Calgary Public Library Board

Druh Farrell

Councillor Druh Farrell: Druh, now in her fifth term as Councillor for Ward 7, brings a dynamic and constructive approach to her role on City Council. Her impressive track record of accomplishments shows a deep caring for the communities she represents and a vision for a high quality of life for all Calgarians. From curbside recycling, to LRT upgrades, to the downtown beat police, she advocates for long-term investment in our city. Recognized as a leader on land use planning, the environment, and social issues, Druh’s trademark is her passion for urban beauty, safe walkable neighbourhoods, and sustainable solutions to growth. She encourages constructive discussion with residents and is a vocal champion for increased citizen participation in the processes and debates that are shaping the future of Calgary. Druh was appointed to the Calgary Public Library Board in 2010.

Evan Woolley

Councillor Evan Woolley: Evan is in his first term as Councillor for Ward 8. He is passionate about Calgary and deeply experienced in civic engagement, communications, strategic planning, the legislative process and urban affairs. In his work at The City of Calgary, he has played a central role in strategic planning and program delivery around stakeholder and community engagement. As a Community Relations Advisor in the private sector, he worked on stakeholder outreach, community and government relations strategy, and media relations management. He has helped draft municipal affairs policy on the provincial level, worked at public affairs for one of the city’s largest energy companies, and contributed to the City’s Office of Sustainability and Public Art Program. His experience includes working on a strategic and organizational review of the imagineCALGARY Partnership, assisting in the development of the 2020 Sustainability Direction, Administration’s 10-year plan towards imagineCALGARY, and working as Engagement Chair of Calgary Food Committee. His volunteer work has included the Mayor’s Civic Engagement Committee, the Youth Engagement Committee, Board Member and Environment Director at the Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association, Transportation Director of the Sled Island Music & Arts Festival, and Facilitor at Families Matter.

Catherine Angus: Catherine is a Director with Western Management Consultants and has over 15 years experience as a senior management consultant specializing in change management, organizational effectiveness, strategy & business planning, organizational transformation and project management. Catherine’s work spans the not-for-profit, public and private sectors including educational institutions, associations, charitable organizations, professional services, government ministries and agencies, transportation, energy, environmental services, mining, construction, banking, recreation and tourism. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Queen’s University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree specializing in Entrepreneurship from the University of Calgary, as well as an Alberta Teaching Certificate.  She is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) and has a Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) from Rotman School of Business, University of Toronto. Community involvement is a passion for Catherine.  She is an active volunteer and has served on the YMCA Calgary Board (Chair Nominating & Governance Committee), the Calgary Girls School Board, the Alpine Club of Canada, and student mentorship programs at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and at Queen’s University.

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Debra Giles: After 19 years with Royal Bank of Canada, Debra retired as a Managing Director and a Chair with RBC Capital Markets. Her career at the bank was exemplified by a strong sense of leadership, partnership and teamwork with clients and staff.  Debra has also held senior industry positions in international project finance, business development and investor relations. She served on the board of the Calgary Society of Financial Analysts as Treasurer, Vice President and President, as well as AIESEC, a student organization which promotes intercultural work exchanges. Debra graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with great distinction.  Post university, she completed the CMA and CFA designations; however, she no longer maintains the CMA designation.  Debra is an avid reader and enjoys the use of the Calgary Public Library’s digital library.

Janet Hutchison

Janet Hutchinson (Board Chair): Janet has been in love with libraries since she was old enough to receive her first library card. She currently works in two libraries – the Doucette Library of Teaching Resources at the University of Calgary and the school library at Clear Water Academy, where her favorite part of both jobs is finding the perfect book for a reader. Janet has many years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, including 3 years with the Alberta Science Literacy Association as Executive Director and 17 years with Calgary Family Services. Janet’s volunteer positions have included 8 years as board member, President, and Past President of the YWCA of Calgary, and 6 years as Board member and President of the Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre Board of Directors. In addition to her position on the Calgary Public Library Board, she is a member of the Calgary Women's Centre Board of Directors and also volunteers teaching knitting at the Centre. Janet is an avid reader and user of the Calgary Public Library and has recently finished her fourth marathon.

