Vice President, Finance & Administration
Debbie Carter joined Capilano University on October 5, 2020 in the role of vice president, finance & administration.
This executive leadership role oversees financial planning and reporting, corporate services, facilities and capital projects, policy, privacy and governance, human resources and information technology for the University and contributes strategic thinking and analysis to the University’s momentum and progress towards 2030. As chief financial officer, Debbie will serve as the corporate secretary to the Board of Governors and act to ensure the current and long-term effectiveness and sustainability of all financial functions of the University and its Foundation.
Debbie has held numerous leadership positions in her career, including chief administration and chief financial officer roles. Debbie comes to CapU from the District of Oak Bay, where she served as the municipality’s director of financial services and acting chief administrative officer. Prior to this, Debbie was the executive director, corporate finance & chief financial officer for the Province of Alberta’s Ministry of Human Services. Her professional background includes extensive leadership experience in complex, multi-discipline and unionized environments where her oversight has included financial planning and forecasting; asset and risk management and strategic planning.
Debbie is a Chartered Professional Accountant and earned her Master of Business Administration at Laurentian University. Her professional development includes management and leadership studies at the University of Alberta; Emergency Operations Centre training with the Justice Institute of BC and procurement and contract management training through the Province of British Columbia.
Debbie has volunteered as a presenter for municipal fire services and the Government Finance Officers Association BC. Her community service also includes invigilating examinations for the Certified General Accountants Association, BC at the University of Victoria and a term on the board of the Local Government Management Association. In the relief efforts for the Southern Alberta Floods of 2013, Debbie’s department was responsible for issuing $63.6 million in emergency relief funding to 37,000 impacted families.