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

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.

March 17, 2020

Thank you VPFO, for your extra efforts regarding coronavirus COVID-19

Thank you for all of your extra efforts over the past few weeks to help UBC navigate the situation regarding the coronavirus COVID-19. This is new for the university, and we need to ensure we all keep up the good work: whether it’s cleaning the campus, ensuring our systems are running, or being a leader who keeps ourselves and our teams calm and focused.

January 24, 2020

Announcing a new Associate Vice-President role for the VPFO

Following approval from UBC’s Board of Governors,the VPFO will be adding a new Associate Vice-President. Trish Pekeles has agreed to step forward as acting in the new AVP role until the search committee completes their work.

January 16, 2020

Snow or sun, you are appreciated

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.