Dan Allen has been a professor at Okanagan College since 2015. Dan is engaged in an ownership capacity of various businesses ranging from pubs to distilleries to breweries located throughout Canada. He is the former Board Chair and Past President of the Downtown Kelowna Association. While at Okanagan College, he teaches courses in Food and Wine Tourism, Hotel Management, Restaurant Management as well as courses in Marketing and Management.
MSc, International Relations, London School of Economics
MBA, Cornell University
BA, History and Communications, Western Washington University
Dr. Blair Baldwin
For 19 years, Blair Baldwin has been one of the architects of the wine tourism industry in B.C. through the creation of the four annual not for profit Okanagan Wine Festivals and the British Columbia Wine Awards. He has also been retained to develop the Recreation Trails strategy for the Province of BC; the BC Mountain Bike Tourism strategy and has been retained by the province of British Columbia to develop the business plan for the BC Rail Trails network as part of the Trans Canada Trail. He has also retained to build business plans for the technology industry in BC; the manufacturing industry in BC; as well as building corporate social responsibility strategies for the Canadian Tobacco Manufacturers Council including the national Operation ID program. Blair is a proud professor at the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College specializing in Strategic Management; Professional Service Firms Management; Events Marketing; Services Marketing; and Business Law. He also actively facilitates group planning sessions ranging from strategic planning to marketing and the development of service quality within organizations.
Juris Doctoris, University of British Columbia, 2010
L.L.B. Allard Hall Law School, University of British Columbia, 1984
M.B.A. University of British Columbia, 1979
B.A. Honours Economics, Queens University, 1977
With a diverse experience of service sector, family business, teaching, and a small business, I landed in the Okanagan as a Graduate student. Over these years, I have gained a lot personally and professionally. As a proud Canadian, I love to experience the diversity of perspectives in my classes. A big fan of DIY (Do It Yourself) projects, I expect my students to follow the same by taking up new initiatives and overcoming challenges in their learning pursuits.
Bachelor of Technology (Production), India
Master of Business Administration (Marketing), India
Master of Arts (Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies), UBC, Okanagan
Dr. Michael Conlin
I have forty-seven years of experience teaching post-secondary education courses and twenty years of experience in the administration of post-secondary institutions in a number of countries including Bermuda and Australia.
I worked for two years as a marketing representative for EMCO Limited, London, Ontario and for two years as the Marketing Research Analyst for Kelvinator (Canada) Limited, London, Ontario. For four years, I was the Managing Director of a Canadian high-tech firm which sold information technology equipment in the southern Africa countries of Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.
For eleven years, I was the Dean of the Faculty of Hotel and Business Management at Bermuda College on the island of Bermuda. I was also the Chief Operating Officer and Dean of the Australian International Hotel School for nine years, a public agency collaboration between the Government of the Australian Capital Territory and Cornell University.
Appointed a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (FIH), formerly the Hotel and Catering International Management Association (FHCIMA), London, UK
Appointed Professor Emeritus, Australian International Hotel School
Senior University Administrator’s Course, The Ivey School, University of Western Ontario (UWO)
Barrister and Solicitor, Law Society of Upper Canada (Province of Ontario Bar)
Juris Doctor, UWO
Master of Business Administration, UWO
Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Political Science, UWO
Dr. Michael Conyette
Always been interested in the business world and enjoy teaching business to students at OC since 2006. An entrepreneurial-minded innovator with more than 20 years of experience in business, research, and teaching.
I create/use data & predictive analytic models. Work with Big Data and data analysis. Understand the use of wearable technology devices as applied to tourism, hospitality & education. Study how AI, mobile and wearable technology devices could assist consumers in various activities. Optimize tourism & other company performance through strategic planning & operations research.
Doctor of Business Administration, Newcastle University, Newcastle, United Kingdom, & Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble, France
Diploma of Adult Education, Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, B.C.
