Library Foundation

Our mission is to enable the citizens of Calgary to have the best public library in the world.

The Library Foundation was created in 1999 to provide an opportunity for individuals, businesses and foundations to participate in building a library system for today and future generations.


More than a century ago, Annie Davidson and founding members of the Calgary Women’s Literacy Club stirred our city to action and secured the public and financial support to build the first library. They saw the library as an investment for their families and generations of Calgarians that would follow. Andrew Carnegie’s donation of $80,000 in 1908 helped to build this library and lives as a legacy of one of Calgary’s first large philanthropic gifts.


The Calgary Public Library Foundation is proud of these entrepreneurial roots and we are pleased to carry on this work today. Funds raised by the Foundation do not replace the Library’s core funding, but enhance collections, programs and services. Through the generosity of our donors, we can help ensure that knowledge, information, programs and services are accessible to all Calgarians.


Paul McIntyre Royston

President & CEO

Paul’s passion is to create and enable change. Raising support for a new Central Library for Calgary is an incredible project that will truly alter the city’s landscape. Paul’s past work includes Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Foundation, the University of Waterloo and Katimavik.



Brent Buechler

Vice President

Brent is inspired by the Public Library’s ability to help all Calgarians to achieve their potential. Brent believes in the power of possibilities and that the Library Foundation is at a unique time to lead in building a great city. His past work experience includes science centres, museums, and national partnership development at Imagine Canada.



Joan Inwood

Managing Director Operations

Joan loves challenges and is excited about being on this Foundation team to see the New Central Library become reality. Joan has worked in the CEO’s Office at CPL for the past several years but her checkered past includes everything from radio DJ and cemetery worker to legal assistant.



Christine Gingerick

Donor Relations Manager

Christine grew up in Calgary and has been a passionate supporter of the Calgary Public Library since discovering Dr. Seuss! Christine is a seasoned financial services professional who is determined to support the Foundation’s goal of ensuring the citizens of Calgary have the best public Library in the world. Prior to joining the Calgary Public Library Foundation, Christine worked for RBC Investor Services, Royal Trust and RBC Bank.



Tracy Johnson

Campaign Operations and Marketing Manager

Tracy is excited to be a part of the Calgary Public Library Foundation. Born and raised in Vancouver, Tracy found herself in Calgary for school. As a recent graduate from the University of Calgary, Tracy has found her new home in Calgary and at the Calgary Public Library Foundation. She is very excited to work with our talented team.



Barbara Burggraf

Director, Major Gifts

Barbara has fond childhood memories of visiting her neighbourhood library and discovering a treasure trove of Nancy Drew mystery novels. Fast forward to today when libraries are centres for lifelong learning and community conversation. Barbara is honoured to join the Calgary Public Library Foundation fundraising team for the New Central Library. Barbara believes that community support for Calgary’s public libraries is the tipping point for unleashing the creative learning potential of future readers.



Dan Lombardi

Social Enterprise & Impact Giving Manager

Dan is a recent transplant from Ontario who got his love of reading from his mom. Upon arriving in Calgary, his first stop was at the Library, where he registered for a card. Previously, he worked for the Donnée Group and Brock University as well as with BlackBerry, Ticketmaster and Canada Basketball. In his role at the Library Foundation, Dan manages impact giving projects like Direct Mail,, raffles and many more!



Denise Da Costa

Leadership Giving Coordinator 

Denise is excited to be a part of the action with the New Central Library and Calgary’s Public Library system. Though her family moved frequently when she was young, Calgary is the city she thinks of as home, and now she is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on the Calgary Public Library Foundation’s team and contribute to her city in whatever way she can.



Samantha Grace

Campaign Administrative Assistant


Gloria Essex

Creative Director

Gloria is the creative vision behind the Library Foundation. With a keen eye for detail and the ability to communicate an array of materials visually, she ensures that the Library Foundation is seen as relevant, important and appealing to Calgarians. Always up for a creative challenge, Gloria enjoys brainstorming and working as part of a dynamic team. She is a lover of art, design and musicals.



Rachael Terner

Communications Strategist

As a born and raised Calgarian, Rachael grew up visiting the Library and continues to have a voracious appetite for reading. Rachael is delighted to join the team at the Library Foundation and contribute to an institution that affects the lives of so many Calgarians.



Alexandra Runge

Campaign & Event Coordinator

Alexandra is a graduate of Ryerson University with a background in event management. She believes libraries like the New Central Library are vital to the quality, diversity and vibrancy of life in a global city. She is thrilled to be a part of the fabulous team working to usher in this historic chapter in the story of Calgary’s libraries.