Lesley Charter-Smith, Director
Lesley’s 20 years of experience as a chartered accountant working in various roles has honed her relationship-building and critical thinking skills and has prepared her for her favourite role yet, where she gets to work with smart and inspiring people every day.
Margarita Fullerton, Senior Manager (currently on secondment)
Margarita joined UBC in 2012. Since then, Margarita has been providing in-house strategic, operational and functional advisory services to UBC’s executive team and faculty leadership at the UBC’s Vancouver and Okanagan campuses. Her industrial engineering degree along with over 16 years of consulting experience in both the public and private sector, plus her extensive hands-on motherhood experience, have trained her into a very skilled complex problem-solver and creative thinker.
Sophia Redmond, Senior Manager (acting)
Sophia has over 13 years of experience in strategy development, policy and program development, research, financial analysis, economic modelling, and stakeholder consultation. Before SDS, Sophia was the Manager of UBC Faculty and Staff Housing Programs. Prior to UBC, She was a senior economist at BC Housing, and in the Ministries of Energy and Advanced Education. Sophia holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance, a Master of Arts (MA) in Economics and is a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Jennifer Barrow, Manager (currently on maternity leave)
Jennifer brings years of UBC experience to SDS, most recently as administrative manager for the School of Kinesiology, where she supported the director in developing operational and administrative strategies. Prior to this, Jennifer worked in several roles in the areas of financial planning, budgeting and research in both the Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Office and in MedIT. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).
Jeff Lei, Senior Consultant (currently on secondment)
Jeff has 13 years of entrepreneurial and management consulting experience across North America. Prior to joining SDS, he worked in various finance functions including corporate strategy, financial planning and analysis (FP&A) and internal audit. Jeff has a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) from UBC and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance from Purdue.
Joseph Ferguson, Senior Consultant
Joseph brings nine years of UBC experience to SDS, specializing in data analytics and business intelligence. Prior to joining SDS, Joseph worked at UBC’s Okanagan campus as a Financial Analyst, supporting both the Planning & Institutional Research and Finance Strategies teams. Joseph has a Bachelor of Management (BMgt, with Honours) from UBC.
Jocelyn Chen, Senior Consultant, Strategic Initiatives
Jocelyn brought a broad range of work experiences and a diverse skillsets to UBC. Before SDS, Jocelyn was an Economic Development Analyst at the Resort Municipality of Whistler. She has a demonstrated ability to lead complex, multi stakeholder projects with experiences in strategic planning and consultation, data management and analysis, project management, and performance measurement. Prior to that she spent several years in business development role in corporate, tech start-up, and non-profit sectors. Jocelyn has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) from National Taiwan University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of New Brunswick.
TJ Erewa, Senior Consultant
TJ has over 10 years of experience in strategy formulation, business consulting, venture capital, operational development and startup development. Prior to joining SDS, he worked in private and public organizations in Europe, North America and Africa, including his own startup company. TJ has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Finance from Michigan State University and an (MBA) from The University of Sheffield.
Arash Abbassi, Senior Consultant
Arash brings over six years of experience to SDS. With a strong advisory background in strategic planning, operational transformation, and project management in the Energy and Retail industries, he has developed a passion for strategic management and creating value for organizations. Prior to joining SDS, he helped major organizations realize significant cost savings and operational improvements within the realm of supply chain, procurement, and operations. Arash holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from UBC.