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In memory of March Cheng

It is with profound sadness that we have learned of the passing of our dear friend and colleague March Cheng. March consistently made a positive impact on every team she was a part of. Her knowledge of payroll was second to none, and she was known for her dedication and willingness to do whatever necessary to get the work completed. We will all miss her deeply.

2022 Facilities Staff Excellence Award winners

The UBC Facilities Staff Excellence Award Program provides recognition and rewards to staff who have demonstrated excellence consistently in the performance of their work and service to the university. This year, Facilities received over 60 nominations. Congratulations to our 2022 Staff Excellence Award recipients!

Happy holidays from John 

It’s been another unique year at UBC as we have transitioned back to more normal operations after the pandemic, yet have undergone some significant changes. I’m proud of everyone’s efforts to build a cohesive Facilities team within the VP Finance & Operations portfolio. 

Holiday crime prevention tips from UBC Campus Security

Happy Holidays from UBC Campus Security! While you’re out enjoying the hustle and bustle of the holidays, keep these tips in mind for a safe, happy and crime-free season holiday season on campus. 

UBC embraces mass timber with $180 million Gateway Building

Wood construction allowed the University of British Columbia to represent three of its core values in designing the new Gateway Building: sustainability, personal well-being and Indigenous collaboration. The six-storey, 267,000-square-foot mass timber building is designed to be an iconic welcoming place for students, faculty and visitors.

Congratulations to our successful CFE writers for 2022

Please join UBC Finance in congratulating Wesam Mostadi, Accounts Payable Team Lead in the VP Finance & Operations, and Anas Qartoumeh, Finance Manager in VP Research and Innovation (VPRI) Portfolio in UBC Okanagan on passing their 2022 Common Final Exam (CFE), their last exam before becoming a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

Facilities teams work together to ensure an ideal exam experience for UBC students

Twice a year, at end of Term 1 and 2, Custodial Services and Municipal Services work together to set up Osborne Gym and Student Recreation Centre (SRC) Gym with 1,340 tables and chairs, to support and maintain an ideal exam experience for UBC students. 

VPFO Monday Update – December 12, 2022

The VPFO Update is a weekly snapshot that captures important university updates, work across VPFO departments, and relevant resources. Sent on December 12, 2022.

Increase in CRA Prescribed Interest Rate effective January 1, 2023

The CRA Prescribed Interest Rate will increase to 4% as of Jan 1, 2023. This is the interest rate used to calculate taxable benefits for employees from interest-free and low-interest loans, which will have an effect on future loans made under the Faculty Home Ownership Program.

Final Settlement runs for 2022

The final settlement (payment) runs for all Accounts Payable transactions will be occurring in the third week of December. In order to be included in the settlement run, the invoice/expense must be fully approved or matched to its purchase order, with the system calculating the item as due based on the payment terms.