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Robert Macaulay: Robert is a Director and Executive with a background in leadership, business development and petroleum engineering in a variety of international settings. He believes in employing a mixture of relationship building, creativity and analytical ability to generate value. His other board and committee experience has included public oil and gas companies undergoing dramatic rehabilitative efforts, a not-for-profit bare-land condominium project and sports bodies at the local, provincial and national levels. Robert holds BSc (Chemical Engineering) and MBA degrees from Queen’s University and an MBA with distinction from Cornell University. He brings extensive experience and skills to the Board in areas of planning, budgets and governance.

Avnish Mehta

Avnish Mehta: Avnish is the Principal at Stand and Command, a Calgary based strategic consulting and presentation firm.  Born and raised in Calgary, Avnish graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a degree that focused on Human Resources and Public Policy. Avnish had a successful career in the corporate sector as a currency trader, in the risk management industry, and then finally as an owner and operator of a recruitment company dedicated to recent post-secondary graduates from all across Canada. This experience, combined with his voluntary work, shifted his career towards the non-profit sector.  He developed the Temporary Foreign Worker program at CCIS (Calgary Catholic Immigration Society) and subsequently help build a refugee health clinic located in Bridgeland. He is currently the Vice-Chair of the Calgary Public Library Board, the Chair of the New Central Library Committee, the Vice President of the Alberta Library Trustees Association, the past Board Chair for Youthlink Publications Society, a non-profit group that focuses on children's literacy, and a past Board member with the HR Council for the Non-profit Sector.  Avnish also sits on the fundraising committee for the Calgary Folk Festival and this year, his company is proudly sponsoring the "Great Spirit' Aboriginal Series.

Shereen Samuels: An avid reader since the age of three, Shereen is a passionate advocate for public libraries. She has worked in non-profit and volunteer management for over 20 years, including the last 10 years at the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University, where she is currently the Director of Student Services. Shereen has volunteered on a variety of boards over the years, including the Calgary Sexual Health Centre and the Calgary Folk Music Festival. She recently completed an M.A. in Professional Communication through Royal Roads University, with a focus on organizational diversity and inclusion. Shereen and her wife and daughter enjoy visiting their community library at least once a week.
Judy Gray: Judy has had a long career in public service within the education sector.  Entering her 40th year of teaching, her experience has included 28 years with the Calgary Board of Education and five years as founder of the Calgary Girls’ Charter School; currently, she is entering her sixth year at Foundations for the Future Charter Academy.  In September 2016, she expects to open “ReThink Charter Academy”, a Grade 3-9 school for learning disabled students.  Judy has been President of the Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools for twelve years.  Long committed to the importance of strong libraries in the creation of strong civic societies, Judy has a BEd and a BLS from the University of Alberta and a MLS from the University of British Columbia.  She has served as a teacher, teacher-librarian, library consultant and specialist, university lecturer, school and system leader; she is the recipient of the ATA Learning Resources Council Award and the Pan Canadian Learning Organization Award for innovative work in curriculum.  An avid reader since earliest days, Judy  continues to read voraciously and relies heavily on the resources of the Calgary Public Library, as well as the good advice of her Book Club.

Image of Temina Lalani-Shariff Temina Lalani-Shariff: Temina is a bilingual management professional with experience building global brands and advocacy programs. She has spent the past six years working in the higher education industry in Canada, East Africa and South and Central Asia. Passionate about education and its potential to positively impact a community, Temina has worked with the University of Calgary, Aga Khan University, imagineCalgary as well as a wide variety of civil society organizations to support knowledge sharing and evidence-based policy advocacy in education and community development. She holds MBA degrees from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and York University, an M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary and a B.A. from the University of Alberta. An avid community volunteer, Temina currently also serves as the Chair for Communications and Community Relations for the Ismaili Council for the Prairies; recent hosts of the Stampede Sunset “Break the Fast” Breakfast. Previously, she has served on the Board of River Valley School, Ten Thousand Villages and the International Association of Business Communicators.

Contacting Trustees


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Calgary Public Library Management

Executive Leadership Team

Bill Ptacek (Chief Executive Officer): Bill joined the Calgary Public Library in early 2014 from King County Library System in western Washington State. During his 25-year tenure at KCLS, Bill’s vision and leadership kept KCLS in the forefront of public libraries nationally for technology and collection management as well as managing unprecedented growth, including annual circulation exceeding more than 22 million items. In addition, Bill has served in leading roles in a number of local and statewide organizations prior to his role as Library Director in King County. Under his leadership, KCLC was the Library Journal's "Library of the Year" in 2011 and the Seattle Municipal League's "Outstanding Civic Organization" in 2012.

