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The Lee-Chin institute is comprised of top management thinkers, business practitioners, and leading scholars. Our fellows are chosen to support and honour work relating to the area of sustainability, while the Grant Review Panel and Advisory Board help to govern our various research initiatives.

MICHAEL LEE-CHIN
FOUNDING DONOR

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Michael Lee-Chin

Biography

Michael Lee-Chin, President and Chairman of Portland Holdings Limited, is widely regarded as a visionary entrepreneur whose philosophy of “doing well and doing good” has resulted in phenomenal success and inspiring philanthropic initiatives.

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

In 1983, at the age of 32, Michael borrowed money to purchase $500,000 of Mackenzie Financial stock. After four years the stock appreciated seven-fold. Michael 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, Michael remains firmly committed to creating wealth for investors as Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Portland Investment Counsel Inc., an investment manager and exempt market dealer.

As the founder of Portland, Michael’s business accomplishments span various countries and numerous sectors.

At the helm, Michael has established an investment philosophy and guiding principles for each of the companies under Portland. Although some companies may not have possessed strong balance sheets or a guiding framework prior to acquisition by Portland, it has been under Michael’s stewardship that each of these companies has come to display the following attributes: Solid returns on equity; Positioned in a long-term growth industry; Entrepreneurial, competitive and hard-working management; Potential to be a global leader; Possessing competitive advantages (for example, brands, relationship networks, licenses, etc.); and Possessing quality tangible assets.

Following the acquisition of AIC Limited in 1987, Michael set about developing the Berkshire group of companies – comprising an investment planning arm, a securities dealership, and an insurance services operation. Under Michael’s stewardship, Berkshire was able to amass more than $12 billion in assets under administration by 2007. At that time, Berkshire had grown to form a network of 750 financial advisors operating in 250 offices across Canada. In 2007, Manulife acquired the Berkshire Group of Companies.

In 2002, Portland’s interests expanded internationally with the acquisition of National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited and its subsidiaries. Since becoming part of the Portland group, NCB’s after-tax profits have increased from US$6 million (2001) to US$106 million (2014). NCB today stands as Jamaica’s largest financial services provider with over 40 branches, 2,400 employees, and offices in the Caymans and the United Kingdom. NCB was awarded the Latin Finance 2007 Bank of the Year Award. In 2011, The Banker Magazine, a publication of Financial Times in London, ranked NCB 3rd in the world for return on capital in its survey of “Top 1,000 Banks” making NCB among the world’s premiere lending institutions. Also important is the bank’s reputation as a leader in corporate citizenship. Since 2003, the Bank, through its philanthropic arm, the N.C.B. Foundation, has provided financial support to over 60,000 students.

In 2005, Portland partnered with Risley Group to form Columbus Communications Ltd. Columbus is a diversified telecommunications company whose core operating business is providing cable television services, high speed internet access, digital telephone and internet infrastructure services (retail) and, the development of an undersea fiber optic cable network as well as the sale and lease of the telecom capacity provided by the network (wholesale). Columbus operates in 22 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. In 2015 Cable & Wireless Communications, Plc acquired Columbus.

In the tourism sector, Michael has guided Portland through a number of acquisitions in the Caribbean. Among them, the Trident Villas and Spa, Reggae Beach and Blue Lagoon in Jamaica.

In 2007, Michael and the Portland Private Equity team created a US$225 million private equity fund focusing on investments in the Caribbean Region. Investors in the AIC Caribbean Fund include a division of the United States Government, the pension plan program of a multi national corporation, a fund of funds representing clients such as New York state common retirement fund, European Investment Bank and Export Development Canada. In July 2014, Michael and the Private Equity team launched a second private equity fund, Portland Caribbean Fund II, with an initial close of US$100 million. The Fund is focused on making growth equity investments in high quality scalable businesses as well as transactions in the infrastructure and essential asset sectors in the Caribbean Basin.

Under Michael’s stewardship, Portland currently owns a collection of diversified businesses, operating in sectors that include financial services, consumer goods, waste management, tourism and media.

In 2012 through Mandeville Holdings Inc., a subsidiary of Portland Holdings, Michael started assembling a diversified group of wealth management companies that includes: Mandeville Private Client Inc. (an investment dealer), Mandeville Wealth Services Inc. (a mutual fund and exempt market dealer) and Mandeville Insurance Services Inc. (life insurance).

