Joint & Bone Initiative

Operating Committee (MOC)

The Operations Committee (MOC) provides leadership and two-way communication with Institute members. It guides Institute staff and BJI Executive Committee. Most importantly, it is responsible for the implementation of the Institute’s objectives. (see Terms of Reference).

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Primary Goal

Western’s Bone and Joint Institute (BJI) Operations Committee (MOC) members provides leadership and two-way communication with Institute members in their Faculty/sector. It guides Institute staff and BJI Executive Committee, and directs the preparation of the Institute’s annual report and budget based on the recommendations of the BJI Research and Business Advisory Committee and Governing Board. BJI Governing Board approval of the annual report and budget will be sought by the MOC via the BJI Executive Committee. Most importantly, the MOC is responsible for the implementation of the Institute’s objectives.

Membership

The BJI MOC membership consist of members of the BJI Executive Committee and Chairs of the BJI Communications, Seminar, and Training and Education Committees (ex-officio voting members). Appointed members include representatives from participating Faculties and stakeholders active in musculoskeletal research and innovation in London. To the greatest extent possible, membership will be diverse in terms of expertise, gender, culture, and sectors. Total membership should not exceed 15 members including the Chair and the Vice-Chair at any one time.

(Note: Membership is in a volunteer capacity. BJI officers, committee members and participants will not be remunerated. The BJI Operations Manager and Manager of Research and Innovation are non-voting, ex-officio members of the MOC, and not eligible to serve as its Chair or Vice-Chair. BJI Governing Board and Research and Business Advisory Committee members, are not be eligible to serve as MOC members.)

Terms

Members serve a 3-year term that is renewable once. The MOC Chair is the BJI Director of Operations who is appointed by the BJI Governing Board to serve a 3-year term, with the possibility for renewal once. To maintain continuity, appointments will be staggered so that one-third of members will be considered for replacement or re-appointment each year. Representatives from participating Faculties and stakeholders active in musculoskeletal research and innovation in London will be appointed by the MOC based on the nomination of BJI members.

Frequency of Meetings

Monthly MOC meetings are held in person and/or electronically (i.e. by tele/web conferencing). At the call of the MOC chair, meetings may be re-scheduled, or cancelled as required, and additional meetings may be held. 

Quorum

Quorum is a majority of members (50% +1). The MOC is expected to operate by consensus. When consensus cannot be reached, the Chair will consult the Institute By-Laws and Procedures.

Conflict of Interest

Members are: (a) required to disclose any conflict or potential conflict, and (b) prohibited from discussing/voting on any matter in which there is a conflict. Potential conflicts of interest should be disclosed prior to meetings and/or prior to discussion of the specific issue.  Members in conflict will normally be expected to leave the meeting while the specific issue is discussed.

Mandate

The MOC responsibilities are:

  • to inform decision making regarding broad policies and objectives with input from BJI stakeholders, the Research and Business Advisory Committee, and Governing Board
  • to enhance and support the integration of research and innovation in musculoskeletal health in London, via a partnership among the University, teaching hospitals, research institutes, governments, community organizations, and the private-sector;
  • to encourage and support participation of London’s musculoskeletal scientists, engineers, and clinicians in major provincial, national, and international research teams, consortia, and networks;
  • to make nominations for BJI Governing Board as well as Research and Business Advisory Committee membership;
  • to make nominations to the BJI Governing Board for the BJI Director of Operations and the Director of Training and Education positions;
  • to maximize opportunities for musculoskeletal scientists and trainees to engage in transdisciplinary programs (e.g., foster collaborations among basic and clinical researchers, clinical and health services researchers, etc.);
  • to increase the number of high-quality trainees in our research programs and to enhance their success in competitions for external awards;
  • to develop and strengthen research and innovation in our undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and postgraduate musculoskeletal training programs;
  • to encourage partnerships with industries, governments, NGOs, community, and consumer groups;
  • to facilitate the transfer of intellectual property to the private sector, with the goal of developing industries and associated economic benefits;
  • to strengthen knowledge translation, efficiently moving discoveries and products from the laboratory to the marketplace, clinic, and healthcare system; and
  • any other matter that may be referred to the MOC by BJI members, staff, stakeholders, Executive Committee, Research and Business Advisory Committee, or Governing Board.

Powers

The powers of the MOC include providing crucial information to support decision making related to actionable items and functions that support implementation of the Institute’s objectives. The MOC has the power to select MOC members and to appoint the chairs for MOC sub-committees (e.g. Communications, Seminar, and Training and Education Committees). On all matters relating to the Institute and its function, the MOC will be accountable to the BJI Governing Board that includes the Vice-President (Research) and Deans of participating Faculties (or designates). 

Evaluation and Revision of the Terms of Reference

MOC terms of reference and membership shall be reviewed annually by the BJI Governing Board to ensure adequate adherence to the requirements of the Institute. The current terms were approved by the BJI Governing Board July 31, 2016. 

Source

Sections 3 of the Bone and Joint Institute 2015 Annual Report at Western University (June 2016) and designation proposal at Western University (August 2014) subsection 5.1.

Jeff Dixon

Jeff Dixon

Chair

Director of Operations, Schulich Rep

Barra Al-Khazarji

Barra Al-Khazarji



Post Doctoral Fellow Rep

Frank Beier

Frank Beier

Recruitment Working Group Lead

Schulich Rep

Trevor Birmingham

Trevor Birmingham

CMHR Co-Director, Recruitment Working Group Lead

Director Education & Training, Co-Chair Training and Education Committee, Health Sciences Rep

Alan Getgood

Alan Getgood



Member at Large, Clinician/Schulich Rep

Elizabeth  Gillies

Elizabeth Gillies



Science Rep

David  Holdsworth

David Holdsworth



Scientific Director - BJI, Schulich Rep

Joy MacDermid

Joy MacDermid

Recruitment Group Lead

Member at Large, Health Sciences Rep

Jacquelyn Marsh

Jacquelyn Marsh

BJI Early Career Researcher in MSK Health Economics

Health Sciences Rep

Karrington McLeod

Karrington McLeod



Trainee Rep

Andrew  Nelson

Andrew Nelson



Social Science Rep

Aaron Price

Aaron Price



Engineering Rep

Cheryle Seguin

Cheryle Seguin

CMHR Co-Director, Recruitment Working Group Lead

Co-Chair Training and Education Committee, Schulich Rep

Ana Luisa Trejos

Ana Luisa Trejos

Recruitment Group Lead

Seminar Committee Chair, Engineering Rep

Dave Walton

Dave Walton



Communications Committee Chair, Health Sciences Rep

Patrick Callaghan

Patrick Callaghan

RD&S Financial Officer

Ex-Officio

Samantha Mundy

Samantha Mundy

Administrative Assistant

Ex-Officio

Jann Paquette-Warren

Jann Paquette-Warren

Manager of Research & Innovation

Ex-Officio

Shannon Woodhouse

Shannon Woodhouse

Operations Manager

Ex-Officio