John O'Fee, Q.C.
BComm (UBC), JD (UBC)
John earned Commerce and Law degrees from the University of British Columbia in 1987. After graduation he commenced his articles and private legal practice in his home town of Kamloops. John’s legal practice centered to 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. More recently John has served as Chair of the Interior Health Authority and a director of the BC Provincial Health Services Authority.
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 courses in Commercial, Employment and Real Estate Law. John also teaches Real Estate Transactions for TRU Law.
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.
John has been recognized as a distinguished Alumnus of Thompson Rivers University in 1995, awarded a BC Community Achievement Award in 2011, was designated as Queen’s Counsel in December 2015 and most recently received the 2017/2018 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence from TRU’s School of Business and Economics.