Celebrating Michael Lee-Chin’s Philanthropy

Michael Lee-Chin’s extraordinary gift of $30 million in support of the ROM in 2003 was one of the largest philanthropic gifts to a cultural institution in Canadian history. As the lead donor to the Renaissance ROM Campaign, his vision and commitment launched the transformation of the Museum and has helped engage new communities of patrons and supporters.

Today, the Honourable Michael Lee-Chin is a global business leader and a generous philanthropist to numerous institutions and organizations. As “an entrepreneur who believes in the power of giving back”, Michael was appointed to the Order of Ontario in 2018. The Order of Ontario recognizes individuals whose exceptional achievement in their field have left a lasting legacy in the province, in Canada and beyond.

In 2015, Michael was featured on The World Show, hosted by celebrated broadcaster Robert Scully. Past guests on this prestigious program have included Nobel laureates, entrepreneurs, political leaders and philanthropists, including Bill Gates and David Rockefeller. 

On behalf of the diverse communities we proudly serve, the ROM is grateful to Mr. Lee-Chin for his long-term vision and extraordinary philanthropic leadership.