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.
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 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 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.
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. After being a seasonal resident for many years Susan and her husband became fulltime residents of Fairmont Hot Springs in 2007 and took no time to immerse themselves in the community. Prior to being elected in 2018 as RDEK Area F Director, she was a small business owner and the executive director for the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce. Susan has volunteered on national boards and committees including: Conference Board of Canada’s Employability Skills Committee, she was appointed to the BC Rural Advisory Council and contributed to the development of the Rural Dividend Fund. She served on the BC Chamber Executive Society’s for 5 years and ascended to President, and on the BC Chamber board for 2 years. In 2020 she was elected to the UBCM board and served a 1 year term as a director at large. Currently, along with being appointed to a variety of regional committees, Susan serves as Vice-Chair for the RDEK and Chair of the Columbia Valley Community Economic Development Commission.