Over the past 12 years as an elected York Region District School Board Trustee in Markham, Allan Tam has worked tirelessly for his constituents. He was involved in building an array of new schools, creating work and school environments where everyone feels safe, welcomed and respected, focusing on character development, and developing strong and talented leaders. Allan works with different levels of government to keep education high on the list of government priorities.

Allan serves as your Board Chair of the third largest public school board in Ontario, supporting twelve consecutive balanced budgets that brought in changes to better strengthen our school system, including more funding for programs to support newcomers, children who need special education, and teachers' personal development. York Region District School Board approved a balanced budget with a total of $1.6B. It is focused on student achievement and well-being, the delivery of effective and sustainable educational programs and the effective stewardship of Board resources. Allan has extensive governing experience and has chaired many committees.

Born in Hong Kong and raised in Toronto, Allan has studied in the in British education system, Catholic education system and Public education system. Allan gained most of his insight into different public school systems in Canada through the Ontario Public School Boards' Association Annual General Meeting and the Canadian School Boards Association's Congress.

Allan has a deep commitment to serve in his community, and serves as

  • Governance Board member of the Local Community Church
  • Vice-President of Full Gospel Business Men's Fellowship in Canada
  • President of the Local Lions Club
  • Committee Member of Young Life
  • Committee Member of Markham Prayer Breakfast

Respectful of all religions, Allan is driven by love and the will to serve the people. As a community leader, he serves people from different backgrounds. He says “With love, I can always be spot on and serve the neighbors."

Fresh out of undergraduate school, Allan embarked on a career in the field of computer technology, honing his keen business insight and in-depth knowledge of business administration in the private sector. Allan and his wife Brenda are raising their three children in Markham, where they attend local public schools. Allan is confident to oversee the largest employer in the region with over 15,000 staff members. Allan has a passion for the next generation.