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William Gillett

Dean of Business
Office: Centre For Learning 217E
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4224
Bill Gillett, Dean of the School of Business.

Bill came to higher education administration with a wealth of business, professional and geographic experience.  A lawyer by training, he began his career in 1983 as a commercial litigator at a small firm in Detroit, Michigan and subsequently moved to Shearman & Sterling in New York City where his practice centered on mergers and acquisitions and securities law, primarily for clients in the insurance industry.  From there, he moved to Seattle as in-house counsel for an insurance group engaged in business throughout the United States, managing regulatory matters and transactions as the group sought to maximize value through the disposition of its operations.  Bill then moved to Manchester, New Hampshire with the RiverStone Group, a global leader in the management of discontinued and run-off insurance portfolios.  After a stint managing the European operations of the group from London, he returned to New Hampshire as President of RiverStone.

In 2010, after 27 years in law and business, primarily within the insurance industry, Bill accepted the position as Dean of the School of Business at Southern New Hampshire University, a leader in innovation in higher education in the U.S.  During his tenure as Dean at SNHU, Bill led the development of the Degree-in-Three business bachelor’s degree program, incorporating a unique integrated and competency-focused approach to business education. 

In 2016, he was appointed to the Christos and Mary Papoutsy Distinguished Chair in Ethics and Social Responsibility in which he conducted research in the local responses to refugee resettlement worldwide and refugee entrepreneurship in New Hampshire.  The Papoutsy Chair allowed Bill to delve deeper into the work he had done as a member of the Board of Directors, including seven years as Board chair, with the International Institute of New England, a refugee and immigrant support organization for Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Bill began his appointment as Dean of the Okanagan School of Business on August 1, 2017 with a deep appreciation of the successful history of the business programs at Okanagan College and excitement at the growth and opportunities for students and the Okanagan community that exist at the College today.

Associations and Board Memberships:
International Institute of New England (2007 - 2017)
New Hampshire High Tech Council (2011 – 2016)
New Hampshire Public Radio (2008 – 2014)

Credentials:
B.S.F.S. (International Studies) Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
J.D. University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Associate Deans

Dr. Barry McGillivray

Associate Dean
Office: Centre For Learning 217C
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4361
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Teaching Experience: Institutions of International Trade, Law, Business Ethics

Accomplishments: Former Provincial Court Judge, Small Business Owner & Operator, Arbitrator

Specialties: Commercial Law, International Economic Law

Associations and Memberships:
Former President B.C. Amateur Baseball Society
Member of Board of Directors Baseball Canada
Former Member of the Board Penticton Summer School of the Arts
Former Board Member Summerland Hospital
Member of the Academy of Management
President of Kelowna Gyro Club
Life Member of B.C. Civil Liberties Society

Credentials:
B.Sc. Geology
J.D.
C.Arb.

Jonathan Rouse

Director of Food, Wine and Tourism Associate Dean
Office: Centre For Learning 217D
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4684

Teaching Experience: Management, Hotel Management and Adventure/Ecotourism Management

Accomplishments: Jonathan has 10 years working as a geologist in a range of capacities from field research and exploration to land use management. For the past 20 years Jonathan has been very active provincially and nationally within the tourism and hospitality education field, having held positions as Dean, School of Hospitality and Business at Vancouver Community College, and Chair, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Management at Capilano College.

Specialty Areas: Product development, sustainable tourism, international education and education development such as qualifications framework.

Research Interests: Tourism growth management and sustainability, and tourism and hospitality education

Associations and Board Memberships:
Recent Past Board of Directors: Vice Chair Go2 and Tourism Vancouver
Current Membership: BC Hospitality Foundation Advisory Committee and Canadian Culinary Championships Committee
Current Board of Director: Canadian Tourism Human Resource Council

Credentials:
BSc. (Geology) Mount Allison University, New Brunswick, Canada
MSc (Tourism and Hospitality Education); University of Surrey, England

Office Staff

Lynn Kohout

Executive Assistant
Office: Centre For Learning 217
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4552
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Rita Clark

Operations & Portfolio Specialist
Office: Centre For Learning 217B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4102
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Alex Geoffrey

Program Assistant
Office: Centre For Learning 217
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4325

Chauna Lutz

Program Assistant
Office: Centre For Learning 214
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4349
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Hannah Bundschuh

Program Assistant
Office: Centre For Learning 217
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4607

Sarah Hargreaves

Program Assistant
Office: Centre For Learning 217
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4112

Fran Kelly

Business Administration Advisor
Office: Centre For Learning 229
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4725

Kim Filice

Business Administration Advisor
Office: Centre For Learning 227
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4639
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Jamie Morrow

Advising and Recruitment Coordinator
Office: Centre For Learning 217A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4726
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Shanna Stephenson

Advising and Recruitment Coordinator
Office: Centre For Learning 217A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4691
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Sara-Jane Schofield

Advising and Recruitment Coordinator
Office: Centre For Learning 412
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445
Sara-Jane Schofield, Business Advising and Recruitment Coordinator