Peter Smailes

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

September 24, 2020

Enabling our strategic plan with a new structure for the VPFO’s administrative professionals

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

The Future of Work and the VPFO

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

Elana Mignosa Appointed Associate Vice-President, Finance & Operational Excellence

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.

June 8, 2020

Join Peter Smailes and the IRP leadership for an update on Workday

Open to all UBC faculty and staff, this call in will share the latest updates on Workday as we countdown to implementation in November 2020. Peter and other IRP leaders will address the community on the benefits of Workday, the improvements to current systems and processes, and our excitement on how Workday will improve operations for you!

April 23, 2020

UBC Moves Forward with Divestment Plus

By taking this approach, the university will be able to assess broader environmental, social and governance issues present in its portfolio companies, and work to become an active investor that influences outcomes.