Lydia Li, Academic Counsellor/Program Advisor to the Department of Economics, Business and Mathematics


The Academic Dean’s Office

What is your educational background and past work experience that brought you to King’s?

I moved to Canada in 1999 after studying part-time in the States. I studied in Toronto for two years and decided to transfer to King’s. That was one of the best decisions I made.

I graduated from King’s in 2003 with a bachelor degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies. Right after graduation, I worked for a local trading company as an Administrative Assistant. In 2006 I came back to King’s and started working at the Secretaries’ Office.

I received a Certificate for Translation from the University of Toronto in 2010.

When I was a student, I worked as a tour guide at King’s and volunteered as a resource assistant at the Student Career Center at Western. I appreciate the opportunities that King’s has offered to me as a student and as an employee.

How does your department make a difference for students?

The Department of Economics, Business and Math offers an unique industry Internship program for business students interested in practical experience prior to graduation. The students feel that they are better motivated and prepared for their careers after gaining valuable work experience in the industry.

The Department also has a strong Economics Honors Specialization program. Many of our graduates from this program have entered prestigious graduate schools in North America, Europe and Asia.

What do you like best about working at King’s?

I feel honoured to work for one of the finest schools and administration teams in Canada. King’s always has the tradition of caring for its students and valuing its employees. I like the working and studying environment that King’s has to offer. I also notice that King’s has grown bigger and better during the past 10 years, with more academic programs and a diverse student population. I feel that it is my privilege to work with professors who taught me before and I learned so much from them.

What are you looking most forward to in your new position?

I look forward to better supporting and serving King’s community with my knowledge, work experiences and language skills.

What are your interests outside of King’s?

I enjoy reading, cooking, long walks and playing tennis. I began to take Chinese calligraphy and painting classes last year and enjoy it.