Black History Month Part Eight

11 Feb

As part Eight of my Black History Month series, I would like to introduce you to Michael Lee-Chin.

Lee-Chin, born in 1951, came from a modest family life. His mother sold Avon products, and worked as a bookkeeper for various local firms; his stepfather ran a local grocery store

His first job came in 1965 working as part of the landscaping team at the Frenchman’s Cove Hotel.  In 1966 he got a summer job working on the Jamaica Queen cruise ship, cleaning the engine room.

Lee-Chin first came to Canada in 1970 to attend McMaster University on a scholarship program sponsored by the Jamaican government to study Civil Engineering.    In 1977, he was selling mutual funds. By 1987, he bought Advantage Investment Counsel, now AIC Limited, one of the country’s biggest mutual-fund companies with assets of more than 12 billion dollars!

Michael Lee-Chin is also known as a philanthropist. In 2003, he made headlines when he donated $30 million to the Royal Ontario Museum.

There is an interview with Michael Lee-Chin on CBC’s Lang and O’Leary Exchange,


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2 responses to “Black History Month Part Eight

  1. TBM

    February 12, 2014 at 8:53 am

    My partner’s grandmother still sells Avon products and she’s in her 90s. Every Christmas we get Avon stuff in our stockings. It’s cute.

    • tkmorin

      February 12, 2014 at 10:17 am

      I can imagine her clients enjoying her company while ordering! Avon has cool things, I would imagine Christmas gifts are real nice! 🙂


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