Our Board

Our Board of Directors is comprised of eight local government officials and five members-at-large appointed by the Provincial Government. The Board sets the strategic vision, approves the strategic plan, approves the annual budget, sets the investment policies and allocations, ensures financial oversight, and oversees the CEO, who is responsible for carrying out the activities outlined in the annual operating plan. The Board is committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion, and encourages partnerships with the organizations and First Nations in the region with similar goals and mandates.

Sharon has a BSc. Pharmacy, is a medical and general officer manager and a former Kelowna Mayor (2005-2011), City Councillor (1996-2005), and Central Okanagan Regional District Director (1997-2005). Prior to becoming an elected official, she was a neighbourhood advocate and president of Kelowna Secondary School Parent Advisory Council. Sharon has been a leader in many sporting associations including tennis, soccer and skiing and continues to advocate for the importance of children and youth initiatives.  Click here to see a profile we posted about Sharon on the ETSI-BC LinkedIn page.

Paul Donald is a member of the Simpcw First Nation and is the CEO of Simpcw Resources Group (SRG). SRG is an award-winning, resource-based, First Nation owned business focused on construction, forestry, pipeline maintenance and environmental monitoring. SRG has more than 175 direct employees and employs many more through contracts and joint ventures. Paul’s previous roles included Executive Director at the Little Shuswap Lake Band and 30 years of banking and finance including 6 years as the CEO of All Nations Trust Company. Paul has been a member of the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT) Board of Governors since 2016. Paul is the NVIT Board Vice-Chair as well as the Chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. Paul served for many years as a board member (2012-2020) and past Chair of the Simpcw Resources Group of Companies. Board experience also includes the Kamloops Native Housing Society (11 years), the Kamloops Aboriginal Friendship Society (2 years) and the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO), where he served three years as National President. Click here to see a profile we posted about Paul on the ETSI-BC LinkedIn page.

Dr. Barker is a molecular biologist and biochemist and was appointed Vice Principal Research at the University of British Columbia`s Okanagan campus in 2015. He was previously a professor in the Departments of Neurology and Neurosurgery and Anatomy and Cell Biology at McGill University.  Click here to see a profile we posted about Phil on the ETSI-BC LinkedIn page.

Susan is currently serving a second term as the Electoral Area F Director in the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK). She has held leadership positions with national corporations and nonprofit organizations across Canada. Susan’s career has focused on sales, marketing, communications, leadership development and organizational improvement, always with supporting people to succeed as her primary motivation. Click here to read more about Susan.

Diana was born in Trail and raised in Salmo. Diana was first elected to Council in 2015, becoming Mayor in 2018. She has always been an active volunteer and is very passionate about volunteerism. She is a proud member of Salmo Lion`s International. She has been in nursing for the last twenty years and loves her line of work.  Click here to see a profile we posted about Diana on the ETSI-BC LinkedIn page.

Sue has enjoyed her roles as Mayor since 2014 and Director of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen, Okanagan Basin Water Board and the International Oosyoos Lake Board of Control. Sue holds a Bachelor of Education degree and worked as a primary teacher at Osoyoos Elementary School for 34 years. Click here to see a profile we posted about Sue on the ETSI-BC LinkedIn page.

Kevin Acton is a 5 term Mayor for the Village of Lumby and has been Chair of the RDNO for 4 consecutive years. Kevin has been a small Business owner for most of his working life and for the past 22 years has been a partner of a wellness centre in Lumby BC.  Kevin has a strong background in local government with a Level 3 Certificate of Excellence in Local Government Leadership from the LGLA (Local Government Leadership Academy) and has an Executive Certificate in local government from Dalhousie University. Click here to read more about Kevin.

Sue Cairns is passionate about Kimberley’s small mountain town community and natural environment. Sue worked for 25 years with B.C. natural resource agencies and with Indigenous governments and brings extensive experience in collaboration, relationship building, problem solving, policy, planning, administration, public service and natural resource stewardship. Sue was a Registered Professional Forester for 27 years and holds a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from UBC.  She dedicates her energy now to constructive community dialogue with climate resilience and equity as the foundation.

Peggy is a Financial Advior with Edward Jones. Previously Ms. DeVries was Bank Manager and Account Manager at CIBC as well as Bank Manager, Human Resources Office and Recruitment and Training Officer for Bank of Nova Scotia. She has worked in the financial services industry for over thirty years. Active in her community, Ms. DeVries is a Member of the Rotary. Previously she was a Director with Osprey Community Foundation and McDougall House in Edmonton. Ms. DeVries is a Certified Financial Planner with FP Canada. Click here to see a profile we posted about Peggy on the ETSI-BC LinkedIn page.

Alan is a longtime resident of the community, having graduated from Salmon Arm Senior Secondary in 1977. He attended both Okanagan University College and UBC, graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education. Alan’s teaching career began in Tumbler Ridge in 1983 where, at a young age, he was elected to the Tumbler Ridge Council as a Councillor from 1985 to 1987. Alan returned to Salmon Arm in 1988 and was elected as a Councillor from 1990 to 1996. He was re-elected in 2005 and served as Councillor through 2018. Alan retired after a 29 year career as a school principal. This is his second term as Mayor.  Click here to read more about Al.

