Department of Chemistry

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From rare earth metals in your smart phone screen, to organic compounds that build all living things, discover how atoms, molecules and ions interact to make up the world around us.

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Terry Heidt

Chair - Chemistry
Office: Lab Building 368A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4728

I have worked in a variety of laboratory and research settings: as a research analyst for NovaBioMed Inc. in Kentville, NS (2005-2006), as a genetics researcher for a group at UBC (2007), as a quality control technician for Ashland chemicals in Winfield, B.C. (2007-2008), and as a chemical technologist at Suncor Energy in Fort McMurray, AB (2008-2009). I taught chemistry at the University of Alberta as a laboratory instructor and help-session tutor (2010-2011). A significant portion of my research involved the chemical synthesis of model asphaltenes in an organic/inorganic research group. I have been a chemistry professor at Okanagan College since 2018.


MSc, Chemistry, University of Alberta
BHK, Human Kinetics, UBC
BSc, Chemistry and Physics, OUC

Sydney Acton

Office: Lab Building 290B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 6430

My specialization is organic chemistry and chemical biology. I have 5 years of research experience in the field and have been teaching chemistry labs for 5 years as well. I grew up here in the Okanagan where I completed my BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at UBC Okanagan. I'm so happy to be back home and teaching Chemistry at OC!

MSc, Chemistry, University of Ottawa
BSc (Hons), Chemistry, UBC Okanagan

Leonard Lermer

Office: Lab Building 289
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4643

Dr. Carl Doige

Office: Main Building D366
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-545-7291 ext. 2286

Although my initial career goal was to work as an academic researcher, various life influences brought me to my first real job as a teacher at the high school level in an international school in Bangkok, Thailand. After eleven years, I moved back to Canada and was fortunate to join the Chemistry Department at Okanagan College in 2005. Now having taught science for over a quarter century, I continue to be curious about and humbled by the art and science of learning and teaching.

PhD, Biochemistry, University of Guelph
BSc, Chemistry, McGill University
Dipl. Ed., McGill University

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Dr. Richard Federley

Office: Lab Building 245B
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4345
Richard Federley

PhD, Chemistry, WSU

Jasmine Korcok

Office: Lab Building 344G
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4851

I did my B.Sc. (Chemistry) at the University of Guelph and M.Sc. at SFU, where I studied thermal expansion properties of d10 dicyanometallate coordination polymers under the supervision of Prof. Danny Leznoff. I have been teaching since 2011 and became a professor at Okanagan College in 2013. I am passionate about helping students understand challenging chemical concepts and develop important transferable skills. I love nature so I enjoy activities that get me outside in my free time, like hiking and cross-country skiing. I am an enthusiastic birdwatcher and will be on Extended Study Leave in 2020-2021 to study ornithology.

MSc, Inorganic Chemistry, Simon Fraser University
BSc, Chemistry, University of Guelph


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