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Posted: October 3, 2022

COTR Board elects new Chair and Vice-Chair

Jared Basil

Nic Milligan will hold the position of chair; Jared Basil is new vice-chair

The Board of Governors of College of the Rockies (COTR) is pleased to announce the election of Nic Milligan as Board Chair and Jared Basil as Vice-Chair.

“Nic is in his third year of serving on the college board, including as Vice-Chair over the past year. His commitment to our communities along with his understanding of the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead for us at the college, make him a natural fit for the chair role,” said College President and CEO, Paul Vogt “I look forward to working with him in this new capacity.”

Milligan, who retired from his position of Manager of Social Responsibility at Teck Resources, was appointed by the province to the College Board in July 2020. Active in his community, he was previously a Board member with Community Futures East Kootenay, the Fernie & District Historical Society, and the Sparwood Chamber of Commerce.

Milligan takes over the role of chair from another Fernie resident, Randal Macnair, who will continue as a valued member of the board for another year.

“I am very pleased to serve on the Board of Governors of College of the Rockies. It is an important institution with a direct positive impact in each community we serve,” said Milligan. “As chair I hope work closely with the Board and college employees to provide good governance as together, we advance the college’s strategic direction through continued uncertain times. As well, I hope to work with the board and our excellent staff to advance the institution’s efforts toward reconciliation with those Indigenous communities on whose territory we reside.”

Moving into the role of Vice-Chair is Jared Basil.

Basil is a Ktunaxa Nation member from the community of Lower Kootenay. His work spans both the economic and social sectors at the Ktunaxa Nation Council (KNC). He is also a former elected official and former chair of the KNC Education and Employment Sector.

Basil also is in his third year with the Board of Governors, having been appointed by Order in Council in July 2020.

Joining Milligan and Basil on the board are previously appointed members Lainee Eccelston, Anne Glassford, Randal Macnair, Darlene Trach, Amber van Drielen, Sharon Demaine (Education Council Chair), Jenn Smith (CUPE representative).

A new faculty representative and two student representatives will be sworn in at the November board meeting. College president Paul Vogt sits on the board as an ex-officio member.

Rod Giles, who served on the Board of Governors for six years, retired from his role in July 2022.

A new faculty (CORFA) representative and two student representatives will be elected in the coming weeks.

Learn more about College of the Rockies’ Board of Governors at

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