Harvey Rotenberg was born and educated in Toronto where his undergraduate studies were in Mathematics, Social Sciences and Philosophy. He worked as an actuarial student and then attended the College of Education where his program also included Art Education. He pursued the latter with studies in England and on returning completed a Master’s degree at Harvard in this field. As well as some teaching and business experience, he has done much volunteering.
A vegetarian from 1973 and vegan from 1985, he worked on vegan outreach and became progressively more involved with animal rights activities. Latterly he has assisted and supported Animal Alliance and the Animal Alliance Environment Voters Party of Canada.