Howard Ma

Board Member

Born and raised in Vancouver, Howard’s parents often brought him to Chinatown when he was a child.  There In Chinatown, he attended Cantonese language classes, where he also learned about the Chinese revolutionary leader, Dr. Sun Yat-Sen. After completing university in 2003, Howard has moved four times in eight years to push forward his career in finance. He is now happy to be in Vancouver again.  In serving as a Garden trustee, Howard feels he has truly returned home.

Howard holds an Honors Degree in Business Administration and Economics from Simon Fraser University.  After graduation, he relocated to Toronto for a 2-year stint in mergers & acquisitions.  He subsequently returned to Vancouver, where he transitioned into the world of private equity & mezzanine finance.  After earning the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2007, he once again found himself on the go.  He moved to Victoria in 2008 to fulfill his long-held career aspiration in investment management.  After three professionally rewarding years in the “City of Gardens”, Howard happily transferred to his firm’s head office in Vancouver, where he is currently, with added responsibilities.

When Howard most recently returned to Vancouver, he resolved to give back to his community.  He started in public outreach roles with the local chapter of his professional association and his Toastmasters club.   Inspired by the example of entrepreneur and philanthropist Milton Wong, he aspired to give more of himself to his community.  The Garden has allowed him to serve a larger part of his community while paying respects to his Chinese roots.

Howard sees a role for the Garden as the reliable constant in the rapidly changing streets of Chinatown. He takes the Garden’s broad mandate of being a bridge between cultures to the neighbourhood level: to be a bridge between the diverse interests within Chinatown.

Howard’s financial experience, particularly in due diligence, gives him a critical lens in evaluating proposals, especially those that require funding.  Combined with his volunteer experience in public outreach, this experience makes him an excellent fit for the Garden’s Community Development Committee.


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