The Team

 

 

Stephen Lee
Chief Executive Officer

Stephen joined Musqueam in 2011 as Chief Financial Officer and became the CEO of Musqueam Capital Corp. in 2013. Stephen has over twenty five years of senior finance and executive leadership experience in various industries. In 1995, Stephen obtained his CPA, CMA designation and in 2009, he was awarded his FCMA.

Doug Avis
Vice President, Real Estate

Doug has over 30 years of experience in real estate development and asset management in Vancouver, Edmonton and Seattle: including mixed-use master planned communities, business parks and industrial and office projects. Doug obtained his BComm and MBA from UBC.

Jay Mearns
Operations Manager

A member of Musqueam, Jay has extensive experience in managing projects in the Maritime, Building trades, and Career
Development sectors, often with multiple partners, including First Nation communities. Indigenous Service providers.
Industry sector groups. Regulating Bodies, Technical Training Institutions, and Governmental groups.
Jay has worked with over forty First Nation groups across Canada, and assisted thousands of Indigenous peoples in
establishing careers in key sectors including the Building Trades, Maritime, and Energy sectors.
Jay oversees the management of the various assets owned by the Musqueam First Nation. This includes two golf
courses, a townhome complex, and a marina, among others.
Additional responsibilities are focused on partnership development, and in assisting the Musqueam First Nation in
project and partnership- based strategic planning.

June Kim
Accounting Manager

June Kim joined Musqueam in 2007 and became the accounting manager of Musqueam Capital Corp. in 2014. She is a dedicated professional with over 15 years’ progressive experience in accounting including preparation of financial statements and summaries, financial analysis, forecasting, and budgeting. She is a driven person who enjoys utilizing her strong financial technology skills and up to date knowledge of accounting standards. June holds a Masters in Science, a CPA, and a CGA designation.

Sandra Fossella
Operations Coordinator

Sandra Fossella is a proud member of the Musqueam Nation who feels fortunate to have been born and raised within this close-knit community. With a strong desire to give back, she became a mentor for the Musqueam Girls Group and Musqueam Youth Program. Her vision and values made her a natural fit for the Musqueam Capital Corporation (MCC), where she started as Operations Coordinator in 2016. Sandra’s role with MCC continues to evolve, with a primary focus on managing Musqueam’s growing asset base, and establishing partnerships to build on the exciting opportunities ahead for the Musqueam people.

Caroline Thomas
Administrative Assistant

Caroline joined Musqueam Capital Corp. in 2012 with over 15 years of valuable administrative work experience in traffic management, development and real estate. Caroline was born and raised on the Musqueam Reserve. Her parents are Jewel (nee Jerome) and late Hank Thomas. She is very proud to be Musqueam and takes pride in her work at MCC.

Desirae Fraser
Development Coordinator

With a strong desire to contribute to her community, Desirae has worked for Musqueam in various departments since a young age. Before joining the Musqueam Capital Corp in 2018 she worked with the Musqueam Housing Department for approximately 10 years. Desirae holds a certificate in Advanced Project Management, and is currently attending UBC Sauder School of Business for her Diploma in Urban Land Economics.

Desirae is a member of the Grant and Point family, and takes pride in the Culture and Traditions of the Musqueam people.

Gracielene Ulu
Junior Accountant
Joseph Bros

Joseph has managed land development and capital projects for over 25 years.  His experience includes design and construction of mixed-use master planned communities, industrial and commercial developments, and site servicing. Joseph obtained his BSc in civil engineering from Queen’s University and MBA from SFU.

Alex Laguardia

With over 20 years of experience in finance in different industries, including hi-tech and real estate development, Alex is one of the most recent additions to the Musqueam team.  In the past, Alex has served as CFO for several organizations in the US and Canada.  He has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is a designated CMA, and in 2015 he became a Commissioner for taking affidavits for British Columbia; he is currently studying his Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership.  Outside of work, Alex is an avid mountain biker, having competing nationally and internationally.