Meet the Leadership Team

Together, the VPFO provides the university with prudent financial and operational stewardship and ensures UBC’s reputation as a world-class institution.

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Peter Smailes

Vice-President, Finance & Operations
Peter is responsible for leading finance, treasury and risk management services across the UBC and UBCO campuses as well as UBC's building operations, energy and water services, and infrastructure development.


The Facilities portfolio builds and operates the campus infrastructure. By setting high operational standards, they build and maintain a world-leading education and research environment.

John Metras

Associate Vice-President, Facilities
John leads the strategic direction of facilities on the UBC Vancouver campus. The facilities portfolio contains, Building Operations, Energy & Water Services, and Infrastructure Development.

Jennifer Sanguinetti

Managing Director, Infrastructure Development
Jennifer and her team are responsible for the planning and development of institutional facilities at UBC, collaborating with campus stakeholders to create great spaces for learning, research and campus life.

Greg Scott

Managing Director, Building Operations
Greg leads Building Operations on the UBC Vancouver campus. Building Operations is dedicated to maintaining and operating our built and public campus spaces to ensure UBC remains at the forefront of improving our world.

David Woodson

Managing Director, Energy & Water Services
David oversees the management of UBC’s annual budget for the Vancouver campus’ utility infrastructure including: high-voltage electricity, district energy (steam and hot water), natural gas and water systems.


Finance delivers on UBC’s commitment to financial accountability and transparency. Through its three units, Finance shares the University’s financial story, manages its cash, capital, contracts and compliance requirements, and runs the campus responsibly.

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Karamjeet Heer

Karamjeet leads the University’s Budget and Financial Reporting Departments, which deliver budget oversight and financial reporting to the campus community, UBC’s Board of Governors, external stakeholders and the general public. She oversees the delivery of finance support to all academic and administrative support units across the Vancouver campus. Karamjeet also provides oversight to the Finance function at UBC Okanagan.

Trish Pekeles

Executive Director, Financial Operations
Trish is responsible for leading the vision and strategic direction of the Financial Operations department to improve UBC’s financial sustainability, strategic sourcing capability, and operational efficiency.

Yale Loh

Yale is responsible for supporting university-wide Treasury strategic initiatives on all UBC campuses and implementing strategic plans in cash and debt management and business contract management.

Finance & Operations Okanagan

UBC’s Okanagan campus’s rapid growth in a unique environment requires dedicated care and attention. Our Okanagan-focused finance and operations unit ensures UBC Okanagan can grow while maintaining strong coordination between all UBC campuses.

Robert Einarson

Associate Vice-President, Finance & Operations, Okanagan
Rob’s primary responsibilities include serving the Okanagan campus community and coordinating activities with the Vancouver campus. He leads a local team working in six key administrative areas including Finance Operations, Finance Strategies, Campus Operations and Risk Management, Information Technology, Campus Planning and Development, and Business Operations.


UBC’s operations units help UBC maintain a rigorous standard for protecting health, safety, and the environment.

Ron Holton

Chief Risk Officer, Safety & Risk Services
Ron supports the identification, assessment, and management of all types of risk (strategic, academic, operational, financial, hazard and reputational) in all parts of the organization (faculty, research, students and administration) on the UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.


Our embedded Communications function sets the narrative direction for the portfolio and aligns our internal and external communications to the university and its strategic plan.

Chris Freek

Director, Communications & Engagement
Chris leads strategic communications across the University of British Columbia's Finance & Operations portfolio to drive operational success while strengthening UBC's brand and reputation.

Human Resources

Our embedded Human Resources function builds and supports the people of the VPFO to keep the portfolio moving forward, on mission.

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Karen Oyhenart

Director, Human Resources, Finance and Operations
Karen Oyhenart is a Human Resources and Operations executive, providing leadership expertise in the areas of strategic Human Resources and operational excellence.