Greg Fowler is passionate about service. Extensive efforts have been made and continue under his leadership to change the culture of administrative services on campus to one of “service first.” This has meant re-shaping the staffing structure to align resources behind the university’s core mission. Greg sees opportunities in the university plan to align the four top priorities of finance and resources: service, major capital and land endowments, financial sustainability and transparency, and partnerships and relationships.
Greg has been with the University of Saskatchewan for nearly 25 years. Greg received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Economics in 1988 and Master of Business Administration in 1992 from the University of Saskatchewan. In 1994, he returned to the university as assistant controller of St. Thomas More College, and in 1998 became the controller. He was in this position until 2006 when he became director of operations for the University of Saskatchewan College of Nursing. In 2007, Greg was appointed director of consumer services, and served in this capacity until his appointment as vice-president finance and resources. Greg has held the role of vice-president finance and resources at the University of Saskatchewan since June 1, 2013.
Greg is engaged in the community as a member of the Boards of Directors, chairing the finance committees for the Saskatchewan Regional Economic Development Authority (SREDA), the Canadian Light Source (CLS), the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation, and previously for the Friendship Inn.
Greg enjoys acreage life just outside of Saskatoon where he lives with his wife and three children, three horses, three dogs and three cats.
Finance and Resources portfolio
People and Resources
The People and Resources portfolio mandate is to design strategies to leverage the university’s human resources and financial resources, enabling the achievement of objectives and goals.
People and Resources Departments
Provides oversight to financial resources allocation and utilization, and the related compliance activities. This includes: organizational finance, cash management, liquidity and risk, banking administration, financial transactions, asset and liability management, tax operations, compliance and internal controls, finance systems, and grant and contract financial management.
Manages the financial life cycle and provides strategic support for decision makers. This includes: financial planning, budgeting, financial forecasting, variance analysis, financial reporting, external audit, strategic investment management, tax strategy, and SBA functional training and support.
Leverages university scale to optimize purchasing activities (including managing vendor relationships) ensuring effective usage of resources. This includes: procurement advisory services, strategic sourcing, category management, contract management, facilities, IT and consumer services, and purchasing services.
Integrated HR Services
Designs strategies to ensure the university has access to the best human resources and to facilitate their development. This includes: talent advisory services, enterprise talent strategy, learning strategy, talent acquisition, global mobility, Aboriginal engagement, organization development, organization effectiveness, people planning, diversity and inclusion, labour relations, employee and faculty relations, and discrimination harassment prevention services.
Designs, maintains and optimizes the university’s employee value proposition to effectively support the attraction, engagement and wellbeing of our employees. This includes: compensation, benefits, pensions, wellness, events and recognition.
Protective Services and Safety Resources
Manages support functions to ensure alignment with compliance guidelines and to drive integration between Protective Services, Safety Resources and the community. This includes: emergency management, crime prevention and patrols, occupational health and safety, and violence and threat risk assessment.
People and Resources Relationship Management
Ensures customer centricity across the People and Resources portfolio, translating ‘business requirements’ into functional approaches and supporting solutions development. This includes: strategic business advisors and subsidiary relationship management.
Chief Leadership Development Officer
Bringing together practitioners and scholars with the goal of creating knowledge together that contributes to the success of U of S leaders. This includes Greystone Leadership Society practice and scholarship.
Information and Communications Technology
Aligned with the mission, vision and values of our institution, ICT delivers information technology services and protects information assets through effective, sustainable and responsible planning and design. Working together with our partners across the university, our focus is driven by being service oriented, responsive, innovative and collaborative.
Information and Communications Technology Departments
Administration and Data Systems
Provides and supports a single, streamlined systems environment that includes: web and collaboration systems, administration systems: University Relations, student, facilities, HR, finance, Consumer Services, reporting and data systems.
Provide leadership and management for foundational IT including secure network access for the campus community, identity services that enable secure access to information, and management and security of the physical rooms, power and environmental systems, building control systems, protective services technology, and university computing resources behind all major IT applications and communication services.
IT Innovation and Architecture
Assesses future technologies, ensuring access to latest developments and exploring potential applications within the university’s environment. This includes: enterprise architecture, innovation strategy and technologies implementation.
Academic and Research Technologies and Relationship Management
Provides colleges with academic and research systems to enable effective learning and research across the broader university. It is also responsible to drive relationship alignment and support. This includes: academic technology implementation and support, research technology support and college IT/SBAs.
IT Support Services
Provides IT services and support for the broad university, ensuring users have access to and are able to use IT resources (e.g., notebooks, projectors, software). This includes: IT operational support and training, implementation and technical support for classroom, multimedia spaces and devices, and continuous process improvement.
Chief Information Security Officer
Develops security standards and policies, assesses related risks and ensures compliance with applicable legislation and requirements (e.g., PCI, FIPPA). This includes the following functions: IT security architecture and IT risk and compliance.
The Services portfolio is tasked with providing the university with administrative shared services, facilities operations and maintenance, Consumer Services (retail, culinary, housing), enabling effective resource usage and allocation while ensuring customer centricity for faculty, staff and students.
Facilities Operations and Maintenance
Ensures that the university infrastructure (e.g., buildings, areas) are able to operate within defined parameters, ensuring the safety and comfort of faculty, staff and students. This includes: heating plant, trade services, grounds, logistics and resource management.
Provides in-campus service (e.g., culinary services, book stores) to simplify and facilitate university life. It is also responsible to enforce parking bylaws and manage student residences. This includes: parking administration and enforcement, Retail Services (e.g. bookstore), Culinary Services (e.g. vendor management, catering), and student residence administration and coordination.
Provides certain finance, human resources and research administrative services. This includes: service desk, contact centre, payroll administration, payments, purchasing and contract specialist, employee lifecycle, property and leasing management, data processing, travel and expenses, process improvement, operation analysis, and metrics and reporting.
Services Relationship Management
Ensures consistent, client-focused operations across the Service portfolio, and translates ‘business requirements’ into functional approaches and supporting solutions development. This includes: service relationships, building services and zone management.
Strategic Program Office
The Strategic Program Office mandate is to support the broader portfolio, enabling cross-functional support teams to ensure projects and initiatives are effective, efficient, customer-focused and strategically aligned.
Infrastructure Planning and Land Development
Provides knowledge and strategy around capital projects, enabling access to opportunities while ensuring the overall sustainability of operations. This includes: planning and development, capital and investment planning, developing/maintaining strategic partnerships, sustainability/environmental, land and space planning, real estate management, property and leasing management, land development, real estate business opportunities.
Enterprise Project Management Office
Enables effective cross-functional projects teams, and provides transparent and timely support and guidance. It is also responsible to assess initiatives and support prioritization of resources. This includes: program and project management, project governance, resource management, centralized intake and prioritization, guiding the workforce through change, and alignment of processes and organization objectives.