Michael Benarroch was born in Tangier, Morocco. His family immigrated to Canada when Benarroch was three years old.
Benarroch received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Winnipeg, master’s degree from Western University and his PhD in economics from Carleton University. He was the first generation of his family to go to university and the first in family to get a master’s degree.
Prior to his term at the School, Benarroch was the visionary behind the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Winnipeg, of which he was founding Dean.
Benarroch started his tenure as Dean at the Asper School of Business in November 2011. As Dean, he made and endorsed strong links between the campus and city and fostered a culture of innovation in teaching and research.