John O'Fee, K.C.

BComm (UBC), JD (UBC)

Upon graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1987 with Commerce and Law degrees, John returned to his home town of Kamloops to establish a legal practice centered to real estate development, corporate transactions, wills and estates.

John also pursued community service through election to three terms on the Kamloops School Board including serving three years as 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 is an Assistant Teaching Professor in in the Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics (SoBE) 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 director and panel chair for the Health Professions Review Board of British Columbia, he serves as a committee member for the Canada Judicial Appointments Committee of BC, and as a school trustee for School District #73 (Kamloops-Thompson)

John has been recognized as a distinguished alumni of Thompson Rivers University in 1995, awarded a BC Community Achievement Award in 2011, was designated as King’s Counsel in December 2015, the 2017/2018 Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence from TRU’s SoBE, and most recently received the 2020/2021 Dean’s Award for Service from TRU’s SoBE.

John O'Fee

IB 2011