Governance

The TRU Community Trust is structured like other well-established university property trusts. It is governed by its own Board of Directors which meets throughout the year to advise on corporate operations, plan development sites, and make decisions to create a healthy future for the Trust.

The Board of Directors includes the TRU President and VP Administration and Finance, a representative from the TRU Board of Governors, and a TRU Faculty and TRU Student representative. There are also six external community leaders who bring valuable development industry and financial experience to the Board. All Directors share the vision of developing university lands to support the Campus Master Plan and work together to make sound decisions for the benefit of Thompson Rivers University and the TRU Foundation.

BRIAN ROSS - Board Chair

Brian Ross practiced law with Fulton & Company LLP from 1971 to 2016 with particular emphasis on corporate, commercial, and real estate transactions for businesses, local governments and corporations. Brian also served as Chair of the TRU Board of Governors for two years before joining the Trust Board in 2015.

BOB HOLDEN - Vice-Chair

Bob Holden, CPA, CA, is an Associate Investment Advisor with Bank of Montreal Nesbit Burns. His career includes serving as a partner at KPMG LLP’s Kamloops office and as Chief Financial Officer for Pinnacle Renewable Energy Ltd. Bob’s volunteer activities have extended to many community organizations in the Kamloops area, including TRU, where he helped establish the Alumni Association, raised money for a successful capital campaign to upgrade the University’s library and sat on the Board of Governors from December 2011 to December 2015.

FIONA CHAN - Finance Committee Chair

Fiona Chan is recently retired from Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) where she was AVP Credit Risk Management. Her involvement with TRU has spanned over 22 years, beginning with her various roles at UCC Foundation of which she was chair for 2 years. Fiona was also Chair of the TRU Board of Governors for two years during her appointment to the Board between 2008 and 2014. Fiona continues to be involved with the TRU community at large, currently serving as co-chair of the Limitless Campaign as well as a mentor to students.

RANDY DIEHL - Governance Committee Chair

Randy has over 35 years of experience in fields ranging from Social Work, Social Housing, Community Development, Resource Management, Parks Planning, Urban Planning and Senior Civic Management. Randy retired from the City of Kamloops in May 2012 after 12 years as the Director of Development Services and 11 years as the Chief Administrative Officer.

NANCY GREENE RAINE - Director at Large

Nancy Greene Raine is a recently retired Senator and the Director of Skiing at Sun Peaks Resort. She has long been active in the development of winter tourism in British Columbia. Nancy also served as the first Chancellor of Thompson Rivers University from 2004 to 2011.

VACANT - Director at Large

This position is currently vacant.

VACANT - TRU Board of Governors Representative

This position is currently vacant.

BRETT FAIRBAIRN - President and Vice-Chancellor, Thompson Rivers University

Brett Fairbairn became President of TRU in December 2018. Previously, Brett taught and served in leadership roles at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) for over 30 years, including Provost and Vice-President Academic from 2008 to 2014. For his last five years at USask, Brett was a professor at the Johnson Shoyama School of Public Policy, teaching about ethical leadership in democracy and public service, social economy, and co-operatives in the new economy. He is a strong believer in community-based research, active citizenship, and has a history of serving in community voluntary leadership roles.

MATT MILOVICK - Vice-President, Administration & Finance, Thompson Rivers University

Matt has 19 years of post-secondary administration experience. He has two undergraduate degrees, B.Sc and BAS, a Masters of Education in post-secondary administration and a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation. He has held senior and executive positions with various post-secondary institutions previously and was appointed the Vice-President, Administration & Finance in 2013.

RON MCGIVERN TRU - Faculty Representative

Ron is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology at TRU and is currently the Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Previously he served as Associate Dean of Arts for 4 years. In addition, he has chaired several committees on campus including Arts Faculty Council.

STUDENT TRU - Student Union Representative

The Trust Board of Directors includes an elected representative from the TRU Student Union. Student representatives serve one-year terms on the Board.