CELA Board of Directors
- Peter Bailey
Peter is the CEO of St. Albert Public Library in Alberta and the current President of the Library Association of Alberta. He is also serving on the interim board of the Canadian Federation of Library Associations.
- Catherine Biss
Catherine is CEO of the Markham Public Library in Ontario and is currently chair of the CELA Board. Previously, she served as the chair of the Canadian Urban Libraries Council. She has served on the CELA Board since its inception in 2013.
- Grace Dawson
Grace is the Regional and Community Services Librarian, Prince Edward Island Public Library Service. She earned her Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from the University of Western Ontario in 2011 and held several positions in Prince Edward Island prior to her current role.
- Jefferson Gilbert
Jefferson is the Executive Director of the Canadian Urban Libraries Council and the Principal at Gap. Point. Reach. Inc., a Canadian-based consultancy that focusses on working with non-profit groups and building leadership and financial capacity within the sector. He is currently the CELA Board Treasurer.
- Rina Hadziev
Rina is currently Collections & Technical Services Coordinator at Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) in Victoria, British Columbia. Previously she was Head of Technical Services at GVPL and Head of Branches at Richmond Public Library in Richmond, British Columbia.
- Teresa Johnson
Teresa is the Research and Planning Librarian for New Brunswick Public Library Service. She is responsible for developing library policies and strategic plans and coordinates the ongoing development of library services for people with print disabilities.
- Pilar Martinez
Pilar is the CEO of the Edmonton Public Library. She has a broad base of experience in library leadership including: advocacy, strategic and business planning, and change leadership. Pilar was honoured with the Library Association of Alberta’s President’s Award in 2016 for her province-wide contributions to the library field, and in 2012 with the Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship.
- Kitty Pope
Kitty’s career has taken her from the Canadian arctic to the United Arab Emirates, to Saskatchewan, Calgary, Peoria Illinois and back to Ontario as CEO of the Guelph Public library 2010-2014 and currently CEO of the Windsor Public Library in Ontario. She is a passionate advocate for the people who are blind or partially sighted and committed to expanding access to information through the public library network.
- Gwen Schmidt
Gwen is a manager of branch services of the Saskatoon Public Library in Saskatchewan after dedicating many years serving seniors and people with disabilities in the Outreach and Access Services Department. She is past-president and treasurer of the Saskatchewan Library Association.