Western’s Bone and Joint Institute (BJI) Executive Committee (EXEC) provides leadership support and guides the administrative team regarding day-to-day operations that contribute to the Strategic Plan/Goals of the Institute (in accordance to appropriate guidelines and procedures established in alignment with Western University policies). The EXEC plays a critical role in requesting and voicing effective and timely grassroot input/feedback to advise the Director regarding the planning and implementation of the Institute’s programs and activities as well as time-sensitive issues that arise between meetings of the Board. (see Terms of Reference below)
The BJI Executive Committee (EXEC) is chaired by the Director and includes MSK investigators that represent partner Faculties. To the greatest extent possible, membership will be diverse in terms of expertise, gender, culture, and sectors. In accordance with 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 Director based on the recommendation of the Vice-President (Research)/Selection Committee. Other committee members will be appointed by the Director and normally be qualified to hold an academic appointment at Western. EXEC will normally consist of up to 5 members. The BJI Manager of Operations and Manager of Research and Innovation are non-voting, ex-officio members of the EXEC. In accordance with Western University’s Manual of Administrative Policies and Procedures, policy 7. 9 section 2.01 (June 26, 2014), the Director will serve a five-year term that is renewable once. Other appointed members 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.
TheEXEC will meet informally at least every two weeks in person and/or electronically (i.e. tele/web conferencing). The Director may call additional meetings, re-schedule or cancel meetings as needed/required. Formal minutes will not be taken, but summary of discussion points and action items will be compiled to guide the work of the EXEC and administrative team. On all matters relating to the Institute and its function, the EXEC is in place to advise and support the performance of the Director who reports to the Vice-President (Research). The EXEC will strive to operate by consensus where each member, including the Chair, may contribute to the consensus-making process.
The EXEC is responsible for working with the Director and the administrative team to ensure that the appropriate people and structures (e.g. programs, activities, committees, working groups) are in place to achieve the mission of the Institute as a whole. This includes providing advice about and contributing to:
the development of the strategic plan and associated programs and activities (creating, implementing, evaluating, reporting, budgeting and sustainability planning) that are meant to build on the strengths of current members and resources with a focus on enabling transdisciplinary research and training (e.g., foster collaborations among basic, clinical, engineering, community/population health researchers, etc.);
participating in major MSK related provincial, national, and international research teams, consortia, and networks to foster outreach, multi-sectoral partnerships and globalization;
hosting or partnering on events that advance the integration of research effort and innovation in musculoskeletal health in London (e.g. linking musculoskeletal scientists, trainees, and stakeholders at the University, teaching hospitals, research institutes, governments, community organizations, and the private-sector to support knowledge translation and the transfer of intellectual property to support the development, quality improvement, and associated economic benefits);
accomplishing any other appropriate matter that may be referred to the BJI Executive Committee by the Governing Board or Provost /Vice-President Research.
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 drafted by the EXEC Committee.