Michael Orwick

Michael Orwick
Degrees, Designations, Diplomas, and Certificates:
  • Master of Business Administration, Athabasca University
  • Diploma of Technology in Broadcast Communications, BCIT
  • Provincial Instructor Diploma, Vancouver Community College
  • Microsoft Office Specialist – Expert Level, Word & Excel
  • Capsim Management Simulations—Advanced Users Training
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Step I & Step II Certification
  • High Potential Traits Inventory Certification

 Teaching Experience:

  • BUAD 116 Marketing
  • BUAD 123 Management Principles
  • BUAD 128 Computer Applications
  • BUAD 176 Professional Selling
  • BUAD 262 Organizational Behaviour
  • BUAD 266 Advertising & Integrated Marketing Communications 
  • BUAD 272 Business Simulation
  • BUAD 335 Electronic Commerce
  • BUAD 345 Consumer Behaviour
  • BUAD 370 Leadership

Professional Overview:

After leaving the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Mike spent almost 20 years in the radio & television broadcasting industry. He started his own marketing company and began holding seminars in marketing-related topics. This lead to part-time teaching at various public and private post-secondary schools. Michael completed his Provincial Instructor Diploma and began teaching full time in 2001. He worked as a management consultant until starting with Okanagan College in January of 2007. He completed his MBA and became a full-time member of the business faculty. He still does occasional consulting work.

In 2012, Michael received the Employee Excellence Innovation Award for his inventive and pioneering work in the classroom at Okanagan College.  He uses technology to help present material and to evaluate students’ progress.  He is also cutting-edge in his use of quick in-class exercises and small group activities to allow students to gain hands-on experience with the concepts and theories.  Along with fellow professor Glen Coulthard, Michael co-authored a textbook on Microsoft Office 2013 for McGraw-Hill in 2014. 

Michael’s philosophy of teaching has been drawn from his years in both business and media. He believes in being straight forward and to the point. His classes are not filled with esoteric pondering, but with common-sense discussion around the concepts of business and management. He likes to present concepts, theories, and models, then discuss the true application of them.  He loves to capsulize concepts within real-live experiences. He has many of his own to share, but invites students to take part and participate.

Mike has extensive experience and training in communication, both written and oral. He uses these skills in the classroom, but more importantly, he shares these skills with his students. He encourages clear communication and sound logic in his students. He also enjoys humour and likes to have fun in class.  Michael has also coached many of the Business Simulation competition teams that have represented Okanagan College so well over the years.