May 26 VPFO Town Hall Presentation and Slides

On May 26, Peter Smailes, Vice-President Finance & Operations, hosted his last town hall before his departure for the VPFO portfolio. The agenda included:

Leadership Transition plan​

  • Peter Smailes is leaving UBC to take up a new opportunity as VP Administration at Kwantlen Polytechnic University as their Vice-President, Administration, effective May 31.
  • Starting on June 1, Karamjeet Heer will be serving as the Interim Vice-President, Finance, and John Metras will be the Interim Vice-President, Operations, until the search for a new Vice-President is complete.
  • While we will have two Interim Vice-Presidents, we are still one unified VPFO portfolio, working closely together.

Looking back at a few highlights and significant accomplishments ​

  • ​Leading through financial stewardship
  • Leading through a pandemic
  • Leading through operational excellence

Our path forward – sharing our Strategic Plan ​

  • ​Our vision, purpose, values, and strategic directions
  • Strategic direction one: A view from Facilities
  • Strategic direction two: A view from Okanagan
  • Strategic direction three: A view from Financial Operations

Miss the townhall or want to review the slides?

View the town hall recording and presentation slides.

If you still have questions on any of these topics, please send them to and we will try to answer them through your senior leader.

Helpful Links

VPFO Strategic Plan 2022-25

Lean Six Sigma Training

  • Learn about the different levels of Lean Six Sigma training, offered in partnership with UBC Sauder School of Business – Executive Education.
  • To register for training, please reach out to Operational Excellence Knowledge Transfer Manager, David Pepin at, for the link and access code. 

Leadership Transition