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

As one of the original employees of the Library Foundation, Joan has had the pleasure of seeing the organization grow. In addition to managing the Library Foundation’s finances and human resources, Joan is part of the Executive Team and manages the Impact Team. Previously, she worked in the CEO’s Office at the Calgary Public Library, 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! As the Donor Relations Manager, Christine ensures that donors are recognized and aware of the impact of their gifts and is often the friendly voice they hear on the other end of the phone when they call. Prior to joining the Calgary Public Library Foundation, Christine was a seasoned financial services professional who worked for RBC Investor Services, Royal Trust and RBC Bank.



Elizabeth Reade

Director of Philanthropy

Elizabeth is passionate about Calgary city-building and the transformation of the East Village. Prior to joining the Library Foundation, she was an integral part of the team responsible for building partnerships and philanthropy for the new National Music Centre. With more than 20 years’ experience in industries including communications, marketing, sales and business development, Elizabeth brings a wealth of knowledge to the 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

Originally from Ontario, Dan’s mom inspired his love of reading at an early age. 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!



Samantha Grace

Campaign Administrative Assistant

Samantha is the resident whiz of the Library Foundation’s database. Among her other duties, she manages incoming donations, provides support for Direct Mail Campaign and processes orders made through the Library Store. Outside of office hours, Samantha is a talented seamstress who creates her own costumes and is the proud owner of Miss Ursa, a rambunctious dog and a cat named Rinoa.



Tracy Johnson

Campaign Operations and Marketing Manager 

Born and raised in Vancouver, Tracy came to Calgary to attend university and stayed because she enjoys the city so much. She joined the Library Foundation in 2013 and has held a variety of roles that have made her an integral component of the team and the go-to person for the Add In Campaign. As the Campaign Operations and Marketing Manager, Tracy leads the Communications and Events Team and works closely with all areas of the organization.



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

Manager of Communications

As a born and raised Calgarian, Rachael grew up visiting the Library and credits her love of reading for her decision to work in communications. In addition to developing proposals and materials for the Library Foundation, she curates content for internal and external audiences and is responsible for the voice of the organization. Rachael never tires of hearing people’s library stories, and working on the Add In Campaign has highlighted the many ways that the Library not only changes people’s lives, but contributes to a better Calgary.



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.



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.



Dmytro Petlovannyi

Campaign Grant & Research Assistant

Born in Ternopil, Ukraine, and raised in Calgary, Dmytro identifies as a life-long learner and devotedly embraces the opportunity to enhance his city’s public library system. He believes that libraries, as institutions of research and enrichment, hold the key to brighter personal and social futures for all.