About the Chancellor
The Honourable Michael H. Wilson, P.C., C.C., LL.D.
The Honourable Michael H. Wilson was elected 33rd Chancellor of the University of Toronto for a three-year term beginning on July 1, 2012. In 2015 he was re-elected to an additional three-year term, the maximum service length permitted by the University of Toronto Act, 1971.
Michael Wilson currently serves as the Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada Inc. where he is responsible for managing client relationships in Canada. Previously, he was Canada’s 22nd Ambassador to the United States of America from March 13, 2006 to October 9, 2009. Prior to taking up this position, Mr. Wilson was Chairman of UBS Canada, an operating division of UBS AG. Before joining UBS in July 2001, he was responsible for RBC Financial Group’s Institutional Asset Management business and also served as a Vice Chairman of RBC Dominion Securities.
Mr. Wilson was elected to the House of Commons in 1979. In September 1984, he was appointed Minister of Finance. In May 1991, he became Minister of Industry, Science and Technology and Minister for International Trade. During his tenure as a member of the Cabinet, he had responsibility for the NAFTA negotiations and represented Canada at the G7, IMF, World Bank, OECD, GATT and other international meetings.
Prior to his career in public life, Mr. Wilson worked in investment banking and was charged with various responsibilities in corporate, government and international finance. He was also director of several companies, including BP p.l.c. and Manulife Financial.
Mr. Wilson has been active in a number of professional and community organizations, including the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, and the Canadian Coalition for Good Governance. He was instrumental in establishing the Cameron Parker Holcombe Wilson Chair in Depression Studies at the University of Toronto. Currently he is Vice Chair of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and Honorary Chair of Brain Canada.
He has received numerous awards for his work in these fields, including honours from the Conference Board of Canada, Canada’s Public Policy Forum, the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians, and the Rotman School of Management. Mr. Wilson is a Companion of the Order of Canada and holds honorary degrees from the University of Toronto, Trinity College at the University of Toronto, York University, the University of Calgary, and the Royal Military College of Canada. An alumnus of Trinity College at U of T, he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1959.
Mr. Wilson is married to Margie. They have two children and five grandchildren. He also finds time for golf and powder skiing.