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Kay Dyson Tam

Program Associate

Kay Dyson Tam is deeply interested in discovering and accelerating shifts in the fields of work and learning. From her own experience as an entrepreneur and after working as an employment counsellor at a community agency, Kay became particularly interested in how entrepreneurship might mitigate high levels of youth unemployment. This interest led her to MaRS, where she first joined Studio Y as a Cohort I fellow.

During her Studio Y Fellowship, Kay served as a research analyst with the University of Toronto’s Global Innovation Group, working on the clean cook stove marketing, distribution and adoption in emerging markets project. Previously, Kay was the co-founder and business lead of a web development and design firm. She now leads web development and content creation workshops for young women through a YWCA mentorship program.

Kay has an honours bachelor of science with distinction from the University of Toronto, where she was recognized as a President’s Scholar, a Pearson College Scholar, a Dr. Anatol Rapoport Award in Peace and Conflict Studies recipient and a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award recipient.

Kay is a born-and-raised Torontonian whose travels have taught her that this city is not the centre of the universe.