John O'Fee, Q.C.
BComm (UBC), JD (UBC)
John received his Commerce degree and Law degree from the University of British Columbia and commenced private legal practice in Kamloops immediately upon graduation. His legal practice centered around real estate development, corporate transactions, wills and estates. While establishing and growing his legal practice John also pursued community service. He was first elected to the Kamloops School Board in 1988 and served three terms. For his final three years he served as School Board Chair. In 1999 John was elected to Kamloops City Council where he served for 11 years in various capacities including Audit Committee Chair, President of the Kamloops Airport Authority Society, Hospital Board Chair, Municipal Finance Authority Member and Regional District Director. In addition, John served in various volunteer roles with the Thompson Rivers University Foundation including six years as its board chair.
In 2011 John left the private practice of law to become Chief Executive Officer of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc (Kamloops Indian Band). In this multi-faceted role John was responsible for a wide variety of enterprises ranging from a working cattle ranch and retail gas station to band social programs and an elementary school.
John joined the faculty of TRU first as a sessional instructor 2010 and as full time faculty in January, 2014. He works in the School of Business and Economics where he teaches Commercial Law and Employment Law. His role in the School of Law is as an instructor of Real Estate Transactions. In addition to his work at TRU, John serves as a board member and panel chair for the Health Professions Review Board of British Columbia. This organization acts as an appellate body for decisions rendered by professional medical colleges in the province. He is also a board member of the Provincial Health Services Authority where he also serves as a member of the Finance and Audit Committees. This organization is tasked with the operation of provincial health facilities including the BC Children’s Hospital, the BC Ambulance Service, the BC Cancer Agency, the BC Centre for Disease Control and many others. It manages an annual budget of approximately 2.4 billion dollars.
John has been recognized as a distinguished Alumnus of Thompson Rivers University in 1995, a BC Community Achievement Award in 2011 and was designated as Queen’s Counsel in December 2015.