Calgary Public Library Board

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.

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.

Maureen Higgins: Maureen is the Vice President Integrated Network Operations and Information Services & Interim COO at AltaLink, Calgary. She is an Operations and Information Technology executive with over 24 years of experience and proven success building high performing teams. A strategic visionary leader, she has a clear sense of purpose and urgency when faced with adverse business scenarios, and is skilled at establishing operational excellence within a diverse culture, translating conceptual ideas and models into growth and operational strategies, and focusing on innovation and value in the areas of strategy, relationship management and return on investment. She graduated from the University of Calgary, and has an Executive MBC from the Haskayne School of Business. She is currently a Director on the Bethany Care Foundation Board and a Member at large for Kids Helping Kids – Alberta Children’s’ Hospital. Her community involvement has included volunteer work with the Canadian Institute for Innovative and Natural Medicine, Honens Pro Am, Calgary Zoo, political campaigns, Diabetes Alberta and Canada Chapters, and UNICEF.

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.

Robert Lowther

Robert Lowther: Robert Lowther is a professional accountant (CMA and CPA), and he also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration. Robert brings business, finance, and accounting experience from the construction, mining and government sectors. Robert is the Chief Financial Officer at Avalon Master Builder’s group of companies, an Alberta based land developer and homebuilder. Prior to this, he held multiple controller roles within the commercial and industrial construction industry. Robert’s volunteer positions have included 3 years as treasurer and board director of the Regina Open Door Society, board director with CMA Okanagan, and board secretary of Kelowna Junior Chamber International, as well as multiple coaching and mentoring roles. In 2012, Robert was a Power 30 Under 30 Honoree from the Apex Society. Robert believes in the significant contributions the public library system plays in Calgary and across Canada, and the importance that technology plays in its future success.

Rob-Macaulay portrait picture

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.

Colleen Pound

Colleen Pound: Colleen Pound is an Executive Strategy Advisor who brings people together for extraordinary results. Her focus is on strategy and leader development, change management for high priority organizational initiatives, and advocacy. She has been working with energy, oil and gas, utility and high tech companies for nearly twenty years. Colleen has a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and a Masters in Business Administration with a focus on Strategy, from University of Calgary. She has studied internationally in Demark and Paris, and completed her International Human Rights Law Certificate at New College, Oxford University in England. Colleen has guest lectured at a number of universities and was one of 13 people who represented Canada on the Private Sector Mission to Washington, D.C in 2011. Colleen helped launch Calgary’s Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, was on the board of the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter from 2008-2011, and was featured in Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2012.

Fred Valentine: Fred is a local architect and native Calgarian with a distinguished record of designing buildings that play an integral part in the fabric of public life in Alberta. He received his architectural degrees from the University of Toronto and Harvard University, and has practiced in Cambridge Massachusetts, Toronto and Calgary. Fred has served as a volunteer member of the Calgary Planning Commission, Calgary Downtown Association, Chair of the East Village Urban Design Panel, and Honorary Chair of the Mayor’s Urban Design Awards. In 1988 Fred received the Alberta Achievement Award recognizing his “outstanding contribution to the XV Olympic Winter Games”. Fred has long been associated with the visual arts community, serving on the Board of the Glenbow Museum and the Calgary Regional Arts Foundation. Fred was appointed to the Calgary Public Library Board in 2009.

Contacting Trustees

E-mail: dear.board@calgarypubliclibrary.com

Mail: Trustee Name, c/o C.E.O.'s Office, Calgary Public Library, 616 Macleod Trail S.E., Calgary, Alberta, T2G 2M2


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. She was appointed to the position of Interim Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Public Library in September 2012. 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 Deputy 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, Facility Management and Marketing functions at the Library and is a member of the Executive Leadership Team.

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.

Cathy Freer-Leszczynski (Director, Customer Services): 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. She is currently responsible for the delivery of service in 19 unique locations including a virtual branch. 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.

   
Senior Management  
Facilities, Planning and Operations Patrick Ulrich
Human Resources Roy Cleveland
Information Technology Scott Stanley
   
Department Managers  
Access and Discovery Joye Hardman
Finance and Accounting Chae Jun
Community Services Carolyn Reicher
Adult Programming Gemma Noon
Diversity Services Umashanie Reddy
Information Technology Systems Bonita Burchat
Information Technology Infrastructure Carlo Rivas Castagnino
Information Technology Quality Control Linda McCallum
Marketing April Serink
Plant and Facilities Steve Donnelly
Purchasing David Tickner
Services for Children, Teens and Families Jean Ludlam
Volunteer Services Azmin Poonja
Virtual Services Anton Chuppin
   
Central Library Customer Service Managers  
Central Library Customer Service Senior Manager Gerry Burger-Martindale
Membership Services Evette Berry
Feature Areas Pamela Medland
Information Services Sarah Meilleur
   
East Sector Customer Service Managers  
East Sector Senior Manager Nancy MacKenzie
Country Hills Shannon Slater
Fish Creek and Glenmore Square Donna Bedry
Forest Lawn Carole Marion
Saddletowne Susan Anderson
Shawnessy Shauna May
Southwood Miranda Johnson
Village Square Sara House
   
West Sector Customer Service Managers  
West Sector Senior Manager Lisa Hardy
Alexander Calhoun and Memorial Park Marje Wing
Crowfoot and Bowness Allison Thomson
Louise Riley Kari Brawn
Nose Hill Ann Lidgren
Signal Hill Sharon Wirzba
Shaganappi and Thorn-Hill Janet MacKinnon