John Metras

Interim Vice-President, Operations

John oversees FacilitiesVPFO Communications & EngagementVPFO Human Resourcesand Safety & Risk Services, as well as overall responsibility for operational matters of the VPFO.  

John has over 20 years of experience in facilities development and operations including his previous roles as Associate Vice-President, Facilities, Managing Director, Infrastructure Development and Director of UBC Plant Operations (now Building Operations).

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John has played an integral role in helping UBC evolve into a global leader in sustainability. He has worked on a wide range of initiatives including the Campus as a Living Lab program, the 20-Year Sustainability Strategy, LEED Platinum and LEED Gold certified building projects, and the development of the Brock Commons Tall Wood student residence.

John has a Bachelor of Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario, a Master of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Updates from John

August 5, 2022
VPFO teams coming together to support the UBC community under heat warning

Last week a heat warning was issued for Metro Vancouver and the cooling systems in several buildings on the UBC Vancouver Point Grey campus simply could not handle these extreme conditions. Huge kudos to our VPFO teams' teamwork and dedication in ensuring the university community's safety as high temperatures soared across BC. 

June 1, 2022
Continuing as one VPFO under Karamjeet Heer and John Metras’ leadership  

Starting June 1, Karamjeet Heer will begin serving as the Interim Vice-President, Finance, and John Metras will become the Interim Vice-President, Operations following the departure of Peter Smailes, former Vice-President, Finance and Operations.

May 26, 2022
May 26 VPFO Town Hall Presentation and Slides

In this VPFO town hall, we reviewed the leadership transition plan, looked back on our accomplishments, and learned about our strategic plan together as one portfolio. The town hall recording and presentation slides are now available.

May 24, 2022
Preparing for transition in the VPFO

The hand off starts now. 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.