Our Team

Prospero has an experienced team of executives and dedicated personnel.

Executive Team

President
Derek Lee

Derek Lee has 40 years’ experience in the real estate industry, with specializ...

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President
Derek Lee

Derek Lee has 40 years’ experience in the real estate industry, with specialized expertise in brokerage, property management, financing, commercial and residential development, and syndication.

After graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1982 with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in urban land economics, he joined Prospero as a real estate broker, becoming its president in 1999. Derek’s membership affiliations include the Urban Development Institute, Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver, Real Estate Institute of BC, and National Association of Industrial Office Properties. He is also an advisory board member of Balfour Pacific Funds.

Derek’s extensive community service includes having served on the boards of S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Business Family Centers, Heart and Stroke Foundation, BC Artscape, BC Progress Board and Tennis BC.

VP Residential Properties
Jeff Nightingale

Jeff Nightingale joined Prospero in 1988 as the property manager for a large pro...

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VP Residential Properties
Jeff Nightingale

Jeff Nightingale joined Prospero in 1988 as the property manager for a large project on the North Shore. In 1998, he was made Vice President - Residential Properties, and his duties were expanded to overseeing the residential division.

Today, Jeff works on a broad range of projects, developing valuable experience and industry contacts. He continues to work closely with many of Prospero's long-term clients.

An avid golfer, Jeff is active in the community, supporting his boys’ athletics by coaching rugby, soccer, and baseball.

VP Commercial Properties
Rick Halliday

Rick Halliday's real estate experience dates back to 1985 when he focused on bui...

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VP Commercial Properties
Rick Halliday

Rick Halliday's real estate experience dates back to 1985 when he focused on building operations and developing an in-depth understanding of building systems and construction.

Since joining Prospero in 1999, Rick has primarily been involved in retail and commercial management, as well as the redevelopment and tenanting of major retail and mixed-use properties in the Lower Mainland, the Interior of B.C., and Vancouver Island. As Vice President of Commercial Properties, Rick holds excellent relationships with national tenants and tenant representatives and local brokers. Additionally, his experience in operations and construction have been invaluable in tenant improvements, property redevelopment, and expansions.

Controller Property Management
Harvey Chow

Harvey Chow has over 25 years’ experience in the property management industry....

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Controller Property Management
Harvey Chow

Harvey Chow has over 25 years’ experience in the property management industry. He joined Prospero in 1996 as the Controller for Property Management and was responsible for the conversion and implementation of a new accounting system. Today, he oversees the accounting for an extensive portfolio of retail, office, industrial and apartment buildings and is a key member of the management team which oversees the implementation of Prospero’s policies and procedures.

Prior to joining Prospero, Harvey served with Colliers International as their accounting manager. In that role, he was instrumental in growing their property management division through overseeing the accounting for their Toronto, Calgary, and Edmonton offices, as well as implementing accounting systems for the company’s expansion into Victoria and Phoenix.

Consultant – Accounting and Taxation
Zahir Kara, B.Com (honours), CPA, CA

For more than 30 years, Zahir Kara has provided Prospero with guidance and exper...

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Consultant – Accounting and Taxation
Zahir Kara, B.Com (honours), CPA, CA

For more than 30 years, Zahir Kara has provided Prospero with guidance and expertise in financial management, business leadership and corporate strategy. His specialties include real estate property management, commercial and residential real estate holdings, syndications, development properties, marinas, television broadcasting, Canadian immigration fund, family trusts, and US investments. Prior to joining Prospero, Zahir gained extensive experience at KPMG and other organizations in areas such as shipbuilding, personnel agencies, school boards and automotive dealerships.

A Chartered Professional Accountant with a degree from UBC Sauder School of Business (1983), Zahir is committed to life-long learning and maintaining the highest professional ethical standards. In his spare time, he volunteers with the Ismaili community and supports various charities of the Aga Khan Development Network.

Management Team

Property Manager
June Ip

June Ip started her career with Prospero in 2000 as the Executive/Sales Assistan...

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Property Manager
June Ip

June Ip started her career with Prospero in 2000 as the Executive/Sales Assistant to the President and his sales team. June assists in all facets of asset acquisition, syndication of investment properties and loan financing. Her professionalism is built on her past successful careers, which includes 15 years in the banking industry, as well as four years as an asset manager focusing on distressed U.S. properties acquisition and asset management.

In 2008 she earned her property management license in addition to her Real Property Administrator ("RPA") Designation. She currently looks after a portfolio of commercial properties on top of her multi-task duties.

Property Manager
Lisa Topacio

Lisa Topacio has over 10 years experience in the property management industry. A...

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Property Manager
Lisa Topacio

Lisa Topacio has over 10 years experience in the property management industry. After obtained her property management licence, she began working for Prospero in 2015, and now manages a portfolio of residential properties throughout the Lower Mainland. Prior to joining the real estate industry, she earned a degree from Simon Fraser University and lived abroad in Japan and Mexico.

Property Manager
Edward Wang

Edward Wang’s financial career began as an advisor overseeing client investmen...

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Property Manager
Edward Wang

Edward Wang’s financial career began as an advisor overseeing client investments for a financial institution. He joined Prospero in 2017 as an accountant and soon moved to property management, where his strong background in finance and accounting has been an invaluable asset. His focus on building strong relationships and his deep understanding of the client’s bottom line ensures he always delivers exceptional quality and service for Prospero’s residential clients.

Property Manager
Sarah Goulding

Victoria native Sarah Goulding has nearly a decade of real estate experience, sp...

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Property Manager
Sarah Goulding

Victoria native Sarah Goulding has nearly a decade of real estate experience, specializing in commercial and residential property management and commercial leasing. Her expertise includes new construction project marketing and lease-up strategies, renovation project management and real estate portfolio management. She is a graduate of McGill University’s marketing and international business program and holds licenses in property management and real estate trading services.

Project Manager
Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee is a University of Southern California business graduate who has work...

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Project Manager
Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee is a University of Southern California business graduate who has worked in real estate development for four years. She specializes in marketing and project management.