ROBERT H. LEE, BCom 1956
President and Director of Prospero Group, and a long-time patron of UBC, he has served as a member of the UBC Board of Governors, as Chancellor of UBC, and Chair of the UBC Foundation. He has been a key founder of UBC Properties Trust, which to date has raised over $350 million for the UBC endowment. The Robert H. Lee Graduate School was named in 2006 in recognition of Lee’s $5 million lead gift that led a $15 million commitment in support of graduate education at the Sauder School of Business.
The two core values that my father passed on to me are caring for family and community. I have tried to remain faithful to them in everything I have done and instill these same values in my children. I have always been guided by the deep belief that we all have a responsibility towards one another and that true success is measured by your stake in the community – your dedication and your generosity – not only with your money, but also with your time, energy, and ideas.
UBC and the Robert H. Lee Graduate School hold a very special place in my life. I am a UBC graduate, and so is my wife Lily. Our four children and their spouses have also all graduated from UBC. As I like to say, we are a UBC family!
I wanted to help the university for future generations. And once I got involved, it was interesting, and completely different from my work in the business community, so it helped round out my life.
As alumni of the business school, we were fortunate to benefit from a high-calibre education that enabled us to go forth and become successful in business and contribute to our community. I feel privileged to be able to give back to the school that has given me and my family so much over the years. It is an investment in the future of UBC and generations of students to come — and ultimately an investment in the future of our province and our country.