Karin Schnarr

First term: June 17, 2021 to June 16 2024

Dr. Karin Schnarr is an associate professor of policy at the Lazaridis School of Business & Economics (Lazaridis School) at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she teaches strategic management at the undergraduate, master’s and executive levels. Having just completed her term as director of the BBA program at the Lazaridis School, she recently accepted a new role as the director of the MBA program beginning July 1, 2021. Dr. Schnarr received a PhD in strategic management (corporate governance) and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University, a master’s degree in English literature from Queen’s University and bachelor’s degrees in English literature and science from the University of Waterloo.  Prior to working in academia, Dr. Schnarr spent a number of years working in senior roles with the Government of Ontario and consulting in the private sector.

In 2019, Dr. Schnarr received the Donald F. Morgenson Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence – Early Career Excellence, awarded annually by Wilfrid Laurier University. She has published and presented at many international, peer-reviewed conferences on strategy, governance, health innovation and case-based learning, and has authored book chapters and a number of award-winning cases on a variety of business topics and companies. Dr. Schnarr is a former national council member of SSHRC Canada and currently sits on the Waterloo Regional Police Services Board. She has also volunteered her time on the board of the children’s charity the Sandbox Project and sits on the national advocacy committee of ALS Canada. Dr. Schnarr lives in Kitchener with her partner Josif and their two daughters.