About Finance and Operations

Ensuring UBC’s Okanagan campus is a special place to learn, live and work is a responsibility that falls to the office of Finance and Operations. As stewards of the university, the department works efficiently behind the scenes to manage the physical and financial side of campus life and to provide exemplary service in a fiscally responsible way.

Robert Einarson, Associate Vice-President

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Rob is responsible for Finance and Operations at UBC’s Okanagan campus. Since opening in September 2005, the Okanagan campus has experienced dramatic student growth and quickly earned a reputation as an important centre for learning, research, and innovation.

Rob’s primary responsibilities include serving the Okanagan campus community and coordinating activities with the Vancouver campus. He leads a local team working in six key administrative areas including: Finance Operations; Finance Strategies; Information Technology, Media and Classroom Services; Campus Planning and Development; Campus Operations and Risk Management; and Business Operations.

Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal at the Okanagan campus and the Vice-President of Finance and Operations at UBC’s Vancouver campus, Rob currently oversees a staff of 154 and a departmental budget of more than $23 million.

Rob’s far-reaching responsibilities include guiding the University’s physical growth to ensure it adheres to UBC’s Okanagan campus master plan, strategically supporting academic and research activities, and upholding sustainability. All these activities collectively provide a strong sense of place for UBC within the Okanagan landscape as envisioned by UBC Okanagan’s Aspire report.

Rob joined UBC Okanagan in September 2015.  He was previously with the University of Winnipeg, where he was the Executive Director of Planning and Process Improvement. A Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Rob also has certification with the Institute of Internal Auditors. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba.