UBC Properties Trust has its own Board of Directors to govern it’s rental housing and development activities. Governance for Institutional projects are coordinated through UBC’s Vice President Finance, Resources & Operations.
Pursuant to the University Act and the Municipalities Enabling & Validating Act, the UBC Board of Governors provides governance for all academic and non-institutional development activity on campus.
UBC Properties Investments Ltd. is the trustee of UBC Properties Trust. The trustee operates with a Board of Directors currently comprising eight outside directors and three members of the UBC Administration, including the President of UBC. The outside Directors are chosen to represent knowledge and expertise of relevant real estate development practices.
Members of the Board of Directors also comprise other committees that govern the operation of UBC Properties Trust. The Compensation Committee review and approve all senior level compensation packages, including the CEO. The Audit Committee ensures proper systems and controls are in place to accurately record transactions and safeguard assets. They convene at least twice a year to review and consider significant audit and accounting issues of UBC Properties Trust. UBC, as the sole shareholder, also hires an independent professional to interview each Board member to ensure there are no conflicts of interest in any of our business dealings.
UBC Properties Trust is committed to the highest possible standards of ethical, moral and legal business conduct. In line with this commitment and to enhance open communication, our Whistleblower Policy aims to provide a confidential avenue to report unlawful activity to a third party entity that has the authority to take remedial action.
Board of Directors
Robert H. Lee - Founding Chair, 1988 – 2018
Mr. Lee graduated from UBC in 1956 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. In 1966 he co-founded Wall Financial Corporation and in 1979 Mr. Lee branched out on his own and founded Prospero International Realty. He was Chancellor of UBC and served on UBC’s Board of Governors in the mid-1980’s where he gained approval to found UBC Properties Trust. The Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre was named after him, being one of UBC’s most exemplary alumni, and his support was instrumental in creating the Robert H. Lee Graduate School at the Sauder School of Business. In the 1990’s, he was appointed the Order of British Columbia and the Order of Canada.
Randy Zien - Board Chairman
Randy is Deputy Chairman of Persis Holdings and from 1998 to 2008 was the President and CEO of Wesbild Holdings. He holds degrees from UBC in Law as well as Commerce. Randy is currently the Chair of UBC Properties Trust, is a Board member of Belkorp Industries and a member of the The Fuller Group of Companies Advisory Council. In addition, he is the President of the Morningside Homeowners' Association and Chair of Big Sky Golf Club. His past board affiliations include Future Shop, the Coquitlam Builders' Trust, Collingwood School, the Urban Development Institute, and British Columbia Building Corporation He is a past Governor of the Canadian Tax Foundation and for several years was an adjunct professor at UBC Law School.
Avtar is the President of Premise Properties, a real estate investment and services company based in Vancouver. Prior to establishing Premise Properties, Avtar spent over thirty years with Colliers International, most recently as Executive Vice President, National Investment Team. In addition to his Board position with UBC Properties Trust, Avtar currently holds three other Board and advisory positions with British Pacific Properties, Morguard North American Residential REIT and Aspen Properties respectively.
Brad is President of McIntosh Properties Ltd., a real estate investment and holding company based in Kelowna. Brad also currently serves as Chair of the UBC Okanagan Regional Advisory Council, Chairman of the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation and is Co-Chair of the Okanagan Partnership-Cluster Competitiveness Strategy. Brad also serves as a Director of the Premier's Technology Council.
Andrew Bibby was appointed to the Grosvenor Americas Board in 2009. He joined Grosvenor in 1984 and became Chief Executive of Grosvenor Americas in 2009. During this time, he has been involved with the acquisition, development and management of all property types and has worked in Vancouver, Calgary and San Francisco. He is currently a Director of Canadian Western Bank, Rugby Canada and UBC Properties Trust. He has served as a past Director of the Real Property Association of Canada and is a former member of the Sauder Business School Advisory Board.
Sandra has been a real estate appraiser and development consultant since 1981. She has been a principal in Burgess Cawley Sullivan & Associates since 1988. Ms. Cawley specializes in real estate valuation, marketing studies, and development consultancy in the residential, office, shopping centre, industrial park, land subdivision, and hotel markets.
Robin Ciceri is Vice-President, External Relations at The University of British Columbia. In her role, Robin leads UBC’s communications, campus and community planning, government relations and broad-based engagement with communities. Before joining UBC, Robin was the President of The Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia. Previous to this, Robin held a number of BC Government leadership positions including Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development, Deputy Minister of Human Resources, Deputy Minister of Small Business and Revenue and CEO of the Public Sector Employers’ Council Secretariat.
