Andrew Simpson

VP, Finance & Operations

Andrew joined UBC as VP, Finance & Operations in June 2015. As the Office’s lead executive, Andrew carries out the vision, commitments, goals and actions of the University’s strategic plan, aimed at ensuring UBC’s growth and success.

Andrew is a key member of UBC’s senior leadership team. He supports the University’s President and the senior leadership team to provide information, counsel and assistance to the Board of Governors, enabling them to fulfill their governance responsibilities effectively.

Andrew has achieved notable successes in delivering improved financial, business and operational outcomes for several universities.

Prior to UBC, Andrew was the Chief Operating Officer at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand. He led strategic coordination across the university’s finance and administrative teams, to ensure high-quality data analysis and reporting through better systems and frameworks. He also led the development and implementation of long-term resourcing strategies.

Andrew has spent most of his professional life in leadership roles in higher education. He was the Vice-Principal Operations & Finance at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and held progressive senior finance roles at the University of Waikato and the University of Otago in New Zealand, the former Central Institute of Technology in Wellington, and at Ernst & Young.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Otago and is a registered New Zealand Chartered Accountant.

Andrew’s Updates

Building our future part I: 2017-18 budget

UBC’s budget for 2017/18 was approved by the Board of Governors on Thursday, April 12. The financial projections it contains reflect both the challenges of maintaining our ongoing activities, while building for our future.

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Building our future part II: UniForum@UBC

As many will know, UBC is in the process of implementing a comprehensive benchmarking study of the activities and services which support our academic mission, called ‘UniForum’.

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Budgeting to enable renewal

Overall, the University has achieved a positive financial base for the future—despite many of the challenges we face in meeting the growing costs of our teaching, research, and support activities. It is pleasing to see the wide number of new initiatives across the campus that will be newly resourced in the year ahead.

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Supporting our academic mission

Whether working in a central services team, in a Faculty office, or within a department, staff throughout the University are dedicated to supporting faculty and students in the delivery of our mission.

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Building transparency in an environment of accelerating change

The pace of change at UBC has been accelerating. When a lot of big pieces begin to move, it can be easy to focus on the task at hand and worry about helping everyone understand later. Nevertheless, we all know as things get busy the chance to speak with each other sometimes never comes.

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