Michael Korenberg, B.A., J.D., is Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors of The University of British Columbia. He serves on the boards of directors of HSBC Bank Canada, Westshore Terminals Investment Corporation, Canfor Corporation, Canfor Pulp Products Inc. and KP Tissue Inc. (Kruger Products), which he also chairs, as well as UBC Investment Management Trust. Michael also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Heart & Stroke Foundation (BC/Yukon), the Law Societies of Upper Canada (Ontario) and British Columbia, and the Dean’s Advisory Committee for the Centre for Business Law at UBC.
Michael was appointed by the Province of BC to the Board of Governors of The University of British Columbia in 2016, and elected as Vice-Chair of the Board later that year. He chairs the Board’s Finance & Endowment Responsible Investment Policy committees, and serves on the Board’s Executive, Property and Audit committees.
Michael was an Adjunct Professor at UBC’s Faculty of Law from 1991-2014, and was a Sessional Lecturer at Queen’s University’s law faculty in 1988-89.
Until December 31, 2015, Michael was the Deputy Chair & Managing Director of The Jim Pattison Group (a privately-owned, diversified group of operating businesses, with revenues exceeding $9 billion and more than 40,000 employees), where Michael led corporate development efforts for 20 years. Michael remains a director of that company. Prior to joining The Jim Pattison Group, Michael was Deputy Chair & Chief Operating Officer of Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment (owner of the Vancouver Canucks), which built General Motors Place (now Rogers Arena) and brought the Vancouver Grizzlies NBA franchise to Vancouver during Michael’s time with the company. Michael served as Vancouver’s Alternate Governor on the boards of the NHL and NBA. Prior to that, Michael was a student, associate and then partner of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (a Canadian law firm), where he practiced tax, securities and corporate-commercial law, and moved with the firm from Toronto in April 1989, when it opened its Vancouver office.
Michael received his Juris Doctor (formerly LL.B.) from Osgoode Hall Law School, Toronto, Ontario and Bachelor of Arts (with distinction) from Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.