Wallenford Limited, a subsidiary of Portland Holdings, began the process of acquiring Wallenford Coffee Company in 2013 from the Jamaican Government. Wallenford historically has been the largest cultivator of Jamaica Blue Mountain and Jamaica High Mountain coffee.

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. Michael formally established as the Portland mantra – “prosperitas cum caritate” – which in Latin speaks to his goal that businesses must “not only do well, but also do good” – that is the measure of success.

Among his many personal accomplishments, in October 2008, Michael was awarded one of Jamaica’s highest national honours; the Order of Jamaica for his significant contributions in business and philanthropy. Michael has received Doctor of Laws degrees from a number of distinguished universities including: McMaster University, University of Toronto, Northern Caribbean University, Wilfrid Laurier University, the University of the West Indies and York University. In October 2011, Michael was appointed Chancellor of Wilfrid Laurier University and was reappointed for a second term in 2015. On April 27, 2016, Michael was appointed Chair of the Government of Jamaica’s newly established Economic Growth Council (“EGC”). In an effort to bolster economic development, Michael is tasked with leading a team from the private and public sectors, to advise the Government of Jamaica on the adoption of a framework of growth initiatives.

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ROGER MARTIN
ACADEMIC DIRECTOR

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Roger Martin | Strategic Direction & Oversight

Biography

Roger Martin served as Dean of the Rotman School from 1998 to 2013. He is the author of eight books and in 2013 was ranked #3 on the Thinkers50 list of the world’s most influential management thinkers. Roger researches Integrative Thinking, Business Design, and country competitiveness. He teaches an MBA elective and an open enrollment executive program on integrative thinking at the Rotman School while lecturing around the world on a range of subjects related to his published work and ongoing research. In his current role, Roger is the Academic Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute with a research focus on democratic capitalism.

Education

MBA, Harvard Business School (1981)
AB, Economics Major, Harvard College (1978)

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rogerlmartin.com

@RogerLMartin

Books

  • Playing to Win, with A.G. Lafley (HBRP, 2013)
  • Rotman on Design, co-edited with Karen Christensen (Rotman-UTP Publishing, 2013)
  • Fixing the Game (HBRP, 2011) 
  • The Design of Business (HBRP, 2009) 
  • The Opposable Mind (HBRP, 2007) 
  • The Responsibility Virus (Basic Books, 2002) 
  • Canada: What It Is: What It Can Be, with Jim Milway (Rotman-UTP Publishing, 2012) 
  • Diaminds, with Mihnea Moldoveanu (University of Toronto Press, 2009) 
  • The Future of the MBA, with Mihnea Moldoveanu (Oxford University Press, 2008) 
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ROD LOHIN
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

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Rod Lohin | Executive Director

Biography

Rod Lohin is Executive Director of the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship and Senior Lecturer at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Rod oversees the Lee-Chin Institute’s research, grants, consulting projects and initiatives to reach business leaders and engage MBA students in corporate sustainability, including teaching a course on corporate citizenship strategy. He applies the research and tools created by the Lee-Chin Institute in consulting projects with leading corporations like the RBC Financial Group (Canada’s largest bank), SunLife, Blackberry and others.

Education

MA, York University
BA, University of British Columbia

Contact

Email citizenship@rotman.utoronto.ca

Linkedin Sustainability at Rotman

Twitter @Rod_Lohin

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ALISON KEMPER
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

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Alison Kemper | Senior Research Associate

Biography

Alison Kemper is the Lee-Chin Institute's Senior Research Officer, providing insight and research support. She had worked with the LCI since 2005 and has dedicated 20 years of her career to advocacy and NGO management. Alison is also assistant professor of entrepreneurship and strategy at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University.

Education

B.A., Yale College
M.Div., Trinity College, University of Toronto
M.Th,, Trinity College, University of Toronto
M.B.A., Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Ph.D., Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto

Selected Publications

Lee-Chin Family Institute Publications

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The Guardian - Alison Kemper

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KATY DECELLES
FELLOW AND GRANT REVIEW PANEL MEMBER

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Katy DeCelles | Fellow and Grants Review Panel Member

Fellows are chosen to support and honour their work relating to corporate sustainability.