Master of Business Administration, City University, Bellevue, Washington, USA
Bachelor of Arts, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
Masters Certificate in Project Management, Schulich School of Business & University of Victoria, Victoria, B.C.
Certificate in Big Data Analytics, York University, Toronto, Ont.
Dr. Glen Coulthard
Glen has been a faculty member with the School of Business at Okanagan College since 2002. Before this, Glen worked as a management consultant with Laventhol & Horwath (later Price Waterhouse Coopers and then his own firm), specializing in conducting marketing research and valuations for the hospitality industry. Having a passion for educational technology, Glen has consulted with and developed e-learning products for Microsoft, McGraw-Hill Higher Education, and Pearson Education. He has also co-authored a computing textbook series that has currently sold more than 2 million copies and continues to develop OER instructional materials that can be distributed freely to post-secondary students.
Key Research Interests: Digital Marketing Automation, Information Systems and Workforce Acceptance, Agile Platforms for E-Commerce & Website Development, and Technology-based Workflow Systems.
PhD of Learning Design and Performance Technology, Purdue University
MA in Technology Leadership, George Washington University
Bachelor of Commerce, University of British Columbia
I love working with others, sharing knowledge, and watching people grow. I know from personal experience how education can dramatically change the course of someone’s life, and want to be part of facilitating this change in others. Prior to transitioning to academia full time, I worked in Municipal Government, Banking and a First Nation specializing in Financial Reporting, Strategy and IT. When I am not teaching, you can find me hiking a mountain, kayaking on a lake or globetrotting.
Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)/Certified General Accountant (CGA)
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Laurentian University
Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM), AFOA
Accounting and Information Technology Applied Business Degree, SAIT
I am an experienced CPA, CA, with a passion for lifelong learning. I enjoy working with students and helping them reach their education and career goals. My areas of interest are tax, accounting and business. In my free time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, skiing, and enjoying all of the wonderful outdoor opportunities the Okanagan has to offer.
University of Victoria, Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.) with Distinction, Business/Entrepreneurship
City University of Hong Kong, Exchange Term Abroad, International Business
Chartered Accountant School of Business (CASB), Chartered Accountant
Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, CPA
CPA Canada – In-Depth Tax Program, Years I, II & III
Okanagan College, Learner-Centred Instructor Certificate, with Distinction
With over twelve years of industry experience in the accounting, audit, finance, tax and business development fields, I bring a fresh approach to teaching accounting, finance and business concepts. My belief in the limitless capabilities of students reinforces confidence and builds empowerment levels which motivate them to excel. Lecturing is my passion and I am therefore fully dedicated and committed to assisting students with achieving their ultimate career and educational goals.
Chartered Professional Accountant of British Columbia (CPA, CGA)
Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA)
Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Charterholder)
Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting, University of Oxford Brookes (First Class Honours)
Caribbean Credit Union Development Educator (CaribDE)
My personal vision is to continue on a path of lifelong learning while contributing positively to sustainable economic growth in our beautiful Okanagan Valley. I have a deep appreciation of our Okanagan community and have a desire to contribute to it. This is evidenced by being a founding member of the JCI Okanagan chapter in Kelowna, a volunteer presenter for BC Junior Achievement, chairing the Terry Fox Run in Kelowna, chairing Habitat for Humanity Okanagan, and currently serving on the board at Interior Savings Credit Union. I have recently started my DBA studies at Athabasca University. My two teenaged children share my enthusiasm of the Okanagan outdoors where we enjoy sailing, hiking, biking, and skiing/snowboarding.
Residential Builders license
Professional Instructors Diploma Program
Accredited Canadian Credit Union Director
Catherine is a professor in the management and human resource management programs at Okanagan College. She has been a course leader in the development, delivery and evaluation of the Okanagan School of business human resource management, leadership and organizational behaviour courses (in-person and virtual) for over two decades.
Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Management), Saint Mary’s University
Master of Arts Degree, Career Development, School of Management, JFK University
Professor, Faculty of Business & Extension Services, Okanagan (University) College (1995-current)
Human Resource Development & Management Consulting Business (1987-current)
Management and Human Resource Management Positions, City of Calgary (1980-1987)
The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Certified Canadian Counsellor (CCC) Designation (1996-current)
Canadian Council of Human Resource Associations and Human Resources Management Association- BC and Yukon, Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) Designation (1999-current)
Research and Publications
Cathy has published over 25 international and national scholarly peer-reviewed publications and paper presentations, over 16 business cases and case teaching notes and over 17 technical reports and magazine articles for professional, industry and public audiences. Since 2006, Cathy has been reviewing textbooks and various articles for publishers, peer reviewed journals and peer reviewed conference papers submitted for presentations. Cathy has authored 11 instructor’s manuals and test bank questions including context dependent multiple-choice questions designed to accompany the human resource management textbooks. She has authored various experiential exercises and case incidents that continue to be included in human resource management textbooks. She is the coauthor of the textbook Essentials of Managing Human Resources. 5th Canadian Edition. Toronto: Nelson Education
I am a lawyer in private practice in Kelowna, having been called to the bar in British Columbia in 1980. Since 2006, much of my professional time has been spent delivering services as a mediator, chartered arbitrator, and tribunal adjudicator. In 2012, following several years in which I taught courses as a term instructor, I became a professor on continuing appointment at Okanagan College in the Okanagan School of Business.
Bachelor of Laws, University of British Columbia, 1979 (Juris Doctor 2008)
Master of Arts, University of British Columbia, 1976
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Trent University, 1973
I commenced my career in Edmonton, Alberta, articling with the accounting firm, Deloitte, and earning a Chartered Accountant (CA) designation. In completing my CA designation, I won the prestigious Winspear Medal of Honor for completing the uniform final examination with distinction.
After several years at Deloitte’s Edmonton office, auditing publicly listed companies, financial institutions, and not-for-profit organizations, I transitioned to Deloitte’s National Office in Toronto. In this role, I participated in national and global initiatives related to the learning and growth of the firm’s audit practitioners. It was in this role that I fell in love with education. My position at Deloitte evolved into managing a national initiative to develop and deliver financial reporting learning programs to clients.
Alongside my work at Deloitte, I also taught and developed courses for the CA School of Business, the distance-based learning program that formerly trained CA candidates in Western Canada. In addition, I began teaching accounting courses at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus.
When the accounting bodies unified in Canada, I was contracted to develop the first Canadian CPA education program, the Professional Education Program (PEP). This role evolved into me becoming the Director of Precertification Education at CPA Canada where I oversaw PEP curricula as well as the Preparatory Courses program for many years.
Beyond my professional and academic pursuits, I devote a lot of time and energy to volunteering. I have provided accounting advice and services to This Life Cambodia, an international development organization that works to address issues like gender-based violence in Cambodia. My largest focus, however, is on animal rights activism. I am actively involved in the Okanagan Humane Society, which, among other things, rescues, rehabilitates, and adopts feral cats within the region.
Master of Education, University of British Columbia
Chartered Professional Accountant
Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting, University of Alberta
For more than fifteen years, I ran successful businesses on the coast and in the Okanagan. With a focus on finance and consulting, I worked with individuals and business owners to assist them in creatively solving their financial challenges. I value family, integrity, gratitude, and hard work, and seek to help learners acquire the technical tools and critical thinking skills they will need to thrive in business and in life. When I'm not on campus you can find me camping, skiing, biking, dancing, and laughing with my family.
Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance), Simon Fraser University
Certificate in Liberal Arts, Simon Fraser University
Certificate in Learner Centred Instruction, Okanagan College
Certified Financial Planner designation, Financial Planning Standards Council (FP Canada)
Certified General Accountant, CGABC
Chartered Professional Accountant, CPABC
Mary Ann Knoll
I have over 20 years of industry experience working with large multi-national corporations in sales, consulting, development and support when I discovered the Okanagan. I was looking for a change in lifestyle, and moved to Canada from Europe in 2012. Originally from Hamburg, Germany, I initially worked at both Kelowna higher education institutions but am now fully dedicated to teaching and research at the Okanagan College, School of Business. Bringing my knowledge from industry and local research into the classroom, I provide many examples from big and small business environments. If I'm not in the classroom or in the field (doing research), you will find me mountain biking or hiking in the summer, snowboarding in the winter or just having fun with my family all year around. I love the outdoors and will happily talk to you about new trails to explore in the Okanagan – which is ‘the best place to live in the world.'
Masters program and PhD in Management at the University of Auckland (NZ) (PhD awarded 1998
Undergraduate degree in Psychology at Swansea University (UK)
I have a passion for Investments, Corporate Finance and Financial Modelling – and I treasure the opportunity to share this passion with students. I enjoy working with students and helping them to achieve their career dreams and aspirations. As a Chartered Financial Analyst, I am humbled to provide mentorship and guidance to the future finance professionals at the Okanagan School of Business which is now one of the CFA affiliated universities. I am also very fortunate to be part of the Okanagan School of Business with its strong and supportive academic and professional culture that makes it one the best business programs in Canada.
Dr. Kyleen Myrah
Dr. Myrah is a Professor of Business at Okanagan College teaching in the areas of management and social entrepreneurship for over 20 years. She is also President of KyCo Management, a corporate training company specializing in leadership development, strategic planning and social enterprise.
Chartered Professional Accountant Designation (CPA)
Doctorate Of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy, 2004
Master of Public Administration, 1994
Bachelors of Arts (honours), 1991
My business career began as a corporate/commercial paralegal, conducting due diligence and drafting agreements for business purchase and sales, mergers and acquisitions. I then spent eight years with a start-up technology firm navigating firm growth as the Manager of Customer Technical, Support and Training services across North America, including leading the post-merger support teams through cross-functional training while supporting our academic clients with our online and software installed products. As a consultant I have worked with entrepreneurs as they navigated purchases and sales, growth opportunities and conducted market research, as well as managing Exhibitor booths at international trade shows. Prior to teaching at the Okanagan School of Business I worked as a business advisor and loans analyst at the Women’s Enterprise Center of BC. As a community volunteer I have been at the helm of numerous events including chair of the BC Provincial Special Olympics Winter Games and the national COPA Aviation Conference and trade show. I value integrity and collaboration, taking initiative and lifelong learning. When I am not teaching, I may be hiking, kayaking, camping, creating at my art studio, or enjoying the view from 5000 ft+ alt with my husband in our small airplane.
- MBA, Executive Management – Royal Roads University
- Diploma, Business Administration – Okanagan College
- Certificate in Learner Centered Instruction, Okanagan College
- Certificate in Blockchain, Blockchain Professional, Generalist designation, Okanagan College and Foundational Technologies Institute
- Certificate in Design Thinking, Innovation of Products & Services, MIT Sloan School of Management
I joined Okanagan College as a Professor in the Accounting and Finance specialties in 2002. Prior to teaching I worked as an accountant in Public Practice and as the administrator of the Splatsin First Nation in Enderby, BC.
My husband and I have four grown children and 9 grandchildren.
Chartered Professional Accountant CPA, CGA
Masters of Business Administration
Alan Rice received his Master’s of Arts in Tourism Planning and Development from California University in 2010. He completed his Bachelors of Administration with honours in marketing, specializing in marketing research, at Brock University in 1991. He has been teaching in the fields of Tourism and Hospitality Management and Marketing at Okanagan College since 2008.
Alan has over seventeen years of management experience in the tourism industry. He is the owner and principal of Kettle Valley Research, a boutique marketing research consultancy. Since its establishment in 2003, Kettle Valley Research has worked with clients in the tourism industry, government, economic development, as well as several advertising agencies and private firms. From 1996 to 2003 he worked in the tourism research field at Tourism Whistler where he oversaw all aspects of market research, analytics, and competitive intelligence.
