Joint & Bone Initiative

Training & Education Committee (TEC)

The Training and Education Committee (TEC) fosters the integration and convergence of disciplines through the Collaborative Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health (CMHR). Through CMHR, the aim is to engage and support Western trainees (undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and clinician scientists from multiple Faculties) in MSK health research courses, seminars, communication, and career development workshops. Also, TEC is responsible for the administration of the Transdisciplinary Training Awards, stipend enhancements (see Terms of Reference). Visit CMHR for more information.

Primary Goal

The Bone and Joint Institute (BJI) Training and Education Committee (TEC) fosters the integration and convergence of disciplines through the Collaborative Training Program in Musculoskeletal Health (CMHR) that engages and supports Western trainees (undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, and clinician scientists in training) from multiple Faculties through MSK Health Research courses/seminars, communication and career development workshops, Transdisciplinary Training Awards, stipend enhancements, and collaborative linkages/partnerships.


TEC membership consists of the Director Training and Education (who serve as Director of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research and as the Chair of TEC) along with at least two appointed trainees representing multiple Faculties (Engineering, Health Sciences, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Science, and Social Science). Total membership should not exceed 7 members at any one time.

The BJI Administrative Assistant is a non-voting, ex-officio members of the TEC, and not eligible to serve as its Chair or Vice-Chair.

Note: Membership is in a volunteer capacity. BJI officers, committee members, and participants will not be remunerated.


Members will serve a 1- (trainees) or a 2- (BJI Faculty members) year term that is renewable. The Chair is appointed by the BJI Governing Board to serve a 3-year term, with the possibility for renewal once. The Chair serves as a member of the BJI Operations and Executive Committees. Other members are appointed by the Chair in consultation with the BJI Operations Committee based on nominations by BJI members. To maintain continuity, appointments will be staggered so that only one-third of members will be considered for replacement or re-appointment each year.

Frequency of Meetings

Quarterly meetings will be held in person and/or electronically (i.e. tele/web conferencing). The Chair may call additional meetings as needed.


Quorum is a majority of members (50% +1). The TEC 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.


The OC responsibilities are:
  • promoting the recruitment of exceptional external and internal trainees;
  • soliciting applications and selecting trainees for the CMHR;
  • soliciting applications and offering Transdisciplinary Training Awards most outstanding BJI/CMHR trainees;
  • providing CMHR trainees with stipend enhancements;
  • delivering an annual undergraduate student summer program;
  • administering graduate-level courses in MSK Health Research;
  • hosting trainee workshops focused on communication and career development;
  • bridging existing areas of strength in MSK research at Western by fostering new collaborative research involving trainees; and
  • exploring training opportunities and possible partnerships among researchers, clinicians, technology transfer offices, and BJI partners.


The powers of the TEC include making decisions related to training and education activities that support the function and implementation of the Institute’s objectives. On all matters relating to the Institute and its function, the TEC will be accountable to the BJI Operations Committee.

Evaluation and Revision of the Terms of Reference

TEC terms of reference and membership shall be reviewed annually by the BJI Operations Committee. The current terms were approved by the BJI Operations Committee June 1, 2016.


Section 3 of the Bone and Joint Institute 2015 Annual Report at Western University (June 2016).

Trevor  Birmingham

Trevor Birmingham

CMHR Program Co-Director


Cheryle Seguin

Cheryle Seguin

CMHR Program Co-Director


Tim Burkhart

Tim Burkhart

Engineering Rep.

Jim Dickey

Jim Dickey

Health Sciences Rep.

Nik  Knowles

Nik Knowles

Trainee Rep.

Brent Lanting

Brent Lanting

Clinical and Schulich Rep.

Samantha  Mundy

Samantha Mundy

Administrative Representative

Ex-Officio - Secretary to TEC

Andrew Nelson

Andrew Nelson

Social Science Rep.

Ayten Hijazi

Ayten Hijazi

PDF Rep.