Sep 19, 2016
Shannon van Leenen
Media Relations Officer
Laura Jo Gunter Biography
Laura Jo Gunter assumed the role of President and CEO of Bow Valley College on January 1, 2017. She is an inclusive, engaging leader who places emphasis on strong community connections, enriching educational experiences and outcomes, and agile and responsive leadership practice. She has held progressively senior roles in both academic institutions and the private sector.
Ms. Gunter was previously the Senior Vice President Academic for George Brown College in Toronto. Her portfolio included all academic divisions, the office of applied and institutional research, international, academic services and student affairs, and registration.
Prior to joining George Brown College, Ms. Gunter was the Dean of two different portfolios in succession at Toronto's Seneca College: the Faculty of Information Arts & Technology, and then the Faculty of Communication, Art & Design.
Ms. Gunter gained prior academic leadership experience while based in British Columbia, where she was the Vice-President of Programming, Special Projects, and Industry Partnerships for the Vancouver Film School. Before this, she was the Continuing Education Program Director for Applied Science at Simon Fraser University.
Ms. Gunter has also been an entrepreneur. She was the CEO and co-founder of Condition30 Inc, a software and game company based in Toronto and Vancouver. As well, Ms. Gunter was the Vice President of Creative and Community for the British Columbia-based User Friendly Media.
Ms. Gunter has a Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University, and a Masters of Business Administration from Queen's University. She chaired the Coordinating Committee of Vice Presidents Academic for Colleges Ontario, was a member of the Interactive Ontario Board, and serves as a Board member of the North York General Hospital.