Thompson Rivers University

Strategic Priorities Advisory Committee members announced

September 26, 2013

The following is an open letter from TRU President and Vice-Chancellor Alan Shaver, announcing the appointees to the Strategic Priorities Advisory Committee in addition to outlining the general roles and responsibilities of the committee.


A message to the TRU Community,

On August 28th, we announced a comprehensive process to develop TRU’s Strategic Priorities for the next five years. You may recall that the first step in that process was the appointment of a Strategic Priorities Advisory Committee.

Appointees named for priorities committee

We are pleased to announce that we now have our Strategic Priorities Advisory Committee in place. The members of the Committee are:

Co-chairs: Alan Shaver and Katherine Sutherland
Students: Lingna Cai, Tracy Davison, Sarbjit Gill, Hayfaa Bibi Golapkhan, Alina Morrissey, Jeremiah Reid, Dylan Robinson, Liam Russell, Daniel Sonnenberg, Loretta Tom, Elizabeth Whiting
Faculty: John Belshaw, Nancy Bepple, Kellee Caton, Ruby Dhand, Robert Higgins, Karl Hutchings, Ehsan Latif, Roy Lochhead, Jack Miller, Michelle Seibel, Melissa Svendsen
Dean: Tom Dickinson
Staff: Jane Bryson, Baihua Chadwick, Brian Mackay, Sukh Matonovich, Heather Wisla
Alumna: Jo-Ann Fox
Community: Jann Bailey, Deb Draney, Niki Remesz
Resources: Lucille Gnanasihamany, Yael La Rose
Administrative Support: Brenda Kiland

This committee reflects our diverse student, faculty, alumni, staff, and community populations. We have asked each member of the Committee to see herself or himself not as a representative or advocate for particular program, faculty, or concept but instead, as an advocate for Thompson Rivers University as a whole, across all programs, faculties, locations and modes of delivery.

The work of this committee will be critical to the ongoing development of the distinctive and innovative mission of Thompson Rivers University. The Strategic Priorities Advisory Committee will help oversee the Strategic Priorities consultation process, review the input generated from consultation, discuss and prioritize the themes that emerge, and use them to build the new Strategies Priorities that we will support and advance over the next five years.

We want to thank the individuals who let their names stand for consideration for the Strategic Priorities Advisory Committee. We had over 130 nominations – so the selection process was challenging. In this context, we thank the Senate Steering Committee, under the leadership of Gordon Tarzwell, for their diligence and recommendations.

Finally, we thank Brenda Kiland who will be fulfilling the essential role of providing administrative support to the committee.

Please take a moment to congratulate your colleagues and friends who have been named to the Strategic Priorities Advisory Committee.

Alan Shaver
President and Vice-Chancellor
Thompson Rivers University

Kate Sutherland
Associate Vice-President Academic, Student Relations
Thompson Rivers University