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Administrative update to Finance & Operations

Dear colleagues,

After years of hard work and preparation, UBC launched Workday as its new HR and Finance system in November 2020. With the move to this cloud-based system, we are positioned to continue modernizing our core business processes, improve how we are structured and transform the way we do our work.

In the Okanagan, we’ve carefully considered the needs of our campus and the structure of our finance group. Our goals are to add support, connect effectively with our Vancouver finance colleagues, balance workloads within the team and enable excellence at UBC in line with the overarching strategy of the VPFO.

Effective June 1, Carri Lawrence is rejoining Okanagan Finance as Director, Finance Operations, with additional responsibilities for UBCO Operational Excellence following her three-year secondment with the Integrated Renewal Program (IRP). Carri will resume oversight of operational finance activities on UBC’s Okanagan campus, supporting priorities including Financial Operations and Operational Excellence. She will also provide important leadership and support for UBCO engagement with the IRP Student project and the Integrated Service Centre — including serving on the IRP steering committee and supporting its development on behalf of the Okanagan campus. Fiona Stirling, Senior Manager, Finance Operations and her team will be reporting to Carri.

Carri joins Manon Harvey, Director Integrated Planning and Chief Budget Officer, in leading the UBCO Finance team. Manon will continue her work leading financial reporting, budgeting and financial strategy on the Okanagan campus, as UBCO continues to evolve and develop its plans towards Outlook 2040. Valerie Nichol, Senior Manager, Finance Strategies and her team will continue to report to Manon.

The hard work of our teams through the launch of Workday has been fundamental to moving UBC’s strategic priority of Systems Renewal forward. More information, as well as some recent stats on Workday at UBC thus far, is available on the UBC Strategic Plan website.

Sincerely,

Rob Einarson
Associate Vice-President, Finance and Operations
UBC Okanagan