Mr. Michael Lee-Chin
Session: "Wealth Creation, Simple Not Easy"
As founder and chairman of Portland Holdings, Michael Lee-Chin is widely regarded as a visionary entrepreneur whose philosophy of “doing well and doing good” has resulted in extraordinary business success and inspiring philanthropic initiatives.
Michael’s businesses span various countries and numerous sectors. Portland Holdings is a privately held investment company that manages public equity and private equity, and has an ownership interest in a collection of diversified businesses operating in sectors that include financial services, insurance, media, tourism, agriculture, real estate development and pharmaceuticals. Portland is committed to “building strong indigenous businesses” and, equally important, these businesses must also seek to improve the social well‑being of the communities in which they operate.
Among his many personal accomplishments, Michael has received Doctor of Laws degrees from a number of distinguished universities including, McMaster University, the University of Toronto, Northern Caribbean University, Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of the West Indies, and York University. In 2008, Michael was awarded one of Jamaica’s highest national honours; the Order of Jamaica for his significant contributions in business and philanthropy. From 2011-2016 Michael served as chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University. In 2013 Michael was selected by the government of Ontario to receive the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and, in 2016, he was appointed chair of the government of Jamaica’s newly established Economic Growth Council (“EGC”) in an effort to bolster economic development. On February 27th, 2018, Michael was appointed to the Order of Ontario, the province’s highest honour, reserved for those whose contributions have shaped the province, the country and beyond.