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MFin Seminar and Speaker Series

Upcoming Speakers

Michael Lee ChinMichael Lee-Chin, Chairman, Portland Holdings

“Formula for Success” Public Talk, 11:30 a.m. LH1001
"Picking the Winner" Roundtable Discussion for LGSIF Members, 11 a.m.
Nov. 24, 2017

Michael Lee-Chin, president and chairman of Portland Holdings (Portland), 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.

Born in Port Antonio, Jamaica in 1951, Lee-Chin immigrated to Canada in 1970 to study civil engineering at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. After beginning postgraduate studies, Lee-Chin decided to explore career opportunities within the mutual fund industry. At the age of 26, Lee-Chin became a financial advisor and, with growing success, progressed to the position of branch manager.

In 1983, at the age of 32, Lee-Chin borrowed money to purchase $500,000 of Mackenzie Financial stock. After four years the stock appreciated seven-fold. Lee-Chin used the profits to make his first acquisition, a small Ontario-based investment firm called AIC Limited. At that time, Advantage Investment Counsel (a division of AIC Limited) had assets under management of just $800,000. Within 20 years, AIC grew from less than $1 million and – at its business peak – held more than $15 billion in assets under management.

In September 2009, AIC’s retail investment fund business was sold to Manulife. Today, Lee-Chin remains firmly committed to creating wealth for investors as executive chairman and chief executive officer and portfolio manager of Portland Investment Counsel Inc., an investment fund manager, portfolio manager and exempt market dealer.

Michael Lee-Chin served as chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University from 2011 to 2016.

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