Founding Donors

One of the truly remarkable things about the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre is that it will be entirely funded by the generosity of UBC alumni and friends. To date, private donors have provided over $16 million towards the construction of this $18.5 million facility.

alumni UBC and the University of British Columbia would like to thank the following donors for their generous contributions to this wonderful new addition to UBC’s Vancouver campus. The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre would not be possible without this leadership and generosity.


Money and Raymond M.C. Lee

UBC alumnus Raymond M.C. Lee, BASc'93, LLD'14, is passionately committed to public service, education and sustainability. After graduating with honours from UBC’s Faculty of Applied Science, Mr. Lee founded Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Company Limited, which has grown to become one of the world’s top producers and is recognized globally as being one of the most environmentally friendly paper manufacturers. Mr. Lee and his wife Money have supported numerous health care, education and social service organizations in Hong Kong and elsewhere.Read more

The Jack and Darlene Poole Foundation

Well known throughout Vancouver and beyond as a prominent business leader and builder, an exceptional citizen, an avid sportsman, a passionate philanthropist, and the driving force behind the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, John W. (Jack) Poole, OC, OBC, BSc, forever changed the landscape of the Lower Mainland. UBC is honoured to celebrate Jack’s inspiring story and incredible legacy, and we gratefully acknowledge the Jack and Darlene Poole Foundation for their generous support of the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre.Read more

Emelda Wong and Sheldon Trainor

The Wong-Trainor Welcome Centre is named after prominent UBC alumnus Sheldon Trainor-DeGirolamo and his wife Emelda Wong, whose support is fueled by the strong belief in giving back. Sheldon and Emelda contributed to the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre because UBC alumni have been the key builders of British Columbia. Sheldon’s family, which includes 13 UBC alumni from various faculties including law, medicine, education and commerce, spans three generations, including his parents, Daniel (BEd 1962) and Dawn (Diploma in Public Health 1959), and his sister Bridget (BEd 1995).Read more

Robert H. Lee Family: Carol A. Lee, Derek R. Lee, Leslie D. Lee and Graham S. Lee

UBC would like to recognize the children of Robert (Bob) and Lily Lee- Carol, Derek, Leslie and Graham- for the instrumental role they played in making the Robert H. Lee Alumni Center possible. The Lee Family is one of UBC’s most distinguished alumni families who share a strong belief in giving back. After graduating from UBC and earning an MBA from Harvard Business School, Carol A. Lee (BCom 1981) began an international career in retail, real estate and venture capital. Carol is president and chief executive officer of Linacare Cosmetherapy Inc., a company she co-founded in 2003.Read more

Koerner Foundation

For more than seven decades, UBC has benefited from the tremendous friendship and support of the Walter C. Koerner family. After immigrating to Canada from Czechoslovakia, Walter Koerner co-founded the Alaska Pine Company in 1939 with brothers Otto and Leon. The company became a major player in Canada’s forestry industry. Following retirement in 1972, Walter devoted himself to public service and philanthropy. Walter committed fifteen years to UBC’s Board of Governors, five years as Board Chair. UBC also benefited from his appreciation of art, culture and learning.Read more

Graham S. Lee

UBC alumnus and entrepreneur Graham Lee, BCom'87, chose to support the Innovation Centre because of his belief in entrepreneurship and innovation as the economic backbone of a community. New ways of looking at traditional businesses and successfully developing new disruptive industries will lay the foundation for our province, benefitting all students and alumni well into the future. Many great innovators, discoveries and ideas have come from UBC, and the Innovation Centre will continue to foster the university’s innovation strategy and support for new venture creation.Read more

Hari and Madhu Varshney

Madhu & Hari Varshney

Hari and Madhu Varshney are devoted community leaders whose lives are characterized by generous spirits and dedication to philanthropy. The University is honoured to recognize their leadership and support, which made the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre possible. A well-known philanthropist and venture capitalist, Hari was born in Kazimabad, a small village in India. He excelled in school and became a lecturer at Agra University, where he also received Bachelor and Master of Commerce degrees. He came to UBC in 1967 on an M.B.A. program scholarship- a move that would prove life changing. While in the M.B.A.Read more

Bill and Risa Levine

Bill and Risa Levine are among UBC’s most distinguished alumni. The university is privileged to honour them for their leadership gift to the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre and for Bill’s active role in leading the campaign to secure the funds that made the centre possible. A Vancouver native, Bill graduated from UBC with a BA in 1963, and from Harvard Business School with a MBA in 1965. He had a successful career in real estate development as a senior officer and a director of Daon Development Corporation.Read more

Polygon Homes Ltd.

The University of British Columbia is honoured to recognize Polygon Homes Ltd, one of British Columbia’s leading home builders, for their leadership gift that made the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre possible. British Columbia-owned and operated since 1980, the Polygon family of companies has built thousands of homes throughout the Lower Mainland, ranging from concrete high-rises to wood-frame condominiums, townhomes and single-family homes, including many on the UBC campus and University Endowment Lands. With decades of experience in business, Polygon has earned the trust of thousands of families by committing to quality design, sound construction and exceptional customer service.Read more

WestJet Airlines Ltd.