Ellen Humphrey (Deputy Chief Executive Officer): Ellen completed her undergraduate, graduate, and library education at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta, and has worked in both academic and public libraries. A long-term Library employee, she has also served as Manager of the Humanities Department in the Central Library, Manager of Human Resources, Assistant Director for Customer Services, and Interim CEO. Ellen has been involved in the development of service strategies, human resource planning, and training throughout her library career and considers staff to be the Library’s principal asset.

Paul Lane (Director, Corporate Services): Paul earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Prior to joining Calgary Public Library, he gained library and municipal experience at the Mississauga Library System and The City of Mississauga respectively. He oversees policy development and strategic planning for the Human Resources, Information Technology, and Facility Management functions at the Library.

Elrose Klause (Controller): Elrose completed her undergraduate education at the University of Saskatchewan, and the requirements for the CMA designation shortly thereafter. Prior to being hired by the Calgary Public Library in August 2007, she gained valuable experience at several financial and governmental organizations.

Heather Robertson (Director, Service Design):

Heather completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Calgary and her Masters in Library and Information Studies from the University of Alberta. With 14 years of experience working in various public and academic library environments, Heather started her professional career with the Calgary Public Library in 2005 as a Special Projects Librarian in the newly launched Diversity Services department. Over the last 10 years, she has served as a Branch Librarian, Manager of Diversity Services, Manager of Community Services and, most recently, as a member of the Library team that led the design of the New Central Library.

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Mark Asberg (Director, Service Delivery)

After completing his Master’s degree in Library Science and PhD at the University of Western Ontario, Mark has taken on a number of leadership roles in provincial or regional library systems, including Alberta Law Libraries, Canada Revenue Agency’s Knowledge and Research Program and Alberta Health Services’ Knowledge Resource Service.  Mark’s previous positions have all centered on the ongoing transformation of service models and operations to meet emerging needs in increasingly dynamic and complex information and knowledge environments.

Cathy Freer-Leszczynski (Partnership Development): Cathy has worked in a variety of capacities at the Calgary Public Library after completing her graduate studies at the University of British Columbia. She started her career as a children’s Librarian, was Manager of the Crowfoot Branch, and Manager of Community Services. Cathy continues to find magic in books and stories and believes in the transformative power of librarians to connect people with ideas. She is keenly interested in the special role libraries play in our communities and actively works to develop unique partnerships to achieve extraordinary results.

Paul McIntyre Royston (Director, External Relations):

Paul's mission is to elevate the cause of the Library in the hearts and minds of Calgarians. Paul comes from the world of fundraising, and previously focused his expertise on hospitals and universities, including the Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Foundation and the University of Waterloo.

As both the Director of External Relations at the Library President & CEO of the Library Foundation, Paul’s passion is to create and enable change. He works strategically with the Marketing Communications Team to ensure that Calgarians view the Library as a place of community connection and opportunity. In addition to holding a Bachelors of Mathematics, he has recently completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders at Stanford University. 

Senior Management  
Facilities, Planning and Operations Patrick Ulrich
Human Resources Roy Cleveland
Information Technology Scott Stanley
Department Managers  
Collections Marshall Sumka
Accounting Chae Jun
Community Services Carolyn Reicher
Information Technology Operations Bonita Burchat
Information Technology Infrastructure Carlo Rivas Castagnino
Information Technology Interfaces Anton Chuppin
Marketing vacant
Facilities Operations Steve Donnelly
Purchasing David Tickner
Volunteer Resources Azmin Poonja
Central Library Public Service Managers  
Manager, Central Library Gerry Burger-Martindale
Manager, Membership Services Evette Berry
Service Delivery Managers
Alexander Calhoun, Memorial Park and Signal Hill Jean Ludlam
Bowness and Crowfoot Donna Bedry
Country Hills and Thorn-Hill Ann Lidgren
Fish Creek and Glenmore Square Sharon Wirzba
Forest Lawn and Village Square Sara House
Nose Hill, Louise Riley, Shaganappi Allison Thomson
Saddletowne Susan Anderson
Shawnessy and Southwood Carole Marion