Learning and Applied Research

Research Ethics Board

The Research Ethics Board (REB) meets monthly, except in August, to discuss applications for ethical approval relating to research at Okanagan College. 

Meeting schedule 2022

Application Date: Friday, Jul. 8, 2022
Meeting Date: Friday, Jul. 22, 2022

Meeting schedule 2022-23

Application Date: Friday, Aug. 26, 2022
Meeting Date: Friday,  Sep. 9, 2022

Application Date: Friday, Sep. 23, 2022
Meeting Date: Friday, Oct. 7, 2022

Application Date: Friday, Oct. 21, 2022
Meeting Date: Friday, Nov. 4, 2022

Application Date: Friday, Nov. 18, 2022
Meeting Date: Friday, Dec. 2, 2022

Application Date: Friday, Dec. 30, 2022
Meeting Date: Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

Application Date: Friday, Jan. 27, 2023
Meeting Date: Friday, Feb. 10, 2023

Application Date: Friday, Feb. 24, 2023
Meeting Date: Friday, Mar. 10, 2023

Application Date: Friday, Mar. 24, 2023
Meeting Date: Friday, Apr. 7, 2023

Application Date: Friday, Apr. 21, 2023
Meeting Date: Friday, May 5, 2023

Application Date: Friday, May 19, 2023
Meeting Date: Friday, Jun. 2, 2023

Application Date: Friday, Jun. 23, 2023
Meeting Date: Friday, Jul. 7, 2023

Research policies

Resources and forms

Frequently Asked Questions

  • If your research involves humans then it requires REB approval
  • May involve asking subjects to participate in questionnaires, interviews, focus groups, testing, observation, video and audio taping
  • Subjects may be OC faculty, staff, students or administration or the public
  • Research involving human biological materials, as well as human embryos, fetuses fetal tissues, stem cells etc.
  • Class projects requiring students to conduct research involving human subjects
  • Anyone not affiliated with OC who wants to conduct research at OC must submit an application for review on OC forms
  • Requires a letter of permission from the OC department or administrative unit responsible for the space or resources to be used
  • If research is done elsewhere and is associated with OC then REB approval is required
  • If faculty are working at OC but taking time to do graduate studies then OC requires documentation of REB approval. Additionally, a cover letter stating that the faculty member is conducting the research on their own time and separate from OC is required.
  • Information gathering activities that:
    • Produces data that may be used for publication
    • May be used to increase current knowledge
    • Is done with participants unaware
    • Involve “at risk” participants
    • Is conducted such that individuals may be identified

All forms are found on the REB policies and forms web page for Okanagan College. Please complete the form titled, Research Ethics Board, Application for Ethical Review via the link below.

Complete your application!

Submissions should be sent to:

Research Ethics Board
Attn: Colette Martin
Okanagan College
Office B120

1000 KLO Road
Kelowna, BC  V1Y 4X8

E-mail:    reb@okanagan.bc.ca
Phone:    250-762-5445 ext. 4736

The committee reviews the application and comes back with a verdict of:

  • approved without amendments
  • conditional approval with clarifications
  • not approved. If approved a REB certificate will be created for the project. They are valid for one year but a renewal is possible.

If approved, a REB certificate will be created for the project. They are valid for one year but a renewal is possible, if requested. If the project is conditionally approved, then changes must be made to the application. The Chair of the committee will contact you with those changes recommended by the committee. The corrections are submitted to the chair and assistant, who distributes it to the committee to check. If acceptable, a certificate of ethical acceptability is sent to you from the committee assistant. A project that is rejected can be rewritten and resubmitted or it is possible for the applicant to appeal the REB committee’s decision.


Youry Khmelevsky is currently REB Chair.

Dr. Youry Khmelevsky

Chair - Computer Science
Office: Centre For Learning 321
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4741
Computer Science - Youry Khmelevsky

I am a Professor in the Computer Science department at Okanagan College since 2005. I was a Chair of the Department since June 2015 for 3 years. I have a Ph.D. in computer science and a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with distinctions (GPA 99%). I also completed a post-doctoral study in the United States at Harvard University in 1997. I was a visiting scientist at Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in August 2010 for 12 months and at LIP6, Sorbonne University, Paris, France, in August 2018 for 12 months as well.

PhD, Computer Science, KPI

Dr. Cameron Egan

Office: Lab Building 158A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4521
Biology Instructor Egan Cameron

I am a microbial ecologist interested in plant associated fungal symbionts. My research focuses primarily on the symbiosis between mycorrhizal fungi and plants, examining both fundamental and applied aspects of the mycorrhizal symbiosis. Because of the complexity of mycorrhizal interactions, my research borrows techniques from disparate scientific fields including mycology, botany, microbiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, community ecology, and statistical modeling. Throughout my career I have developed a passion for engaging and mentoring the next generation of scientists, which has led me back Okanagan College where I began my post-secondary education. My teaching focuses include botany, ecology, microbiology, and introductory biology.

Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Botany/Pacific Biosciences Research Center, University of Hawaiʼi at Mānoa
PhD, Biology, University of British Columbia
BSc, Biology, University of British Columbia

Google Scholar profile

Cathy Fitzgerald

Business Administration
Office: Lab Building 123
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4579
Business Professor Catherine Fitzgerald

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.


Academic Background

Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Management), Saint Mary’s University

Master of Arts Degree, Career Development, School of Management, JFK University


Employment History

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)


Professional Certifications

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

Alan Rice

Business Administration
Office: Centre For Learning 219
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4879
Headshot of Alan Rice

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

Monique Karlstrom

Bachelor Science - Nursing
Office: Lab Building 218
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4575


I was born and raised in Newfoundland. I obtained my Registered Nurse diploma from Western Memorial Regional Hospital School of Nursing in 1991. I have worked in various roles from front-line nursing to management positions. I was a member of the Skin and Wound Assessment and Treatment (SWAT) Team and held a sharp debridement certification. I worked mainly in the downtown core of Calgary in a multi-site delivery clinic where I specialized in wound care. In 2006, I moved to Kelowna, where I completed a Post Diploma Bachelor of Nursing with distinction from the University of Calgary. In 2018, I completed a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan Campus. As part of my thesis, I completed original research titled, Unsafe Student Nurse Behaviours: The perspectives of expert clinical nurse educators. This research has been published in the journal of Nurse Education in Practice. I taught in the Licensed Practical Nursing program at Okanagan College for five years and since 2012 have been teaching in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. My favorite pastime is spending time with family and friends, and time on my boat.

MSN, Nursing, UBCO

Dr. Jim Nastos

Computer Science
Office: Centre For Learning 318
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4704
Computer Science - Jim Nastos

PhD, Computer Science and Mathematics, UBCO
MSc, Computing Science, University of Alberta
BEd, Secondary Mathematics, UBC
BMath, Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo

Google Scholar profile

Dr. Carson Keever

Office: Lab Building 158A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4521

My main interest is teaching biology and I enjoy helping students prepare for a career in this field. I try to utilize my experience in research, teaching, and environmental consulting to create learning environments that foster skills essential for a successful career in many biology related disciplines.

PhD, Biology, Simon Fraser University
BSc, Biology, University of California Davis

Colette Martin

Learning and Applied Research, Executive Assistant
Office: Business Building 120B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4736