Laura Thurnheer



Okanagan College

Laura currently is an Associate Dean in the Okanagan School of Business at Okanagan College. In this role, she works with a leadership team and 90 faculty and staff serving 1500 Business students across four campuses in the Okanagan/Shuswap area. Most recently, she was an Associate Dean in The Science, Technology and Health portfolio at Okanagan College working with 13 teaching departments in the Science and Technology areas. As a Business professor, Laura specialized in teaching Leadership, Strategic Management, Human Resources Planning, and Organizational Development and Change.

As an active member of her local business community, she is very aware of the challenges facing businesses today and strives to help new and existing businesses develop and expand. Laura is a Past President of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, a past Director with the British Columbia Wine Authority, and a past Director with the Charter Professionals in Human Resources of BC & Yukon. She is currently the Past-President of KCR Community Resources and was recently appointed to the executive of the Okanagan Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD). Laura also sits as the Okanagan College Representative on the Central Okanagan Economic Advisory Committee.

In addition to her professional career, Laura and her husband own a small business called Swiss Skid Steer Solutions. This business focuses on maintenance & repair and sales of mid-size construction machinery. Laura provides administrative and planning support for their family business.