Peter Smailes

Vice-President, Finance & Operations

Peter Smailes is the Vice-President, Finance and 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 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 Staff Pension Plan Board, the BCNet Board (Finance Committee Chair) the UBC Properties Investment Ltd. Board (ex-officio), UBC Investment Management Trust Board. Peter is a volunteer member of the Boundary Bay Airport Advisory Committee. Peter has a degree in Economics from Carleton University and is a CPA, CMA.

Updates from Peter


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.