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 20, 2019

Safety Practices and Awareness
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

Get to know Peter Smailes, Vice-President, Finance & Operations
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.

February 27, 2019

Thank you for Participating in Pink Shirt Day at the VPFO
I want to thank everyone in the VPFO portfolio who joined us our celebration of respect, inclusion, and diversity at Building Operations.

August 8, 2018

Greetings and Welcome From Our New Vice-President, Peter Smailes
I am just over a month into my new role as the vice-president finance & operations, and I must say I have been overwhelmed by well wishes, especially from people across our portfolio. I want to return the favour, say thank you, and share some of my thoughts as I start this new chapter of my life at UBC.