Katherine DeCelles (Associate Professor of Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management), exploring “buycotts” and political consumerism, as well as continuing work on inclusiveness and ethics. Read Bio here: http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/FacultyAndResearch/Faculty/FacultyBios/DeCelles.aspx


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ALEXANDER DYCK
FELLOW AND GRANTS REVIEW PANEL MEMBER

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Alexander Dyck | Fellow, Professor of Finance and Business Economics and Grants Review Panel Member

Fellows of the Institute are chosen to support and honour their work relating to corporate sustainability.

Alexander Dyck is a distinguished senior Rotman scholar and teacher whose primary work for the Institute is the project “Do Institutional Owners Drive Adoption of Corporate Social Responsibility?” exploring whether institutional ownership has played a causal role in driving firm adoption of increased environmental and social governance. Read bio here. 

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ANDRAS TILCSIK
FELLOW
GRANT REVIEW PANEL MEMBER

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Andras Tilcsik | Fellow & Assistant Professor of Strategic Management

Fellows of the Institute are chosen to support and honour their work relating to corporate sustainability.

András Tilcsik is a rising scholar and teacher at Rotman whose work for the Institute includes two projects: first, “Environmental Catastrophes: Prevention and Mitigation” to identify corporate practices and decision-making processes that reduce the risk and impact of environmental disasters; and second, “Remedies for Employment Discrimination” to provide practical advice on how organizations can ensure equal opportunity in their hiring. Read bio here. 

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GEOFFREY LEONARDELLI
ADVISORY GROUP

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Geoffrey Leonardelli  | Member, Advisory Group, Professor of Organizational Behavior

Geoffrey Leonardelli is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management at Rotman (with a cross-appointment to the Department of Psychology). His research targets how people can harness knowledge about themselves to enhance their leadership, team dynamics and negotiator effectiveness, with some emphasis on international relations. Geoff created Rotman’s course on “Leading Teams” and teaches managerial negotiations. He has published in the Journal of World Business, Psychological Science, and Advances in Experimental Social Psychology and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Link to bio: http://www.rotman.utoronto.ca/FacultyAndResearch/Faculty/FacultyBios/Leonardelli


 
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SHARI AUSTIN
ADVISORY GROUP

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Sarah Kaplan | Member, Advisory Group

Shari Austin is Principal Consultant in the firm Shari Austin & Company, where she advises clients in the areas of social and environmental responsibility, philanthropy and investments. Shari retired from RBC in June, 2015 after a twenty-year career with the bank, spanning such diverse areas as payments, regulatory compliance, industry affairs, risk management and corporate citizenship. From 2008 to 2015, she was Vice President of Corporate Citizenship at RBC, and Executive Director of the RBC Foundation. Prior to retiring from RBC, she co-led the development of RBC’s five-year strategy for corporate citizenship (2016-2020).


 
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TINIA CARNEGIE
ADVISORY GROUP

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Tania Carnegie| Member, Advisory Group

Tania Carnegie created and leads two ground-breaking national strategic initiatives at KPMG Canada - the Community Leader Strategy, and Impact Ventures. Prior to taking on her current positions, Tania spent ten years in various client service roles in both the Advisory and Financial Services Practices of the firm. Tania is a member of Canada’s National Advisory Board to the G8 Social Impact Investing Taskforce. She was the Inaugural Visiting Executive at The Queen’s School of Business Centre for Responsible Leadership, and Co-Academic Director of a social innovation program offered by the Centre.


 
Andrew Micak

Andrew Micak
RESEARCH OFFICER

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Andrew Micak | Research Officer

The Lee-Chin Institute awards grants supporting research in sustainability by Rotman faculty and PhDs. Grant recipients are selected by a panel of Rotman academics and Institute staff.

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REBECCA REUBER
ADVISORY GROUP
GRANT REVIEWS PANEL MEMBER

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A. Rebecca Reuber | Advisory Group, Grants Review Panel Member

The Lee-Chin Institute awards grants supporting research in sustainability by Rotman faculty and PhDs. Grant recipients are selected by a panel of Rotman academics and Institute staff.

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