Joint & Bone Initiative

Executive Committee (EXEC)

The Executive Committee (EXEC) provides leadership and supports day-to-day activities in accordance to appropriate guidelines, policies and procedures established in consultation with the BJI Operations Committee and in alignment with Western University policies. Its members are dedicated to creating a positive environment for growth and accomplishment from a research and training perspective, enhancing effective productivity towards the primary objectives of the Institute, and supporting cohesiveness among the Institute Committee and sub-committees (see Terms of Reference below)

Primary Goal

Western’s Bone and Joint Institute (BJI) Executive Committee (EXEC) provides leadership and supports day-to-day activities that contribute to the function of the Institute in accordance to appropriate guidelines, policies and procedures established in consultation with the BJI Operations Committee and in alignment with Western University policies. The EXEC plays a critical role in requesting input/feedback from the BJI Operations Committee and in guiding and directing staff to ensure appropriate implementation of the Institute’s objectives.

Membership

The BJI Executive Committee (EXEC) membership consists of the Scientific Director, the Director Training and Education, and the Director of Operations. In accordance Western University’s Manual of Administrative Policies and Procedures, policy 7. 9 section 2.01 (June 26, 2014), the Provost/Vice-President (Academic) will appoint the Scientific Director based on the recommendation of the Vice-President (Research)/Selection Committee. The Director of Operations and the Director of Training and Education will be appointed by the BJI Governing Board based on the recommendation of the BJI Scientific Director and Operations Committee. The Director of Operations will serve as Chair of the BJI Operations Committee. The Director Training and Education will serve as Director of the Collaborative Graduate Program in Musculoskeletal Health Research and Chair of the Institute’s Training and Education Committee. The Scientific Director, the Director of Operations as well as the Director of Training and Education will normally be qualified to hold an academic appointment at Western. Although EXEC normally consists of 3 members, up to 3 additional BJI members with appropriate expertise may be invited to specific meetings to inform and support decision making. The BJI Operations Manager and Manager of Research and Innovation are non-voting, ex-officio members of the EXEC. BJI Governing Board and Research and Business Advisory Committee members are not eligible to serve as EXEC members.

The BJI Operations Manager and Manager of Research and Innovation are non-voting, ex-officio members of the EXEC. BJI Governing Board and Research and Business Advisory Committee members are not eligible to serve as EXEC members.

Terms

In accordance Western University’s Manual of Administrative Policies and Procedures, policy 7. 9 section 2.01 (June 26, 2014), the Scientific Director will serve a five-year term that is renewable once. The Director of Operations as well as the Director of Training and Education will serve a 3-year term that is renewable once. 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

The EXEC will meet at least every two weeks in person and/or electronically (i.e. tele/web conferencing). Any member of the EXEC may call additional meetings as needed. Likewise, any member may re-schedule or cancel meetings as required.

Quorum

Quorum is a majority of members (50% +1). The EXEC is expected to operate by consensus. When consensus cannot be reached, the EXEC will consult with the BJI Operations Committee or Governing Board.

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

  • to establish broad policies and objectives that reflect as much as possible the views of the BJI Operations committee;
  • to enhance and support the integration of research and innovation in musculoskeletal health in London, via partnerships 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 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;
  • any other matter that may be referred to the BJI Executive Committee by the BJI Operations Committee, Governing Board, or Research and Business Advisory Committee.

Powers

The powers of the EXEC include making decisions related to activities that support the daily function and implementation of the Institute’s objectives. On all matters relating to the Institute and its function, the EXEC is: 1) required to consult with the BJI Operations Committee to ensure the views of the membership is considered and reflected, and 2) is accountable to the BJI Governing Board that includes the Vice-President (Research) and Deans of participating Faculties (or designates). The BJI Scientific Director reports to the Vice-President (Research) in all aspects relating to the Institute and its function.

Evaluation and Revision of the Terms of Reference

EXEC 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), subsection 5.1 of the designation proposal at Western University (August 2014), and Western University’s Manual of Administrative Policies and Procedures, policy 7. 9 (June 26, 2014).

Frank Beier

Frank Beier

Recruitment Lead

Member at Large

Trevor Birmingham

Trevor Birmingham

CMHR Co-Director

Director of Education & Training

Jeff Dixon

Jeff Dixon



Director of Operations

David  Holdsworth

David Holdsworth



Scientific Director

Cheryle Seguin

Cheryle Seguin

CMHR Co-Director

Member at Large

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