Janet Hutchinson (Board Chair)
Janet 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 favourite part of both jobs is finding the perfect book for a reader. Janet has many years’ experience in the not-for-profit sector, including three years with the Alberta Science Literacy Association as Executive Director and 17 years with Calgary Family Services. Janet’s volunteer positions have included eight years as Board member, President and Past President of the YWCA of Calgary, and six years as Board member and President of the Developmental Disabilities Resource Centre Board of Directors. Janet is an avid reader and user of the Calgary Public Library and has recently finished her fourth marathon.
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 and business planning, organizational transformation and project management. She holds a B.Sc. from Queen’s University, and an MBA degree 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. She has served on the YMCA Calgary Board (Chair Nominating and 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.
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 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 shaping the future of Calgary.
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. 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 B.Comm. with great distinction. Post university, she completed the CMA and CFA designations but no longer maintains the CMA designation. Debra is an avid reader and enjoys using the Library’s digital library.
Judy Gray: Judy has had a long career in public service in the education sector. Her experience has included 28 years with the Calgary Board of Education and five years as founder of the Calgary Girls’ Charter School; 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 to 9 school for learning disabled students. Long committed to the importance of strong libraries in the creation of strong civic societies, Judy has a B.Ed. and a BLS from the University of Alberta and a MLS from the University of British Columbia. An avid reader, Judy relies heavily on the resources of the Calgary Public Library, as well as the good advice of her book club.
Temina Lalani-Shariff: Temina is a management professional with experience building global brands and advocacy programs. For the past six years, she has been working in the higher education industry in Canada, East Africa and South and Central Asia. 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 MA in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary and a BA from the University of Alberta. An avid community volunteer, Temina also serves as the chair for Communications and Community Relations for the Ismaili Council for the Prairies.
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 have included public oil and gas companies undergoing dramatic rehabilitative efforts, a non-profit bare-land condominium project and sports bodies at the local, provincial and national levels. Robert holds B.Sc. (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 is the Principal at Stand and Command, a strategic consulting and presentation firm. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario. He had a successful career as a currency trader in the risk management industry, and then as an owner and operator of a recruitment company dedicated to recent post-secondary graduates from across Canada. Shifting his focus to the non-profit sector, he developed the Temporary Foreign Worker program at Calgary Catholic Immigration Society. He is the Vice-Chair of the Calgary Public Library Board, the Chair of the New Central Library Committee and the Vice President of the Alberta Library Trustees Association. Avnish sits on the fundraising committee for the Calgary Folk Festival, and this year his company is 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 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 Festival. She recently completed an MA 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.
Councillor Evan Woolley
Evan is in his first term as Councillor for Ward 8. Passionate about Calgary, he is experienced in civic engagement, 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. As a community relations advisor in the private sector, he worked on stakeholder outreach and community, government and media relations. He has helped draft municipal affairs policy at the provincial level, worked in public affairs for a large energy company, and contributed to the City’s Office of Sustainability and Public Art Program. His volunteer work includes the Mayor’s Civic Engagement Committee, the Youth Engagement Committee, and Board member and environment director of the Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association.