- Councillor Paul Ainslie (Chair)
- Mr. Michael Foderick (Vice Chair)
- Ms. Lindsay Colley
- Councillor Janet Davis
- Councillor Sarah Doucette (Mayor's Designate)
- Mr. Cameron Mackay
- Mr. Kevin McGuire
- Councillor Cesar Palacio
- Mr. Ross Parry
- Councillor Jaye Robinson
- Mr. Kenneth Stewart
- Ms. Andrea Tagalakis
- Mr. Benjamin Wulffhart
How can I apply to become a Board member?
City Council makes citizen appointments to agencies, boards and commissions, including Toronto Public Library Board. For details, see Citizen appointments to City of Toronto agencies, boards and commissions on the City of Toronto website.
Board Member Biographies
Lindsay Colley is currently a Director at the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB), an independent oversight organization created to protect the integrity of financial reporting in Canada. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toronto in 2006, her Chartered Accountancy designation in 2007 (she also won the Ontario UFE gold medal), and her Certificate in Environmental Management in 2010. Prior to CPAB, Lindsay worked at Tim Hortons as Manager, Sustainability and at Ernst & Young LLP, in both the Climate Change and Sustainability Services advisory practice and the Retail, Distribution and Manufacturing audit practice. She is passionate about improving the lives of Canadians and in addition to her professional pursuits, is also on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Environmental Law Association and the Social Issues Committee of the Salvation Army Canada & Bermuda Territory. Lindsay is married to Matt Colley and together they have one child, Lucas.
Michael has completed a B.A. (Hons) at the University of Toronto, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) at the UofT Faculty of Law. He has been an active volunteer, community leader, and advocate for most of his life. He has served as President & Co-Chair of Parkdale Community Legal Services, one of Canada's oldest and largest legal aid clinics. He also worked for several years as Executive Assistant to a Toronto City Councillor, and helped create many well-known City of Toronto programs and bylaws. He is a co-founder of the Railpath project, and co-founder of one of the largest annual food drives in the City. While in university he was an executive member of the University of Toronto Governing Council, and Chair & President of The Varsity. He is a serving Officer in the Canadian Forces, and an active marathon runner. In 2002 he was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for outstanding community service.
Cameron MacKay is a vice president and partner of the Devon Group, a Toronto-based public affairs firm. Cameron and his colleagues help private and public sector clients navigate economic, political and regulatory changes. Cameron works with industry leaders in financial services, life sciences, retail, media, distribution and manufacturing among others. Cameron leads the firm's practice development programs that are designed to apply social psychology and behavioural economics to generate new and novel solutions to client problems. Prior to Devon, Cameron was with KPMG Consulting where he worked on several strategy and business process improvement engagements, including an urban economic development study. He is a past director of the Winnipeg Art Gallery and is a director of ArtsScene in Toronto. Cameron holds a M.Sc. from the London School of Economics and a degree from Queen's University at Kingston.
Kevin McGuire is currently assisting with international visa students attending high school classes in Toronto. His thirty-six years of teaching experience included instructing classes in all divisions of both the elementary and secondary panels of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Western Ontario, his Honours Specialist and Master of Education from OISE at the University of Toronto, and his Principal's Qualifications from York University. He worked for two years with the Etobicoke Centre for Children and Families. Committee work included working in the areas of attendance, teacher evaluation, LSSAC, Transition Years, Race and Ethnic Relations as well as Literacy. Kevin is passionate about motivating and improving the lives of young Canadians by encouraging them to reach their full potential through reading. He is married to Lynne McGuire and is the proud father of Dr. Sara McGuire PhD. Kevin is self-motivated with strong planning, organizational, and leadership skills.
Ross Parry heads his own communications and public affairs business. Before starting his own business, Ross held senior posts in the Ontario government's Ministry of Infrastructure, the Toronto District School Board and at national public relations agencies, including Vice President of Enterprise Canada. His literary background includes three years as Editor of Education Today magazine. Ross is a graduate of the American School in London, England, the University of Guelph and is a past President of the University of Guelph Alumni Association. Ross has served on the Board of RCT-Computers for Schools Ontario and as a City of Toronto appointee to the Casa Loma Board of Trustees. Ross resides in North-West Toronto and is very active in his local Pelmo-Swanek Community Association.
Ken Stewart is a Senior Consultant at The Capital Hill Group, one of Canada's oldest and most established Government Relations firms. His 25 years in government, public affairs and corporate sales have provided him with a strong background in regulatory issues, labour relations, public relations and business development. Stewart's career began in the Prime Minister's Office, where he started off answering Pierre Trudeau's mail. He quickly rose up the political ranks to serve as Special Assistant to the Hon. Marc Lalonde, Minister of Finance; Special Assistant (Operations) to Ontario Liberal Premier David Peterson; and, Chief of Staff to two Ontario Ministers of Education - the Honourable Sandra Pupatello and the Honourable Kathleen Wynne. While at the Ministry of Education, Stewart participated in major funding initiatives supporting literacy and numeracy, and student achievement. Stewart is an avid reader, primarily of history, biography and contemporary life. Amongst his favourite authors are Philip Roth, Jack Kerouac and Jonathan Franzen. A competitive hockey and tennis player, Stewart has served as a volunteer coach in the East York Soccer Association and the Withrow Park Ball Hockey League. He is the proud parent of Hannah, age 20 and Alexander, age 17. He lives in Riverdale where he's a frequent user of the Pape/Danforth Branch.
Andrea is one of the new members to the Toronto Public Library Board. She has over three years experience working in the not for profit sector, helping newcomers settle in Canada. Andrea graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Specialized Honours Degree in Anthropology and later earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies. She has always been passionate and dedicated to helping others which is reflected in her career path and her recent appointment to the Toronto Public Library Board. Andrea, like many Torontonians, sees the Toronto Public Library as an invaluable resource as it offers free and easily accessible information and services that cater to the diverse population in Toronto.
Born and schooled in South Africa, Benjie graduated from Optometry School in 1971. Not wanting to raise his family in the apartheid country South Africa was at that time, he and his wife brought their small child to Canada in 1973. After spending a year at Waterloo University, requalifying at the School of Optometry, Benjie settled and practiced in the GTA. Besides Optometry, he has used his entrepreneurial skills in other businesses and hopes to bring new and exciting ideas to the Library Board. As someone who is an avid reader and regularly frequents the library, and serves on his Condo Library committee, Benjie looks forward to making an impact on the Board.