Kristyn Wong-Tam was elected to Toronto City Council in 2010 and has an extensive career investing in the city through both the public and private sectors. She was an accomplished human rights advocate, entrepreneur, and supporter of the arts. Recognized for her focused advancement of diverse cultural and urban economic renewal, Kristyn was appointed to Mayor David Miller’s Economic Competitiveness Advisory Committee which produced Toronto’s Agenda for Prosperity in 2008. Kristyn was also the co-founder of Asian Canadians for Equal Marriage, and the past president of the Chinese Canadian National Council Toronto Chapter that successfully lobbied the federal government for the Chinese head tax apology and redress.
Kristyn is currently working in partnership with numerous Indigenous organizations including the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business to create the world’s largest Indigenous Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Toronto’s Downtown East. She is vice-Chair of the Toronto Board of Health and Chair of the Toronto Accessibility Advisory Committee, which provides advice to City Council on the identification, prevention, and elimination of barriers faced by people with disabilities with the goal of achieving social, cultural and economic well-being. Kristyn is a founding board member of the Toronto Biennial of Art and was voted Toronto’s Best City Councillor by NOW magazine readers four years in a row (2015-2018).