New NIC president, Lisa Domae, launches draft strategic plan

NIC’s new President Lisa Domae assumed the role of President April 12, 2021. Domae has worked at NIC since 2000, most recently as VP Academic and Chief Operating Officer.

NIC’s new president, Lisa Domae, PhD, kicked off her first official day by releasing the College’s draft strategic plan for consultation.

Domae previously served as NIC’s Executive Vice President, Academic and Chief Operating Officer and started her term as NIC President April 12.

“Lisa has a broad knowledge of the region and a determination to deepen NIC’s role within it,” said Eric Mosley, Chair of NIC’s Board of Governors. “I know her student-centred vision for NIC’s future promises to strengthen students’ learning experiences and opportunities for years to come.”

Domae succeeds John Bowman, who retired in March after serving as NIC president for nearly eight years.

Her first priority is to hear from students and community members on BUILD 2026, a new draft strategic plan, available at

The draft plan builds on the community consultations that took place before the pandemic and the many changes taking place now. Visitors to the site can learn more about the planned consultations and comment directly.

“I’m honoured to serve as NIC’s sixth president at this crucial time for the people and communities we serve,” said Domae. “With students at the centre of our work, we can deliver education and training that creates a better quality of life for students and communities, facilitates lasting reconciliation with Indigenous people, and creates a more equitable world.”

Domae has lived in the Comox Valley since 2000. During that time, she has taken on progressively more senior roles at NIC.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from UBC, a post-baccalaureate diploma from SFU as well as a master’s from Queens University and a PhD from UVic. She is also a Registered Professional Planner and member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Domae was selected by a broad Presidential Search Advisory Committee made of students, employees, Board and Indigenous Education Council members. Jane Murphy, who chaired the committee, adds, “Lisa was the committee’s clear choice from a thorough search process and a comprehensive list of well-qualified candidates. We are thrilled to see that the board agreed with our recommendation.”

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