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David Lam

The Honourable
David See-chai Lam

25th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
In office
September 9, 1988 – April 21, 1995
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Jeanne Sauvé
Ray Hnatyshyn
Roméo LeBlanc
Premier Bill Vander Zalm
Rita Johnston
Mike Harcourt
Preceded by Robert Gordon Rogers
Succeeded by Garde Gardom
Personal details
Born September 2, 1923
Hong Kong
Died November 22, 2010(2010-11-22) (aged 87)
Vancouver, British Columbia Canada
Nationality Canadian

David See-chai Lam, OC CVO OBC (traditional Chinese: 林思齊; simplified Chinese: 林思齐; pinyin: Lín Sīqí) (September 2, 1923 – November 22, 2010) was a Canadian businessman. From 1988 to 1995, Lam was the 25th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Lieutenant Governor 2.1
  • Honours 3
  • Death 4
  • Arms 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

Born in Hong Kong, Lam and his family immigrated to British Columbia following World War II. He received an Economics degree at Lingnan College in Hong Kong and an MBA from Temple University in Philadelphia.


Lam became a prominent real estate entrepreneur in Vancouver, and was a leading proponent of many groundbreaking real estate development ventures. He is also noted for being a leading philanthropist. In 1986, he helped found the Canadian International Dragon Boat Festival.

Lieutenant Governor

In 1988 Governor General Jeanne Sauvé, on the advice of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, appointed him lieutenant governor. Three premiers served under Lam: William Vander Zalm, Rita Johnston, and Michael Harcourt.

He formally ended the practice of lieutenant governors wearing the Windsor uniform. This practice was reinstated by current Lieutenant Governor Steven Point.

He was Canada's second non-white lieutenant governor (first was Lincoln Alexander of Ontario), and the first Asian-Canadian Canadian lieutenant governor.



He died on November 22, 2010 from prostate cancer at the age of 87.[1]


Arms of David Lam
The arms of David Lam consist of:[2]
Above a helmet mantled Gules doubled Or on a wreath Or and Gules an Antique Crown Or garnished with jade proper issuant therefrom a demi lion Or holding between his forepaws a jade ball proper.
Gules a Chinese dragon Or reaching for a pearl Argent on a chief Or a Latin cross Gules between two pine trees Vert.
Two horses Argent langued Gules unguled Or gorged with antique crown Or garnished with jade proper each horse holding a gonfalon Argent inscribed in Chinese characters Sable.
A rocky promontory proper charged with three Pacific Dogwood flowers Argent leaved Vert seeded Or.
Futura Aspirans


  1. ^ "Former B.C. lieutenant-governor David Lam dies". CBC News. 22 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010. 
  2. ^ Canadian Heraldic Authority (Volume I), Ottawa, 1999 

External links

  • Order of Canada Citation
  • Biography from the website of the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia
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