Wayne is dedicated to social and economic development through incubating new aboriginal businesses and offering ISO 9000 management system services and electronic business solutions. Wayne has over 25 years experience in aspects Quality Management, Project Management, and Technical Management, in both the private and public sector.  Click here to see a profile we posted about Wayne on the ETSI-BC LinkedIn page.

Julie is a Councillor in her first term at Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality. She was first introduced to ETSI-BC in her role at CF Thompson Country, where she was a Rural Business & Community Recovery Program Advisor, Julie says, “The better I got to know the organization and those involved behind the scenes, the more I was inspired by their work.”  For Julie, being involved in community leadership is very important. Being from a region comprised of many smaller rural and semi-rural communities, she looks forward to providing a voice for the region and is dedicated to assisting communities within her region to grow in a positive, and sustainable, way. Click here to read more about Julie.

Steve was raised in Fruitvale, he owned and operated an Auto Repair business in Trail B.C. before moving on to a 27 year career in management with the local School District as their Director of Operations. Steve was elected to Fruitvale council as a councillor in 2014, and as Mayor in 2018, and is a Municipal Director on the RDKB. Steve currently sits on the committee planning the Green Link a proposed commuter trail connecting the 5 communities from Rossland through to Fruitvale, and the West Kootenay Eco-Society Committee leading 10 member communities to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Steve has always been active in the community and held numerous volunteer leadership roles in minor sports and junior hockey in the community prior to election to council. In his spare time he is an avid back country and cross country skier in the winter, and cyclist in the summer. Click here to see a profile we posted about Steve on the ETSI-BC LinkedIn page.

Regional Advisory Committees

There are two Regional Advisory Committees (RACs), which consist of local government officials and MLAs from throughout the ETSI-BC service area. The regions represented by the RACs are as follows: 

Thompson-Okanagan Regional Advisory Committee: This RAC has established a membership that includes 18 members, 15 of which are local elected officials from the 6 Regional Districts in their region, and 3 of which are MLAs. The region includes the Thompson-Nicola, Central Okanagan, Okanagan-Similkameen Regional Districts, plus a portion of the Columbia-Shuswap and Fraser Valley Regional Districts.

Columbia-Kootenay Regional Advisory Committee: This RAC has established a membership that includes 12 members, 10 of which are local elected officials from the 4 Regional Districts in their region, and 2 of which are MLAs. The region includes the East Kootenay, West Kootenay, and Kootenay Boundary Regional Districts plus a portion of the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District. 

As per our enabling legislation, the roles of the Regional Advisory Committees are to:

    • Appoint/elect members as Directors to the Trust Board
    • Provide advice to the Board on projects suitable for Trust funding
    • Establish the terms of office for members of each RAC
    • Provide opportunities for communities and regional district areas with populations under 500 to be represented on the RAC.
Name Title Regional District Represented
Blair Ireland Mayor, District of Lake Country Central Okanagan Regional District
Patrick Van Minsel Mayor, District of Peachland Central Okanagan Regional District
Gord Milsom Mayor, City of West Kelowna Central Okanagan Regional District
Alan Harrison Mayor, City of Salmon Arm Columbia Shuswap Regional District
Jay Simpson Director, Electoral Area F Columbia Shuswap Regional District
Victor Smith Mayor, District of Hope Fraser Valley Regional District
Jim Johnson Director, Electoral Area E North Okanagan Regional District
Kevin  Acton Mayor, Village of Lumby North Okanagan Regional District
Victor Cumming Mayor, City of Vernon North Okanagan Regional District
Martin Johansen Mayor, Town of Oliver Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District
Sue McKortoff (Board Director) Mayor, Town of Osoyoos Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District
Julius Bloomfield Mayor, City of Penticton Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District
Merlin Blackwell Mayor, District of Clearwater Thompson-Nicola Regional District
David Laird Director, Electoral Area M Thompson-Nicola Regional District
Julie Kimmel Councillor, Municipality of Sun Peaks Thompson-Nicola Regional District
Greg Kyllo MLA, Shuswap Shuswap
Norm Letnick MLA, Kelowna-Lake Country Kelowna-Lake Country
Roly Russell MLA, Boundary-Similkameen Boundary-Similkameen
Name Title Regional District Represented
Jessica Lunn Mayor, Village of Slocan Central Kootenay Regional District
Walter Popoff Director, Electoral Area H Central Kootenay Regional District
Diana Lockwood (Board Director) Mayor, Village of Salmo Central Kootenay Regional District
Gary Sulz Mayor, City of Revelstoke Columbia Shuswap Regional District
Tom Shypitka MLA, East Kootenay East Kootenay
Sue Cairns Councillor, City of Kimberley East Kootenay Regional District
Steve Fairbairn Mayor, District of Elkford East Kootenay Regional District
Susan Clovechok Director, Electoral Area F East Kootenay Regional District
Linda  Worley Director, Electoral Area B Kootenay Boundary Regional District
Grace McGregor Director, Electoral Area C Kootenay Boundary Regional District
Steve Morissette (Board Director) Mayor, Village of Fruitvale Kootenay Boundary Regional District
Brittny Anderson MLA, Nelson-Creston Nelson-Creston