Ernst & Young recognizes Robert H. Lee as entrepreneurial maverick

    Lee receives the 2008 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2008
    Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award

    VANCOUVER, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - Today, Robert H. Lee was named the Ernst &
Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) 2008 Pacific Lifetime Achievement Award
recipient in recognition of his innumerable contributions to the regional and
national business scenes. He has spent over 45 years building on his
entrepreneurial spirit to spearhead the growth of the real estate investment
industry on Canada's West Coast.
    "Robert motivates and empowers others to succeed. He is passionate about
business, he's energetic and he's accomplished a great deal in Canada, and
around the world," said Fred Withers, Director of the Ernst & Young
Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program for the Pacific region. "Robert has a
rare, awe-inspiring ability to recognize and capitalize on opportunity. He
personifies entrepreneurialism at its finest."
    With the start of The Prospero Group in 1979, Robert began what would
soon become a leading enterprise in the real estate investment industry. His
foresight marked his path to success, and led him to expand into the Asian
market - a strategy spurring substantial economic growth in the West Coast.
Mr. Lee's entrepreneurialism extends to philanthropy. In addition to being
Chairman of the UBC Property Trust, Robert received an honorary doctorate of
law from the University of British Columbia, the Order of British Columbia and
the Order of Canada.
    The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards honour individuals
whose lasting impact on Canadian and international business nurtures the next
generation of Canadian entrepreneurial talent. This year, the program proudly
celebrates a milestone anniversary - 15 years of honouring the country's most
impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.
    Robert will be presented with the award and honoured at the Ernst & Young
Pacific Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards banquet in Vancouver on October 8,
    The national program sponsors are Global Television Network, National
Post, La Presse and RDI. Pacific region sponsors are BC Business magazine and
the Vancouver Sun.

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