Kim Howson

Kim Howson

RBC ,
Strategic Initiatives Social Impact

Kim is a systems-disruptor who seeks out opportunities to work across all sectors to solve complex social problems. She currently works for RBC as Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Social Impact, building strategies that demonstrate how private business can play a significant and positive role in catalyzing social impact. Prior to joining RBC, Kim spent three years with the Ontario Government, where she worked as a Senior Policy Advisor to Minister Brad Duguid and Executive Assistant to Premier Kathleen Wynne. A self-confessed “policy wonk”, she played an important role in the development of the provincial government’s accessibility, youth, and social innovation strategies. Prior to her time in government, Kim worked at a number of non-profit organizations, both in Canada and Europe, on projects related to strengthening resilience amongst at-risk youth and combating human trafficking. Kim has a Master of Arts in European, Russian and Eurasian Studies from Carleton University where she wrote her thesis on immigration and human rights in relation to victims of human trafficking in the European Union. In her spare time Kim likes to keep active by running and playing ultimate frisbee and is passionate about travel, great books and her East Coast roots. She is also a 2017 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, actively working to make a positive impact in communities across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area.