a management consultant at Accenture Strategy, and a former corporate lawyer. When he’s not navigating the corporate world, he uses his skills in the community. Most recently, he’s been responsible for Fundraising & Partnerships at The Rumie Initiative, an initiative that won the recent Google Impact Challenge! He’s also a board member at Jack.org, and the Citizen Empowerment Project and offers his mentorship to law students in need of support and guidance.
Full name…Harvey Lam
I was born in …Scarborough, Ontario
And I currently live in … Downtown Toronto (CityPlace) and I love it because it’s close to work and my friends and colleagues. It’s also close enough to the highway and public transportation where I can regularly go back to Scarborough or explore new areas of the city such as Jane and Finch.
I speak…enough Cantonese to keep my mother happy and order dim sum.
Diverse leadership is important because…we need ideas from a variety of sources because it often leads to better ideas, and our democracy’s legitimacy depends on our ability to integrate a plurality of ideas and perspectives.
The issues in our region that keep me up at night are…getting better at creating more educational and economic opportunities for people from all regions and socioeconomic beginnings.
My greatest city-building accomplishment to date is …working on #JaneAndFinchVotes with the Citizen Empowerment Project to increase voter turnout in the 2015 federal election and helping the Rumie Initiative establish a foundation to launch free digital educational programs for refugees and Indigenous youth in Ontario.
One thing I do to ensure I continue to grow and develop as a leader is…to always test my ideas with action and be open to challenge and feedback, particularly if it’s difficult.
To me, an inclusive city/region/GTHA looks like…a place where people from all backgrounds (socioeconomic, educational, cultural, etc.) become decision makers and opportunity is open to all communities.