UM president Michael Benarroch smiling, wearing a grey suit, blue tie and glasses.


Build belonging. This idea resonates with Dr. Michael Benarroch, who came to Canada from Tangier, Morocco, when he was three years old. It was in Winnipeg where he and his family found a new home and a sense of belonging.

Creating a community that everyone feels a part of requires dynamic collisions of diverse people and ideas, of expertise and passion. These collisions help us reimagine how we teach and empower—and they ignite something big. It’s this collaborative spirit that inspires Dr. Benarroch and shapes his leadership.

Long enamored by the life-changing possibilities of education, he and his three brothers were the first in their family to enroll in university. Something sparked for Dr. Benarroch in the world of economics, with its global nature and impact on public policy and the environment.

He would eventually become dean of the I.H. Asper School of Business and, most recently, provost and vice-president (academic) at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson). During his time at TMU, he formed partnerships with Indigenous faculty, students and community members, as they worked to remove barriers and bring people together. 

As the University of Manitoba’s 12th president and vice-chancellor, Dr. Benarroch is committed to advancing the success and contributions of UM’s thriving community of innovators, guided and informed by Indigenous knowledges and perspectives.

With the emergence of the pandemic, Dr. Benarroch’s early vision of how he would engage with the UM community was greatly disrupted. Often the first in a room to come say, “hello,” he is eager to have more opportunities to see people in person as he leads Manitoba’s research university forward. 

The world needs the University of Manitoba, and it needs each of us in this remarkable community to dream big.
Michael BenarrochPresident and Vice-Chancellor of UM

Event highlights

The installation ceremony featured performances from UM alumni, greetings from special guests and the Pledge of Office presented by Chancellor Mahon.

Messages of congratulations

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