Governance

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.

    Chris Pieper, Board Chair

    Mayor of Armstrong

    Chris is a lifelong resident of the Armstrong Area, who was first elected to City council in 1989 and has had an active role in the community prior to and after being elected. He was elected Mayor in 2008 and has continued in that role since. Chris worked in the Forest Industry for 32 years, and then as a Forestry Consultant until 2016 when he retired.

    Dr. Phillip Barker, Vice-Chair

    Government Appointee

    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.

    Linda Brown

    Mayor of Merritt

    Mayor Brown retired with over 30 years of executive experience with Senior Administration in Healthcare and School Boards. She is currently the Mayor of the City of Merritt and sits as a Director of the TNRD. She has previous political experience with terms as a City Councillor and as a School Trustee. Mayor Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Masters of Science, and a CPA, CGA certification in accounting. She fully promotes the mission of SIDIT to support strategic investments for the Southern Interior.

    Tanya Brown, Director Area B

    Regional District of Central Kootenay

    Tanya has been involved in local government for over 10 years and is extremely passionate about agriculture diversification, community sustainability, business, and economic development. As a safety professional, working in the environmental, health, and safety field for over 20 years, Tanya has experience in manufacturing, construction, and forestry-related industries.

    Peggy DeVries

    Government Appointee

    Peggy DeVries 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.

    Robert Fine

    Government Appointee

    Robert is currently the Director of Business and Entrepreneurial Development for the City of Kelowna. He has worked for over 30 years in helping small businesses grow and is Past President of the Economic Developers Association of Canada and a former member of the British Columbia Provincial Small Business Roundtable.

    Diana Lockwood

    Mayor of Salmo

    Mayor Lockwood 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.

    Sue McKortoff

    Mayor of Osoyoos

    Sue has enjoyed her roles as Mayor since 2014 and Director of the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameeen, 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.

    Terry Rysz

    Mayor of Sicamous

    Terry grew up in Golden and has owned and operated automotive and industrial supply business and the Big Eddy Pub in Revelstoke before moving to Sicamous. In 2014 he was elected to serve his first term as Mayor. He also sits as a member of the CSRD Board and is actively involved with initiatives such as the Sicamous – Armstrong Rail Trial. Mr. Rysz is currently serving his second term as Mayor of the District of Sicamous, where he is an active community member, sometimes music video star, and always a team player.

    Sharon Shepherd

    Government Appointee

    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.

    Lee Pratt

    Mayor of Cranbrook

    Lee was born and raised in Cranbrook, BC. He has been married to his wife Loopy for 46 years. Together they had a son and daughter who along with their spouses and 3 children, all live in Cranbrook. Lee spent 25 successful years in Automotive and Industrial sales, serving the East Kootenay Region.

    Lee also spent 18 years in the Financial Services sector, having retired as Vice-president Branch Manager, Investment Advisor with CIBC Wood Gundy. He is the present owner and partner with his son in the OK Tire Franchise in Cranbrook, BC.

    Regional Advisory Committees

    To ensure that there is ample opportunity for community input on ETSI-BC investment decisions, 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 as its members the mayors and Regional District Chairs and MLAs from the District of Hope to Kamloops, to Salmon Arm, through the Okanagan Valley, and into the Okanagan-Similkameen. 

    Columbia-Kootenay Regional Advisory Committee: This RAC has established a membership that includes 13 members, 11 of which are local elected officials from the 4 Regional Districts in their region, and 2 of which are MLAs. The region includes the Columbia-Revelstoke, East Kootenay, West Kootenay, and Kootenay Boundary Regional Districts. 

    As per the 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.
      Thompson Okanagan Regional Advisory Committee Members:
      Name Title Location
      Kevin Acton

      Mayor

      Chair

      Village of Lumby

      North Okanagan Regional District

      Dan Ashton MLA Penticton
      James Baker Mayor District of Lake Country
      Colin Basran Mayor City of Kelowna
      Manfred Bauer Mayor Village of Keremeos
      Merlin Blackwell Mayor District of Clearwater
      Toni Boot Mayor District of Summerland
      Linda Brown, (SIDIT Board Director) Mayor City of Merritt
      Ken Christian Mayor City of Kamloops
      Spencer Coyne Mayor Town of Princeton
      Rod Crowe Mayor Village of Chase
      Victor Cumming Mayor City of Vernon
      Cindy Fortin Mayor District of Peachland
      Harwinder Sandhu MLA Vernon-Monashee
      Christine Fraser Mayor Township of Spallumcheen
      Jim Garlick Mayor District of Coldstream
      Ken Gillis Chair Thompson-Nicola Regional District
      Gail Given Chair Regional District of Central Okanagan
      Alan Harrison Mayor City of Salmon Arm
      Martin Johansen Mayor Town of Oliver
      Karla Kozakevich Chair Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen
      Greg Kyllo MLA Shuswap
      Roly Russell MLA Boundary-Similkameen
      Norm Letnick MLA Kelowna-Lake Country
      Jason Lum Chair Fraser Valley Regional District
      Kevin Flynn Chair Columbia Shuswap Regional District
      Greg McCune Mayor City of Enderby
      Sue McKortoff, (SIDIT Board Director)

      Mayor

       

      Town of Osoyoos

       

      Peter Milobar MLA Kamloops-North Thompson
      Gord Milsom Mayor City of West Kelowna
      Chris Pieper, (SIDIT Board Chair)

      Mayor

      City of Armstrong

      Al Raine Mayor Sun Peaks Mountain Resort Municipality
      Peter Robb Mayor District of Hope
      Terry Rysz, (SIDIT Board Director) Mayor District of Sicamous
      Ward Stamer Mayor District of Barriere
      Ben Stewart MLA Kelowna West
      Todd Stone MLA Kamloops-South Thompson
      Jackie Tegart MLA Fraser-Nicola
      Renee Merrifield MLA Kelowna-Mission
      John Vassilaki Mayor City of Penticton

       

      Columbia-Kootenay Regional Advisory Committee Members:
      Name Title Location
      David Brooks-Hill Director Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Area B
      Karen Cathcart Director Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Area ‘A’ Rural Golden
      Diana Lockwood
      (SIDIT Board Director)
      Mayor Regional District Central Kootenay, Village of Salmo
      Walter Popoff Director Regional District Central Kootenay, Area H
      Tanya Wall
      (SIDIT Board Director)
      Director Regional District Central Kootenay, Area B
      Vacant Regional District of East Kootenay
      Susan Clovechok Director Regional District of East Kootenay, Electoral Area F
      Lee Pratt
      (SIDIT Board Director)
      Mayor Regional District of East Kootenay, City of Cranbrook
      Linda Worley Vice Chair Regional District Kootenay Boundary, Area B
      Neil Krog Councillor Regional District Kootenay Boundary, City of Grand Forks
      Grace McGregor Director Regional District Kootenay Boundary, Area C
      Katrine Conroy MLA West Kootenay
      Tom Shypitka MLA East Kootenay

      We'd love to hear from you!

      201 - 384 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna, BC V1Y 6N5
      Phone: 236-420-3680 ext. 0
      info@etsi-bc.ca

      ETSI-BC Logo