MA, Tourism Planning and Development, California University
BA, Marketing, Brock University
I have 25 years of industry experience in high performance coaching, sport organization, event planning, project management, strategic planning, and leadership training. An international sailing champion several times over, I have also traveled the world coaching elite athletes and training new coaches. A strong believer in experiential learning, I'm always looking for motivated students to work with, and to develop new programs and products that benefit the community.
Doctoral Studies in Professional Practice (ongoing), University of Derby
Masters of Business Administration with Distinction, Walden University
Bachelor of Arts in Pacific and Asian Studies, University of Victoria
Diploma in High Performance Coaching (Sailing and Windsurfing), National Coaching Institute
Learning-Centred Instructor Certificate, Okanagan College
High Performance Traits Inventory Certified
My professional life has been spread across three industries prior to my role here at OC in Education: Financial Services, Wood products, and Property Development. I held a range of roles in these industries including Controller, CFO and CEO. Today, alongside my role as a professor at OC, I continue to provide financial guidance to entrepreneurial Property Development Businesses.
In addition to the above, my curiosity in the many forms of Value creation in Business led me to undertakings in Ethics in Business, Design Thinking and its role in business and Behavioural Finance. Each of these subjects influences my interests in my teaching as well as efforts beyond the classroom.
Additionally, I have been blessed with a beautiful family who I am grateful to have fill my time and care beyond the above.
Bachelor of Arts, Major Economics, Simon Fraser University
Certificate in Learner Centered Instruction, Okanagan College
Certified General Accountant, CGABC
Chartered Professional Accountant, CPABC
I am a creative business collaborator committed to meaningful research and effective teaching both in a colocated and distributed working model. Armed with a Masters in Leadership and Management, my career has afforded me the opportunity to be in leadership and training roles in both non-profit, and for-profit organizations, as well as the world of academia. Currently, I'm teaching Management and HR courses at Okanagan College School of Business, I also develop and facilitate on-line business courses, and coaches college competition teams in Design Thinking. As well, I am a coach/consultant for individuals and teams around training and development.
SHRM Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources (SHRM-SCP) designation
Chartered Professional inhuman Resources (CPHR) designation
High Potential Traits Indicator Certified
Emotional Intelligence Certification Training
Strengths Finder (Strengths Quest) Consulting Certified Level 1
Masters in Organizational Leadership (with Honours) Briercrest Seminary (Articulated with University of Regina)
Competency-Based Management Certificate Level 1, HRMI
Certified Career Development Practitioner, BCCCDA
Diploma in Adult Education, Vancouver Community College
Provincial Instructors Diploma, Vancouver Community College
After a diversified business career spanning nearly 25 years, I joined Okanagan College in 2016. My passion for education has only grown since then and I bring a unique approach to all the courses I teach in marketing and management. When I'm not devoting time and energy to my functions as a college professor, I'm serving as a fire fighter with the Lake Country Fire Department.
Master of Business Administration, McGill University
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Ottawa
International management studies, école des Hautes études Commerciales de Paris
Learning-Centred Instructor Certificate, Okanagan College
NFPA Level I and Level II Fire Fighter Certification, Justice Institute of BC
BC Licensed Emergency Medical Assistant
I teach marketing, research and business management and my areas of interest include governance and sustainability in the non-profit sector and international development. I have management experience in recreation, tourism and the resource industries and have worked as a business research and marketing consultant since 1996. I have also participated in the non-profit sector extensively as board chair, director and member in the social services, business and recreation organizations. I like to bring practical experience to the classroom and encourage students to engage in practical application of theory using project-based learning activities.
Doctorate of Business Administration from University of Southern Queensland
Master of Business Administration from University of Leicester
Bachelor of Business Administration from SFU
Bachelor of Science in Forest Resource Management from UBC
Provincial Instructors Diploma
I recently joined Okanagan College as a Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration. Coming to the College with 17 years of public accounting experience working in accounting and taxation. I have a particular focus on taxation specializing in tax planning for owner-managed businesses, resolving CRA disputes, and assisting charities & not-for-profit organizations.
