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Chris Freek Appointed as Director of Communications & Engagement for the VPFO portfolio

The VPFO is pleased to announce that Chris Freek will be expanding in his role as part of the Executive team for the VPFO portfolio.

Carmen Raiche De Araujo promoted to Manager, Staff Engagement and Client Relations with Project & Planning Business Systems with Infrastructure Development

In her new role, Carmen will take on additional roles and responsibilities in business improvements, recruitment and onboarding, succession and resource planning, health and safety, office systems (such as furniture and equipment management), as well as time and absence tracking.

Janice Weigel Announced as Senior Director, Strategic and Operational Performance

Janice will work across the VPFO to analyze key operational performance metrics and determine how we can create and deliver synergies, both structurally and operationally. As we progress, she will take on additional responsibilities for continuous improvement across UBC.

UBC bioenergy facility acts as Living Lab for climate change leadership

Energy & Water Services had an operational need to provide heat to the university community and reduce emissions, and researchers in the Faculty of Applied Sciences had an interest in related research. Together, they were able to create a platform where not only operational goals of reduced greenhouse-gas emissions, operational efficiencies and reduce costs were achieved, but researchers were given direct access to lab space within the facility for collaboration on initiatives for mutual benefit.

Ian Robinson Joins Treasury as Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis

Ian joined the university on August 27 and will continue building and refining the university’s long-term financial model, along with providing analytical support for other strategic initiatives across campus.

BRDF, UBC’s innovative heat and power facility boosted by federal investment

A $20.4 million expansion of UBC’s innovative Bioenergy Facility (BRDF) will receive up to $7.6 million in support from the federal government’s low-carbon economy fund.

The new Exchange Residence at Gage South & UBC Bus Exchange featured in August issue of Award

Resulting from a partnership between the University of British Columbia and TransLink, the new Exchange Residence at Gage South & UBC Bus Exchange demonstrates how one site can comfortably serve a full range of purposes.

Get to know Peter Smailes, Vice-President, Finance & Operations

For almost 20 years, Peter has brought innovative leadership to UBC. From his early career on Bay Street to high adventure around the world, Peter is known for his ability to choose smart risk and walk though doors others may miss.

Chantal Bobyn joins Infrastructure Development as Senior Facilities Planner with Facilities Planning

Chantal is a registered Architect (AIBC) with over 10 years of experience working on a variety of projects from high-rise buildings to tenant improvements and renovations.

Pearle Lundeen and Stephanie Friesen of Building Operations modernize ageing file-server

This summer, Pearle Lundeen, Functional Analyst from Building Operations, and Arts Co-op and MAS student Stephanie Friesen successfully facilitated in the modernization of UBC Facilities’ (Infrastructure Development, Energy & Water Services, and Building Operations) ageing file-server which consisted of 900 user accounts and 6.7 terabytes of information.