Vice-President, Finance & Operations
Peter Smailes is the Vice-President, Finance & Operations at the University of British Columbia. He is responsible for leading Comptroller, Financial Operations, Treasury, and Security & Risk Services and well as Building Operations, Energy & Water Services, and Infrastructure Development across our Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
As part of his portfolio, Peter serves as a board member and oversees the university’s relationship with UBC Investment Management Trust which manages the university’s endowment and 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 served as the UBC Treasurer for 10 years and Associate Treasurer for 7 years. In addition to his work with UBC, Peter has worked as a Treasury Consultant with a variety of universities, hospitals and not-for-profit clients.
Peter has a degree in Economics from Carleton University and is a CPA, CMA.
Updates from Peter
October 28, 2020
A lot has happened in the world and our university to bring unconscious bias, systemic racism, and other related equity and inclusion conversations to the forefront. Our journey together into EDI is one I am looking forward to and ask you to embrace it with me. This will be one of the first opportunities we have to go forward as a one team, as we outlined in our strategic plan.
October 7, 2020
Over the past two years, we have been accelerating towards a renewal of our key business systems. This week, we are only one month away from our November 2 go-live date and our continued collective engagement in training and other start-up preparations are critical for a smooth and successful implementation.
September 24, 2020
Effective September 24, I have promoted Sandy Zarka to Manager, VPFO Administration. Please join me in congratulating Sandy on her new role and in supporting her entire team as they prepare to support us through the changes to come.
August 17, 2020
At the end of June, I asked you all to participate in HR’s Future of Work Survey to help us consider what working in this environment will mean and what our future workplace could look like. We had a good response and your participation was important in shaping our understanding of what flexibility and remote work might look like as well as the supports you may need to continue to do your job well.
June 18, 2020
In this new role Elana will co-lead the financial management of the university together with the Comptroller and the Treasurer to advance UBC’s financial services and continuous improvement initiatives.