Michael Lee-Chin: No Grit, No Pearl

October 30, 2019 | Burlington, Ontario
Contributed by Chris Gaspic, Marketing and Communications Strategist

Len Waverman, Dean of the DeGroote School of Business, and Michael Lee-Chin, Chairman Portland Holdings and Chairman and CEO of Mandeville Private Client Inc., share a laugh during the No Grit, No Pearl discussion.

No grit, no pearl.

In a conversation moderated by Len Waverman, Dean of the DeGroote School of Business, Michael Lee-Chin, Chairman Portland Holdings and Chairman and CEO of Mandeville Private Client Inc., shared insights into his private life, his philosophy regarding wealth creation and the importance of philanthropy along with a number of additional topics covered.

How did you do it? 

A billionaire, who started out as a landscaper, Michael Lee-Chin shares the story of his journey, including some of the high and low moments in his career and the lessons he learned along the way.

The definition of No Grit, No Pearl.

Success in any endeavour requires following a simple three step formula which he shares in the video clip.

The characteristics of a successful business.

Michael shares his observations on the common traits successful businesses share with one another.

What drives philanthropy?

A chance meeting with an individual, John Shaw, forced Michael to ask questions about himself and if everyone sees blue skies each day.

On being given a podium. 

Michael reflects on the importance of being given a podium and the ability to uplift others.

A shortened version of the full discussion is available on the DeGroote YouTube channel.

 

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