Our Governance & Advisory Committees


The RDI Governance Committee consists of two Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) representatives and three Selkirk College representatives with the position of Chair alternating on an annual basis. The Committee may be expanded at any future time as agreed on by CBT and Selkirk College.

Role of the Committee:

The Governance Committee approves the strategic plan, annual operation plan and budget, reviews performance annually against annual operating plan, budget, and strategic plan, and provides strategic advice on the applied research needs, gaps and / or focus areas. RDI and CBT staff will liaise through a separate, yet coordinated process and any decisions related to staff interactions will be communicated to the Committee via RDI and CBT staff designates when necessary.

Committee Membership:

Members include the following individuals:

Neil Muth, President and CEO, Columbia Basin Trust

Kindy Gosal, Director, Special Initiatives, Columbia Basin Trust

Angus Graeme, President and CEO, Selkirk College

Neil Coburn, Vice President, Education & Students, Selkirk College

Rhys Andrews, Dean, Applied Research, Selkirk College




The RDI Advisory Committee (AC) plays an integral role in bringing community perspectives forward and providing input into existing and potential roles for the RDI in integrated economic, social, cultural and environmental strategic research areas, and more broadly. RDI strives to have its advisory committee include residents from different Columbia Basin-Boundary communities, offering a variety of perspectives. Initially, two advisory committees (East and West Kootenay) provided guidance for the applied research priorities of RDI. In 2014, the two advisory committees were amalgamated into one regional advisory committee.

Role of the Committee:

The Advisory Committee provides advice and direction to RDI around applied research and knowledge mobilization, or more general in regard to the RDI’s overall direction. The AC is one mechanism for input into the decision-making process, providing advice on a range of issues including:

  • Regional issues and research priorities for the RDI
  • Goals and objectives for addressing identified issues and research priorities
  • Strategies and activities for achieving goals and objectives
  • Other areas, as may be periodically requested

Committee Membership:

Members include representation from the following organizations and sectors:

  • Colleges
  • Columbia Basin Trust
  • First Nations
  • Regional Districts
  • Local Government
  • Credit Unions
  • Real Estate
  • Industry
  • Economic development / business support organizations
  • Social Sector
  • Cultural Sector
  • Environmental Sector

RDI Regional Advisory Committee Members