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


By Pamela Yan

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. The company is headquartered in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown district. With long-standing family ties to the history of Chinatown, she is strongly committed to the revitalization of the area and is chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation, Chair of the Vancouver Chinatown Revitalization Committee and an honorary patron of the Chinese Canadian Military Museum Society. She also served UBC as a member of the Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board and on the Strategic Advisory Council of two UBC presidents.

Derek R. Lee (BCom 1982) followed in his father’s footsteps after graduation by embarking on a career in real estate. He has served as president of Prospero International Realty since 1999, while selling, managing and acquiring real estate throughout Greater Vancouver and BC. He has served as a director of the Urban Development Institute, SUCCESS, the Heart and Stroke Foundation, and Tennis BC and is a member of the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver. His wife Carlotta, is also a UBC graduate (BCom 1982) and they have two children, Christie and Rachel.

After graduation Leslie D. Lee (BCom 1984) began a career in retail and real estate marketing with the Prospero Group in marketing and design. She moved to Toronto to pursue a career in the fashion industry- working for retailers, importers and wholesalers- before returning to real estate marketing in Vancouver. Always willing to help, she is very active in the community and has served on various boards, volunteers with many charitable organizations and has been deeply involved in her children’s schools and with the organization of UBC alumni reunions. Leslie is married to John Murphy (BA 1984) and they have two children, Robert (BCom 2019) and Jacqueline.

While working on his UBC degree, Graham S. Lee (BCom 1987) created a business plan in the commerce undergrad entrepreneur program that set the stage for a start-up real estate development company which he founded in 1989. RG Properties Ltd. went on to become one of Canada’s leading commercial/recreational development and operations companies. It is a subsidiary of GSL Holdings Ltd., of which Graham is chief executive officer and the sole shareholder. He has been appointed to the Sauder School of Business Faculty Advisory Board and the UBC Presidents’ Athletics Advisory Council. Graham is a governor of the Western Hockey League and has served as a director of the Vancouver Aquarium, the Royal BC Museum and the 2010 Olympic Bid Committee. Graham is married to Angela (BA 1988) and the couple have four children, Michelle (BCom 2016), Alexander (BCom 2018), Nicole and Ava.


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