Peter Smailes

Vice-President, Finance & Operations

Peter Smailes is the Vice-President, Finance & Operations at the University of British Columbia. He is responsible for leading finance, treasury and risk management services across UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses as well as UBC’s building operations, energy and water services, and infrastructure development. His portfolio also oversees the university’s relationship with the UBC Investment Management Trust which manages the university’s endowment, staff pension plan, and UBC Properties Trust which develops and manages real estate assets for the benefit of the university.

Peter was promoted to the position of Vice-President, Finance and Operations at UBC in July 2018. Prior to that he was the UBC Treasurer, for 10 years and Associate Treasurer for 7 years prior to that. Before rejoining the University in 2001, Peter was a Treasury Consultant working with a variety of universities, hospitals and not-for-profit clients. He also serves on the UBC Properties Investment Ltd. Board and UBC Investment Management Trust Board.

Peter has a degree in Economics from Carleton University and is a CPA, CMA.

Updates from Peter


February 27, 2019

Thank you for Participating in Pink Shirt Day at the VPFO
I want to thank everyone in the VPFO portfolio who joined us our celebration of respect, inclusion, and diversity at Building Operations.

August 8, 2018

Greetings and Welcome From Our New Vice-President, Peter Smailes
I am just over a month into my new role as the vice-president finance & operations, and I must say I have been overwhelmed by well wishes, especially from people across our portfolio. I want to return the favour, say thank you, and share some of my thoughts as I start this new chapter of my life at UBC.