Since 1989 the David Lam Centre has remained committed to fostering intercultural dialogue through activities that extend across a broad spectrum of social, cultural and economic issues from both contemporary and historical perspectives. The Centre supports and facilitates research collaboration, networking and building the community of Asia-related scholars across campus and internationally. The Centre furthers the involvement of students in educating and researching the Asia-Pacific region. Lastly the Centre mobilizes and transfers knowledge from the academic research community to the Canadian public.
The David See Chai Lam Centre for International Communication was established in 1989 and commenced operations under the founding director, Professor Jan Walls. Funds for establishing the Centre were provided by then Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, Dr. David See Chai Lam, and matching funds were provided by the Government of Canada. In agreement with the wishes of Dr. Lam, a sizable portion of the endowment was used to construct a suite of administrative offices at the Harbour Centre Campus of Simon Fraser University as a permanent home for the David Lam Centre.