The University of British Columbia is honoured to recognize the generous leadership contribution of WestJet toward building the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. Founded in 1996, WestJet is powered by an award-winning culture of care and pioneered low-fare flying in Canada. Canada’s most preferred airline, WestJet offers scheduled service to destinations across North America, Central America, the Caribbean and Europe, including a large presence in British Columbia. WestJet has a proud record of giving back to the communities it serves.Read more

The Highbury Foundation

Leadership support from The Highbury Foundation helped create the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. With this gift, the foundation honours Harry King and Judy Allard for their dedicated service to and support of UBC and the Vancouver community. Harry King was born in Edmonton, Alberta. He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1963 with a Bachelor of Arts in history and economics. Upon receiving a chartered accountant designation in 1967 he moved to Vancouver to work for Arthur Andersen.Read more

UBC Hong Kong Alumni

A special relationship of fellowship and collaboration has existed for many years between alumni in Hong Kong and their alma mater. Representing one of the largest alumni communities outside Vancouver and the Okanagan, UBC’s Hong Kong alumni are among the university’s most engaged and influential. The community continues to evolve, building on the strong foundation laid by those who came before. Over 40 years ago, a number of dedicated alumni in Hong Kong came together to form the Hong Kong Alumni Association. The Governors imagined a strong alumni community in support of UBC.Read more

Sarah Morgan-Silvester and Richard Fraser

Having served two terms as UBC’s chancellor from 2008 to 2014, Sarah Morgan-Silvester is honoured by UBC for her long-standing and distinguished record of community service and leadership. The generosity of Sarah and her husband, Richard Fraser, helped to make the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre possible. After graduating from UBC with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1982, Sarah went on to build a successful career across a diverse set of organizations and became known as a skilled strategist and consensus builder.Read more

TD Insurance

The University of British Columbia is honoured to recognize the generous contribution of TD Insurance toward building the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. TD Insurance has a proud history of supporting higher education and continuing professional education through awards, scholarships and event sponsorship. Since 1949, the year the company was created by Jean Meloche in Montreal, TD Insurance has worked with its university, college and professional association partners across Canada to develop tremendously effective and successful affinity insurance programs nationwide.Read more

Samuel and Frances Belzberg

Samuel and Frances Belzberg have helped improve the lives of British Columbians and Canadians through their extensive community leadership and philanthropy. UBC is honoured to recognize the Belzbergs’ support of the Alumni Centre, which helped the university pay tribute to the couple’s long-time friend, Robert H. Lee. A highly successful real estate developer and financier, Samuel Belzberg, OC, OBC, earned a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta. Upon graduating, he founded First City Financial Corporation, a financial holding company that he built into a $7 billion institution.Read more

Chris Bendl & Indonesian Friends & Alumni of UBC

UBC alumnus Christopher F. Bendl, BSc'91, has made a generous contribution to the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre in honour of Indonesian Friends and Alumni of UBC. The Indonesian UBC Alumni Network is one of a number of active regional networks within the Asia Pacific region focused on connecting UBC graduates and engaging them in the life of the university. Indonesian-based UBC alumni volunteers support fellow graduates to network and reconnect. Part of the global alumni network, alumni volunteers work to help realize the university’s and its alumni’s ambitions for a better world.Read more

Friends & Family In Honour of Martin Zlotnik

Martin Zlotnik

Ever since Martin (Marty) Zlotnik arrived at UBC as a student in 1961 he has been actively engaged in the life of his university and its varsity athletic program. He played for the Thunderbirds football and golf teams in his first year, but for the remainder of his undergraduate years focused his attention on the golf team, including serving as team captain. After his graduation from the Faculty of Commerce in 1966 and the Faculty of Law in 1969, he embarked upon a successful business career, while continuing to actively support the golf team.Read more

Adera Development Corporation

Adera Development Corporation

As one of BC’s leading multi-disciplinary real estate organizations, with almost 50 years of experience, Adera has built a world-class portfolio that includes the development of more than 10,000 homes and over 4 million square feet of commercial space. Adera has won more than 100 provincial, national and international awards, including Best Home Builder in Canada. Adera’s housing division has been very active at the UBC Vancouver Campus, completing 10 projects, comprising over 1,000 homes in the Wesbrook and the Hawthorn neighbourhoods, many of them local, national or international award winners.Read more

Lindsay and Elizabeth Gordon

Lindsay Gordon is an experienced business and community leader and proud UBC alumnus. The generosity of Lindsay and his wife, Elizabeth (Liz), helped make the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre possible. The couple met during their undergraduate studies at UBC and remain active alumni on behalf of their alma mater. Lindsay earned a BA in economics in 1973 and an MBA in 1976, both from UBC. He was appointed UBC Chancellor on July 1, 2014. Prior to becoming Chancellor, Lindsay enjoyed a long and accomplished career at HSBC Bank Canada and at Export Development Canada.Read more

Ian Robertson and Sian Pitman

UBC is grateful to honour Ian Robertson (BSc'86, BA'88) and Sian Pitman (BA'86) for their generous support of the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre. As co-chair of the Alumni Centre Committee, Ian played a central role in the development of the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre and has been a tireless advocate for the project. Ian’s leadership and engagement with UBC began during his time as a student. While studying zoology and English literature, Ian competed as a member of the varsity swim team. He later served as co-manager of the team for two years.Read more

Gregg and Debb Saretsky

Gregg Saretsky became WestJet President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2010. As President and CEO, Gregg is responsible for both the strategic direction of the company and the day-to-day operations of the airline. Gregg was named Alberta’s Business Person of the Year for 2012 by Alberta Venture magazine, an award he accepted on behalf of all 9,000 WestJetters who work hard each and every day to deliver a remarkable guest experience. Gregg joined WestJet in June 2009 as Vice-President, WestJet Vacations, before being named Executive Vice-President, Operations, in October 2009.Read more

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