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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 24, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Michael Lee-Chin

Founder and Chairman of Portland Holdings Inc.

Honorary Chair, Campaign Cabinet

Michael Lee-Chin is the Founder and Chairman of Portland Holdings Inc., a privately held investment company which owns a collection of diversified operating companies in sectors that include media, tourism, health care telecommunications and financial services. Among other positions, he is currently Executive Chairman of AIC Limited and the National Commercial Bank of Jamaica (NCB).

Under Lee-Chin’s stewardship, NCB is now the largest bank in the country. In 2011, The Banker magazine ranked NCB third in the world for return on capital in its Top 1,000 Banks survey, placing NCB among the world’s premiere lending institutions. The bank also has a global reputation as a leader in corporate citizenship, providing financial support to over 60,000 students since 2003.

Michael has won numerous awards and honours for his business and philanthropic achievements, including the Order of Jamaica, Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year (services category), and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation.

He holds several honorary degrees, including honorary doctor of laws degrees from Wilfrid Laurier University, York University, Northern Caribbean University, the University of the West Indies, McMaster University, and the University of Toronto. He also he sits on the board of The Trust for the Americas, a foundation affiliated with the Organization of American States (OAS). 

Michael’s appointment as Laurier’s chancellor took effect Oct. 28, 2011 at an official installation ceremony at the university’s fall convocation.

Degree: PEng, McMaster University