Distinguished Leader

The Distinguished Leader Lecture Series honours leaders from the business community and offers students the opportunity to learn from these outstanding individuals.

The Distinguished Leader Lecture Series is supported by the D.G Willmot Lecture Fund

2019 Distinguished Leader

Michael Lee-Chin

Chairman of Portland Holdings
Chairman and CEO of Mandeville Private Client Inc.

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. Currently he is the Chairman of Portland Holdings and Chairman and CEO of Mandeville Private Client Inc. As the founder of Portland, Lee-Chin’s business accomplishments span various countries and numerous sectors. At the helm, he has established an investment philosophy and guiding principles for each of the companies under Portland. Portland is committed to building strong indigenous businesses. Equally important, these businesses must also seek to improve the social well-being of the communities in which they operate.

The Distinguished Leader series honours leaders from the business community and offers students the opportunity to gain insights from outstanding individuals. We hope you can attend this year’s event.

About the award

YearHonoreeTitle
2018Julia DeansCEO. Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation
2017Deepak ChopraPresident and CEO, Canada Post
2016Martine IrmanVice Chair, TD Securities and Senior Vice President, TD Bank Group
2015Rossana MagnottaFounder and CEO, Magnotta Winery
2014Len PennachettiPresident and Founding Partner, Cave Spring Cellars
2013Ned GoodmanFounder and CEO, Dundee Corporation and Dundee Wealth, Chancellor, Brock University
2011Donald ZiraldoChairman, Ziraldo Estate Winery
2010Galen G. WestonExecutive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited
2009Michael McCainPresident and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
2008John McCall MacBainFounder and President, McCall MacBain Foundation
2007Paul HouseChairman, CEO and President TDL Group Corp (Tim Hortons)