The Research and Business Advisory Committee (RBAC) reflects a broad cross-section of external members with diverse affiliations and expertise and provides overall direction and advice to the BJI Executive Committee with regard to scientific priorities, business development, and commercialization opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally. (See Terms of Reference below.)
Western’s Bone and Joint Institute (BJI) Research and Business Advisory Committee (RBAC) provides overall direction and advice to the BJI Executive Committee with regard to scientific priorities, business development, and commercialization opportunities locally, nationally, and internationally.
To the greatest extent possible, RBAC membership reflects a broad cross-section of external (non-Western) members that are diverse in terms of relevant expertise, gender, culture, sectors, and public/private organizations. Members of the RBAC are appointed annually by the BJI Executive Committee based on recommendations from the BJI Governing Board and Operations Committee. Total membership should not exceed 15 members including the Chair and the Vice-Chair at any one time.
The Scientific Director and Manager of Research and Innovation are non-voting, ex-officio members of the RBAC, and not eligible to serve as its Chair or Vice-Chair. Other internal (affiliated with Western) members are non-voting, ex-officio members of the RBAC, but are eligible to serve as its Chair or Vice-Chair. BJI Governing Board members are not eligible to serve on RBAC. The chair of the RBAC will serve as the RBAC representative on the BJI Governing Board.
Note: Membership is in a volunteer capacity. BJI officers, committee members and participants will not be remunerated. External members of RBAC will receive a small honorarium and travel expenses for the annual meeting, in accord with the University’s Travel & Expenses Reimbursement Policy.
RBAC members will serve a 2-year term that is renewable. The RBAC will elect a Chair and Vice-Chair from within its own ranks that will normally serve a 2-year term, with the possibility for renewal. To maintain continuity, committee appointments will be staggered so that approximately one-third of members will be considered for replacement or re-appointment each year.
Annual RBAC meetings will be held in person and/or electronically (i.e. tele/web conferencing). At the call of the RBAC chair, additional electronic meetings may be held as needed. Occasionally, members of the RBAC may be consulted individually by Institute members or staff for specific advice or guidance.
Quorum is a majority of members (50% +1). The RBAC is expected to operate by consensus. When consensus cannot be reached, the Chair will consult the Institute By-Laws and Procedures.
The RBAC is responsible for:
RBAC terms of reference and membership shall be reviewed by the BJI Governing Board annually to ensure adequate adherence to Western University’s policy #7.9 and Institute requirements. The current terms were approved by the BJI Governing Board July 31, 2016.
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).