Robert Fung has been active in Vancouver's real estate development since 1990. Mr. Fung began his career as a Development Manager with Concord Pacific Developments, and was responsible for rezoning and development of the former "Expo 86" site in Vancouver. After seven years with Concord Pacific, Mr. Fung became Director of Development with the Narland Group where he was responsible for all aspects of the residential development process. He is the founder and President of the Salient Group, which focuses on the creation and restoration vibrant communities in urban environments. His recent projects include the restoration of the historic Flack Block adjacent to Vancouver's Victory Square, and the former Grand and Terminus hotels on Water Street.
Carol Anne Lee is chair and co-founder of the Vancouver Chinatown Foundation. With long standing family ties to the history of Chinatown, she is strongly committed to the revitalization of the area. She serves on several other boards and organizations including the Harvard Business School Canadian Advisory Board, the Faculty Advisory Board of Sauder Business School, Governor General David Johnston’s Rideau Hall Foundation and is chair of the Rideau Hall Foundation Innovation Committee. She is the recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and an Honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia.
Rob Macdonald is the owner of Macdonald Development Corporation. He is a graduate of the University of British Columbia and holds a degree in Commerce and Business Administration with a major in Urban Land Economics. Mr. Macdonald has a particular interest in public/private partnerships, and has initiated several joint programs with various government bodies. These have generated significant public benefits including the new SkyTrain station at Granville and Dunsmuir Street in downtown Vancouver, the remediation of the Britannia Mine in Howe Sound and the Orpheum Theatre expansion in downtown Vancouver.
Anne McMullin is the President and CEO of the Urban Development Institute (UDI). Previously she was the President and General Manager of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce. Before that, Ms. McMullin was Director of Communications at Port Metro Vancouver, President of the BC Salmon Farmers' Association, a reporter for Global TV in Vancouver, and a reporter and broadcaster for Mountain FM in Squamish. Anne is a Board Member with BC's Knowledge Network, a Trustee with the Jack Webster Foundation Excellence in Journalism, Vice Chair of Field Hockey Canada, President of West Vancouver Field Hockey Club, and is a volunteer with many other community organizations. Ms. McMullin studied political science at the University of British Columbia, and holds a journalism diploma from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Anne received the 2017 BCIT Distinguished Alumni award.
Dr. Santa Ono
Professor Santa Ono became President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of British Columbia on August 15, 2016. He was previously President of the University of Cincinnati, where he had also been University Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. As a professor of medicine and biology, Professor Ono has worked at Harvard, Johns Hopkins, University College London, and Emory universities. Ono's research encompasses the immune system, eye inflammation, and age-related macular degeneration - a leading cause of blindness. Ono is deeply committed to diversity, and his achievements were recently recognized by the American Council on Education with an award that honours individuals who have demonstrated leadership and commitment on a national level to the advancement of racial and ethnic minorities in higher education. Inside Higher Education named him America's most notable university president in 2015.
Al Poettcker - Deputy Chairman
Al Poettcker is a lifetime resident of Vancouver. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1969 with a degree in Urban Land from the Faculty of Commerce. Since then, Al has been very active in real estate development, investment and property management. He started his career with Marathon Realty and over the last 45 years has been responsible for a variety of large scale residential, commercial and land development projects including the land assembly for Expo '86. He is also a Past President of the UBC Alumni Association and a founding director of UBC Properties Trust.
As Vice-President, Finance & Operations of UBC Mr. Smailes is responsible for leading Comptroller, Financial Operations, Treasury, and Security & Risk Services as well as Building Operations, Energy & Water Services, and Infrastructure Development across UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Mr. Smailes serves as a board member and oversees the university’s relationship with UBC Investment Management Trust which manages the university’s endowment and staff pension plan, and UBC Properties Trust. Prior to this Mr. Smailes served as the UBC Treasurer for 10 years and Associate Treasurer for 7 years and also serves as a board member.
As Provost and Vice-President Academic for UBC Vancouver, Andrew provides leadership for the university's academic strategy, budgetary and planning processes. The role also includes overseeing UBC's academic programs and support functions, faculty affairs, enrollment, sustainability and information technology. Prior to this appointment, Professor Szeri served as Vice Provost for Strategic Academic and Facilities Planning, at the University of California at Berkeley and he also served seven years (2007-14) as Dean of the Graduate Division. Professor Szeri was a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley and he received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University in 1987 and 1988.
Dan retired from the Grosvenor Group in 2007 after 28 years, most recently as President of Grosvenor Capital in Vancouver. Currently Dan is President of Threshold Developments undertaking development projects in British Columbia and, with partners, has established a fund to invest in existing projects in Arizona and the Western United States. Dan was a Director of the Urban Development Institute for 9 years.