Council of Champions

Library Ambassadors

The Council of Champions are passionate about the Calgary Public Library. Committed, enthusiastic and connected, members are ambassadors for the Library and assist the Library Foundation with fundraising and promotion in the community.


Council members are:

  • passionate about the Library;
  • committed and connected customers;
  • donors (through money and time);
  • equipped with a strong general level of awareness of the community which the Library serves;
  • familiar with the opportunities and challenges faced by publicly funded organizations; and,
  • willing to represent the Library and the Library Foundation in the community.


Council of Champions

Judith Umbach
Chair, Council of Champions
Former Board Chair
Calgary Public Library


Marg Anderson
Instructor, LIT Program
SAIT (retired)


Jim Campbell


Dr. Donna Campbell
Instructor, LIT Program
Former Board Member
Calgary Public Library


Erin Collins
Senior Reporter
CBC National News


Ann Craig
Former Board Member
Calgary Public Library


Peter A. Cutting


Linda Fox-Mellway
LFM Management


Kevin Franco
Entrepreneur in Residence
Innovate Calgary


Julie Freedman Smith
Parenting Power

Deirdre E. Harris
Former Board Member
Calgary Public Library


Adil Hirji
TSX Venture Exchange


Michael W. Ireton
Writer, Performer and Artist


Barbara Killick
Former Manager, New Central Library Project
Calgary Public Library


Michael Lawson
Relius Consultants Ltd.


Lindsey Louro
Stewart and Stewart


Alexis Bahry MacKenzie


Christopher Nelson
Christopher Nelson Communications


Sheila Newel


Greig R. Nicholls
Nicholls Consulting Ltd.

Bill Ptacek
Calgary Public Library


Pat O’Reilly
Director, Sustainability
Suncor Energy


Tazmoon Ratanshi
Regional Vice President, Calgary North
RBC Foundation


Dana Saric
Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP


Mike Simoens


Sabina Shah
Burstall Winder Zammit LLP
Former Board Member
Calgary Public Library


Nicola Stevens


Laura Sugiomoto
Lawyer (retired)


Paul McIntyre Royston
President & CEO
Canadian Olympic Foundation



Lois Wozney
Knowledge & Collaboration Specialist
Suncor Energy