Dr. Michael Robinson is an Associate Professor of Finance in the Haskayne School of Business. He has a B. Math degree (majoring in computer science) from the University of Waterloo and an MBA and PhD in Finance from the University of Western Ontario. He also is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation and the certified corporate director designation (ICD.D).
He teaches investments, portfolio management, new venture finance, and corporate governance to undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and executive education students. He founded the Calgary Portfolio Management Trust (CPMT) program at the Haskayne School of Business in 1993. For the past thirteen years he has served as an Academic Director of the Haskayne Directors’ Education Program, a joint initiative of the Haskayne School of Business, the Rotman School of Management, and the Institute of Corporate Directors. He was awarded the Haskayne Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence for the 2005/2006 academic year.
Dr. Robinson has non-academic work experience as a computer programmer and systems analyst, and more recently he worked as a venture capitalist while on a leave from the University of Calgary. In this later position he was the lead investor for several multi-million dollar investments in high-technology firms in Western Canada. He has served as a member of the board of directors for a number of private and public Canadian companies. He is currently the Chair of the Board of the Calgary Portfolio Management Trust, a specialized student-managed investment portfolio. As well, he is the former Chair of the Investment Operations Committee which provided oversight of Alberta Investment Management, a department of Alberta Finance, which managed over $50 billion of assets on behalf of the Government of Alberta and selected public sector pension plans.
Dr. Robinson has published several books and academic research papers that study Canadian capital markets, market efficiency, and methods of raising equity capital for developing firms. His most recent interests include corporate governance practices in Canada, the role of a firm’s board of directors in growth-oriented firms, and the role of the private and junior public equity markets in financing growth-oriented firms in Canada.