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
January 16, 2020
The VPFO does a lot, snow or sun, to keep UBC working. Despite yesterday’s challenges of travelling to campus, working remotely, or by just by preparing our systems on the good days to be resilient enough to handle the tough ones — the VPFO team was here for UBC.
January 10, 2020
The climate crisis is one of the most pressing issues of our time and UBC wants to ensure that our community and the public is informed of the actions that the university is taking as a leader in sustainability and climate action. This update provides the context of President Santa Ono’s Climate Emergency Declaration and the university’s actions regarding divestment from the fossil fuel industry.
December 9, 2019
To illustrate the vision, values and priorities that animate our Strategic Plan, the VPFO has launched a quarterly story series that looks at the connection between people on our VPFO team, and how their individual efforts enable us to collectively support excellence in learning and research at UBC.
September 20, 2019
This week’s incident at the West Parkade has left some of us reflecting on our safety practices and awareness. I would like to remind our VPFO community about some resources on campus to help you refresh your sense of safety.
August 6, 2019
For almost 20 years, Peter has brought innovative leadership to UBC. From his early career on Bay Street to high adventure around the world, Peter is known for his ability to choose smart risk and walk though doors others may miss.