BCIT is pleased to welcome Trish Pekeles as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Vice President, Finance and Corporate Services.
With a diverse background spanning leadership experience in large complex organizations for both the private and public sectors, Trish brings a wealth of experience to BCIT including over 20 years’ experience in finance, operations, and strategic planning.
“I am so excited to be joining this dynamic institution,” said Trish. “The world is changing fast. BCIT is poised as a leader to meet the needs of learners and businesses. In this current COVID-19 environment, the need is greater than ever. I have heard amazing things about the faculty and staff at BCIT. I am honoured and looking forward to working together with them.”
Trish comes to BCIT from UBC where she lead a team of 180 in a number of roles leading the vision and strategic direction of Financial Operations including procurement, strategic sourcing, payroll, and financial systems – all aimed at improving UBC’s financial sustainability, strategic sourcing capability, and operational efficiency. While there, Trish also led the exploration of software automation to support and improve effective and efficient administrative operations.
Other career highlights include serving in several key senior executive roles at BC Hydro, spanning over a decade. These range from Interim CFO, Chief Strategy Officer, Executive Director of Procurement, and Director of Finance Generation, Technology, Power Smart, and Partnerships. Prior to her time at BC Hydro, Trish served as a senior consultant at Vancity, and Vice President, Finance and Administration, at Vancouver Community College.
Committed to lifelong learning, Trish holds an MBA from Royal Roads University and is a certified Family Enterprise Advisor, and Chartered Professional Accountant. She serves on various Boards including her role as Chair, Finance Committee for the Ronald McDonald House BC and Yukon chapters.
In this role at BCIT, Trish is overseeing the Financial Services and Corporate Services portfolios.