Trades and Apprenticeship

Dean's Office Contacts

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Kim Noakes

Trades Marketing and Recruitment Assistant
Office: Trades Buildings 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4439
Trades - Kim Noakes

Kristen Diehl

Women in Trades Training Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator
Office: Trades Buildings 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4597
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Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship

Stephen Speers

Dean, Trades and Apprenticeship
Office: Trades Buildings 115E
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4837

Associate Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship

Teresa Kisilevich

Associate Dean, Trades and Apprenticeship
Office: Trades Buildings 115H
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4393

I have been with OC since 1999 and the Associate Dean of Trades and Apprenticeship since 2016. Prior to that, I was an instructor and Chair with the Office Administration Department. I hold a Bachelor's of Elementary Education, a Master's in Adult, Higher and Workplace Learning, and am currently enrolled in an Educational Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership. I enjoy the intricacies and challenges of my leadership role, as I work to make OC’s mission statement a reality for Trades students, instructors and staff.

Department Chairs

Contact the department chair for questions relating to industry or curriculum information.

Corey Bransfield

Chair - Motor Vehicle Trades and Collision Repair Department
Office: Trades Buildings 131A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4578

Geoffrey Couper

Chair - Culinary and Pastry Arts
Office: Cafeteria Building 126D
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4592

Okanagan College Culinary Arts apprenticeship Instructor, past chairman and president of the Okanagan Chefs Association, wine lover and raconteur extraordinaire are just a few of the toques that that I have worn over the years. With four decades of award-winning experience behind me, the obsession for great food, simply prepared with passionately produced local products only burns brighter. Having called the Okanagan home for close to 20 years, I've been fortunate to have had the opportunity to provide culinary inspiration for many great wine producers in the valley including Mission Hill, Cedar Creek, Blue Mountain and Andrew Peller, among others. The best advice I could give to all young chefs looking for education and inspiration? Go work on a farm... After a classic apprenticeship, I departed to Europe to do the typical travel, eat and work thing, at the time thinking I knew a fair bit about cooking. Ending up on a small family farm in southern Germany, what I soon came to realize was that I knew nothing about food. And there is a huge difference between the two. To see products destined for the table being raised, weeded, milked and vinified, etc., to witness first-hand the tremendous effort it takes to produce great food, will undoubtedly make a huge impact on the way any young cook views their profession.

Credentials:
Red Seal Endorsed Chef

Timothy Dorn

Chair - Carpentry and Electrical Department
Office: Trades Buildings 116A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4278

Dale Martell

Chair - Aircraft Maintenance Engineering Department
Office: Kelowna Airport (OS) 100
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 5619

Bradley Oliver

Chair - Mechanical Building Trades and Welding Department
Office: Trades Buildings 211
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4893

Administration Staff

Sara Cousins

Manager, Trades Programs
Office: Trades Buildings 115K
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-862-5457 ext. 4231

Enrollment management, policies and procedures, client services, student advising, ITA Training Plan

Linda Dyck

Culinary Operations and Portfolio Specialist
Office: Cafeteria Building 124
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4531

Sarah Hargreaves

Trades Client Services Assistant
Office: Trades Buildings 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4112

Cari Jahns

Manager, Trades Finance/Culinary and Pastry Arts
Office: Trades Buildings 115K
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4606

Cynthia Jarvis

Trades Program Administrator, North Okanagan
Office: Vernon Trades Facility 104
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 2808

Jacquie Lankester

Trades Client Services Specialist
Office: Trades Buildings 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4733

Brent Moffat

Trades Program Administrator, Shuswap
Office: Salmon Arm Trades Centre (OS) ST01
Campus: Salmon Arm
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 8206

Debra Oakley

Trades Client Services Assistant
Office: Trades Buildings 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4687

Jessica Pak

Apprenticeship Hiring Project Coordinator
Office: Trades Buildings 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4479

Elke Pritchard

Trades Success Centre
Office: Trades Buildings 118
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4677

The Trades Success Centre provides assistance for Trades students in all areas of their studies, including math, writing, learning strategies, study skills and other areas.

Hours: Monday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Delaney Ross

Trades Support Coordinator
Office: Trades Buildings 115D
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4346

Kelsey Ross

Trades Program Coordinator
Office: Trades Buildings 115L
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4236

Tanya Tarlit

Trades Program Administrator, Central Okanagan
Office: Trades Buildings 115K
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4424