Human Kinetics Faculty

 Wendy Wheeler
Wendy Wheeler

B.P.H.E. / B.Sc. (Queen’s), M.Sc. (McMaster), M.Ed. (USQ - Australia)
Kinesiologist (BCAK)
NCCP Sport Coach and Learning Facilitator

Wendy Wheeler has been a professor in Human Kinetics at Okanagan College since January 2007.   Wendy was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario and moved to British Columbia in 1996 to begin her career teaching at the post-secondary level.  Before making her forever-home in the Okanagan in 2003, she lived and worked in the Kootenays and the Lower Mainland.

Wendy enjoys connecting her work experiences as a kinesiologist and a volleyball coach with academic theory in the classroom.  She is a lifelong learner and is currently studying the relationships between physical activity and community/mental health; physical literacy in children and long-term athlete development.  An educator at heart, she has been developing HKIN curriculum to engage college students via multimodal communication, service learning and authentic assessment.  

What she loves about working at Okanagan College is the fun and supportive learning community that has been created at the Penticton campus.  After spending more than 20 years as a competitive athlete (track & field, basketball and volleyball), her active lifestyle now includes yoga, fitness training, golf, skiing and outdoor recreation with her family.


Louise Blais
BSc., Applied Health Sciences from Brock University
Masters, Applied Health Sciences from Brock University
Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Group Exercise Instructor
Yoga Instructor

Louise started teaching at the College in January 2013. Prior to joining Okanagan College, she managed a large, multi-purpose, upscale fitness club in Ontario. Having worked in the fitness industry extensively for over thirty years, teaching, training and certifying fitness professionals, Louise has a unique appreciation for the advantage that applied skills obtained in a college program offer a our graduates in a professional setting.

What she loves most about her position at Okanagan College are the students. She loves challenging them to become the leaders the health and fitness industry will require them to be to regain the health of Canadians. And in turn, their enthusiasm and passion for knowledge inspires Louise to continue learning as well.

Outside of work, you will almost always find Louise on a trail. She and her husband are attracted to the Okanagan for its world famous trails. They are enthusiastic dog hikers, trail runners and mountain bike competitors. She is also a cycling coach and in 2014 she founded ‘She Rides Penticton’, a women’s only road cycling group.

Dr. Scott Forbes

Post-Doctoral Fellowship (Faculty of Medicine): University of Calgary
Ph.D. (Physical Education and Recreation): University of Alberta
M.Sc. (Kinesiology): University of Saskatchewan B.Sc. (Kinesiology): University of Saskatchewan
Certified Exercise Physiologist (CEP): Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP)
Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) – Certified Personal Trainer Instructor/Examiner (currently enrolled)
International Olympic Committee diploma in Sport Nutrition (currently enrolled)

Dr. Scott Forbes has been a Professor in Human Kinetics since August 2014 at Okanagan College. His primary interest is in sport science and has focused on various nutritional strategies, training modalities, time motion analysis and exercise testing. In addition, his research has focused on nutritional and exercise interventions for optimal muscle and brain health in older adults.

He has worked as a Personal Trainer at the Fitness and Lifestyle Center on the University of Alberta, Edmonton Campus as well as an Athlete Testing/consultant for  F.C. Edmonton, Edmonton Oilers, University of Alberta Varsity teams. This involved annual fitness testing and fitness consultations with individual players.

His favorite part of Okanagan College is the state-of-the-art facilities (amazing fitness center, gymnasium, metabolic system, exercise testing equipment, etc.) and the opportunity for students to use this equipment on a regular basis to learn how the body works through practical based opportunities.

In his spare time Scott enjoys hanging out with his wife and two daughters. And he also plays on the national canoe polo team (a competitive ball sport played in kayaks).