Across the VPFO we have been putting in a lot of extra hours to close out year end and get our new budget through to approval by the UBC Board of Governors. Congratulations all around for all your efforts!
Some of our sucesses have been long-term, sustained strategic efforts. UBC was just ranked number 1 in the world for climate action in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings — due in large part to the Facilities team and their collaboration with Campus & Community Planning and the University Sustainability Initiative.
NEW CUSTOMER SUPPORT CENTRE IN FINANCIAL OPERATIONS
If you’re looking for help with procurement or accounts payable, setting up a vendor, or a wealth of other UBC financial activities, you can now access the new Customer Support Centre in Financial Operations.
FIND A PERFECT PICTURE OF THE VPFO FOR YOUR PROJECTS
VPFO Communications has worked across the portfolio to curate a photo library that captures our people at work in iconic UBC settings. These photos, which will be regularly updated, are available for your use in official UBC websites, presentations, reports, awards submissions, and more.
The Enterprise Maintenance Management System (EMMS) Project received Board of Governors approval to enter contract with Planon, an industry-leading solution for maintenance, inventory, and asset management and the project is now ready to move forward in concert with the IRP.
When you’re part of a 24-hour operations group, Pink Shirt Day is really an all-day event. Staff from the Vice President Finance & Operations (VPFO) gathered across UBC on February 27 in the morning, evening, and night to connect and talk about respect, diversity, and inclusion
Making the sustainable switch — eliminating the impact made by printing, packaging, and posting these forms — saved UBC 10s of thousands of dollars ongoing. READ MORE >
UBC AQUATIC CENTRE RECOGNIZED FOR ENERGY CONSERVATION AND BUILDING DESIGN
Since opening its doors to the public in the spring of 2017, the UBC Aquatic Centre has become an iconic part of the UBC landscape for thousands of visitors to the UBC Point Grey campus.
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HOW TO TRAIN YOUR ROBOT
A lot has changed in the 29 years since Gurpreet Gill first started at UBC as a custodian. Now the Custodial Head Supervisor’s staff includes two new robotic team members. READ MORE >
EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT TRAINING AVAILABLE FOR 2019
Emergency Management Training, Exercising, and Engagement program courses are now available, at no cost to all UBC faculty and staff, throughout the year. The courses provide different levels of training for you to learn the tools required for emergency response and recovery. READ MORE >
REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR WACUBO 2019, CO-HOSTED BY UBC
Vice-President, Finance and Operations, Peter Smailes would like to encourage members of the university community who are responsible for business operations within their units to take advantage of this excellent opportunity. READ MORE >
IS COMING TO UBC — EARLY ADOPTERS WANTED
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is an effective way to prevent unauthorized access to your CWL account. All of UBC will need to be signed up by November, 2019. MFA will be required for Workday and EMMS. READ MORE >
STAY INFORMED ON THE INTEGRATED RENEWAL PROGRAM
Stay up-to-date on the Integrated Renewal Program’s work to update our Finance, HR, and Student systems and processes by subscribing to the new IRP community newsletter. SUBSCRIBE NOW >
UBCO UPDATES CAMPUS CUSTODIAL SERVICES
UBCO Facilities Management announced that Best Services Pros has retained the contract for custodial services on campus. In addition they will soon be hiring a new manager to oversee custodial and waste management services. READ MORE >
REMINDER: WE CAN’T ENDORSE PRODUCTS OR SERVICES ON BEHALF OF UBC
Vendors have found that UBC’s endorsement adds substantial value and marketability so they may ask you for your endorsement. Remember, your statement on any product or service can not constitute UBC’s endorsement and should not be given in any way that might lead anyone to believe it does. REVIEW UBC’S POLICIES >
PREFERRED PRONOUNS NOW INCLUDED IN UBC EMAIL SIGNATURE GENERATOR
You can now specify your preferred pronoun as part of your email signature. Visit Equity & Inclusion For more information about using pronouns. READ MORE >
PEOPLE OF THE VPFO
GET TO KNOW: JONI HAYDEN-SUMMERTON, PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR WITH INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT’S PROJECT SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Yoga and a movie, 25 Broadway musicals in New York, and an eye for the humour in everyday life, Jodi is the picture of a person who lives a well-balanced life and brings her spark to work.
A team of engineers and building automation
system specialists are responsible for reducing campus energy use by 2% per year, effectively achieving energy savings that offsets the growth of on-going campus development.
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