Originally from Vancouver, I was lured to the Okanagan chasing the summer sun and the winter snow. When not at the College you’ll find me outside trying to keep up with my wife and two young sons biking, hiking, fishing, and skiing.
Chartered Professional Account (CPA, CA)
Indepth Taxation Course
Bachelor of Accounting, Accounting (British Columbia Institute of Technology)
Ron has more than 25 years of senior operating and development experience with such well-known companies as General Foods, Cara and Scott's Hospitality Inc. For several years he served as President and CEO of Scott's Foodservices Inc. responsible for more than 900 restaurants, 11,000 employees and 500 million dollars in sales revenue.
Ron has taught at Ryerson University (Toronto), University of Guelph, (Nice France), Hosta (Glion) Hotel and Tourism School (Leysin, Switzerland) and Sochi Institute of Tourism, (Sochi, Russia). In addition, he has served as Managing Director, Hotel Institute Montreux, a renowned Swiss hotel school, as well as Dean, Faculty of Hospitality and Tourism, George Brown College in Toronto.
Ron has lived in 6 different countries and has consulted widely in North America, Western Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Azerbaijan, Republic of Georgia and most recently in Thailand. He specializes in marketing, new product and retail development, franchising and chain restaurant operations.
I grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, obtaining two undergraduate degrees from the University of Ottawa before moving west to earn a Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Victoria. Subsequently, I started a tax and financial planning company that grew to serve clients in both the Lower Mainland and the Okanagan. I enjoy sharing those real life experiences with students to enhance their learning. I'm also an avid skier, and am fluent in French and English.
MA - Economics (University of Victoria)
BSSc - Honours Economics (University of Ottawa)
BSSc - Political Science (University of Ottawa)
CFP - Certified Financial Planner (FP Canada)
FMA - Financial Management Advisor (Canadian Securities Institute)
PID - Provincial Instructor Diploma (in progress - School of Instructor Education, Vancouver Community College)
I joined the School of Business after 15 years in government services & healthcare in Ontario & BC, where I held a variety of consultant, manager, administrator, and corporate director positions, including roles focused on health & safety, organizational development, human resources strategy, public health, and strategic corporate services. My volunteer time is dedicated to the Board of the Public Health Association of BC, the BC association of Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, and a variety of extracurricular opportunities for business students. When I’m not working you will find me playing a seasonal sport or enjoying an outdoor recreational activity.
Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR)
Master of Science (Queen’s University)
Master of Business Administration (Athabasca University)
Master of Data Science (UBC Okanagan) – candidate, in progress
Certified Assessor, HPTI-Pro (High Potential Psychology)
Certified Facilitator, MBTI (Psychometrics)
Emergency Operations EOC Level 3 (Justice Institute of BC)
I have a background that includes over 25 years of high technology business development, specializing in e-commerce, systems, and software development and spanning from startups to large companies where I have been responsible for building and transforming many successful organizations within the high technology industry.
MBA, San Jose State University
BSEE (Electrical Engineering), Michigan State University
CeM (Certified eMarketer), eMarketing Association
Project Management Certificate, Hewlett Packard
Mark Ziebarth has been teaching in the Okanagan College School of Business since 2012, leading courses in the areas of Marketing and Management, including Entrepreneurship, Marketing Research and Consumer Behaviour.
Mark earned his undergraduate degree from Eastern Kentucky University and his MBA from the George Washington University, in his home town of Washington, DC.
Voted 2008 Business Leader of the Year, by the Penticton Chamber of Commerce, Mark has been involved in building and leading business information companies for almost 30 years. As a business employee, manager, executive and owner, Mark brings decades of applicable experience and real-world lessons into the classroom. He continues his involvement in the private sector as an owner and investor in a number of entrepreneurial technology and marketing ventures