The VPFO is pleased to announce that Chris Freek will be expanding his role under the new title of Director of Communications & Engagement for the VPFO portfolio. Effective immediately, Chris will report to Peter Smailes as part of the VPFO Executive team. The role will also have a dotted line report to UBC Communications to ensure we continue to be aligned with UBC’s central communications efforts.
Chris has been leading strategic communications as Senior Manager in the VPFO for the past five years, creating strong connections both within and across the portfolio’s constituent units. His innovative approach has led to the introduction and implementation of effective communications and tools for our diverse work environments.
His collaborative style has also created strong partnerships for the VPFO with other UBC units — Chris serves as a representative for the portfolio on a number of cross-institution councils and working groups that strive to improve the university’s holistic communications landscape and operational success.