BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – January 13th, 2023

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Announces New Board Chair

The Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Board of Governors is pleased to announce that Melissa Louie was declared elected by acclamation as their new Board Chair, effective November 22, 2022. Melissa Louie is a Coast Salish and Syilx lawyer and a citizen of the Tla’amin nation, located north of Powell River, BC, with family ties to the Penticton Indian Band. Melissa was initially appointed to the NVIT Board by the Ministry of Advanced Education in 2018. Since then, she has served as an Executive Member and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee at NVIT.

Over the course of her professional career, Melissa has developed broad and practical experience in providing legal and strategic policy advice, legislative drafting, and development of governance structures. In addition, providing advice on a wide range of treaty-related and Aboriginal title and rights issues that benefit her work with NVIT. Melissa also prioritizes a commitment to family and Indigenous communities through various volunteer activities that align closely with her values.

As the home of British Columbia's Indigenous public post-secondary, NVIT services more than 1700 students annually, with campuses located in Merritt and Burnaby. NVIT welcomes Melissa as the new Board Chair of the NVIT Board of Governors, and we look forward to her guidance and expertise!